John is an independent strategic adviser and commentator on public policy, public services, the voluntary and community sector working with organisations from the public, business, voluntary and community and trade union sectors as well as think tanks and academic institutions. He regularly advises, writes and speaks on these and related subjects including governance and leadership in the UK and internationally.
Since qualifying as a PE teacher in 2003 Adrian has always worked in schools located in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. Through a variety of different roles, as Vice Principal, Principal, and Executive Principal he has been part of a number of turnaround successes - most notably as Principal of Thetford Academy where he led the school out of special measures to its first Good rating with leadership recognised as Outstanding, in just 15 months. It was at Thetford Academy where he first became involved with Villiers Park through the participation of a number of his pupils in the Scholars Programme, a relationship that is still maintained today.
Richard was brought up on a council estate in Cambridge and educated under the old direct grant system at the Perse School. He studied natural sciences for medicine at Cambridge and then, by a series of serendipitous events, ended up as a University Lecturer in Physiology at Cambridge. In Cambridge his main educational interest, apart from lecturing, has been in facilitating access and outreach work, both through his college (Emmanuel) and the University. He has participated in masterclasses, particularly in South Yorkshire, which is one of his college's link areas, and has run many summer schools for the university.
Simon qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2004, is Director of Resources for Thomas Deacon Education Trust (TDET) and also the Company Secretary.
Prior to joining TDET, Simon has held various senior roles across the public and private sector including Children’s Services, Economic Development and Probation Services. He has worked in or around schools for over 10 years and has led on a range of transformative projects that improve outcomes and efficiency.
He is committed to improving all support services that help deliver better outcomes and life chances for all children and young people.
Nick is a management consultant with substantial experience across the civil service and the UK education sector. He advises on the management, organisation, governance and funding of education and training across a wide range of settings.
He was previously a senior manager at the Further Education Funding Council and the Learning and Skills Council. He has also worked as a public affairs professional with the leading university mission group, where Nick led their work on widening participation in higher education.
Nick is currently a trustee and deputy chair of the board of City University Students’ Union. He was previously a school governor and FE college governor.
Nick is an English graduate of the University of Nottingham and was General Secretary of the University students’ union and later a trustee of the students’ union.
Stephen is a client relationship and business development professional with a career in investment banking, corporate trust and corporate services. He is a former President of The Association of Corporate Trustees.
He has been a director of over 50 companies and has extensive corporate governance experience, and is an experienced mentor, having mentored younger and less experienced colleagues for over 20 years; he is currently a trustee and non executive director of a number of charities including Goldsmiths Students’ Union, and EnhanceAble which provides support services for young people with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities in south west London.
Stephen is a Social Administration graduate of the University of Bristol.
Gwyneth began her career in 1997 as a class teacher, rising through the ranks to become a LA Consultant, Her Majesty’s Inspector, and Headteacher. Throughout her career, she has ensured that she sought and received training and development that was specifically focused on leading schools in challenging circumstances. As well as working largely in her home town of south London, she has also benefited from working in Hertfordshire, Kent and Bedfordshire. She has a breadth of experience in both mainstream and alternative provision and an unstinting passion to empower pupils through academic achievement.