MA Student at University of Surrey
Victor Bamigboye is a 21 year old Politics graduate born, raised and educated in Hackney. He is currently studying an MA inInternational Intervention at the University of Surrey where he was also elected the Equality and Diversity Officer of the Students’ Union.
Victor has been a participant on the Prime Minister’s Global Fellowship and Windsor Fellowship Programmes, which have seen him work in Brazil and Cardiff respectively.
In 2010 Victor was named one of ‘Britain’s 25 most outstanding Black students’ by Powerful Media Group, sponsored by Barclays Capital. Victor also plays American Football for the Premiership London Warriors American Football Club and is a qualified and registered coach for the sport.
David Blagbrough is the Director of Inspire! the education business partnership for Hackney. Inspire! is a charity that works with local and City-based employers and employee volunteers to motivate and raise aspirations, attainment and levels of achievement of young people in the borough.
David began his working life as a mathematics teacher in Nigeria and the UK, and then joined the British Council, where for more than 30 years he was engaged in education and cultural relations in a range of UK and overseas postings including Nigeria, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico and India. The focus of much of his work was education and academic interchange and professional development. Prior to his retirement, David was Director of the British Council in Washington, USA.
Director, Leannta Education Associates
Alan is Director of Leannta Education Associates. He is also a director of Loqui.tv.
Alan’s career in education spans over 45 years. He spent 20 years teaching in Liverpool. During the 1980s, he worked for the National Curriculum Council and helped to establish the science national curriculum in England. He was an Ofsted inspector, and has held senior leadership responsibilities with two local authorities. From 2006 – 2008 Alan worked with the New York City Department for Education to establish a system of annual Quality Reviews.
Alan joined Professor Andy Hargreaves at Boston College from 2008 – 2011 on the ‘Performance Beyond Expectations’ study. He has written several science text books and many journal articles. Alan is also co-author of ‘A Revolution in a Decade’, an evaluation of The Learning Trust.
Management and Training Consultant
Franklyn Edwards is an established management and training consultancy owner. With a background developed in the public, private and voluntary sectors, he is a past member of the Audit Commission’s Education Knowledge Network, where he was instrumental in much of the research used to train staff and inform its work with Education Authorities and schools. As a training consultant, Franklyn contributes to life-long learning, has lectured at the University of East London and was a school governor.
Franklyn continues to support the development of children and young people through his association with the Robert Levy Foundation, a local Charity providing life-changing opportunity in the form of mentoring, vocational workshops and work experience to children and young people.
Former Headteacher, Lauriston School
Heather Rockhold taught in London for over thirty years. Her teaching experience covers the entire primary age range and specialist work with secondary pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
She was the headteacher of Lauriston Primary School from 1990 to 2011. In 2008 the school was chosen to be one of thirty Schools of Creativity nationally who have the task of disseminating creative approaches to learning.
Her particular areas of interest in education are creativity, boys’ achievement, inclusion and primary/secondary transition. ‘Leading the creativity-focused school’ was the focus of her MBA dissertation. Since its inception in 2002, she has been a nonexecutive director on
Director, London Councils
Mary was Area Director for the Learning & Skills Council in London Region and has substantial experience of post-16 education and training.
In 2009 she was appointed as the Director to the 14-19 Regional Planning Group and since then has been working with Local Authorities in London, initially leading the transitional arrangements and subsequently supporting Local Authorities in their statutory duties for securing and shaping learning provision for young people. In November 2010 London partners renewed their commitment to working regionally for the benefit of young Londoners and Mary continues to work as a Director for London Councils providing strategic leadership on 14-19 education and training across the Capital. In 2011 Mary also took on broader responsibilities for regional improvement and efficiency.