Previously known as The Transformation Trust

Our Patrons and Ambassadors

Sarah Richardson



Sarah Richardson is a group editor at *Research with overall responsibility for all editorial coverage in Research Fortnight, Research Europe, Research Africa, Research Professional, HE and Funding Insight magazine. Until October 2017 Sarah was an editor for Building, the UK’s longest running weekly title for the construction industry and built environment.

She has personally specialised in covering education building programmes, breaking stories on their funding and progress that frequently have been credited in national media, and analysing developments in the architectural design of schools. She has authored a series of published research reports on aspects of the built environment, including UK school and university place provision, and regularly appears as a conference speaker on these issues. Her broader journalistic experience includes work for the New Statesman and arts publication Three Weeks, and she co-edited the 2014 annual report for homelessness charity CRASH. She studied English at Cambridge University.

Duncan Scott



Duncan Scott is a Director within PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Services Risk and Regulation Practice, focusing on Compliance and Corporate Governance. Since joining the firm in 2002, Duncan has led a wide variety of international projects covering the strategic delivery of compliance within global banking organisations, along with the effectiveness of international banking governance structures. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

Lord David Puttnam



Lord Puttnam spent 30 years working as an independent film producer and has won multiple awards for his films, which include The Mission, Local Hero and Bugsy Malone. Since 1998 his focus has shifted from film production to education and the environment. He founded the National Teaching Awards in the same year, which he chaired until October 2008, and was founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. He is Chancellor of the Open University. David was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at BAFTA in 1994-2004, during which time he was appointed President of UNICEF UK in July 2002 and has promoted advocacy, awareness and fundraising objectives for them.

David was awarded a CBE in 1982, received a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he has been honoured as a Chevalier ('85), Officer ('92) and Commander of Arts and Letters (2006).

Sir Tim Brighouse



Sir Tim Brighouse has dedicated his work to education and school improvement. He began by teaching in state schools and was Professor of Education at Keele University for four years between his posts in Oxfordshire and Birmingham. He has written books on his work on school improvement, is a school governor and has been a non-executive board member of Research Machines plc. He consequently became Chief Education Officer of Birmingham and Oxfordshire before, most recently, becoming Chief Adviser for London Schools.

Tim graduated in Modern History from the University of Oxford ('61).