Previously known as The Transformation Trust
Sir David Bell
Chair of Trustees
Sir David Bell is also a non-executive director of The Economist and is Chairman and board member of numerous organisations and universities. David was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania. He received his knighthood for services to industry, the arts and charity.
Please find the role description for the Chair of Trustees here.
Luke is the SVP, Direct to Consumer at The Walt Disney Company, joining the company in January of this year. Prior to that Luke served as Chief Marketing Officer for Sky UK & Ireland, responsible for brand strategy and all product and content marketing across Sky’s TV, broadband and mobile businesses. He also previously worked at BBC Worldwide as Head of Strategy and then Managing Director and at media consultancy Spectrum Strategy Consultants.
Sir David Carter
Sir David Carter became National Schools Commissioner in 2016, leading a team that oversees 6,500 academies in England and intervenes when standards fall. He was previously CEO of a multi academy trust in Bristol, and writes a monthly column for the Times Education Supplement.
The product of a comprehensive school in South Wales, David was the first member of his family to go to university and continues to make a difference to the lives of those with similar experiences.
Please find the role description for our Safeguarding Trustee here.
Lord Newby has been an adviser to The Talent Foundry since its inception in May 2009, and was subsequently elected as a Trustee.
Lord Newby is leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in the House of Lords, and has previously worked for the Lib Dems as Treasury Spokesperson, Government Deputy Chief Whip and Chief Whip. He has also worked extensively in consultancy and communications.
Philip Graf CBE
Philip Graf CBE is Chairman of CfBT Education Trust, a leading education consultancy, and an associate of Praesta Partners LLP. He is also Vice Chairman of Crisis. He has worked extensively in various sectors, including culture, media and sport, finance, and journalism.
Philip graduated with a degree in Law from Cambridge University.
Mike Green is the Chief Operating Officer of the Department for Education (DfE) and Director General of the Operations directorate. He joined DfE in 2012. Mike is a member of the Department for Education board, audit and risk committee, implementation committee and the department’s leadership team.
Mike is a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and is Senior Responsible Officer for two of the department’s major programmes.
Before joining the Civil Service, Mike was a civil engineer and spent his career in the private sector working for companies such as Boots.
Josh Krichefski is currently CEO EMEA at MediaCom, the UK's largest and most successful media and communications agency. He is responsible for developing the agency's strategic business plan each year and ensuring it is delivered. In 2013 Josh conceived and executed a full company re-structure which has significantly benefitted the agency in terms of both effectiveness and efficiency.
Rachel Wolf founded New Schools Network in 2009 and served as director until 2013. She was previously an educational policy adviser to Michael Gove. She now works in New York and remains a Trustee of New Schools Network.
Human Resources Trustee
Fiona is Chief Operating Officer at UCL and is responsible for Professional Services including finance, IT, estates, HR, legal, procurement and the Shared Services Centre.
Prior to joining UCL, Fiona looked after the HR, Communications, Corporate Responsibility and Business Excellence teams for Compass Group UK & Ireland.
Fiona also has extensive experience of HR management and operations at retailers including Comet, Dixons and Asda, where she established new apprenticeship and graduate programmes to benefit young people and early career colleagues.
Please find the role description for our Human Resources Trustee here.
Baroness Margaret Sharp
Baroness Margaret Sharp recently retired from her role as a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. She stood four times in Parliamentary elections and joined the bench in the House of Lords in 1998, taking a front bench position on education in 2000. Margaret is a governor of two schools in Guildford, an honorary fellow of Birkbeck College and City and Guilds Institute.
Margaret studied Economics at Cambridge University at Newham College, where she is now an associate fellow. She also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex and is a visiting fellow of SPRU there.
The general role description for our Trustees can be found here.