The following list includes all publicly identifiable members of the Council of the New Visions for Education Group.

Robin Alexander

Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge; Professor of Education Emeritus, University of Warwick; Honorary Professor of Education, University of York; Chair of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust. Websites:;

Sir William Atkinson

Headteacher, Phoenix High School, Hammersmith and Fulham

Stephen Ball

Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London

John Bangs

Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Education University of Cambridge, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London and special consultant with Education International with specific responsibility for EI work in the OECD. Formerly Assistant Secretary (Education/Equal Opportunities) National Union of Teachers and co-author of “Reinventing Schools, Reforming Teaching”

Melissa Benn

Writer and campaigner. Melissa’s books on education include School Wars: the Battle for Britain’s Education (2011) and The Truth About Our Schools: Exploding the Myths, Exploring the Evidence (2013). Co-founder of the Local Schools Network and currently the Chair of Comprehensive Future, a cross-party group that campaigns against selection and for fair admissions to England’s schools.

Wendy Berliner

Head of education for The Guardian’s Professional Networks (the Guardian Teacher Network, the Guardian Higher Education Network, Careers Guardian and the Guardian University Guide). Formerly Guardian education correspondent, education features editor of The Independent and deputy editor and interim editor of the Times Educational Supplement.

Jo Boaler

Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Stanford, California

Eric Bolton

Senior Chief HM Inspector of Schools 1983 – 91; Professor for Teacher Education IOE 1991- 1995; Vice Chair New Opportunities Lottery Fund 1998 – 2006.

Sir Tim Brighouse

Formerly Chief Education Officer of Oxfordshire and Birmingham, and Chief Adviser for London Schools, Visiting Professor Institute of Education

Dave Brockington

Co-founder and strategy advisor to ASDAN. Formerly a teacher of philosophy at Bristol Polytechnic and Head of Faculty at University of West of England (UWE).

John Bynner

Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences in Education at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Education, UCL Institute of Education, University of London. Executive Editor, “Longitudinal and Life Course Studies” international journal.

Claire Callender

Professor of Higher Education Policy at Birkbeck College, University of London and co-director of the Birkbeck Institute of Lifelong
Learning. Expert on student finances in higher education Appointed a member of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 2003. Awarded a Fulbright New Century Scholarship for 2007-08. Visiting Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Graham Clayton

Former Senior Solicitor National Union of Teachers.   Former trustee of the Steve Sinnott Foundation. Chair of trustees of the National Education Museum.

Jonathan Crossley- Holland

Former Executive Director for Sheffield City Council. Previously an Education Officer in East Sussex and Hertfordshire. Joined international education technology and services provider “Tribal” in 2008 as Director of Strategy for Children’s Services. Now, since 2011, an independent consultant with a particular interest in ‘Middle Tier’ development.

Christine Davies CBE

Former Chief Executive of C4EO (Centre for Excellence & Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services). Previously, national lead for ‘Narrowing the Gap’ and Director of Children’s Services, Telford & Wrekin Council. Current member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, Office of the Children’s Commissioner Advisory Board and Early Intervention Foundation Trustee.

Janet Dobson

Senior Research Associate, Migration Research Unit, University College London. Director of national research on pupil mobility and implications for schools.

Michael Duffy

Former President, Secondary Heads Association

Alan Dyson

Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Equity in Education, University of Manchester

Peter Earley

Professor of Education Leadership and Management, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Institute of Education.

John Elliott

Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia, Member of the Norfolk Learning and Skills Council(2000-2006)and the Norfolk 14-19 Strategy Group. Website:

Leon Feinstein

Professor of Education and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University of London

John Fowler

John FowlerEducation Consultant

Kenny Frederick

Headteacher of George Green’s School, Tower Hamlets London

John Freeman

John FreemanEx-science teacher, ex-science-adviser, ex TVEI Director, ex-Education Director and ex-Director of Children’s Services, founding Joint President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, John is now Chair of the ADCS Associates Network and also Chair of the National Consortium for Examination results, a Community Interest Company co-owned by all local authorities, and also a writer for Children and Young People Now.

Kate Frood

Headteacher of Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Camden, London.

David Gillborn

Professor of Critical Race Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE) at the University of Birmingham. David’s research focuses on racism in education policy and practice.

Ron Glatter

Emeritus Professor of Educational Administration and Management, The Open University. Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London. Hon. President, BELMAS (British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society)

Helen Gunter

Professor of Education Policy, School of Education, University of Manchester.

Valerie Hannon

Managing Director of the Innovation Unit, a former Director of Education (Derbyshire CC) researcher and teacher.

Sir Philip Hunter

Former Schools Adjudicator, Deputy Chief Education Officer at ILEA and Chief Education Officer, Staffordshire.

Fred Jarvis

General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers 1975 – 89, Member T.U.C. General Council 1974 – 89, President of T.U.C. 1986-7, President National Union of Students 1952 -54

Graham Lane

Ex-Chair of LGA Education Committee, Member of European Lifelong Learning Commission and Board member of Institute of Education and Business Excellence.

Carole Leathwood

Professor, Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE), London Metropolitan University.

Brian Lightman

Brian LightmanGeneral Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders until 2016. His broad experience in England and Wales included two headships. Now self-employed he is providing support to leadership teams and is a Patron of the National Citizen Service and board member of the Careers and Enterprise Company and the PiXL Edge trust.

Eva Lloyd

Professor of Early Childhood in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London, where she co-directs the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare, ICMEC. Her research focuses on the marketisation and privatisation of early childhood education and care and its relation to child poverty and social exclusion.

Sir Alasdair Macdonald

Headteacher of Morpeth Secondary School, Tower Hamlets, London

Margaret Maden

Professor, formerly at Islington Green School (Headteacher), Islington Sixth Form centre (Director), Warwickshire County Council (Chief Education Officer), Keele University (Director of Centre for Successful Schools). Member of National Commission on Education. Hon. Fellow, Institute of Education.

Warwick Mansell

Freelance education journalist

Bethan Marshall

Senior Lecturer in Education, Kings College, London

Amanda Martin

Classroom teacher with experience of ages 4 to 16. NUT National Executive member since 2010 and vice chair of its Education Committee.

Fiona Millar

Writer, campaigner,
Co-founder Local Schools Network (Website:

Heidi Safia Mirza

Professor of Equalities Studies in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, where she is Director of the Centre for Rights Equalities and Social Justice. She is known internationally for her work on ethnicity, gender and identity in education.

Keith Mitchell

Director of Education for County Durham 1990-2006 and former Adviser to the Association of County Councils and Chair of the County Education Officers’ Society.

Bob Moon

A former teacher and secondary school head and currently Professor of Education at The Open University

Paul Morris

Professor of Education in the Department of Lifelong and Comparative Education at the Institute of Education. Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong from 1986 to 1993 and President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education from 2002 to 2007.

Peter Mortimore

Independent Education Consultant; Professor, University of Southern Denmark, 2008; Director, Institute of Education, University of London 1994 – 2000.

Peter Moss

Professor of Early Childhood Provision at the Institute of Education, London and editor of the magazine Children in Europe.

Kate Myers

Kate MyersEmeritus Professor University of Keele

Sir Peter Newsam

Formerly Chief Education Officer Inner London Education Authority, and Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality from 1981 to 1985. Former Director of the Institute of Education, University of London and Chief Schools Adjudicator from 1999 to 2002.

John O’Leary

Journalist. Formerly editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement and previously Education Editor of The Times

Megan Pacey

Chief Executive of ‘Early Education’ with a background in education psychology. Graduated in New Zealand and now has an established career in major areas of public policy. A member of the Department for Education early education co-production group, and an expert panel member of the Nutbrown Review. Research Advisory Board member at the School of Education, University of Sheffield.

Alan Parker

Formerly Director of Education, London Borough of Ealing. Schools adjudicator. Consultant in education policy and management. Associate of the Virtual Staff College and a Trustee of the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER).

Terry Parkin

Director of Children’s Services, Brighton and Hove.

Alison Peacock

Headteacher at The Wroxham Primary School, Potters Bar – a ‘Teaching School’, Leader of the Cambridge Primary Review National Network. Also a National Leader in Education (NLE) and leads a National School of Creativity.

Gary Phillips

Headteacher, Lilian Baylis Technology School, Kennington, London

Eddie Playfair

Principal of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc), a large comprehensive sixth form college in East London since 2008. Teacher in inner city schools and colleges in London and Leicester for 30 years and a sixth form college principal since 2002. National chair of the Sixth Form College Association 2014-2016. Blogs at and tweets at @eddieplayfair.

Sandra Plummer

Teacher and manager in Further Education Colleges in London for 30 years. Active member of University and College Union at branch level. Now works for exam boards, moderating vocational qualifications. Parent governor at a London Secondary School.

Richard Pring

Lead Director, Nuffield Review 14-19 Education and Training; Director, University of Oxford Department of Educational Studies 1989-2003.

Dame Gillian Pugh

Chief executive of the children’s charity Coram Family until 2005. She is currently chair of the National Children’s Bureau and a visiting professor at the Institute of Education.

Lord (David) Puttnam

Former film producer. First chancellor of the University of Sunderland from 1997 until 13 July 2007. Founder and forst chairman of the National Teaching Awards. Founding chairman of the General Teaching Council for England. Chancellor of the Open University in 2006. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Chairman of Futurelab and on the board of directors of learning technologies company Promethean.

Colin Richards

Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cumbria. Formerly honorary professor at the University of Warwick and visiting professor at the Universities of Leicester and Newcastle. HMI from 1983 to 1996. OFSTED Specialist Adviser for Primary Education. Chair of governors of a Cumbrian secondary school. Designated a National Leader of Governance.

Kathryn Riley

Director of Research and Director, London Education Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London

Martin Rogers

Chair of ILEA Schools sub-committee 1988-1990; head of The Education Network (TEN) / Children’s Services Network (CSN) 1997-2007

Ray Shostak

International Adviser; Board Member of the National Audit Office; Norham Fellow Oxford University; Chair of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies; Trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation. Formerly Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit; Director General Performance; HMT Director of Public Spending; Director of Education and DCS of Hertfordshire Children, Schools and Families.

Kathy Silva

Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of Education, University of Oxford

Iram Siraj-Blatchford

Professor of Education, University of London. Advisor to government ministers in England, Wales and overseas. Has conducted longitudinal studies in a number of countries on what influences children’s learning life-course. Her latest book is ‘Social Class and Educational Inequality: The impact of schools and parents’, Cambridge University Press.

Ken Spours

Head of the Department of Continuing and Professional Education, Institute of Education, University of London

Sir Alan Steer

Head teacher of Seven Kings High School 1985-2008, Secondary Education Advisor DCSF 2005-10, Chaired review of Behaviour in Schools and Associated Issues. Former Pro-Director Institute of Education UNiversity of London. Currently member of Board of Governors OFSTED, member of the advisory board Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and director and national judge of the Teaching Awards

Wes Streeting

Chief Executive of the Helena Kennedy Foundation. Former National President of the National Union of Students (NUS).

Richard Thornhill

Executive Headteacher of the Loughborough Federation of Schools, Lambeth serving the Brixton town centre area in south west London. Trustee and director of the National Education and Employer Task Force. Teaching and Development Agency Board Member.

Susan Trigger

Headteacher Bitterne Park School, Southampton

Margaret Tulloch

Trustee of Research and Information on State Education Trust, Secretary of Comprehensive Future and school governor.

Mick Waters

Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton. Former headteacher, Chief Education Officer, Manchester and Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority from 2005-9

John White

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education University of London. Website:

Peter Wilby

peter-wilby Former Independent on Sunday and New Statesman editor. Now freelance columnist for The Guardian & the New Statesman.

Dave Wilcox

Chair LGIU (incorporating Children’s Services Network) since 2003, Derbyshire County Council member since 1981, Deputy Chair of Lifelong Learning at Local Govt. Assoc (LGA), 1997 to 2002.

Clarissa Williams

Former primary school teacher including positions in challenging schools covering learning support, advisory support and curriculum development. 24 years as Head of a secondary school in South London. Active member of the NAHT, regular spokesperson on the media, NAHT national president of the NAHT 2008-2009. Now an independent consultant working with Ascend Education on leadership recruitment and guidance. She is also Education Ambassador to the Deaf Parents’ UK charity.

Eric Wood

County Education Officer, Warwickshire, 1995-2006

Tom Wylie

HM Inspectorate 1979-96;CEO National Youth Agency 1996-2007