Advisory Board

The EEF is advised by a group of sector experts. The advisory board provides high-level insight and counsel to the Trustees and executive team. It comprises leading figures from education, public policy and business

Sir Michael Wilshaw (Chair)

Sir Michael served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills from 2012 to 2016. Prior to joining Ofsted, Sir Michael had a distinguished career as a teacher for 43 years, 26 of these as a headteacher in London secondary schools, and most recently as Executive Principal at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney. In addition to leading Mossbourne Community Academy, Sir Michael was Director of Education for ARK, a charitable education trust running a number of academies across England.

Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Dame Alison was appointed became the Chartered College of Teaching’s Chief Executive on 1 January 2017. Prior to joining the Chartered College, she was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is a member of the Royal Society Education Committee, a peer member of the Teaching Schools Council and a trustee of both the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and of Teach First. In March 2015, Alison was appointed by the Department for Education as a member of the commission on assessment without levels and she is author of Assessment for Learning without Limits.

Ann Mroz

Ann is editor and digital publishing director of Tes. She sits on the education advisory group of the Sutton Trust and the advisory board of the Education Policy Institute. She is also a member of the Princeton University Press European advisory board, a trustee of the charity Shine and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Ann was previously editor of Times Higher Education.

Professor Becky Francis

Professor Francis has been Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) since 2016. Previously she had worked at the IOE at King's College London, where she was Professor of Education and Social Justice and Director of Research. Prior to that, she was Director of the Pearson Think Tank and Director of Education for the RSA. In 2015, she was appointed Standing Advisor to the Education Select Committee and provides a wide range of consultancy to Government and other stakeholder organisations.

David Hall CBE

David is Vice-Chair of the EEF and a governor of Swanlea School in Tower Hamlets. He is a member of the boards of Vestra wealth managers and of Ricardo plc, and an advisory director of Campbell Lutyens. David was a member of the executive committee of the Boston Consulting Group and chairman of BCG’s ten worldwide practice groups. He was the founder-leader of the financial services practice of BCG. David was chairman of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) from 2006 to 2012 and is a former non-executive director of C. Hoare & Co. He was awarded CBE for services to financial services, for his chairmanship of the FSCS.

Sir Frank McLoughlin CBE

Sir Frank currently serves as the Associate Director For Leadership at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). Sir Frank is one of the leading voices in the FE and training sector. Fourteen years as Principal of Camden and Islington College until July 2016, he has advised on policy development at a local, regional and national level. Sir Frank was Chair of the highly influential Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL), whose report ‘It’s about work’ is central to the ETF’s mission. He was awarded a CBE in 2009 and a Knighthood in 2015.

Hang Ho

Hang is head of JPMorgan Chase Foundation for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Kate Atkins

Kate is the Headteacher at Rosendale Primary school in Lambeth. She graduated from Hull University with a degree in English Literature and Drama. Having spent several years working and travelling, Kate attended South Bank University, obtaining a PGCE in Education (Early Years) in 1993 and she has been teaching in Lambeth ever since.

Sir Mark Grundy

Sir Mark became Headteacher of Shireland High School, near Birmingham, in 1997. The school serves one of the most deprived wards in the country. In 2006, Mark was knighted for his services to Education and Technology after advising the previous Government on harnessing technology in education in the UK. Mark has led two schools to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted, and in 2013, Shireland was judged for a third time to be an Outstanding and an “Exceptional” Academy. Mark is now working for the Department for Education as the Education Advisor to the Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands.

Sir David Bell

Sir David became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading on 1 January 2012. His extensive 33-year career has included many of the UK's top education jobs. As well as being Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools (2002-05), he spent six years as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education (2006-11).

Peter Goldsbrough

Peter was a managing director at The Boston Consulting Group and is now a senior advisor to the firm. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College. He has previously served as a non-executive director with NHS London. Peter advises senior leaders of major organisations in a variety of industrial and service sectors on strategic direction and operational performance. He was educated at Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School.

Russell Hobby

Russell joined Teach First as CEO in September 2017, building on more than 15 years developing and promoting leadership in schools. Prior to joining Teach First Russell was General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which represents over 29,000 school leaders in the UK and before that worked as a management consultant, founding Hay Group’s education practice. Russell is a trustee of Bounce Forward and the Brilliant Club. He is also a member of the Fair Education Alliance steering group and sits on the Development Board for Mathematics Mastery.

Professor Steve Higgins

Professor Higgins is Professor of Education at Durham University. He joined the School of Education in September 2006 from Newcastle University, where he was the founding Director of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching. Before working in higher education he taught in primary schools in the North East where his interest in children’s thinking and learning developed. He is one of the authors of the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit.