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 was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills on 1 January 2012.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 is Headteacher of The Wroxham School, having led the school out of special measures less than a year after her appointment in 2003. It was subsequently judged by Ofsted to be outstanding (2006, 2009, 2013). Alison’s teaching career spans primary, secondary and advisory roles. Alison is a trustee of Teach First and a member of the Future Leaders Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Royal Society Education Committee and a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

Ann Mroz

Ann is the editor and digital publishing director for Times Educational Supplement, and former editor of Times Higher Education Supplement. In 2011Times Higher Educationwas awarded the titles of “Weekly Business Magazine of the Year” and “Media Business Brand of the Year” by theProfessional Publishers Association. She is a trustee of the charity Shineand a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is 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.

Professor Becky Francis

Professor Francis is head of the Institute of Education at University College London, a position she filled as of July 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, Professor Francis was Director of the Pearson Think Tank and Director of Education for The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (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, a trustee of the Sutton Trust 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 Eductation 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.

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 is the General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), having been elected first in 2010 and re-elected to the position in 2015. In 1998, he joined the management consultancy Hay Group. Within a year of joining, Russell was working on education projects, including research into teacher effectiveness for the then DfES. In 2003 he founded Hay Group’s education practice, leading a team of consultants working directly with leadership teams in hundreds of schools of every phase, size and location, as well as government agencies.

Professor Steve Higgins

Professor Higgins is Professor of Education at Durham University. Steve 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 theEEF Teaching and Learning Toolki.

Tim Gardam

Tim is Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2016, Tim was Principal of St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford – a post he held for 12 years – and Chairman of the Which? Council. Tim worked for 25 years in senior broadcasting roles, starting at the BBC where he was editor of Panorama and Newsnight, and later becoming Head of Current Affairs and Weekly News. He was Director of Television and Director of Programmes at Channel 4 from 1998 to 2003. From 2008 to 2015 Tim was a member of the Ofcom Board and was Chair of the Ofcom Content Board.