#BDP2020 Requires Improvement: Board Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM [GST]

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Tuesday, 08 December 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM [GST]

Join us for the next instalment of New Schools Network's Board Development Programme 2020 for Academy Ambassadors.

The Board Development Programme is a series of online events for Ambassadors to learn, network, and develop. The full Programme comprises a range of webinars and panel discussions. 

In this webinar, a panel of experts will share their experiences in creating a board that is diverse and inclusive.

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Karen Giles FCCT
Headteacher, Barham Primary School; and Chair, Inspire Partnership Academy Trust

Karen Giles is embedding excellence in her eighteenth year of Headship at Barham, a titan (930 pupils, 143 staff) multi-lingual/cultural/faith primary school in Wembley. She has been teaching and leading learning in urban primary schools for over three decades. Karen is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. She is currently Chair of the Inspire Partnership Academy Trust Board. Karen is an Advisor to the Varkey Foundation (VF) Board UK and Trustee for VF Argentina. This entails the Global Teacher Prize, the Global Education and Skills Forum and education programmes in Africa. She has experience of working for GEMS as a consultant looking into the feasibility of an affordable UK independent schools model. Karen worked for Brent Local Authority as a School Effectiveness Lead Professional September. Her work with Challenge Partners was initially as a Leadership Coach for the Greater London Assembly Getting Ahead London programme for Aspiring Leaders and she is now a Leadership Development Broker. Karen has been a Leadership Coach with The Future Leaders Trust/Ambition School Leadership and a Director for the London Leadership Strategy, and was an OFSTED Team Inspector Karen received the London Region National Teacher Award for (DCSF) Enterprise and Innovation in 2009. She has experience of study visits to schools locally, nationally and internationally (USA, China, Ukraine, Norway, Brazil, Ghana and UAE) and experience of interviewing teachers in Canada for recruitment to the UK. Karen facilitated National College (NCSL) leadership development programmes (New Vision, Head for the Future, Tomorrow’s Heads, NPQH). She currently facilitates professional development, (most recently in Argentina and Brazil), Next Step Leadership on behalf of the London Leadership Strategy and DfE funded training for Diverse Leaders as well as the inaugural Women’s NPQH.

About Karen Giles FCCT

Headteacher, Barham Primary School; and Chair, Inspire Partnership Academy Trust

Dr Kamel Hothi OBE – a Director, Strategist and Architect of numerous programmes and initiatives that have changed the shape of the banking industry over 4 decades, as well as a campaigner for equality and fairness who was recognised by the Queen in 2017 with an OBE. Kamel is also an advisor and Trustee on several charities including the Queen's Commonwealth Trust and an Ambassador to Alzheimer’s Society, which she has supported for the past 8 years

About Kamel Hothi OBE

Louise Thomson FCG
Head of Policy, ICSA

Louise Thomson FCG is Head of Policy (Not-for-Profit) at ICSA: The Governance Institute, the professional body for governance. Louise has extensive knowledge of governance issues garnered from her career in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including education, over 20 years, complemented by her experience as a school governor, pension and charity trustee. Governance in the education sector is a core area of Louise’s work and she has produced guidance on the specific governance aspects of academies in a number of documents. Her extensive knowledge of company and charity law enables her to speak authoritatively across the range of governance matters affecting all educational institutions including academy trusts.

About Louise Thomson FCG

Head of Policy, ICSA
Emma Gregory
Head of Academy Ambassadors Programme

Emma joined the Academy Ambassadors Programme as NED Recruitment Manager in 2019, a role which combines her knowledge of executive search and corporate recruitment with school and trust governance. After graduating from the University of York, Emma joined Marks and Spencer’s graduate training programme as a merchandiser, before moving into executive search and recruitment at consultancy Penna, followed by corporate recruitment roles at global engineering firm Siemens and, later, the HR SaaS company Lumesse. Discovering a passion for education governance when volunteering as a Chair of Governors, Emma joined Buckinghamshire Learning Trust where she led the governance development programme for c.3000 governors across the region. She went on to work for eTeach, the global recruitment platform, engaging with the largest school trusts in England.

About Emma Gregory

Head of Academy Ambassadors Programme