About The Headteachers’ Roundtable


The Headteachers’ Roundtable originated from a roundtable meeting on 12 October 2012 at The Guardian newspaper offices. It grew out of frustration regarding current government educational policy and the Opposition response to it. Its origins and subsequent growth are down to the power of Twitter as a tool for connecting people to try and bring about change where they feel it is needed. 

Core Purpose

We are a non-party political headteachers’ group operating as a think-tank, exploring policy issues from a range of perspectives.  Our goal is to provide a vehicle for people working in the profession to influence national education policymakers so that education policy is centred upon what is best for the learning of all children.

Composition of the Core Headteachers’ Roundtable Group January 2019

  • Binks Neate-Evans – Executive Principal Evolution Academy Trust
  • Caroline Barlow – Headteacher, Heathfield Community College, East Sussex
  • Chris McShane – Founding Member, Headteacher Focus Learning Trust Wilton Campus
  • Dave Whitaker – Founding Member, Executive Principal, Springwell Special Academy & Springwell Alternative Academy and Director of Education (SEN & AP) Wellspring Academy Trust
  • Duncan Spalding – Executive Headteacher Aylsham Learning Federation
  • Helen Keenan – Headteacher, Brownhills School, Walsall
  • Helena Marsh – Principal, Linton Village College & Executive Principal, Chilford Hundred Education Trust
  • James Eldon – Principal, Manchester Academy
  • Jon Chaloner – Vice Chair – Founding Member, CEO of GLF Schools
  • Keziah Featherstone – Headteacher, Q3 Academy, Tipton
  • Nav Sanghara – Executive Headteacher, Inspire Partnership, London
  • Rob Campbell – Founding Member, CEO, Morris Education Trust, Cambridge
  • Ros McMullen – Founding Member, Executive Principal of Midland Academies Trust
  • Ruth Whymark – Headteacher, The Vineyard School, London
  • Sabrina Hobbs – Principal, Severndale Specialist Academy, Shropshire
  • Stephen Tierney – Chair – CEO of BEBCMAT (Christ the King, St. Cuthbert’s & St. Mary’s Catholic Academies)
  • Vic Goddard – Founding Member, Principal, Passmores Academy, Harlow

Permanent Special Advisors to Headteachers’ Roundtable

  • Professor Rebecca Allen – Founder of Education Datalab & TeacherTapp
  • Lucy Crehan – Author of Cleverlands
  • Laura McInerney – Editor, Schools Week
  • Professor Sam Twistelton OBE – Director of Sheffield Institute of Education
  • Tom Sherrington – Founding Member, Teacherhead Consultancy, London
  • Raj Unsworth – Company Director, Charity Trustee, HR Professional, Governance Geek