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Russquaglia feb 2016Dr. Russell Quaglia

Founder & Board Director

Russ is co-founder and President of the Aspirations Academies Trust. He is also President/Founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations based in the USA. Russ is recognized globally as a pioneer in the field of education, known for his unwavering dedication to student aspirations and student voice. Described by national news media as America's foremost authority on the development and achievement of student aspirations, Dr. Quaglia's innovative work is evidenced by an extensive library of research-based publications, prominent international speaking appearances, and a successfully growing list of aspirations ventures. Among these ventures, Dr. Quaglia authored the Quaglia Student Voice suite of surveys, iKnow My Class student surveys, and the My Aspirations Action Plan (MAAP), an online aspirations-based planner that helps students to work towards their dreams and track their progress with the support of an adult Aspirations Advocate.

Steve kenningSteve Kenning

CEO & Founder & Board Director

Steve is founder and Chief Executive of the Aspirations Academies Trust. Between 2008 and 2012 Steve was Principal of one of the best schools in the country, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, which, under his leadership, achieved a 'perfect' Ofsted with outstanding in all categories and 99.4% GCSE 5+ A*-C including English and Maths grades in 2012. Prior to this he was Headteacher of Callington Community College in Cornwall for 10 years where he led its transformation into a high performing school. Steve as an educational innovator devised the Space Studio and Post 16 Leadership Incubator Programme concepts.


Paula kenningPaula Kenning

Founder & Member

Executive Principal

Paula is Founder, Member and Executive Principal of the Aspirations Academies Trust, she was also until September 2015, Executive Principal of Rivers Academy West London which has been graded "Outstanding" by OFSTED (2015). Paula has led significant improvement in two schools over the past 6 years: At Rivers Academy West London between 2010 and 2012 the Academy achieved its best ever results, 56% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE, a 16% improvement on its previous best. In May 2012 the leadership and behaviour of the Academy was inspected as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. Prior to Rivers, Paula was Headteacher of Goffs School in Herfordshire improving the 5+ A*-C including English and Maths GCSE performance from 52% to 72% in one year (2010).


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Roma Bosch

Chair & Member & Board Director 


Romà Bosch is a lawyer. He took his law degree at Barcelona University in 1988 and since then he belongs to Barcelona Law Society. He is a partner at DIG ADVOCATS since 2004. He is specialized in contracts and corporate law and he also has a substantial experience in real estate and inheritance law. He is member of the board of several companies with different kind of activities such as health services, steel industry and energy


Dr michaelDr. Michael J. Corso


Chair of Theology Department at Catholic Memorial School in Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Michael J. Corso is the Chair of the Theology Department at the Catholic Memorial School. He has a doctorate in Education from Boston College, has been an educator for over thirty years, and has taught at every grade level kindergarten through graduate school. He is deeply committed to the belief that students are the agents of their own learning. This passion makes him a natural fit for work in the area of student aspirations. Dr. Corso has worked throughout his career to improve teaching and learning through teacher training and education and by preparing students to have a voice in their schools. He is the author of several articles on student voice and aspirations and is the co-author of Student Voice: The Instrument of Change (Corwin Press, 2014). Mickey has been working with the schools managed by Steve and Paula Kenning for over fifteen years.

Raymond j mcnultyRaymond J. Mcnulty

Board Director

Dean for the School of Education

Raymond J. McNulty is the Dean for the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University which Fast Company magazine named the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World's 50 Most Innovative Companies, and is a Senior Fellow to the International Center for Leadership in Education, having previously served as President. Ray also serves as the Chair of the National Dropout Prevention Network and was recently the Chief Learning Officer for Penn Foster a global leader in online education. Prior to joining the International Center, he was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators on improving our nation's high schools. Ray is a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and author of It’s Not Us Against Them — Creating the Schools We Need, published in 2009 by the International Center.

An educator since 1973, Ray has been a teacher, vice principal, principal, and superintendent. From 2001-03, he served as Vermont's education commissioner. During his tenure, Ray focused on aligning the Department of Education's work on three key issues: early education, educator quality, and secondary school reform.

Ray is a presenter at the state, national, and international levels on the need for school systems to accept the challenges that lie ahead. He is committed to raising performance standards for both teachers and students and to building solid connections between schools and their communities. Ray believes strongly that education systems cannot wait for the children and challenges to arrive at school; rather, schools need to reach out and help forge solutions.



Vic Daniels

Board Director

Director of HITC

A father of two children of secondary school age, Vic was a banker, HR & Development recruitment specialist, and is currently the publisher of a top 100 UK website.

He has been involved in school governance for 9 years. Previously the Chair of Governors at an outstanding primary school, more recently Vic became Chair of the Governing Body of a secondary school as it moved to Academy status, Chairs the School Improvement Board of a local primary school, and is a member of Hammersmith & Fulham's Children and Education Policy and Accountability Committee.

Dr lisaDr. Lisa L Lande

Board Director

Executive Director, Teacher Voice & Aspirations International Center  @Lisa_Lande @TVoiceMatters

Dr. Lande has dedicated her professional endeavors to advocating for teachers and students around the globe.  It is her aspiration that every classroom in every school is one that she would want her own three children to learn in. She is the Executive Director of the Teacher Voice and Aspirations International Center (TVAIC), an outgrowth of the Quaglia Institute for Student Voice and Aspirations. Dr. Lande currently serves as a board member for the Aspirations Academy Trust in England, and is engaged in a number of research and writing projects on the topic of teacher voice and aspirations.

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Caroline Bault

Board Director

Managing Partner at CounselRock Partners

Caroline Bault is Managing Partner at CounselRock Partners, a specialist in hedge fund research and alternative investment consultancy. Between 2013 and 2011, Caroline was Managing Director for Global Business Development at the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association. Prior to joining the CAIA Association in March 2011, she was a consultant to fund of hedge funds and family offices advising on manager selection, due diligence, and strategic and governance issues. Caroline has over 25 years’ experience in capital markets ranging from investment banking to equity research and sales. She has worked in London, Paris, Frankfurt, and New York and her prior assignments include Director of European Research at Commerzbank in London and Frankfurt and Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International. She received an MBA from the University of San Diego, California, in 1987 and a BSBA from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1986. She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), a member of the CFA Institute, and served as Chair of the Education Committee of 100 Women in Hedge Funds in London between 2009 and 2011. Caroline is a Trustee for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Charity.


Ian livingstoneIan Livingstone

Board Director


Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry and the Government's Creative Industries Champion.

Ian co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain.  He co-created Fighting Fantasy gamebooks in 1982.

He designed Eureka, the first computer game published by Domark in 1984, and joined the company in 1992 as a major investor and director, overseeing a merger that created Eidos plc in 1995, where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002. At Eidos he launched major franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
He is currently Life President of Eidos, Vice Chair of UKIE, Chair of Playdemic, Chair of PlayMob, Chair of Skillset’s Video Games Council, Chair Next Gen Skills Committee, Member of the Creative Industries Council, Trustee of GamesAid and an advisor to the British Council.
He was appointed OBE in 2006, and has also received a BAFTA Special Award, a British Inspiration Award, the Develop Legend Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bournemouth University and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Abertay University, Dundee for his contribution to the UK computer and video games industry.
He was appointed CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

Richard prime 1Richard Prime

Board Director

Divisional Director for BAM


Richard Prime is a Divisional Director for BAM Nuttall responsible for the London Division. Richard overseas a diverse portfolio of projects for customers like TfL, Heathrow Airport, The City of London and various Development Agencies and private companies. Richard has been involved in many ground-breaking schemes over the last several decades with projects such as the regeneration of Kings Cross and the London 2012 Olympics site in Stratford.

Richard has spent 20 years in the construction industry, working throughout the UK and overseas. He has delivered many facets of UK infrastructure, from Jetties, Roads, Water Treatment Works, Flood Alleviation Schemes and Urban Regeneration.

Combined with Richard’s operational responsibility, he has also been instrumental in culture change programmes whose aims have been to take the business forwards and to drive and inspire behavioural change. These programmes have seen accident and injuries reduce significantly and the development of a culture where people strive to make incidents a thing of the past and create fully engaged high performance teams.

Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and takes an active role in BAM Nuttall’s mentoring and graduate training programmes to develop and promote careers in Engineering.


Alisa swidlerAlisa Swidler

Board Director

Alisa Swidler campaigns across a multitude of humanitarian issues, including access to medical treatment for HIV in adolescents across the globe. She has partnerships with President Clinton, The Branson Family and Charlize Theron and was a featured panelist at Michael Milken's December 2016 London Conference. In addition, Alisa served on the Finance Committee of Hillary Clinton for President and was Chairman of The UK Conservative Party's 2016 Summer Gala. She is on the Capital Campaign Board of the English National Ballet and the Advisory/Development Boards of Royal Albert Hall, Virgin Unite, The Big Change Charitable Trust and Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project. Alisa is a Trustee of the global artisan group Nest and The Zeitz Foundation in Kenya and is a Brand Ambassador for Coco Prive Island in the Maldives, Lucy Annabella Organics Bath Oils and the womenswear brand, Amanda Wakeley. 
Originally from New York City (where she worked in Legislative Affairs for Mayor Giuliani), Alisa is a dual citizen and has lived outside of London for 15 years with her husband and 5 children (2 boys at Eton College, 3 girls at St George's Ascot). She is a Contributing Editor at Town & Country Magazine where she pens The A List, a weekly online lifestyle column and was profiled in The Telegraph Saturday Magazine in November 2016 as "The Most Connected Woman in London".