Steve is a Trustee, Co-Founder and Managing Director 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.
Under his leadership, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace 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 KenningCo-Founder, Trustee & Deputy Managing Director
Paula is a Trustee, Co-Founder and Deputy Managing Director of the Aspirations Academies Trust. Until September 2015, she was also Executive Principal of Rivers Academy West London, which was graded Outstanding by Ofsted (2015).
Paula has led significant improvement in two schools over the past 6 years. Between 2010 and 2012, Rivers Academy West London 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 judged to be Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Prior to Rivers, Paula was Headteacher of Goffs School in Hertfordshire, improving the 5+ A*-C including English and Maths GCSE performance from 52% to 72% in one year (2010).
Vic DanielsChair of the Board of Trustees
Vic is a director of HITC, the publisher of a top 100 UK website. A father of two children of secondary school age, Vic was a banker and an HR & Development recruitment specialist.
He has been involved in school governance for many 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, Chaired the School Improvement Board of a local primary school which achieved a ‘good’ Ofsted judgement, and is a member of Hammersmith & Fulham’s Children and Education Policy and Accountability Committee.
Caroline BaultTrustee, Chair of the Remuneration, Risk & Finance Committee
Caroline Bault is Managing Partner at CounselRock Partners, a specialist in hedge fund research and alternative investment consultancy. Between 2011 and 2013, 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 also a Trustee for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Charity.
Tara is Headteacher of Miles Coverdale Primary School, Hammersmith. She has a successful track record of providing leadership and management as a Headteacher and National Leader of Education of two different primary schools since 2007, leading her current school from a Satisfactory to Outstanding judgement from Ofsted within three years.
Outcomes in Miles Coverdale Primary School have been Outstanding in all key stages with 100% in all areas at the end of Key Stage 2. The school has consistently been in the top 1% of schools nationally and was ranked by the Guardian newspaper as the 8th highest performing school in the country in 2017. EYFS and KS1 outcomes are similarly well above national averages. Tara has established a culture of ambition and high expectations, especially for children with disadvantaged backgrounds, closing the gaps for attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 2.
As a National Leader of Education and with Miles Coverdale’s designation as a National Support School, Tara has been able to disseminate her high educational practices and contribute to raising standards for other schools by working alongside school staff, inspectors, advisers and government officials at local, national and international levels. Tara works with others to secure the commitment of the wider community to a school by developing and maintaining effective partnerships to raise standards for all the schools she works with.
Having qualified as an Ofsted inspector (with distinction), Tara has contributed through key roles to the development of the education system as a whole and raising standards in schools at a national level and within west London.
Miles Coverdale has been the recipient of several awards and acknowledgements of its bespoke curriculum and its contributions to policy research papers by HMI and the DfE.
Roma BoschMember & Trustee
Romà Bosch is a solicitor, specialising in contract and corporate law. He also has significant experience in property and inheritance law.
Roma received his law degree from Barcelona University in 1988. A member of the Barcelona Law Society, Roma has has been a partner at DIG ADVOCATS since 2004. He is a director of a number of Spanish steel, energy and health services companies.
Dr Michael J CorsoMember
Dr Michael J Corso is the Chair of the Theology Department at Catholic Memorial School, Massachusetts, USA. He has a doctorate in Education from Boston College, has been an educator for over thirty years, and has taught at every grade level from kindergarten through graduate school.
Mickey 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. Mickey 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.
Ian Livingstone CBETrustee
Ian is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry and the Government’s Creative Industries Champion. He co-founded the iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain. He co-created the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks in 1982.
Raymond J McNultyMember
Raymond J McNulty is the Dean of the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University, which Fast Company magazine named the 12th most innovative organisation in the world in its “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”.
Ray is also a Senior Fellow of the US-based International Center for Leadership in Education, having previously served as President. 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 American high schools. Currently Chair of the National Dropout Prevention Network, Ray was recently the Chief Learning Officer for Penn Foster, a global leader in online education. 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 for Leadership in Education.
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 US 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.
Richard is a Divisional Director for BAM Nuttall, responsible for the London division. Richard oversees 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.