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Ambition Institute welcomes new trustees

July 16, 2021

Ambition has appointed five new trustees to expand its expertise in support of its mission to help teachers and leaders to keep getting better – particularly in schools serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are excited to announce the appointment of five new trustees who will help shape the organisation’s future at this time of significant change in the education sector. We welcome:

Cecilia Harvey, the CEO and co-founder of technology company Hyve Dynamics and founder of Tech Women Today.

Jo Morgan, who leads Shaw Education Trust – a 26-school multi-academy trust – and has experience of headship and working as an Ofsted Regional Director (North West).

Jon Temple, the Chief Financial Officer for N Family Club, a provider of high quality Early Years education in London and the Home Counties.

Rachna Patel, who brings international operations and EDI expertise as EMEA director with Walt Disney and is treasurer for the Global Girl Project.

Sam Freedman is Senior Adviser at Ark and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government. Prior to this, he led Ark’s Education Partnership Group (EPG), was an Executive Director at Teach First and was a senior policy adviser to the Secretary of State for Education. He is also a governor of Woodside High School in Tottenham and a board member of the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Teacher Development Trust.

We also welcome Rich Jefferson as our new interim Board Chair, as Rebecca Boomer-Clark, our Chair since September 2019, steps down.

Rich says: “I’m thrilled to welcome Cecilia, Jo, Jon, Rachna and Sam onto the Board as trustees. They will bring to the Board skills in workforce planning, organisational design, capacity and scaling-up, technology, diversity and inclusion, policy and delivery in and beyond education. Their expertise will be extremely valuable in setting us up for success in the coming months and years.

“I look forward to the support and challenge our new trustees will offer to help Ambition to keep getting better.

“I would also like to thank Rebecca for her skilful leadership, as she steps down from the role of Chair to take on an exciting role leading AET, one of the largest trusts in the country. I am very glad that she will remain on the Board as a trustee to help us meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

You can find out more about our trustees here.