Melanie Renowden to move on from Ambition Institute

Nov. 12, 2019

After almost nine years with Ambition Institute and its predecessor organisations, Melanie Renowden will leave the charity at the end of this year.

Melanie joined Teaching Leaders in 2011 as Regional Director in the North. In a variety of roles since, she has led teams and projects covering the whole spectrum of programme delivery, school partnerships, operations, fundraising and business development and marketing and communications. Most recently, Melanie led Ambition Institute as Interim CEO, launching its new brand and strategy. 

In the new year, Melanie will join Bite Back 2030, a start-up charity with a mission to halve childhood obesity by 2030, led by former Ambition Institute CEO, James Toop. Melanie will be Bite Back 2030’s Alliance Director, using her skills and experience to forge powerful partnerships with businesses, local authorities, schools and government to change the UK food industry for the better.

Melanie says: “After nine exciting, formative, rewarding years, the time is now right for me to move on from Ambition. From the moment I signed up to this mission, as one of a handful of staff at Teaching Leaders, to this latest chapter as Interim CEO for the launch of Ambition Institute, I have believed passionately in the potential of educator development to change children’s lives for the better. That belief is stronger than ever, and I know that, under Hilary Spencer's leadership, Ambition is going to achieve even greater things.

“I’m immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to play a part in this work, and to work alongside so many talented and committed people. It has been a privilege to get to know our incredible participants, in whose capable hands our school system rests, and to lead an organisation stuffed so full of brilliant staff. Whilst I’m really excited to be moving on to work on the important issue of childhood obesity, I will leave a little part of my heart here at Ambition and will forever be an ardent supporter of our work.”