Adam Gifford is subject specialist and series editor at Maths — No Problem! and co-host of the School of School podcast. He is a former primary school headteacher and the first primary mathematics specialist leader of education in the UK. He was the strategic primary lead for the Maths Hub pilot programme at the NCETM, where he was also involved in the textbook and diagnostic assessment programmes. Adam has worked closely with the NW1 Maths Hub as well as Manchester University, numerous local authorities and teaching school alliances.
Dan Edwards has worked in education for many years and held leadership roles in the secondary and primary sectors. He was a principal at a large inner-city primary school before moving into executive leadership. Throughout his journey, Dan has amplified the need for staff development, care and wellbeing to achieve and sustain positive organisational culture. He established Leading In The Now to help organisations do things differently. A regular columnist for several publications, Dan is also writing his first book to be published in 2023. He speaks nationally and internationally about leadership and organisational culture.
Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith
Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith, named one of the 50 most influential people in education, is an award-winning teacher and leader with a passion for supporting those who work with children and young people. As Founder of PedTech and Director of One Life Learning, Fiona provides strategic support to schools and trusts, professional learning providers and EdTech companies. She is Associate Lecturer and Consultant Researcher at The Open University and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. She is also the author of the best-selling book From EdTech to PedTech: Changing the way we think about digital technology.
Greg Bookman is the Director of Operations for M/LK Education Search, an education-only leadership recruitment company supporting schools, academy trusts and local authorities to source top leadership talent from across the country. He has spent 20 years within the education recruitment industry as a recruiter and senior leader building relationships across numerous education institutions. This experience, alongside his role as a school governor, has given him first-hand knowledge of how crucial and challenging recruitment and retention of strong leaders is, and inspires him to drive positive change within the industry.
Louise Hoskyns-Staples is an independent leadership and mathematics consultant. She supports teachers and leaders to research their own practice and evaluates large national projects for the DfE and NCETM. Louise has leadership experience as head teacher and as head of mathematics at the University of Worcester. She is lead assessment author at Maths — No Problem!
Lucy Crehan is an education explorer and consultant who works with governments, NGOs and LAs on education policy research and design. She teaches an online Masters module on International Comparisons in Education at the University of Buckingham. Her book, Cleverlands: the secrets behind the success of the world's education superpowers, documents her personal odyssey through Finland, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai and Canada and answers three fundamental questions: How do these countries achieve their high scores? What can others learn from them? What is the price of this success?
Naomi Ward is a purposeful leader who helps educators take a stand for their own unique value. A secondary school teacher and curriculum leader for 15 years, Naomi left the profession in 2014 after struggling to balance teaching with having a young family. Now an ICF Accredited Coach, Naomi works with educators seeking to reclaim their purpose and create their lifeʼs work. In 2019 she founded Purposeful Educators, a community active in the UK and globally. In 2021, she joined Making Stuff Better, where as Head of Learning she designs coaching and leadership programmes. She has edited two books about wellbeing in the education sector and is a Governor at her local primary school.