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Jen has a broad range of experience in the education sector. She is currently Associate Director, Strategy at Teach First and was previously the Head of Education Strategy at CfBT’s public research programme. Previously she worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, where she delivered pre- and post- 16 education projects. She also worked at a west London secondary school for four years, and was Head of Modern Foreign Languages and English as an Additional Language. Jen performed the role of Senior Project Manager in the set up phase of Reach Academy Feltham. Jen brings knowledge of education strategy and policy, programme design and delivery, and international education systems to Reach Academy Feltham. She lives in north London with her husband.
Jon has been involved with Reach Academy since its inception in the summer of 2010 and has chaired the team through the application process, the pre-opening process and the opening process. Jon founded and runs Reach Cambridge Ltd, an organisation that specialises in running residential study courses. Jon studied Classics at Cambridge University and his passion for education stems from being involved with University Access programmes.
Ed has a track record of excellent results in urban schools, working in schools in Peckham and White City and teaching French, History and Literacy. Prior to setting up Reach Academy Feltham with Rebecca Cramer and Jon McIntosh, he was based in Washington DC, helping to train outstanding teachers around the world. He brings many innovative approaches from the countries he visited to Reach. Ed studied History at Cambridge University, has a Masters in Comparative Education and lives in Hampton with his wife, son, Max and daughter, Madigan.
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Rebecca worked in three London schools prior to founding Reach Academy Feltham with Ed Vainker and Jon McIntosh. She is passionate about ensuring that all children have the life opportunities they deserve and works relentlessly to achieve this goal. Rebecca studied Geography at Bristol University and then trained to teach through the Teach First programme. Some of the vision for Reach Academy has been influenced by Rebecca’s visits to schools around the world including in Sweden and the United States.
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Tom is a teacher by profession and he is currently Assistant Principal (Post 16 Progression) at Ark Academy, Wembley. He is the Vice Chair of the Pupil Standards Committee and also sits on the Finance Committee. Tom is passionate about Reach Academy’s goal to provide all pupils with the opportunity to go to university if they wish and to live happy, healthy and productive lives. He studied History at Brasenose College, Oxford, and has Masters degrees in Comparative Politics from LSE and Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education. He lives in Harrow with his wife Mona.
Since training as a teacher, Sue has worked in a variety of schools in differing roles. After seven years as a Headteacher of a large Infant and Nursery School she joined a shire county Local Authority School Improvement Team as a Primary Consultant with responsibility for the Foundation Stage. She then moved onto a London Borough as Head of Early Education. In her local authority roles Sue has worked closely with schools, settings and sector partners. Sue left local authority work to lead on the Children’s Centre programme for London and followed by 3 years as the Senior Director for Early Years in the National Strategies.
In May 2011 Sue joined the charity “4Children” as Head of Early Years with the specific brief to lead the development of the Department for Education’s new early years strategic programme, Foundations for the Future. Sue has worked as a SIP and Ofsted inspector and is recognised nationally for her work on early years quality improvement.
Jude is an audit partner at Deloitte LLP, working with large multi-national listed businesses in the real estate, business services and media sectors. She chairs the Finance Committee at Reach and is keen to share her experience of working in finance and governance to benefit Reach as it develops and grows. Jude studied History and Classics at Cambridge University and lives in Chiswick with her husband Adam.
David is a senior associate practising corporate law at Ashurst LLP, an international law firm. Having grown up on the South Oxhey council estate (made famous in 2009 by Gareth Malone in the BBC programme, “The Choir”) he was the first in his family to go on to higher education, studying law at Cambridge University. Drawing on his own experiences, he became an active member of a University scheme aimed at improving and promoting access to top education for all. David advises the school on ad hoc legal matters and sits as a governor on the board. He lives near Epping with his wife and son, Theo.