Hannah Stolton has been CEO of national education charity Governors for Schools since January 2020. Hannah joined the organisation in 2017 where she managed the development of operations, enabling us to spend less time on administration, and more time working directly with potential volunteers and schools. After starting her career as a primary teacher, Hannah moved into the recruitment field, managing the UK operations of an in-house agency. She brings 20 years experience in this area to Governors for Schools, where she focuses on expanding our reach across England and Wales. Hannah is currently chair of governors at a primary school in Essex.
Head of Finance, HR, and Technology
Tara has worked for Governors for Schools since 2007 and is responsible for managing the charity's finance, HR. and technology work. Having previously worked in post 16 education, Tara moved to Governors for Schools as she wanted to work for an organisation that supported education across all phases to ensure she was part of something working for the best educational outcomes for all. For the last 4 years, Tara has been a governor at a primary school in Surrey and has recently started her second term at the school, taking on the role of vice chair. She is the link governor for disadvantaged pupils.
Head of Key Accounts and London Operations
Will joined the charity in 2015 and has a strong belief in the need for schools to have diverse governing boards and is passionate about outcomes for children. He previously worked for a secondary school for children with severe learning difficulties in North London. He has served as a governor at a primary school in Islington since November 2016 and is currently the Link Governor for curriculum within the school. He has a degree in History as well as an MA in Heritage Resource Management.
Head of Partnerships and Impact
Julie is part of the senior leadership team at Governors for Schools and has oversight of marketing, impact, fundraising, and larger projects. Julie also heads up our new relationships with corporate partners. Julie brings a background in strategic business development, new business, and project delivery and has moved around the world with work. She studied her business degrees in Copenhagen, New York and London. Julie believes that all children deserve a great education and thrives on seeing the significant impact the charity has on schools across the country.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Lydia joined Governors for Schools after spending two years working as a copywriter in the London tech startup scene. Having worked and volunteered for the RNLI, Oxfam, and women’s charities in the past, Lydia made the move to the charity sector full time to use her written and creative skills to encourage more people to become school governors – and positively impact social mobility. Lydia graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English and Politics and spent a year studying at the University of Sydney as part of her degree.
Governance Insight Manager
In his role as Governance Insight Manager, Oliver works to enhance our offer of services and resources for volunteers. Oliver has seven years’ experience supporting governors and school leaders with The Key and Governors for Schools. He has a degree in history from the University of Manchester.
Senior Partnerships Manager - North
Emma joined Governors for Schools in 2018 pursuing her passion for education. She had previously led North West regional recruitment campaigns for local authority children’s services, as well as having a senior marketing role at a national charity. She has a BA in English from Nottingham Trent University and is a governor at a nursery school in Stockport.
Senior Partnerships Manager - South
Ellie has been with Governors for Schools since November 2018, originally joining the London team before moving over to the National team in 2020. Ellie is a community governor at a primary School in Kent, and has always had an interest in improving educational outcomes. She gained a first-class degree in Geography and International Development from UEA, and undertook outreach work across schools whilst based in Norfolk. Prior to joining the Charity, Ellie worked for a London based health foundation.
Projects and Impact Manager
Emma joined Governors for Schools in November 2017 and brings a range of experience in the education sector. Emma taught in in Essex for several years before joining EES for Schools as an Education Adviser, specialising in assessment. She has also developed assessment software used in schools across the country. Emma has a BA (Hons) from Brunel University and achieved QTS after completing a Primary PGCE at the University of Greenwich. She is a governor at a large infant school in Southend-on-Sea.
Jill joined Governors for Schools in July 2015 as a National Team Area Manager before moving across to the London Team the following year. She now works across both teams supporting our other Partnerships Managers in their roles. Having previously gained a BA in Acting, Jill is now studying for an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama alongside working at Governors for Schools.
Before joining Governors for Schools, Raheem volunteered as an administrator for CEN (Communities Empowerment Network), a charity that supports, advises and represents parents and helps reintegrate pupils excluded from school back into education. Raheem has a degree in Psychosocial Studies from Anglia Ruskin University and in his spare time does Parkour.
Partnerships Manager - North & East London
Craig joined Governors For Schools in 2017 and has been the good luck charm to the London Team ever since. Craig graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology but always longed to direct films for the big screen in Hollywood. If he isn’t handling and liaising with volunteers, he’s filming and editing videos for the company website.
Partnerships Manager - West Midlands
Shaun joined Governors for Schools after previously working in engineering recruitment. Shaun is passionate about volunteering and chairs multiple local charities. He enjoys supporting schools and volunteers in his local community through his role at Governors for Schools. Based in the heart of the Midlands, Shaun is an avid runner and cook and can regularly be spotted at running events or in the kitchen.
Jerome joined Governors for Schools in the summer of 2019. Prior to this he spent 6 years working in special needs settings across London with an interest in supporting communication as a means of promoting independence. He has a degree in Communication and Digital Media, a diploma in copywriting and a years’ experience volunteering for non-profit start-up Bounce Works as a copywriter. He joined the Governors for Schools team as a Marketing Executive to use these experiences to promote the charity.
Partnerships Manager - South West
Daniel has joined the team after travelling throughout South America and the Indian subcontinent. Previously he worked for One Westminster, supporting corporate volunteers with one-off and long-term volunteering activities. Daniel enjoys enabling businesses to engage their staff with meaningful and high impact volunteering. In a previous role, he advocated schools to offer the Barclays LifeSkills programme to their students. In his spare time he volunteers; assisting people with learning difficulties with activities like cooking. Daniel is also a keen bicycle mechanic and has a long-standing interest in tinkering and learning how things work.
Partnerships Manager - South London
Originally born in South London but raised in Essex, Blessing joined Governors for Schools in September 2019 after finishing her Politics degree at the University of Leicester. With previous volunteering experience, Blessing has grown passionate about challenging social inequality and improving the education sector to create equal opportunities for all children. Blessing is also very dedicated to fitness - in particular, weight training and all things nutrition.
Partnerships Manager - North (currently on Maternity Leave)
Alice joined the team in autumn 2019 and is based in Leeds, although originally from the North East. She has previously worked in relationship management with schools and colleges across Yorkshire, helping to deliver National Citizen Service within the region. In addition she has experience working in the public health sector in the UK and Central America. She has a degree from the University of London Institute in Paris, alongside a PGCE with QTS where she advocated languages in secondary schools.
Partnerships Manager - Central London
Aidan joined Governors for Schools in January 2020, making the short move from Surrey to London, where he manages our partnerships in the central London boroughs. Before joining, he spent a month volunteering with refugees in Calais and has also volunteered as a tutor to primary and secondary school students. Aidan graduated in 2019 with a Geography degree from the University of Cambridge where he enjoyed carrying out fieldwork in Morocco and Singapore.
Partnerships Manager - East
Sarah joined Governors for Schools in early 2020, and prior to this she worked for a social integration charity to promote the National Citizen Service to schools in North West London. Sarah also worked for an education entity collecting university reviews across the UK to support the next generation with their Higher Education paths. She believes that all young people should be entitled to a good education, regardless of their background. She has a Journalism with English Literature degree from the University of Portsmouth.
Partnerships Manager - North
Rachel joined Governors from Schools having previously worked in the public and charity sectors. Rachel worked for education charity Engineering Development Trust, managing relationships with schools and businesses across the North East, helping to deliver the Industrial Cadets programme. She also has experience in the recruitment and welfare-to-work sectors in the UK and is passionate about equal opportunities for all.
Partnerships Administrator - North
Gemma joined Governors for Schools to pursue her passion for education, having been involved with her children’s school and local youth clubs. She spent 19 years working in the travel industry and was based in locations across France, Italy, and Holland. When Gemma settled back in the UK she moved into the recruitment and logistics for Eurocamp, before joining Flight Centre as an account manager. Gemma is part of the North team at Governors for Schools and lives in Northwich with her husband, two children, and chocolate Labrador.
Partnerships Manager - Wales
Loren is based in South-East Wales and joined the Governors for Schools team in November 2020. She has worked in various roles within the education sector domestically and internationally, including teaching overseas, managing education intervention programmes for a UK charity, and working as a curriculum development consultant on an international project. She has a first-class degree in International History and Politics and an MA in Modern History. She joined Governors for Schools as a Partnerships Manager to support the organisation’s expansion into Wales.
Partnerships & Finance Administrator
Clare joined Governors for Schools having previously worked in the charity sector. Clare worked at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers where she provided administrative support to the Governance and Engagement department. Prior to this, Clare spent 3 years as an administrator to a surveying consultancy whereby she undertook an apprenticeship in Business Administration. Growing up in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, Clare relates and empathises with children of disadvantaged backgrounds and believes every child has the right to a good education.
Charity Development and Projects Manager
A school governor himself, in this role Matt works with various team members to design and deliver projects as well as develop and manage relationships with our partners. A former British Army officer, Matt has a background in operations, project management, and communications, and as a civilian has primarily worked within education and the third sector. He grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to the UK to read law at University College, Durham University.