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 Impact
Will joined the charity in 2015 and is passionate about outcomes for children. He oversees our training and impact reporting initiatives, our corporate partnerships as well as our work appointing governors in London and the South of England. He has been involved in governance roles since 2016 and is currently Link Trustee for SEND and Inclusion for an Academy in West Sussex. He previously worked for a secondary school for children with severe learning difficulties in North London.
Head of Charity Development
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.
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.
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 - 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.
Digital Marketing & Design Lead
Jerome joined the team 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. When he joined he had 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. After 2 years working for Governors for Schools, he is now the lead for all digital marketing and design.
Partnerships Manager - Merseyside and Lancashire
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 - North East and Yorkshire
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.
Senior Partnerships Manager - South
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 Co-ordinator - South & West London
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.
Partnerships Manager - South East
Lea joined Governors for Schools after having worked for 7 years at guide Dogs for the Blind. She was part of the Community Fundraising team which supported a wide range of volunteers and acted as the main support person for the wider team across the UK. She is a big believer in giving back to the local community and donates her time volunteering when she can. Lea has trained assistance dogs and pet dogs alike and in her spare time enjoys gaming, archery, horse riding as well as walking her canine sidekick, Mia.
Partnerships Manager - Central London
Jessica comes from a mental health and wellbeing background. Since graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology, she went on to further training in counselling. She is passionate about volunteering and took on her first volunteer role at 15 years old at her local library. She continues to offer her time at a carers charity in Essex, alongside her work with Governors for Schools. She is also passionate about mental health and supporting people holistically, acting as a self-employed psychotherapist in her spare time. She finds that all these different experiences assist her in her role as a Partnerships Manager for Central London.
Partnerships Administrator - South
Kate joined the organisation to further a desire for improving education after 10 years working in Higher Education, seeing the challenges faced as students move from school into University. A keen volunteer, Kate leads fundraising activities in her own children's school to enable the school to improve facilities for its pupils and to support the School's strategy for improvement. Kate also supports her local rugby club, volunteering for the youth team as an administrator. Kate spent her early career working in the travel industry, based in locations in France & Holland and has a passion for travel, adventure, food & community, and is now based in Norfolk.
Partnerships Coordinator - North & East London
Shima is a customer service and education professional. Her career has centered on providing best-in-class customer service and helping others. She is a qualified English Language Teacher, having worked abroad teaching preparatory English at international universities. Shima is very passionate about helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds, having worked with children with special education needs as a Learning Support Assistant and in support services in helping others get access to aid and charitable organisations.
In her spare time, she loves to bake with her two wonderful children and go for long walks and enjoy nature.
Partnerships Manager - East
Naomi comes from an administration background having previously worked at the British Heart Foundation. She has an interest in law and is currently studying for a law degree in her spare time. She’s passionate about working to diversify school boards now that her son has started school, which makes her role as Partnerships Manager for the East such a great fit. She believes strongly in helping others and has previously volunteered in the kitchens at a homeless shelter as a way of giving back.
Communications and Engagement Manager
As the Communications and Engagement Manager, Ashley manages key marketing projects for Governors for Schools including the annual campaign and conference. Ashley joins the team following a 12-year career higher education outreach and has recent experience of a leadership role within a secondary school. Based in County Durham, she has a degree in Education and History from Durham University and volunteers as a governor at a local primary school.
Partnerships Coordinator - South West
Enya comes from a volunteer coordinator and recruitment background and has been volunteering in her local community for 14 years. Alongside her role as Partnerships Coordinator at Governors for Schools, she is currently obtaining her Masters Degree in Human Rights. In her spare time Enya is also the president and co-founder of her local LGBTQ society, leading on community events and comms.
Louisa joined Governors for School as Communications Executive in March 2022. She has around seven years’ worth of experience in communications in both in-house and freelance capacities and has spent time teaching in the higher education sector. She has a PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Manchester and continues to operate within the academic sphere alongside her role at Governors for Schools.
Head of Trustee Recruitment
David joined Governors for Schools as Head of Trustee Recruitment in June, 2022 having previously worked for more than five years on trustee recruitment in the education sector. David previously worked as a Marketing Manager for British Cycling, the national governing body for the sport based at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, and was responsible for the delivery of Sky Ride, Britain’s largest initiative to get people into recreational cycling, in partnership with Sport England and corporate partners. A former newspaper journalist, David has a degree in Communication from Chester University.