ABOUT ME

I'm an entrepreneur and consultant working with organisations which set out to do good.

In 2009 I trained as a maths teacher through the Teach First Programme. I taught at Copley High School in Manchester, and learnt a huge amount from colleagues and pupils alike.

Whilst teaching I was elected to represent Manchester on the General Synod of the Church of England, and was pleased to contribute to securing legislation that allowed women to become bishops.

I was then elected to be Teach First President, representing the several thousand participants on the programme to the Teach First Board, and working with funders, press and policy makers to maximise impact in the classroom.

After a short spell back in the classroom in Bristol, I joined the Church of England Education Office as Research and Policy Officer. There I was responsible for shaping education policy on behalf of the Church's 4,700 schools.

In 2015 we realised there was an opportunity for the Church to do something really bold in education, so I was asked to set up and then run the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. This involved securing significant funding and leading the team which developed professional development resources  and programmes for headteachers across the country.

Since May 2018 I've been working with a range of organisations, offering advice and support as they take a step up to the next level.

©2018 by James Townsend