Our board

We are lead by a team of inspirational and dedicated individuals with a wealth of expertise.

Our Chair, Paul Roberts, was most recently Managing Director of the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government. In addition to his extensive knowledge of local government,  his specialist expertise is in education as he is a former Director Of Education for Nottingham City Council. Further, he is a committee member on NESTA’s Public Service Innovation Laboratory. 

Tony Mackay, Director, is Executive Director of the Melbourne based Centre for Strategic Education, Australia, a Centre focused on leading educational thinking and practice at state, national and international levels. Tony specialises in the areas of school and system leadership, improvement and innovation. 

David Albury, Director, is an independent organisational, management and policy consultant. He specialises in strategy formation and consequential organisational development, in leadership and improving organisational performance, in organisational and systemic change in public services, and in establishing and developing public-private sector partnerships. From May 2002 to January 2005, David was a Principal Adviser in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit. 

Valerie Hannon, Director, has been a Director of Education in a large county Local Authority (Derbyshire). She has worked in a broad range of Local Authorities, and was an advisor to the Local Government Association. Before joining local government, she was a senior research fellow in the University of Sheffield and led on education policy for the Equal Opportunities Commission.