Peter Burdon entered the world of international education in 2009. He was GEMS Education’s Chief Schools Officer between 2015 and 2017. He was responsible for the performance of 55 schools in the Middle East with a wide range of curricula. Peter joined GEMS Education from Nord Anglia Education, where he spent six years as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director-Europe. Prior to Peter’s entry into international education, he was Chief Executive Officer of Instore plc and Thorntons plc, and Trading Director at Boots The Chemist. Previously, Peter was with McKinsey and he started his career with Esso UK.
Deborah Eyre is an educational leader, academic researcher, writer and influencer in the fields of high performing students and high performing schools. She foundered High Performance Learning organisation to help schools move from good to great. Her career spans the state sector and private education and includes Director of National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) and Global Education Director for Nord Anglia Education. Deborah holds a professorship at Oxford Brookes University, an Honorary Professorship at the University of Warwick, and is a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Deborah has been an adviser to governments and educational foundations in UK, Hong Kong, South Africa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, USA and Singapore.
Gloria Lowe has worked in the educational sector for over 30 years, including as a Local Authority School Advisor, QCA Consultant and in a number of Senior Leadership roles in schools. Gloria has also run a successful freelance educational consultancy and was a Headteacher for 5 years in a secondary school in West London. Gloria is currently Headteacher of a large secondary school in South London and a trained OFSTED Inspector. She carries out her inspection duties alongside her Headship.
John Leighfield CBE has worked in support of the education sector for over 20 years. From November 1993 until 2006 he was Chairman of Research Machines (an Oxford educational computing company). For 10 years he was Chairman of the Council of University of Warwick. He was formerly Chairman of the Governors of Magdalen College School, Oxford and of the WMG Academies for Engineering Trust (UTCs). John pursued a career in IT with the Ford Motor Company, Plessey and British Leyland. He was President of the British Computer Society, of the IT Services Trade Association and Master of the City Livery Companies for IT and for Educators.
Trevor Rowell is the chairman of COBIS since 2011and for several years, also a director of the UK Independent Schools Council. He is an international consultant specialising in governance and school leadership – helping schools to be transformative places. Trevor brings wide experience of schools internationally and in the UK, encompassing day and boarding, independent and state and all ages – as former CEO of an international schools group, in four headships in the UK and overseas, and as a governor in fourteen schools.
Matthew Trimming’s background is in the IT sector. Whilst his pro bono work is in education, Matthew also leads META, a growth consultancy which he founded in 2009 and is executive chairman of Valueworks. His career has given him a deep understanding of public sector markets and their focus on delivering social as well as economic value. Matthew also provides pro bono advice to the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury on digital strategy. He brings a wide range or relevant experience of growing companies from start-up particularly in the software and IT services sectors.