Our team

HPL is headed by our founder, Professor Deborah Eyre. She leads a team of highly experienced associate directors and trainers, drawn from the education and public policy fields.

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Prof. Deborah Eyre

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Deborah is a global educational leader, academic researcher, writer and influencer. Her specialist area is advanced cognitive performance – how to move school academic standards from good to great and at the same time provide an engaging experience for the student and prepare them for effective post school careers.

Deborah has held a variety of senior executive roles both globally and in UK as well as advising governments and educational foundations in UK, Hong Kong, South Africa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, USA and Singapore. From 2010-2014 she was Education Director for Nord Anglia Education developing and implementing the educational approach underpinning the Company’s activities in its 31 premium international schools and running its central Education function. Prior to that she served as Director of the UK government’s innovative National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), based at the University of Warwick.

Professor Eyre is a Freeman of the Guild of Educators and has served on a number of national and international boards including the UK TDA (Training and Development Agency for teachers), NCSL (National College for School Leadership), WCGTC (World Council for Gifted and Talented Children), Council for British International Schools (COBIS) and Centre for Talented Youth Ireland (CTYI). A widely published author, Able Children in Ordinary Schools (1997) is a seminal text still in publication. Her most recent policy publication was Room at the Top (Policy Exchange, 2010) and a new book for teachers on High Performance Learning: How to Build World School schools was published in January 2016.

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Melanie Saunders
Associate Director

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Melanie Saunders has extensive and varied experience in school improvement and driving high performance. From successful Headship and Deputy Headship in 11-18 schools in Essex and Cumbria, Melanie moved to Hampshire County Council where she took responsibility for strategic improvement, working across the county’s 536 primary, secondary and special schools. Based on the high performance of Hampshire schools, the county was asked by the government to take on the failing school system on the Isle of Wight. Melanie’s role expanded to lead an improvement journey on the island, so that individual school outcomes improved and the whole system became more resilient and outward looking.

Having left Hampshire, Melanie is now working with HPL to drive forward this evidence based approach. She is a published writer and has commented in articles and blogs on the need to re-focus UK schools on the learning of their students rather than on less impactful issues, such as school status and organisation. Melanie has spoken at national and regional conferences about, amongst other topics, improving outcomes for gifted children and raising aspirations for all.

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Jeremy Reynolds
Associate Director

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Jeremy has extensive and varied leadership experience in working to create high attainment in schools. A former County Adviser for Hertfordshire in Gifted and Talented and Director of the fair access Scholars Programme at Villiers Park Educational Trust, he has supported both teachers and students in their quest to become high performers and has a deep and well attested track record in creating high performance. Originally, Jeremy was a Geography teacher in Hertfordshire state secondary schools where he was also a Head of Sixth Form and an Assistant Headteacher.

Jeremy is passionate about communicating and engaging with students to enable them to discover a love of learning and how to perform highly. Working with school staff and leaders to bring this about on a large scale hugely attracted him to High Performance Learning. Working with HPL draws together and utilises to great effect all the expertise and experience he has acquired from his many varied roles to date and reframes them in a new and more ambitious way.

Nicola Morris

Nicola Morris
Associate Director

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Nicola Morris has significant headship experience in both the state and private school sectors. She is a Primary and Early Years specialist and is a trustee of an all-through Multi Academy Trust in the UK.

Her most recent experience has seen her lead development programmes for middle, senior and executive leaders for an international schools group of 42 schools across the world through online, face to face and blended learning. She has had responsibility for the Quality Assurance of through schools across the globe.

Nicola is passionate about empowering teachers and leaders to achieve outstanding results year on year. 


David Rowsell
Associate Director

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David has 25 years of school leadership experience in both the UK and International sectors, including leading schools in the North of England, Prague and Washington DC.

He is passionate about the transformational power of learning for young people, teachers and leaders alike, and believes fervently that High Performance Learning can deliver mastery, opportunity, choice, dignity and purpose for all learners.

His spare time is devoted (in no particular order) to his family, football and soul music!

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Dr Angharad Eyre
Senior Programme Manager

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Angharad is an experienced project manager and educator. She began her career at the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) – an agency of the UK’s Department for Education. Here she supported the running and development of the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which developed and coordinated masters’ level CPD programmes for teachers. She also managed the TDA’s programme of national and regional CPD conferences for local authority CPD advisors.

In the Higher Education Sector, Angharad worked for the London Institute of Eduction, coordinating their London Education Research Unit, and spent some time working as an adviser for the University of London Careers Service.

Since gaining a PhD in English, Angharad has taught undergraduate English at the University of London. During her recent time in the States she enjoyed tutoring school-aged children from the US and the Middle East in English and ancient history.


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