Matthew Trimming's background is in the IT sector, having held senior positions at EDS, SAP and Sopra. He also has experience of private equity. Between January 2016 and July 2017 he was Executive Chairman of Hg Capital's businesses, Europe's largest tech investor. Whilst Matthew's pro bono work is in education, he also leads META, a growth consultancy working with a number of technology businesses interested in expanding the UK Public Sector. 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 advice to the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury on digital strategy.
Prof. Deborah Eyre
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 is the Headteacher of an HPL World Class School. Her secondary school in London was one of the HPL Pioneer Schools and she believes both staff and students have benefitted substantially from implementing the HPL approach. Gloria 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, has been a Headteacher since 2009 and is 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 2011 and 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 14 schools.