Prof. Deborah Eyre
Founder and CEO
Deborah is Founder and CEO of High Performance Learning. Her career has focused on helping students reach high levels of cognitive performance. She created the High Performance Learning organisation to engineer a system-change in educational thinking so that we start to accept that most people could be high performers and structure schools accordingly.
A global educational leader, academic researcher, writer and influencer Deborah has previously held senior roles 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 Global Education Director for Nord Anglia Education and prior to that Director of the UK government's innovative National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), based at the University of Warwick. A widely published author, her works cover books and articles and also think-tank pieces. Professor Eyre is a Freeman of the City of London and holds a range of board positions.
Chief Operating Officer
Maxine is HPL’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the daily operations of the organisation and developing the various business functions, so we can continue to successfully expand HPL.
Throughout her career, Maxine has remained passionate that children and young people should experience daily a rich and inspiring learning environment, underpinned by high expectations. She believes the work of HPL is important and courageous in its mission for our young people and educational professionals, and as such, feels it is a privilege to be part of this social enterprise and inspirational team.
Maxine is a unique education and business professional, with significant leadership experience in both the education sector (as Headteacher and CEO of Academy Trusts) as well as in a business capacity. She has skills and experience in start-up businesses, expanding small businesses and change management projects, as well as managing £100M+ revenues within the education ICT industry.
Melanie joined HPL during its inception and worked alongside the first cohort of Award schools, beginning their HPL journey in 2016. She has been key in the evolution of the Award programme and coached several of the pioneer schools through to successful accreditation. As well as inducting and coaching Award Schools, Melanie has been instrumental in the development of the organisation and the creation of new materials, approaches and programmes of work. She frequently presents both nationally and internationally, on the power and impact of High Performance Learning.
Prior to joining HPL, Melanie enjoyed a successful career in school leadership culminating in the headship of an 11-18 school in Cumbria. She then moved to Hampshire County Council as head of school improvement, responsible for the standards in over 500 schools. HPL has allowed Melanie to reflect upon her wide experience and bring new insight and determination to support schools and school leaders as they implement effective organisational change and make high performance for all their children a reality.
Jeremy joined HPL at its inception and is involved in all aspects of HPL's work in delivery and development. He has played a leading role in the development and delivery of the Foundation Programme, working in schools in challenging circumstances in the UK. Jeremy is an HPL coach for Award schools in the UK and abroad - including a group of GEMS schools in Dubai - and he accredited two of the very first schools with the HPL Award in 2018.
Jeremy has had extensive and varied teaching, leadership and advisory experience over his career and is passionate about communicating and engaging with teachers and students alike, to enable them to discover a love of learning and perform at the very highest levels.
David joined HPL after having implemented in two of the schools where he was the principal. He supports schools undertaking a variety of HPL programmes and also contributes to the development of the organisation’s resources and materials which will inspire, challenge and support schools at different stages in their development of an HPL culture.
David is passionate about HPL because it foregrounds the idea that high performance is achievable by all, that education is about developing young people who are totally ready for change, college, career and citizenship and because it is based on a belief that we can trust our self-improving schools to be at the forefront of transformational change in outcomes for learners.
David has led four schools in three countries over the last 20 years. In each of these very different schools, he has maximised the academic outcomes for young people while being ever mindful that truly great schools add so much more in terms of personal development for young people and outstanding continual development for their teachers and leaders.
Anne was immediately inspired by HPL’s research and framework and her own school, BISS Norway, achieved the HPL World Class School Award in 2018. She now works across the suite of HPL leadership programmes and brings to them her first-hand experience of implementing HPL in a school. She believes that where teaching and learning practices are already highly regarded, HPL provides a vehicle for expanding opportunities to promote a first class and sustainable learning environment for every child.
Anne brings over 20 years leadership experience gained in the UK state and international private sectors, including the establishment of an IB World School. She has supported headteachers and schools both in the UK and abroad, with a particular interest in promoting school improvement whilst recognising the value of supportive governance. Anne’s main driver is the promotion of creativity in our schools and embedding joy and enthusiasm in teaching and learning where, every child of school age will have the opportunity to be inspired and succeed.
Marcelo joined HPL as a result of having implemented Deborah Eyre's work throughout his 20 year career. He delivers and supports schools on all HPL programmes and services and has a particular specialism in relation to primary education.
Marcelo believes that HPL’s philosophy presents schools with a truly unique and comprehensive opportunity to transform the experiences, aspirations and life chances of every student. He is fascinated by the style of the HPL programmes and the way they help schools to make a real step-change and become world class institutions in which students are able to develop the attributes of advanced cognitive learners.
His career in education began in 1998 following a switch from the world of scientific research. As a teacher, senior leader, headteacher and lecturer in the primary sector, he has developed pedagogical and leadership initiatives that enable schools to establish a values-led ‘learning to learn’ culture. An author, speaker and trainer, he has served on a number of local and national boards and think tanks and is currently a Trustee of the educational charity, the Laurel Trust.
Dr Angharad Eyre
Senior Programme Manager
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.
Alan leads on finance for HPL and brings exceptionally wide-ranging experience in financial management, school leadership and governance, including the application of information technology to school administration.
Following 21 years of secondary headship in Oxford, he worked as a consultant on a major financial software project with the County Council and with individual schools and trusts. He has project managed the conversion of secondary schools to academies and the expansion of a multi-academy trust. He has also advised on budget planning and assisted with the installation of new financial processing systems in several academy trusts.
Alan was Chair of the Board of Oxfordshire’s first primary school to convert to multi-academy trust status and been interim Group Business Manager and Financial Consultant to other academy trusts. He is also Treasurer of a national medical charity and Finance Director of its associated Limited Company.
Kat de Polo
Marketing Communications Manager
Kat leads on HPL’s marketing and communications work and believes passionately in the organisation’s mission to make high performance a reality for the many not the few.
As an education marketing and communications specialist, Kat has worked with a range of leading education organisations to create and implement marketing strategies. She has experience of articulating key messages and producing relevant, engaging and stimulating collateral in mediums including print, digital and film. She also has a background in events management, from organising awards ceremonies and dinners for in excess of 800 people through to residential trips.
An experienced project manager, Kat has led on the implementation of several large-scale educational programmes to enhance the educational experience and learning outcomes for students.
Kat was awarded Chartered Marketer status in 2009 and first became a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in 2002.