Our board and trustees
Baroness Sally Morgan is the Chair of Ambition School Leadership Board of Trustees and Advisor to Ark which runs academies in the UK and works internationally in education. She is also a Board Member of the Frontline Organisation and Trustee of the Education Policy Institute. A King’s alumna, Baroness Morgan began her career as a secondary school teacher. She then went on to work for Tony Blair and served as Director of Government Relations until 2005. Since then she has held a number of appointments in the public and private sector including Board Member of the Olympic Delivery Authority and Chair of OFSTED.
Currently, Baroness Morgan is also Chair of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, Vice-Chair of the Council of King’s College, London, and a non-executive Director of Countryside Properties PLC. Baroness Morgan was made a life peer in 2001 and is a member of the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee.
Rebecca Boomer Clark joined Ark in 2017, after serving as Regional Schools Commissioner for South-West England. Prior to that role, Rebecca worked with Oasis Community Learning for eight years in a variety of roles, initially as a vice principal and principal in Bristol, before eventually moving on to be a Regional Director and National Education Director at the multi-academy trust. She became Ark’s Director of Secondary in 2018.
Dame Rachel de Souza is chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, and is nationally recognised for her work in transforming schools. She is a strong advocate of a knowledge rich curriculum, high standards of behaviour, and the power of quality cultural and sporting experiences. She was made a dame in 2014 for services to education.
Her Norwich-based Inspiration Trust is a family of 13 schools from nursery through to sixth form, and has twice been ranked as the top comprehensive schools group for pupil progress to GCSE. Its Hethersett Academy in Norfolk and East Point Academy in Suffolk have both gone from special measures to having leading Progress 8 scores in their respective counties. The Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form was launched as a free school and the country's first maths and science specialist sixth form in 2013, and was recently ranked Outstanding by Ofsted. The Trust recently launched its initial teacher training programme to train and develop new teachers..
Dame Rachel is the founder of the Parents and Teachers for Excellence campaign group, and serves on the Education Honours Committee.
Celia Berenguer is Chief Learning officer at Sanofi, responsible for transforming learning to develop the capabilities required for today and future and enhancing the learning experience to realise people’s potential.
Celia has over twenty years’ experience spanning across leadership development, learning and talent arena, always with a focus on building organisational capability to drive performance. She has worked on a number of innovative, highly experiential programs in several industries such as oil & gas, financial services, consumer products and telecommunications. She has developed programs for the high potential and senior management levels touching a range of issues including post-merger integration, new culture development and leaders of the future, with a relentless focus on supporting the strategic agenda and connecting with the business needs of the organisation.
Celia was previously Managing Director, Head of Leadership and Learning at Barclays, where she was responsible for ensuring the leadership and learning strategy, standards and practices were applied globally to drive strategic impact for the Bank. She also served as Global Head of Executive Talent & Development, responsible for talent insight and leadership development of the Managing Director population globally for Barclays.
Prior to Barclays, she was Director of Global Capability Development at BP, where she was in charge of the curriculum for the middle management population. She also served as Associate Partner for Monitor’s Leadership and Organization Practice, specializing in large, global executive development and capability building programs. Celia started her career in executive development in business schools, working at Harvard Business School, the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in the US, and Instituto de Empresa, in Madrid, Spain.
Celia received her bachelors in International Relations and French from Tufts University, and her masters in International Relations from the Center for Studies in International Relations (CERI) at the Instituto Ortega y Gasset (part of the Universidad Complutense) in Madrid, Spain. Celia lives in Kent, UK with her husband and two sons.
Jonathan Simons is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Varkey Foundation, a global Foundation dedicated to improving education standards across the world.
Previously, Jonathan was Head of the Education Unit at Policy Exchange, where he wrote over 15 major reports, book chapters and policy documents across all aspects of education. Jonathan has also worked at Serco Group, as Head of Open Public Services in the Cabinet Office, and as Head of Education in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Outside of work Jonathan is the Chair of Governors and Co-Founder of Greenwich Free School, a Trustee of REAch4 Multi Academy Trust, and a TES columnist.
Nick Turner is the Managing Director at Stratforma. Advisor, corporate strategist and futures thinker, Nick Turner has over 25 years’ experience offering counsel to senior leaders and decision-makers, helping them make better choices today for an uncertain tomorrow.
Prior to founding Stratforma, Nick served as a Managing Director at both Morgan Stanley and Nomura and was the Co-President of Global Business Network (GBN) / a Senior Partner at Monitor Group.
After 15 years of promoting economic development and welfare-to-work in London and the UK, Nick is convinced that access to high quality education is the key driver of opportunity for all.