Andreas Wesemann

Andreas is a partner of Ashcombe Advisers LLP, a corporate finance firm. Andreas was born and raised in Vienna and has lived in England for over 20 years. He read economics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics and is the publisher of Chronicle of a Downfall. Germany 1929-39, a book about inter-war Germany. He lives in Hackney.

Phillippa De’Ath

Phillippa De’Ath is Chief Operating Officer of an education technology company. She has extensive experience in helping organisations implement change in technology, organisation and culture. Her current interest lies in how data can be used by teachers, parents and leaders to improve education outcomes. She lives in London Fields with her husband and daughter, and read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.  

Sophie Solomon

Sophie Solomon is a violinist and composer, who has recorded as a solo artist for Decca and performed with artists as diverse as Paul Weller, Rufus Wainwright, Ralph Fiennes and the London Symphony Orchestra.  As a musical educationalist, she has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Weimar Conservatoire and was, from 2012-2016, Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute, University of London. Sophie is also Senior Director of Creator Engagement leading the global marketing team at (Hackney-based) pioneering music technology start-up, ROLI. She has a First Class degree in History and Russian from University College, Oxford and an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She lives in De Beauvoir with her husband and two children. 

James Clements

James Clements is a freelance writer, researcher and education adviser. Prior to this, he worked as a teacher and senior leader at an outstanding inner-city primary school and as a local authority lead teacher, supporting teaching and learning across a network of schools.

Gillian Dineen

Ms Dineen is currently CST MAT adviser at Hackney New School. She is part of the team from the Community Schools Trust that is committed to transforming HNS in to a school which provides outstanding opportunities for its students and community. Before this she was Headteacher at The Cumberland School, a large secondary school in Newham with 1500 students. The school had a Resource Provision for students with autism and welcomed students with a wide range of special needs. As Headteacher she was committed to ensuring all students were ‘Determined, ambitious learners’ – the school’s motto. She started out as an English teacher and still loves reading. She is also keen on yoga and camping.   

Neelam Mohammad

Neelam is an Assistant Headteacher at Kaizen Primary School, which is one of the schools in EKO Trust. In her current role, she oversees the Quality of Teaching across the school and has extensive experience in leading early teachers, as well as more experienced practitioners and supporting them with developing areas in their practice to ensure that children receive high quality educational experiences. She also holds a MA qualification in Coaching and Mentoring which supports her with providing high quality mentorship to help teachers and leaders grow and become more skilled as practitioners. Neelam is involved in lots of school improvement work and is currently working on a project with schools in Ipswich to support with raising their attainment and progress for Key Stage 2 outcomes. Neelam also leads Mathematics and is currently working very closely with the Maths Hub. She is a Mastery specialist and is very excited to work with children, parents, practitioners to raise their aspirations of maths teaching and learning.