College of Teaching appoints Founding Trustees

The College of Teaching, the new independent chartered professional body for the teaching profession, has announced the appointment of 13 Founding Trustees who will play key leadership and governance roles in driving forward the College in consultation with the teaching profession.

The Founding Trustees – including five teachers and three headteachers – have been appointed by an independent selection committee with experience in primary, secondary and SEN from across local, independent, government-funded and direct-funded schools.

The 13 Founding Trustees of the College of Teaching, who are undertaking voluntary positions for a period of three years, are:


  • Claire Dockar – Lead practitioner at Lipson Co-operative Academy, Plymouth.
  • Simon Dowling – Head of English, Colchester Royal Grammar School.
  • Paul Dwyer – Director of sixth form and history teacher at Putney High School London.
  • Victoria McDowell – Class teacher at Bridekirk Dovenby School, Cumbria.
  • Malcolm Wilson – Class teacher, London.


  • Dr Penny Barratt – Executive headteacher at The Bridge London.
  • Joan Deslandes – Headteacher at Kingsford Community School, London.
  • Dame Kate Dethridge – Headteacher at Churchend Academy, Reading.

Non-teaching professionals with specialist skills

  • Paul Barber – Director of Catholic Education Service.
  • Professor Sonia Blandford – Founder and CEO at Achievement for All.
  • Andrew de Csilléry– Business leader and management consultant at Csilléry Consulting.
  • Professor Jonathan Shepherd CBE – Professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Cardiff University and directs, the Violence and Society Research Group.
  • Kevin Kibble – CEO, The Nurture Group Network.

In addition to the 13 Founding Trustees outlined above, a nominee from the College of Teachers – Professor Angela McFarlane, registrar and CEO of the College of Teachers – will join the board taking on a specific role for one year to ensure a smooth and effective transfer of a revised Royal Charter to the new College. The process of Charter revision has begun and will be completed in 2016.

Carl Ward, chair of the College of Teaching Founding Trustees Selection Panel and chief executive of the City Learning Trust, said: “After undergoing a rigorous and independent recruitment process, we are delighted to welcome the Founding Trustees of the College of Teaching, who will lead the future direction of this fledgling charity. The Founding Trustees embody excellence from primary, secondary and SEN across the country with additional expertise from non-teaching professionals who have much to offer the College as it takes its next steps to fully establish its role, remit and membership offer.”

The founding trustees have relevant professional knowledge and experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Effective teaching and learning
  • Professional development
  • Professional accreditation
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • The expertise necessary to found and run a competent professional membership organisation, including legal, HR, financial, project management, communications, professional membership organisations, marketing and fundraising.

The Founding Trustees, who will meet for the first time on Saturday 3rd October in London, will play a key leadership and governance role in the creation of the College of Teaching and will be responsible for deciding strategy and engaging teachers and the wider profession, observing best practice in the running of a charity and working towards future membership of the College.

Read the official press release and get further information.

Government announcement

We welcome the statement from UK Government – Nicky Morgan, MP and David Laws, MP – regarding the College of Teaching. We remain committed to an independent and member-driven organisation and we look forward to working with the profession to make this happen.

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