Barbara has a wide-ranging breadth of experience in education, which spans both private and public sectors. She has specialized in leading and successfully delivering system wide change at national, regional and organisational level, enhancing outcomes, opportunities and services for young people within complex and challenging contexts.
Her role in change management has been underpinned by almost 20 years of leading innovation in school leadership roles within the state system, her subsequent experience in such diverse fields as Assistant Director of one of London’s most challenging local authorities and as CEO of one of the largest, most successful independent UK groups of schools, and her time as an OFSTED Inspector.
She has also led on KS4 within 14-19 curriculum and assessment reform at a national level, served as an external adviser to one of the Public Examination Boards, and mentored at CEO/Executive Principal level, as well as working independently with individual schools and embryonic federations/Trusts to develop their vision, establish the systems and governance necessary to support effective growth and create enriched opportunities and outcomes for students across both the primary and secondary phases.
Barbara has served on a variety of Boards, ranging from co-Chair of a London Theatre, governor in both the Academies and independent sectors, including as Chair to an Academy judged “outstanding’ during this time, and across various Trusts. She has also been a consultant to the National Governors’ Association, conducting external reviews of schools and Board practice, always with a view to increasing opportunities and aspirations for young people. As part of her work, she was a panel member on the Mayor’s independent Education Enquiry in 2011, and worked with the GLA on the subsequent implementation of its recommendations, including the roll out and evaluation of the London Schools Excellence strategy
She serves currently on a number of Boards engaged in developing educational practice in a global context.
Having worked extensively on initiatives across London Boroughs and nationally to combat disadvantage and raise standards, she was an early supporter and advocate of the Free School Initiative, serving on the New Schools Network Board from its inception until early 2018.