Trustees & Advisors

Our Trustees and Advisors share their expertise to govern and guide the charity.

Trustees

  • Guy Davies

    Vice Chair

    Guy is a chartered accountant, a trustee at the Social Business Trust and a trustee at Parents and Children Together, an adoption charity. Previously he was a partner and head of financing at Permira, an international private equity firm. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2016.

  • Petrina de Gouttes

    Trustee

    Petrina is an English teacher at an East London secondary school where she leads the department's enrichment programme. Prior to teaching, she worked in operational and project management roles for notable organisations such as the Young Foundation, UpRising Leadership and Future First. Before joining SSF in September 2017, she served on the operational board of a teacher training school and was a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth’s Youth Inspiration Group advising on youth policy.

  • Geraint Talfan-Davies OBE

    Trustee

    Geraint is the former Chair of the Welsh National Opera and co-founder and Chair of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He was Controller of BBC Wales from 1990-2000 and chair of the Arts Council of Wales from 2003-06. Geraint is a Welsh speaker and writes and broadcasts extensively. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2014.

  • James Hadley

    Trustee

    James is a partner at Bain & Company, the global management consulting firm, having joined the firm in 1996. He leads their Strategy Practice in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. James is also an advisor to the Social Business Trust and a member of its Investment Committee. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2016.

  • Laura King

    Trustee

    Laura is a Partner and the Global HR Director at Clifford Chance, one of the world's leading law firms.  Before taking up leadership of the firm's people and talent function, Laura's legal practice focused on structured finance capital markets work.  Laura has over 20 years experience at Clifford Chance. She is a member of the firm's Executive Leadership Group, Executive Operations Group and leads the firm's Global HR Leadership Group. In addition to heading strategy and operations for the firm's HR function, she is extensively involved in the firm's recruitment, development, diversity and inclusion initiatives.   Laura is also a Director of the Brampton Manor Academy trust.

  • Menna McGregor

    Trustee

    Menna was Clerk to the Mercers' Company from 2008 to 2015, having previously spent 13 years working at the National Theatre. Menna is currently also a governor of The Royal Ballet School and of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a trustee of Wilton’s Music Hall and the National Centre for Early Music.  Previous trusteeships include 12 years at the National Foundation for Youth Music.

  • Jude Ragan

    Trustee

    Jude Ragan experienced SSF first hand whilst in her final years of Headship of a specialist school for autistic children. From that moment she was a convert. Now retired from Headship, she works as an autism education specialist, engaged by Local Authorities, schools or families. She joined SSF in 2017 and is chair of the education committee.

  • Vicki Wienand

    Trustee

    Vicki is joint Series Editor of the Cambridge School Shakespeare Series published by Cambridge University Press. She has taught English in the UK and abroad and is now a freelance writer. Before joining the SSF board in 2018, she was a trustee of two charities seeking to improve the mental health of young people.

Advisors

  • Colin Hall

    Education Advisor

    Since 2001, Colin has been the Head of Holland Park School – an Ofsted outstanding and Department for Education recognised teaching school featured in The Good School Guide. He is a fellow of the RSA and his school works with The Prince’s Teaching Institute.

  • Dame Alison Peacock

    Education Advisor

    Alison Peacock DBE, DLitt MEd BA, is Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School, a primary school in Hertfordshire. Alison was previously a member of the Royal Society Vision committee, CBI Education Reference Group, Cambridge Primary Review Trust, NAHT Commission for Assessment, member of the Prince’s Trust Commission for the proposed Royal College of Teaching and was previously a national representative of the Teaching Schools Council.

97%
of teachers told us they developed strong leadership skills

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
95%
of special school teachers saw an increase in their students' resilience

We believe Shakespeare is for everyone. Every year children from very different backgrounds come together to perform on the same stage.

About our impact
79%
of special school teachers saw an increase in their students' confidence

We believe Shakespeare is for everyone. Every year children from very different backgrounds come together to perform on the same stage.

About our impact
87%
of teachers would strongly recommend the Festival to a colleague

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
As a result of the Festival process,
97%
of teachers are confident working with Shakespeare

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
As a result of taking part in the Festival,
97%
of teachers think they will stay in teaching for longer than 5 years

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
98%
of teachers developed a strong relationship with their students through the Festival process

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers told us their students were better able to express themselves

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instil curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
86%
of teachers reported that their students' academic attainment improved

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
93%
of teachers told us the Festival improved their teaching

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
86%
of teachers said that their students' behaviour improved as a result of the Festival

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
95%
of teachers stated that students were more enthusiastic about learning

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
86%
of teachers reported that attainment in English improved

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
10%
of participants have English as an additional language

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
11%
of participants have a statement of educational needs

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
12%
of participants are eligible for free school meals

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
27%
of participants are minority ethnic

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
More than
1,000
schools participate in the Festival

We work nationwide - from Aberdeen to Aberdare, Carlisle to Clacton.

About our impact
Our young people will perform in front of
65,000
people nationwide

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact
In 2018 we will work with up to
30,000
young people

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact
96%
of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
95%
of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
99%
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
94%
of students are more likely to seek out new opportunities

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
More than
250,000
young people have taken part in the Festival

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact

SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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