Teach First appoints Lord Hill and Dame Mary Marsh as Trustees

Teach First appoints Lord Hill and Dame Mary Marsh as Trustees

Education charity Teach First has appointed the Rt Hon Lord Hill of Oareford and Dame Mary Marsh to its Board of Trustees. They will be part of a 13-strong Board overseeing the work of Teach First, the UK’s largest graduate recruiter.

Dame Mary Marsh brings valuable experience, including as a former head teacher and chief executive of NSPCC. Lord Hill will bring experience from a range of Government roles, including as a European Commissioner and Minister for Schools.

Teach First is now in its 15th year, and the new trustees will work with the existing board to oversee the charity’s work and help it achieve its vision of a country where no child’s educational success is limited by their economic background.

Through a year of action to celebrate this anniversary, Teach First's Challenge the Impossible campaign will engage schools, businesses, government and politicians from all parties to raise awareness of social mobility and increase the range and quality of support available to young people when they leave school.

Paul Drechsler CBE, Chair of Trustees for Teach First, said:

“With Lord Hill and Dame Mary, we’re incredibly lucky to have two new Trustees of such a high calibre. Now 15 years old, Teach First is as ambitious as ever about continuing to grow and furthering its mission to end educational inequality.

“Teach First and the children it supports will benefit enormously from the insight and experience they bring; from working at the highest levels of politics and Government to leading one of the UK’s biggest charities and having direct experience of teaching and leading in schools.” 

Lord Hill, said:

"When I was a schools minister, I was a huge fan of Teach First as I saw first-hand the difference it made.  Its teachers and the example they set were one of the things that inspired me the most. So I'm delighted now to have the chance to help them grow and keep attracting some of our brightest young people into careers in teaching."

Dame Mary Marsh, said:

“From leading a school to leading one of the UK’s largest charities, I have always believed that investing in leadership is the way to transform things. Teach First have always placed a high value on developing leaders inside and outside the classroom, and I’m looking forward to contributing to its mission of ending educational inequality.”

Profile of Dame Mary Marsh 

Dame Mary began her career as a teacher, including as a head teacher of two comprehensive schools. Dame Mary has been the Chief Executive of the NSPCC and then Founding Director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank plc, a member of the Governing Body of London Business School, Chair of Trustees at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and a Director on the Board of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Profile of Rt Hon Lord Hill of Oareford 

Lord Hill is a former European Commissioner, Leader of the House of Lords and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools. Before joining the Government in 2010, Lord Hill had worked in the private sector, running his own communications business. At an earlier stage in his career, Lord Hill was Political Secretary to Prime Minister John Major and a special adviser to Cabinet Minister Kenneth Clarke.

The appointment follows existing trustees Sarah Shillingford and Lord Andrew Adonis reaching the end of their term on the Board of Trustees.

Notes to editors

For further information, contact the Teach First media team via email or phone 0203 841 8483 (including outside office hours).

We are an education charity that believe that disadvantage should not determine destiny. Our vision is that no child's educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background.

Our charity invests in the power of people to change the lives of children from low income backgrounds by:

  • finding and developing great people to teach and lead in schools facing the greatest challenges;
  • increasing the attainment and aspirations of pupils and their access to higher education and employment; and,
  • building a movement of teachers, school leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and business people who are committed to ending educational inequality.

Since 2003, Teach First has placed 10,000 leaders in schools serving low-income communities, reaching over 1 million young people.

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