Our Patrons and Ambassadors

Patrons

 Sir Tim Brighouse  has dedicated his work to education and school improvement. He began by teaching in state schools and was Professor of Education at Keele University for four years between his posts in Oxfordshire and Birmingham. He has written books on his work on school improvement, is a school governor and has been a non-executive board member of Research Machines plc. He consequently became Chief Education Officer of Birmingham and Oxfordshire before, most recently, becoming Chief Adviser for London Schools.   Tim graduated in Modern History from Oxford University ('61). 

Sir Tim Brighouse

has dedicated his work to education and school improvement. He began by teaching in state schools and was Professor of Education at Keele University for four years between his posts in Oxfordshire and Birmingham. He has written books on his work on school improvement, is a school governor and has been a non-executive board member of Research Machines plc. He consequently became Chief Education Officer of Birmingham and Oxfordshire before, most recently, becoming Chief Adviser for London Schools. 

Tim graduated in Modern History from Oxford University ('61). 

 Lord David Puttnam  is a patron of the Transformation Trust. He spent thirty years working as an independent film producer and is won multiple for his films, which include  The Mission, Local Hero  and  Bugsy Malone.  Since 1998 his focus shifted from film production to education and the environment. He founded the National Teaching Awards in the same year, which he chaired until October 2008, and was founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. He is Chancellor of the Open University.   David was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at BAFTA in 1994-2004, during which time he was appointed President of UNICEF UK in July 2002 and has promoted advocacy, awareness and fundraising objectives for them.   David was awarded a CBE in 1982, received a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he has been honoured as a Chevalier ('85), Officer ('92) and Commander of Arts and Letters (2006). 

Lord David Puttnam

is a patron of the Transformation Trust. He spent thirty years working as an independent film producer and is won multiple for his films, which include The Mission, Local Hero and Bugsy Malone. Since 1998 his focus shifted from film production to education and the environment. He founded the National Teaching Awards in the same year, which he chaired until October 2008, and was founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. He is Chancellor of the Open University. 

David was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at BAFTA in 1994-2004, during which time he was appointed President of UNICEF UK in July 2002 and has promoted advocacy, awareness and fundraising objectives for them. 

David was awarded a CBE in 1982, received a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he has been honoured as a Chevalier ('85), Officer ('92) and Commander of Arts and Letters (2006). 

 

Ambassadors

 Nick Prior   Nick joined Deloitte to lead the Government & Infrastructure team in December 2006, having completed a long-term secondment at the Ministry of Defence, where he formed and led the Private Finance Unit (PFU).  He has worked in the development and delivery of the UK and broader European Government procurement for a number of years and has held senior management positions in both public and private sectors.

Nick Prior 

Nick joined Deloitte to lead the Government & Infrastructure team in December 2006, having completed a long-term secondment at the Ministry of Defence, where he formed and led the Private Finance Unit (PFU).

He has worked in the development and delivery of the UK and broader European Government procurement for a number of years and has held senior management positions in both public and private sectors.

 Sarah Richardson  is a group editor at *Research with overall responsibility for all editorial coverage in Research Fortnight, Research Europe, Research Africa, Research Professional, HE and Funding Insight magazine. Until October 2017 Sarah was an editor for Building, the UK’s longest running weekly title for the construction industry and built environment.  She has personally specialised in covering education building programmes; breaking stories on their funding and progress that frequently have been credited in national media, and analysing developments in the architectural design of schools.  She has authored a series of published research reports on aspects of the built environment, including UK school and university place provision, and regularly appears as a conference speaker on these issues. Her broader journalistic experience includes work for the New Statesman and arts publication Three Weeks, and she co-edited the 2014 annual report for homelessness charity CRASH.  She studied English at Cambridge University.

Sarah Richardson

is a group editor at *Research with overall responsibility for all editorial coverage in Research Fortnight, Research Europe, Research Africa, Research Professional, HE and Funding Insight magazine. Until October 2017 Sarah was an editor for Building, the UK’s longest running weekly title for the construction industry and built environment.

She has personally specialised in covering education building programmes; breaking stories on their funding and progress that frequently have been credited in national media, and analysing developments in the architectural design of schools.  She has authored a series of published research reports on aspects of the built environment, including UK school and university place provision, and regularly appears as a conference speaker on these issues. Her broader journalistic experience includes work for the New Statesman and arts publication Three Weeks, and she co-edited the 2014 annual report for homelessness charity CRASH.

She studied English at Cambridge University.

 Duncan Scott  is a Director within PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Services Risk and Regulation Practice, focusing on Compliance and Corporate Governance. Since joining the firm in 2002, Duncan has led a wide variety of international projects covering the strategic delivery of compliance within global banking organisations, along with the effectiveness of international banking governance structures. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

Duncan Scott

is a Director within PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Services Risk and Regulation Practice, focusing on Compliance and Corporate Governance. Since joining the firm in 2002, Duncan has led a wide variety of international projects covering the strategic delivery of compliance within global banking organisations, along with the effectiveness of international banking governance structures. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.