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Meet the Team

Whole Education is a not-for-profit organisation and is run by a small team of expert educators and advisors.

+ Douglas Archibald | Director
Douglas is Whole Education’s Director. His focus is on supporting education transformation through peer-to-peer networks. Douglas started his career as a manager on Accenture's Human Performance practice before leading the development of the Knowledge and Innovation Network at Warwick Business School.

His work on networks has been published in Harvard Business Review and he has advised a number of third and public sector bodies, including the United Nations Development Program and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Before leading Whole Education he was a Partner at the Innovation Unit.

+ Sharon Bruton | Associate Director
Sharon is the CEO of The Keys Federation. She is an NLE and passionate advocate of unlocking potential embodied in her MAT's "Spirit of Purpose". She is a lead head for her local authority, diocese and facilitates national training for MATs and Teaching School Alliances.

+ David Crossley | Associate Director
David is passionate about curriculum design and supports schools to maintain an entitlement to a whole education while responding to current changes.

He also supports the development of effective partnership working with LAs, MATs and other organisations. David created the DfE’s Raising Achievement Transforming Learning (RATL) programme involving more than 700 schools, which was described by Andrew Hargreaves as "One of the most distinctive, promising and successful reform models in the recent history of educational change". David’s ideas derive from his four Headships and work with outstanding school leaders. He is an Educational Advisor for the DfE.

His book, Sustainable School Transformation: An Inside Out Approach was published in 2013.


+ Schools Team


+ Lisa Ling | Director of Secondary
0207 250 8512
Lisa joined Whole Education in October 2016. Prior to this, she worked in secondary schools for twenty-one years; first as an English teacher and then for thirteen years as a senior leader and vice principal.

Her passion as a teacher and leader has always been to provide an inclusive, engaging and rounded education for all young people. Throughout her school career, she has had a determination to help young people achieve academic excellence alongside developing the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to flourish in life, learning and work.

+ Natasa Pantelic | Lead Network Facilitator (Primary)
0207 250 8513
Natasa is a former Primary school teacher and has 10 years experience as an elected representative in local government. She is a passionate community campaigner and believes in equal education opportunities for all.

Natasa leads Whole Education’s work with Primary schools, overseeing key programmes including Spirals of Enquiry, Peer Reviews and Leading and Managing Primary Curriculum Change.

One of Natasa's heroines was the late Maya Angelou, an American poet, storyteller and activist. She encouraged people to "just do right" and to "take up the battle" and make the world a better place.

+ Sarah Hendy | Network Facilitator
0207 250 8422
Sarah is an advocate for collaborative professional development, having undertaken research on the impact of primary subject leader networks through her Masters in Educational Leadership.

She was Head of Music at two secondary schools in Birmingham and East London. In the latter, she was responsible for designing a curriculum where all KS3 students learnt an orchestral instrument and had opportunities to participate in high-profile performances.

Sarah works with Whole Education secondary schools in the South, Midlands and North East, and leads on the flipped learning and student leadership projects.

+ Rosie Leonard-Kane | Network Facilitator
020 7250 8055
Rosie is a Secondary Network Facilitator for Whole Education.

She is enthused by innovation in the education sector which has tangible impact. Previous roles include Maths Teacher and Lead for Coaching & Wellbeing at School 21. Rosie is currently completing her Masters in Education with a focus on teacher well-being and motivation.

She is an ardent advocate for integrated education in Northern Ireland and was a founding member of the Integrated AlumNI which now runs in 3 cities across the UK.


+ Development and Support Team


+ Alex J. Hardiman
020 7250 8054
Alex was free schools project lead for a Multi-Academy Trust that put character education at the core of its mission and won a DfE Character Grant to develop its curriculum. His role involved working closely with the DfE and LAs to deliver new schools.

Alex previously worked for Big Change's Reimagining Education, an ambitious, cross-sector campaign to build demand for a fundamental rethinking of learning systems worldwide. Alex was project coordinator, supporting the campaign development and UK activation.

+ Isabelle Sheldon
020 7250 8054
Isabelle recently graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in French and German. While at university, she was secretary of Save the Children and press and communications officer for Bristol Hub, a student-led charity which connects students with volunteering opportunities.

She also worked as a student ambassador on the University of Bristol's Widening Participation scheme. She is passionate about narrowing the differences in pupil achievement across the country.

Isabelle is responsible for supporting Whole Education's projects, communications and primary schools work.


+ Finance Team


+ Sharon McCormack | Financial Controller/Office Manager

+ Justin Smith | Finance Director

Learn about Whole Education's Board of Directors.


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