Leadership Team

Matt HoodFounder and Director

Matt is a former economics teacher, school leader, government policy advisor and North East Director at Teach First. Matt is also a trustee at The Brilliant Club, an alumnus of Teach First and a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.

Marie HamerFounder and Dean

Marie is a former English teacher, school leader, National Curriculum Leader for the Teach First programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and Head of Teacher Training at Ark. Marie is also an alumnus of Teach First and advisor to Ark International Schools.

Peps MccreaAssociate Dean

Peps leads on our Masters in Expert Teaching course. He is a former Fasttrack maths teacher and Senior Lecturer in mathematics education. He has been a National Curriculum Advisor for the DfE, External Examiner at the OU, and is the author of Lean Lesson Planning and Memorable Teaching. Peps has three Masters degrees (in Engineering Design, Educational Leadership, and Educational Research) and holds Fellowship Awards from the University of Brighton and the Young Academy.

Harry Fletcher-WoodAssociate Dean

Harry leads on our Fellows course. He is a former English and history teacher and has taught in Japan, India and London. He has been head of careers, head of history and head of professional development in school and has trained new and existing teachers for Teach First, Teach for Sweden and Teach First Denmark. He has studied exceptional teachers and local educational needs for Teach First, and has published Ticked Off: Checklists for Students, Teachers and School Leaders.

Katy PattenAssociate Dean

Katy leads on our Transforming Teaching programme. She was formerly a history teacher and Deputy Director of Sixth Form in a challenging south London school. Most recently she was Head of Curriculum Development for Ark Teacher Training. As well as leading the development of an ‘outstanding’ ITT curriculum, Katy led on the design and delivery of a professional development programme for Ark’s first school in Delhi. She is also an alumnus of Teach First and a school governor.

Nicki WhitemanExternal Relations Director

Nicki is a former Senior Broadcast Journalist at Heart FM and the BBC where she fronted live news programmes and interviewed leading figures from politics and entertainment. Since transitioning into communications Nicki has held senior positions in organisations including the education charity Achievement for All where she was Chief Communications Officer.

Madeleine AndersonOperations Director

Madeleine was previously Director of Social Investment and Innovation at Catch22, a social business that delivers public services to help people turn their lives around. She started her career at McKinsey and in private equity, before spending six years as a social entrepreneur establishing an SME finance company in East Africa.

Ed ButcherTalent and Partnerships Director

Most recently, Ed worked as a director at Teach for All where he helped establish and scale new variants of the ‘Teach First’ model around the world. Prior to this he led a growth and transformation team at Teach First. Ed is also a qualified teacher, and co-founder and trustee of East London Arts & Music Academy.

Our Partners

The Institute for Teaching was founded by a diverse group of schools and school alliances all of whom serve low income communities.


Reach Academy Feltham

King Solomon Academy

Mossley Hollins Schools

Dixons Trinity Academy

School 21

Lampton School

London Academy

Oasis Academy South Bank

School Alliances

Ark Schools

Oasis Community Learning

Dixons Academies Trust

Mossley Hollins Teaching School Alliance

Accreditation Partner

We partner with system leading organisations to improve the work that we do.

Clifford Chance is a leading law firm, working with clients from all over the world to meet their demands and find solutions to their most complex challenges.

Ark Ventures is a charity which launches, incubates and scales ventures that address some of the most intractable issues in education and society. The Institute for Teaching is incubated by Ark Ventures.

Ambition School Leadership is a charity that is building a network of exceptional school leaders at all levels to transform the lives of the children who need it most.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without our supporters who share our values and provide funding, pro-bono support and volunteering.

Zing supports early stage organisations whose outcomes are focused on young people realising their potential.

Credit Suisse is a leading global financial services company headquartered in Zurich. The Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation works with innovative organisations to improve educational attainment, employability and aspirations of young disadvantaged people.

Big Change backs powerful ideas at an early stage of their development allowing them to learn, grow and prove their impact.

The Teach First Innovation Unit exists to find and support initiatives that address educational inequality.