Whole Education Meet the Team page Whole Education is run by a small team of educators and advisors

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 | Executive 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 Schools and Partnerships
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.

+ Verity Cane | Network Facilitator
Verity is a Secondary Network Facilitator for Whole Education. Verity has a background in teaching, and was previously a middle leader and History teacher at a school in North East Lincolnshire. Most recently, Verity was a Memberships Manager at educational charity Challenge Partners.

Outside of work, Verity is currently completing a Masters in Education, focusing on the issue of retaining high-quality teachers in coastal communities. In addition, Verity is passionate about providing young people with leadership opportunities and is an Ambassador for Nelsonspirit, a Norfolk based charity that develops the leadership skills of aspiring young leaders.

+ 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.

+ Killian Moyles | Network Facilitator
Killian is a primary Network Facilitator for Whole Education. His background is primary education, and he has been a class teacher in Spain, The Falklands and the UK. 

Killian is committed to redefining the 21st century learner, with emphasis on technology and collaboration. He believes in the development of learners who achieve academic success in tandem with a rounded and robust education, capable of navigating the unseen waters of a changing, working world.


+ Development and Support Team


+ Alex J. Hardiman
020 7250 8054
Alex has been the free schools project lead for a primary Multi-Academy Trust. The MAT 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 on the delivery of new schools in 4 English regions.

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.

+ Charlotte Lewis
020 7250 8054
Charlotte graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017 with a degree in History, specialising in the history of marginalised groups and identities. Alongside her studies she was President of the Amnesty International Society and ran campaigns including a university-wide “Pads for Refugees” campaign for the Feminist Society. She has also worked for The Girls Network and the Royal Collection Trust.

She is passionate about creating social change and promoting equal opportunities for young people. Working as a Project Coordinator, Charlotte is excited to be supporting Whole Education’s innovative projects.

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.

Learn about Whole Education's Board of Directors.


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