We are 4 senior leaders in London secondary schools who have all recently returned to work from maternity leave. We all aspire to become headteachers but recognise the challenge of combining effective leadership, particularly in urban complex schools, whilst maintaining a work-life balance. We know that there are many like-minded and hugely talented individuals. We hope this network will help unite them to lead outstanding schools.

Amy

Amy is Assistant Principal at Ark Bolingbroke Academy. She has led on Teaching and Learning, CPD and is currently in charge of Culture and Ethos. She has worked at three inner-city schools in London, two of which are start-up Academies.  She aspires to be a co-head of a challenging school.

Amy is a 2007 Teach First Ambassador and has completed the Teaching Leaders and NPQSL programs through Ambition School Leadership and Ark. She graduated from Durham University with a BA Hons in French and Linguistics with Spanish.

As a Co-Founder of The Shared Headship Network, Amy is committed to empowering schools to embrace flexible working as a means to keeping the best people leading. A big advocate for coaching, Amy is especially interested in the opportunities leadership job shares can offer in terms of professional growth and accountability.

As well as being a mum to an energetic toddler, Amy likes yoga, theatre and drinking proper Yorkshire tea.

Catriona

Catriona is Deputy Head at Hampstead School in Camden. She is responsible for staffing and tracking the spending and impact of the Pupil Premium. She is a 2006 TeachFirst ambassador and 2012 Ambition School Leadership alumni and has also worked in urban complex schools in Tower Hamlets and Enfield.  She graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA Hons in English Literature and Language.

Catriona passionately believes in the benefits of shared headship; working with a like-minded leader to empower students and staff and lead an outstanding school, whilst being able to balance this effectively with personal commitments which include her one year old daughter and regular visits to her family in the Shropshire hills.

Lucy

Lucy is Assistant Vice Principal at Greig City Academy in Haringey. She leads on Key Stage 3 and Literacy.

Lucy co-founded the Shared Headship Network in 2016. She envisioned a network of committed professionals, enthusiastic about school leadership supporting each other to balance professional and personal passions. Lucy’s ambition is to be co-head of a challenging London school.

She has a MEd in Politics, Democracy and Democratic Education from Cambridge University and an BA Hons from Oxford University.

She is a 2007 TeachFirst ambassador and 2012 Ambition School Leadership alumni. Lucy worked for Teach For India in its start-up year recruiting and supporting first year teachers in Indian public schools. She was also Lead English Teacher for Up Academy Dorchester, a charter school in Boston, Massachusetts.

Hannah

Hannah is Deputy Head at Haggerston School in Hackney. She leads on student achievement across the school, with a particular focus on KS4. She is also responsible for staffing and the curriculum. Hannah has presented her work on Assessment without Levels at a national conference.

Hannah loves working with young people to help them achieve their potential and her ambition is to lead a challenging London school. She strongly believes that the Shared Headship Network will enable like-minded individuals to lead schools together in a dynamic, effective and sustainable way.

Hannah has worked at three inner-city schools in London, is a 2006 TeachFirst ambassador and 2012 Ambition School Leadership alumni. She graduated from the University of Bristol with an LLB in Law and French. Hannah took a career break from teaching to work as a Strategy Consultant on projects across Europe for 4 years.