TalentEd (formerly known as Spire Hub) was set up in 2012 by a TeachFirst Ambassador, Rafi Cohen, frustrated that his brightest pupils from low income backgrounds were not being stretched and challenged to realise their full potential. Rafi also understood the potential of qualified teachers who were retired or on sabbaticals and founded a charity which nurtures the talent of both bright students and expert teachers.
With the help of support grants from a number of agencies and schools providing an element of funding through their local Pupil Premium funding, in 2015, TalentEd extended the availability of its programmes beyond London supporting schools in Hastings, East Sussex and by 2018 stretched as far as Greater Manchester, Cheshire, East Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Essex. In London, TalentEd has now worked with six London Boroughs including Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Enfield, Southwark, Kensington and Chelsea and Brent. From our pilot in 2012 when we supported 4 bright students TalentEd’s programmes has supported over 1,000 young people. Our current strategy identifies that there is increasing need and opportunities for TalentEd and with donor and funding support it is our hope that we could extend our reach to supporting over 1,350 disadvantaged, bright children each year.
We are delighted to have a team of Trustees who are passionate about the role TalentEd can and does play in improving the lives of young people. If you feel you have the skills or a contribution to make in support of TalentEd as a Trustee TalentEd would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact our Chief Executive to arrange an informal conversation.
Dame Christine Ryan
Christine is the chair of TalentEd’s trustee board. Previously Chief Inspector and CEO of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), she is an experienced leader at board level and is also currently a Board Member for Ofqual.
Rafi founded TalentEd in 2012 whilst teaching science at Westminster Academy. He is now a strategy consultant at BCG and previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.
Neil is TalentEd’s Treasurer; he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and has built and managed teams in Consulting and Operational roles across various industries. He now works as a Director of Finance at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch.
Simon is a scientist turned venture capitalist working as a Principal at Octopus Ventures. At Octopus, Simon is responsible for new investments and also sits on five portfolio company boards. Before joining Octopus, Simon was an academic at Imperial College London.
Ruth is a product marketeer at Google, where she leads Retail Ads Marketing for EMEA. She has a background in sales, customer strategy and marketing communications, and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Rowenna works with a range of charitable and educational organisations on governance matters, project delivery and regulatory change. She is also Clerk to the Governing Body of an Academy Trust in London. Rowenna is the trustee Safeguarding lead.
Claudia is an Associate Director in the Education, Children and Families team within Public Affairs at Ipsos MORI. She specialises in research and evaluation with vulnerable children and families, predominantly for government clients. Before this role Claudia held academic and private sector research positions in Australia and completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics.
Jessica is an experienced fundraiser, currently working for the education charity Teach First, where she is responsible for leading the Corporate Partnership Management team. Prior to this, Jessica worked in strategic partnership management positions in London and New York, gaining experience across third and private sector organisations.
David is a partner at the law firm Allen & Overy, specialising in restructuring and corporate finance. Aside from his client work, David has been involved in many of the firm’s initiatives about social mobility and widening opportunities. He was previously a trustee of The Brokerage Citylink.
Marketing and Admin Assistant
School Relations Manager
School Relations Manager
Head of Fundraising
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Advisers and Ambassadors
TalentEd are currently building up a bank of specialist Advisors and Ambassadors. Our Advisors are typically subject or educational experts whilst our Ambassadors are often individuals with experience relevant to the charities purpose, interested in volunteering to support the development and promotion of local programmes. If you feel you have a contribution to make in support of TalentEd as an Advisor or an Ambassodor TalentEd would be pleased to hear from you.
Julie originally joined TalentEd as a tutor and is also the Regional Ambassador (East Midlands). While still focused on delivering essential courses to disadvantaged students Julie is also keen to support the tutors in her area and assist in growing the school and funding base. She has been a teacher and tutor for a number of years.
Cathy enjoys working closely with young people and helping them to achieve their personal and academic potential. She says ‘Tutoring small groups is a brilliant way to establish a positive rapport and to help youngsters to build the confidence, motivation and self-belief necessary to help them succeed.’ Cathy is excited and proud to be representing TalentEd and to be contributing to closing the attainment gap in this way.
Nta Ita Nta
Nta is currently studying for a Masters in Commercial Law at the University of Derby. Assisting us with the East Midlands Area. Nta Intends to increase TalentEd’s Funding base as well as the participating schools within the East Midlands Area while pursuing TalentEd’s overall goals and objectives.
TalentEd is most grateful for all of those agencies and individuals that have supported us though the provision of time, resources or funding some of whom are identified below. We continue to seek support as a way of increasing our impact whether this comes from the simple recognition as a charity of choice, through volunteering roles or simple cash donations. Please contact us if you feel you would like to help support TalentEd make a difference.