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 RyanChristine 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 CohenRafi 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.
Sarah has worked in the charity sector for a decade and is currently a senior consultant for NPC, helping charities and funders to measure their impact. Previously, she worked in fundraising and project management roles including for the National Deaf Children’s Society.
Ruth is an Industry Manager at Google, where she advises high-growth retail businesses on digital and ecommerce strategies. She has a background in customer strategy, proposition development and advertising, and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
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.
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 most recent trustee to join the board and is the trustee Safeguarding lead.
Matthew recently took up the reigns as Chief Executive Officer to help TalentEd through our next stage of development. Having previously acted as a Chief Executive and Commercial and Operations Director at a number of growing organisations, Matthew brings a wealth of experience and passion for improving the life chances of disadvantaged young people.
Anood is TalentEd’s Director and has 14 years’ experience leading organisations. Most recently, she has been tackling educational inequality and developing policy as the Leader of a Council group. Anood oversees our financial sustainability, expanding our depth and breadth of impact and all strategic and operational aspects of TalentEd.
As a TalentEd School Relations Manager, Aileen works closely with the central team to engage with key stakeholders, managing our relationships with schools and programme suppliers. Prior to her role as School Relations Manager, Aileen was a TalentEd Tutor and Senior Link Teacher. This followed a career as a seasoned secondary school teacher and manager.
Frances has over ten years’ experience coordinating educational projects across London; she is also an experienced teacher across all levels (primary, secondary and adult education). As a School Relations Manager, Frances works with Aileen to further develop, expand and ensure the smooth running of school partnerships.
Ashley is TalentEd’s Partnerships Manager. Ashley brings a wealth of experience from over 10 years of sales and account management to the charity.
His main responsibilities include developing and implementing the partnerships strategy, as well as developing our brand on social media.
Having recently graduated from the University of Essex with a BA in Literature and Film Studies, Chloe has joined TalentEd on an internship as our Administrative Project Officer. Chloe supports the team across a variety of areas including tutor recruitment, fundraising, school relations and administration and database management.
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.
Advisors 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.