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Lord Baker

Lord Baker

I was a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1968 to 1997. I held a number of senior positions in Margaret Thatcher's Government, including Secretary of State for Education and Science when I introduced the National Curriculum, Tests, City Technology Colleges and Grant-Maintained Schools. I became a member of the House of Lords in 1997. As co-founder of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, we are leading the introduction of University Technical Colleges. I firmly believe that young people should have access to high quality education combining academic, practical and vocational learning - vital both for our students and for our economy.

Jan Hodges OBE

My career has been spent working in education starting as a teacher in secondary schools abroad and in the UK and then working as a lecturer and manager in Further Education. Prior to joining the Edge Foundation I was Principal of a large College of Further and Higher Education for 9 years. Having championed the importance and benefits of high quality vocational and technical education throughout my career, I am delighted to have the opportunity and challenge of heading up Edge which is dedicated to doing just that. 

David Harbourne

David Harbourne
Director of Policy and Research

David Harbourne is Director of Policy and Research. His role includes commissioning, collating and summarising research evidence and using it to support evidence-based policy making. David has previously worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, National Association of Master Bakers, Hospitality Training Foundation, North Yorkshire Training and Enterprise Council and the Learning and Skills Council. 


Rachel Kellett

Rachel Kellett
Director of Finance and Administration

As a chartered accountant I worked for Deloitte and Touche, for a Finnish paper company and for Edexcel before joining Edge. I am responsible for all its financial, IT, personnel and legal matters. I joined Edge in search of a new challenge and love the range of opportunities and ideas that have been developed to influence the education system.

Nicolas Heslop

Nicolas Heslop
Public Affairs Manager

I joined Edge as its first public affairs manager in February 2006. I was previously public affairs manager at SEMTA (Science, Engineering, Manufacturing Technologies Alliance), a Sector Skills Council. Before SEMTA I worked as special adviser to the then education secretary Gillian Shephard and also have experience of working in the House of Commons.

Andi Neophytou

Andi Neophytou
Head of Marketing

With a background in Marketing & PR, I have worked on a number of high profile campaigns over the years. I joined Edge in November 2007 as I believe 'learning by doing' is crucial to realising your individual potential, skill and talent.

Jane Samuels

Jane Samuels
Project and Operations Manager

I joined Edge in 2005 from local government. Before that I spent more than 15 years in the music and broadcast industries, licensing music videos to television companies. I'm responsible for Edge's project management system as well as specific projects. I think Edge is a great chance to work somewhere that can really make a difference to the education system.

Susan Higgins
Press Officer (Wednesday - Friday)

I joined Edge in January 2011. I have worked in media relations for over a decade, specialising in PR and celebrity management. Prior to joining Edge I worked as an agent representing celebrities and experts in food and wine. Before that I directed PR campaigns for global hair & beauty brands. Working for such a unique organisation has given me the opportunity to work with some inspirational individuals who are changing our education system and creating positive opportunities for young people.

Nikki Saunders
Press Officer (Monday - Tuesday)

I have had the opportunity to work with many different charities and educational organisations having spent 8 years working in the not-for-profit division of a leading London PR agency and most recently, leading an events team at an educational charity in Westminster. I have witnessed firsthand  the enormous benefits of 'learning by doing' - inspiring young people to develop a keen interest and commitment in their future careers. I am delighted to have joined the Edge team to help even more young people follow their path of choosing and reach their full potential.

Anna Ribenfors
Marketing & PR Executive

My degree in Educational Studies gave me a huge insight into the disparity between vocational and academic routes through education. As someone who learns much better by doing I think it is so important that young people are made aware of the many paths available to them. Having a keen interest in PR and Marketing alongside this, meant that the Edge Foundation was the perfect fit for me

Marissa Jennings
Executive PA

I have worked in the Media sales Industry for over 10 years and joined Edge in March 2011. I work for the CEO of Edge and the President as their Executive PA. Since being at Edge I myself have learnt a great deal about the concept of "learning by doing" and I have seen it put into practice and how it can inspire and enthuse young people and make them believe in not only themselves but their futures.

Matthew Bogle
Office Manager and CRM Administrator

Joining Edge has been an inspiring experience, especially as its message promoting practical and vocational learning correlates with how I have gained my achievements. I didn't enter my career through the university route. I have previously worked in many local council authorities and entered Edge to work specifically on our large database as well as managing the Edge office. I believe Apprenticeships and work based learning should be valued as highly as other education routes, they can give young people an advantage as they learn top class practical skills and can gain degree level knowledge.    


Edge Trustees

Lord Adonis, Neil Bates, Pauline Daniyan, Sir Garry Hawkes CBE, Marion Plant OBE, Professor Colin Riordan, Sir Kevin Satchwell, Andrew Stevens and Toby Peyton-Jones.

Edge Patron

HRH The Duke of Kent, KG

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