Lesley Birch has worked in education for over 30 years in primary, middle and secondary schools and is now Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Trust and a Member of Unity Schools Partnership Trust.
As an NLE, Lesley worked with many schools across East Anglia offering a menu of support from which she has learnt a lot about the many challenges in schools across the sector, including Opportunity Areas, rural, city and coastal schools. She is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, keeps up to date with educational research and practice and was a member of the Ethical Leadership Framework Committee.
Recruiting, training, and developing staff is at the centre of all her work, in partnership with SCITTs, Curriculum Hubs, Research Schools, LAs, RSCs, DfE, MATs and Dioceses. Lesley is the strategic lead for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Teaching School Hub and she is a member of the Teaching School Hubs Council, which enables her to contribute more widely to the school system, advocating for a great education for every pupil.