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Leading From The Front Working Party

The working party is comprised of twelve volunteer head teachers from a range of different types of school. The working party is as representative of schools as possible so that all views are included and reflected. The aim of the working party is to establish an influence over education policy so that schools are taking a full part in future decision making. As radical educational change is inevitable schools need to step up and take a more active role. The working party is advancing this agenda. New members are welcome to join the working party and may do so by contacting the office (E:[email protected]). The working party is currently chaired by Mike Grenier, from Eton College, who is coordinating their work.


Julie Arliss

Julie Arliss lectures at King’s College and works in close association with Oxford University and Exeter University. She organises and lectures at the best attended student study days in the UK for 15 – 19 year olds. Internationally she works with students in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and is the joint author of a number of books and academic articles including The Thinker’s Guide to Evil. She is regularly invited to be the keynote speaker at events and recently gave the Hobhouse Lecture. She is Principal Examiner in Cambridge combining a strong commitment to young people with academic rigour.

Professor Roger Scruton

Professor Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton is a philosopher and public commentator. He is widely published with popular works such ‘I Drink Therefore I am’; ‘A Philosopher’s Guide to Wine’ and ‘The Uses of Pessimism’. As a political and cultural commentator he is often interviewed on TV and is famously outspoken with views which never fail to challenge public perceptions. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and of the British Academy and is currently a visiting professor at the University of St Andrews and Oxford University. Professor Scruton has an enduring interest in gifted education and runs an exclusive ‘conversation’ group for students who really want to think, and not just to pass exams, at Oxford University. He is patron of the UK Philosothon movement where students meet to have conversations about big ideas. This is a unique opportunity for gifted co-ordinators to hear Professor Scruton share his thoughts and ideas about how best to cultivate gifted students in a school environment.

“There are few more valuable thinkers in Britain – or indeed, the world – today.” – Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times.

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Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon is a political historian and commentator on British political leadership as well as on education and contemporary Britain. He is also Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. He was previous the headmaster of Wellington College, and is co-founder and first Director of the Institute of Contemporary British History. He is author or editor of over 40 books, and remains a powerful voice in the world of education.

Professor Tom Greggs

Professor Tom Greggs

After being awarded a starred Double First Class Honours Degree from Oxford Tom completed his Phd at Cambridge. He has taught at Manchester Grammar school but is now a university lecturer and researcher with a commitment to making his work accessible to young people. He has a weekly slot on radio 4 and holds various political offices at local regional and national levels with a general focus on education policy. He is widely regarded as a ‘rising star’.

Professor Raymond Tallis

Professor Raymond Tallis

Professor Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world. Over the last 20 years Raymond Tallis has published fiction, three volumes of poetry, and 23 books on the philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, the nature of art and cultural criticism. Together with over 200 articles in Prospect, Times Literary Supplement and many other outlets, these books offer a critique of current predominant intellectual trends and an alternative understanding of human consciousness, the nature of language and of what it is to be a human being. For this work, Professor Tallis has been awarded two honorary degrees and is a visiting professor at a number of Universities. He was a member of the judges’ panel for the Samuel Johnson prize in 2012 and in 2015 he judged the Notting Hill Essay prize. He makes regular appearances at Hay, Cheltenham, Edinburgh and other book festivals and lectures widely. He is particularly well liked for his amusing, engaging and inspiring talks.

“One of the most intriguing figures in the current intellectual scene.” – The Times Higher Education Supplement

Professor Keith Ward

Professor Keith Ward

PROFESSOR KEITH WARD is Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King’s College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Executive Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Religion and Science, Oxford University

Dr Pinsent is a former particle physicist at Oxford University, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment at CERN and a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent left CERN to run his own consultancy business, was later ordained and, after completing a second doctorate in philosophy, became the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford. He is ‘interested in everything’ and visits schools to encourage the young to be ambitious and courageous in their thinking. He is committed to a broad view of education in which gifted students can maximise their full potential.

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Professor Gerald Pillay

Gerald Pillay is the Vice Chancellor & Rector, and the Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of Liverpool Hope University. Professor Pillay holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Rhodes University and a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Durdban. In 1997 he became Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Otago University, New Zealand’s oldest University, based in Dunedin. He has served in senior leadership roles at The University of South Africa and the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria and has lectured in several institutions abroad.

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Professor Daphne Hampson

Daphne Hampson is Professor Emerita of Divinity at the University of St Andrew’s, an Associate of the Department of Theology and Religion at Oxford University, and a Life Member at Clare College, Cambridge. She has published widely on Post-Christian thought with an emphasis on feminist criticism, combining her commitment to theological realism with an ethical critique of Christian mythology. Her latest work focuses on the role of religion in contemporary Western society, the underrepresented field of Lutheran thought, and an introductory exposition on the work of Kierkegaard.

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Professor Johannes Zachhuber

Professor Johannes Zachhuber is an historical and systematic theologian specialising in the Eastern Patristic tradition of theology, and modern theology from the Reformation to the present. His recent published works include comprehensive treatments of 19th Century German thought in relation to theology, philosophy, and individuality. He supervises a wide range of graduate research projects at Oxford University where he is a Fellow and Tutor in Theology at Trinity College.



Professor Justin Jones

An historian by training, Professor Justin Jones’s research interests relate to religious and social transformation within Islam. His work engages themes such as the changing role of modern Islamic scholars and modern forms of Muslim public organisation a politico-activism. He is a valued member of Oxford University’s Theology faculty and is also shares responsibility for recruitment and admissions to Pembroke College at Oxford.


Dr Tim Mawson

Tim Mawson was educated at St Peter’s College and then Queen’s College in Oxford. He held a number of lectureships at other Oxford colleges before returning to St Peter’s in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows. He has written extensively on the Philosophy of Religion. His recent published work focuses on cognitive science, classical theism, and the knowledge of God.

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Professor David Horrell

David Horrell is the Director of the Centre for Biblical Studies at Exeter University and is widely published as a scholar of the New Testament. His work focuses on a social-scientific approach, exploring aspects of early Christian identity it its socio-historical context. In addition, he looks at contemporary interpretations of the New Testament in ethical and ecological discussions, and delivers training conferences to educators on the way biblical texts shape Christian perspectives on the environment.

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Dr Stephen Law

Stephen Law is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He was previously the Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen’s College, Oxford. He is the editor of the philosophical journal Think, which is published by the Roal Institute of Philosophy. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, and in 2008 became the Provost for the Centre for Enquiry UK. He has published a variety of academic papers as well as popular introductory books in Philosophy.

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