Our HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group are a diverse team of serving and former Headteachers, coaches and educationalists who are dedicated to supporting our work, championing our services and offering us alternative views in order that we can best serve our growing community. Read more about them and why they advocate our HeadsUp4HTs Network.

James Pope

HeadsUp4HTs Founder

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I love the HeadsUp4HTs network because it is a values led peer community that recognises and amplifies the positive and inspirational work that school leaders are doing every single day.


HeadsUp4HTs Network Project Leader and Peer Support Facilitator

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I believe in the power of human connection and the potential of authentic, safe spaces in supporting the wellbeing of Headteachers and school leaders. Creating a space for sustainable, compassionate support, and lifting others through sharing our own narratives and vulnerabilities is what makes HeadsUp4HTs such an incredible community.

Alex Atherton

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member

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It is so important for every headteacher to have a network, the isolation of the role is often understated particularly for those new in post or going through a difficult time. HeadsUp is that network for all who need it and I am proud to be part of it.

Alison Kriel

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member

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I belong to HeadsUp because it’s a safe place to meet with like minded values led leaders – a space to share, listen, support, and feel heard.

Adrian McLean

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member

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I support HeadsUp4HTs because it can be a lonely place as a Head. This group provides a space to support the wellbeing of leaders who at times, carry a heavy weight. The ability to share that safely and authentically with people who understand your angst is paramount.

Patrick Ottley-O'Connor

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member

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I support HeadsUp4HTs because I believe in the power of kindness & coaching in encouraging, engaging & empowering others to see, own, solve & actually do something to improve their own situation.

Audrey Pantelis

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member and Peer Support Facilitator

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HeadsUp4HT is the best support network for Headteachers – past, current and future. The dedication, skills and talents that school leaders have needs to be nurtured. HeadsUp4HT supports them to be their very best so that they can lead others with kindness and integrity.

Mandy Preville-Findlay

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member

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I support HeadsUp4HTs because the power of a shared story should not be underestimated. It allows for the opportunity to listen to, engage and empower headteachers, to find their way in an ever more complicated education context.

Chris Rogers

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member and Peer Support Facilitator

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I belong to HeadsUp4HTs because it is a wonderful supportive network of like minded values-led leaders. It provides a network for support and inspiration for positive improvement in education.

Dennis Simms

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member

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Those who do, have and will lead our schools deserve support that will enable them to effectively take care of themselves and their schools. Headteachers and school communities thrive when systems are put in place that enhance, sustain and amplify. This is what HeadsUp4HTs is all about and this is why I support them.

Matt Whitely

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member

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I’m so happy to support the Headsup4HTs network because sometimes the only people who understand being a Head are other Heads. So to be able to be in a group that support each other heads as people is vital.

Zena Zenonos-Walker

HeadsUp4HTs Advisory Group Member

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As part of HeadsUp4HTs I am able to support Heads, and those like me, who are aspiring to Headship. The mission to support leaders to be the leaders they aspire to be, resonates with me. Collaborating with Headteachers across the country makes this a powerful network not just for now, but for the future of education.