Welcoming new trustees

October 2022

Following a rigorous shortlisting, vetting and interview process, we are delighted to announce that Natalie Perera, Ann Mroz and Edward Vainker have been appointed to the Board of Trustees for AET.

Ann Mroz was editor of Tes (formerly the Times Educational Supplement) for seven years and editor of Times Higher Education for four years. She is on the advisory board of the Children’s Commissioner for England, the education advisory group of the Sutton Trust, Education Endowment Foundation and Education Policy Institute, and the European advisory board of Princeton University Press. She is also a Trustee at Reach Foundation, Shine and the Institute for Research in Schools. She received an MBE for services to education in the New Year Honours 2021.

Natalie is the CEO of Education Policy Institute, a research institute she co-founded in 2015. In this role, Natalie has overseen new research spanning education and young people's mental health issues, including on topics such as the effectiveness of grammar schools, trends in the disadvantage gap, the recruitment and retention of teachers and the quality of the early years workforce.

Natalie previously served as a policy adviser to the Department for Education and within the Cabinet Office. At the DfE, she headed up the School Funding Reform Unit, responsible for developing policy to ensure fair allocation of education funding that also represented value for money.

Natalie is also on the Board of two other education charities; the Fair Education Alliance and Causeway Education and also serves as a trustee of another MAT in South East London.

Ed is the CEO of the Reach Foundation, which has developed a Cradle to Career model in Feltham and is supporting the development of Cradle to Career models nationally. He co-founded Reach Academy Feltham and led the school for its first eight years. He is on the UK Board of Teach For All and the Advisory Council of the Children's Commissioner.

Our new trustees will bring useful skills, connections and sector expertise to the Board, as well as providing a complementary challenge to the Leadership Team on their respective committees.