Anna Howard

Anna Howard | London South Bank University

Born in 1983, Anna’s formative years were spent in Devon and, after achieving a first class honours degree in Accounting and Finance from London South Bank University, Anna went on to complete ACCA professional exams while working in practice. After several years working as a fully qualified accountant she completed an MSc in Accounting with Finance before joining London South Bank University as a part-time lecturer in management accounting in 2009. She obtained a full-time post in 2011 and over the next five years achieved remarkable success in being promoted rapidly first to Senior lecturer and then to Associate Professor of Enterprise Education in 2016. She is currently also the Associate Head of the Division of Business and Enterprise, one of the three divisions that make up the School of Business.

Anna’s transition from management accounting to enterprise education has been remarkably successful and her teaching and research activities now reflect this new and developing academic focus. Within the School of Business she has responsibility for leading on student enterprise. This includes managing all aspects of student enterprise including developing enterprise within the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, enterprise accreditation and developing enterprise opportunities for students with external agencies and SMEs. She has completed the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme and is the lead academic in the development of the Business Solutions Centre – an innovative student-led business consultancy. She is also currently undertaking doctoral research in skills development for the accounting professional.

During her short time at London South Bank University Anna has won a number of awards and prizes and the enterprise activities undertaken by Anna and her colleagues in other schools and departments contributed to the University being named Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016.

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Janice St John-Matthews | University of the West of England

#Hellomyname is Janice St. John-Matthews. I am the Associate Head of Department for the Allied Health Professions at the University of the West of England, Bristol. I am a registered diagnostic radiographer. When I was 18 I left my home in Ireland and moved to the UK to peruse my dream career. After spending a decade working clinically and in industry I joined academia. I currently oversee five radiography programmes consisting of three pre-registration and two post-registration courses alongside standalone continuing professional development activities for all allied health professions.

I am passionate about working at the University of the West of England due to its ethos of inclusivity. As someone who comes from a widening participation background I know first-hand how education can empower and the difference equality in expectation can make.   As an individual with dyslexia I also appreciate how a supportive environment can ensure every learner achieves their potential. Each year I work with extraordinary students, who have joined higher education through non-traditional education routes. Those studying radiography leave as a credit to both the University and the profession. I am proud to be part of this.

Evidence from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has highlighted the lack of women in senior posts in academia for various reasons. For me this is being a mum to a small child with minimal extended family support. I was finding networking, collaborating and publishing difficult to balance with caring responsibilities. To address these challenges, I started to use social media outlets to raise the profile of the radiography profession, to write frankly about the challenges of dyslexia and to share my experiences as a part-time Doctoral candidate. Subsequently I have been able to connect with individuals across the world and this has led to opportunities to present and publish nationally and internationally.

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Benny Bonsu | Girls in Sport Foundation

North London based Benny Bonsu is the first Afro-British an award-winning NBA Sideline broadcaster and international TV producer and the founder and director of Girls In Sport Foundation.  She is also a Media teacher and a future leader currently completing her NPQSL as part of the Harris Academy Greenwich secondary school in Eltham, South East London. Benny created the Girls In Sport Foundation supported by Fusion LifeStyle and Women In Football because she wanted to provide opportunities for women and girls to access any and every sports available and inspire them to think or pursue sports as a career women and girls excel in, while using the spotlight and the real life stories of leading women in sport. Benny has toured over 50 schools in London and toured internationally with her project inspiring a new change and build positive attitudes towards women and girls in sport. Benny has been a community activist for sports and community since the age of 13yrs old and she is still going.

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Natalie Scott | St Joan of Arc School

Natalie has always been passionate about education, she has taught secondary English for 16 years now, in recent years as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner, Specialist Leader of Education and more recently leading on whole school T&L. She has been part of leadership teams lifting schools out of special measures and has taught in the illegal refugee camps of Northern France, and thoroughly relished both of these challenges.

Her career had been defined by her work in the classroom with teenagers, in a variety of school contexts, and in school leadership. She believed passionately in the training and supporting of her colleagues- until she  made the heartbreakingly difficult decision to quit education, unable to align her ethos to the school she found herself in. After losing her way and pondering on next steps, she was offered the opportunity to volunteer with Edlumino, a charity providing education to the children living in the refugee camps of Europe. It was in some of these camps that Natalie re-found her passion for teaching, blogged of her experiences and rediscovered the true power of education. She saw her students’ lives changing and felt her own life change too. She has since returned to the English education sector and is now is back teaching full time, very happily, in a school in Hertfordshire, England.

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Jaspreet Sangha | St Marylebone School

Jaspreet Kaur, better known as Behind the Netra for her poetry is a spoken word artist from East London focused on sharing her thoughts on gender issues, historical topics and taboo subjects both in the Asian community and wider society. By day, she is a History teacher at a secondary school in central London, with an academic background in both History and Gender Studies. Her work aims to tackle issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, decolonisation and more. As well as performing poetry, Behind the Netra also provides workshops and motivational talks for all ages.

Over the last year she has performed at different shows around London including Box Park Shoreditch, Theatre Royal London, Oxford University, SOAS Uni, Paul Robinson Theatre, City Hall and shows for charity events for women's issues and charities such as What You Do Matters, Newhams Asian Women's project, Billion Women and others. More recently she performed at the NHS annual conference and spoke at TEDxUCLWomen. It's been an incredible year for Behind the Netra, being in the national #thriveon advert with Idris Elba, working with the UN on the HeforShe campaign and being nominated for the BAME Inspiration of the Year Award for her work in poetry and teaching. The end of 2016 brought Behind the Netra the title of one of the Top 10 Inspirational Sikh Women in the UK.