Baroness Berridge, Department for Education (DfE)

Baroness Berridge, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, DfE and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Women) at the Department for International Trade

Baroness Berridge of The Vale of Catmose was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System at the Department for Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Women) at the Department for International Trade on 14 February 2020. She was a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) from 29 July 2019 to 19 March 2020.

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools
  • academies and multi-academy trusts, including governance
  • faith schools
  • independent schools
  • home education and supplementary schools
  • intervention in under performing schools, including trust capacity funds
  • school capital investment (including pupil place planning, new school places and school condition)
  • counter extremism and integration in schools
  • safeguarding in schools and post-16 settings
  • school efficiency
  • departmental efficiency and commercial


Baroness Karren Brady CBE

Karren Brady – Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE is one of the UK’s most high-profile businesswomen.

Together with her natural wit, honest and down-to-earth approach, witnessed by millions through her starring role on The Apprentice, has made her one of the world’s most sought-after motivational business speakers.

Baroness Brady is Vice-Chairman of West Ham United FC.

She is also a former UK government Small Business Ambassador.

Born in Edmonton, North London, Karren started a career in advertising sales straight after leaving school.

Starting at Saatchi & Saatchi, she swiftly moved onto LBC as a sales executive before joining David Sullivan’s Sport Newspapers Ltd, becoming a Director within a year.

In 1993, aged just 23, she was appointed MD of Birmingham City FC – when the club was in administration. Four years later, she became the youngest managing director of a UK plc, when she floated the club on the London Stock Exchange.

Having turned Birmingham City FC around, Karren negotiated the club’s sale in 2009 for £82 million.

In 2010, Brady was appointed Vice-Chairman of West Ham United FC and led a successful bid for the club’s move to the iconic 54,000-seat Olympic Stadium in London.

Under her leadership, West Ham has become one of the five fastest-growing brands in world football.

Karren gives a compelling account of her unstoppable success, with plenty of insights, advice and anecdotes gained from her colourful career in football, publishing and business leadership.

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Diana Osagie, Courageous Leadership Consultancy

Leadership Coach and Trainer -  Consultant Head Teacher -  School Inspector

Diana works at the cutting edge of education and school improvement. She is known as a resilient school leader, skilled in urban leadership under challenging circumstances. Diana has substantial success in developing school wide models that strategically enhance the quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum and can couple sound strategic vision whilst giving clear operational direction. She lectures on a MEd in Educational Leadership for a UK university. Diana is also school inspector with developed expertise scrutinising school wide systems. 

 With a proven track record of developing leaders via bespoke training programs, Diana specialises in supporting organisations to grow their leadership culture in order for leaders already established and those improving to flourish. She has established capability in mentoring and supporting leaders facing challenging circumstances and change.

 Successful leaders have someone in their corner who understands and has overcome similar challenges. We all need an advocate…that’s what Diana becomes when you work together, an advocate for your leadership.

Natalie Perera, Education Policy Institute

Executive Director and Head of Research

Natalie is the Executive Director and Head of Research at the Education Policy Institute, an independent research institute which she co-founded in 2016.

Prior to that Natalie worked in the Department for Education where she led on research and policy interventions including on narrowing the gap between disadvantaged children and the rest and reform of the school funding system. Between 2014 and 2015, Natalie was seconded to the Cabinet Office where she worked in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office.

Natalie is also a Director of a Multi-Academy Trust in South London and a Trustee of the charities, The Fair Education Alliance and Causeway Education.