My background: A geography teacher by trade, Andy went on to become a headteacher for thirteen years at two schools in east London. In his second headship, his school was judged outstanding and he was designated a National Leader of Education. In 2009, he was appointed as a director at the National College for School Leadership and in 2012 was made Managing Director at one of the largest academy groups in the UK. Andy has subsequently founded two organisations: Leadership Matters and #honk. Both aim to improve the educational outcomes for pupils by supporting great leadership development for leaders at all levels in the system. He has written five books on educational leadership, including the best-selling ‘Leadership Matters’.