Who we are

Sue Iqbal – Director

 

Sue has worked in the field of Education and Leadership for 36 years. She initially came from a background of Special Education and then Local Authority Advisory work where she has supported schools and Leaders from all phases and sectors. Her most recent position was Deputy Director of Education for a Diocese. She has also worked within Public Health, co-ordinating Multi Agency Policy Development.

As Deputy Diocesan Director for Education, she had responsibility for school effectiveness. She was instrumental in setting up a Diocesan Multi Academy trust and designed the school improvement model that has enabled the Academies to thrive. Sue worked on the Church of England’s development of Character Education and contributed to ‘The Fruits of the Spirit’ publication. Sue worked to build System Leadership Capacity across the Diocese, working with partners in Local Authorities, Teaching Schools and the Regional Schools Commissoner’s Office.

Sue is an accredited National College Lead Facilitator and has worked extensively on their Teams and Leadership Programmes. She worked with a large education consultancy where she developed and delivered leadership programmes. Sue has a Diploma in Performance Coaching and has full membership of The Association for Coaching.

Sue has experience working with social enterprises, charities and within faith communities. Recent work includes coaching the CEO of a large social enterprise and facilitating the senior team and trustees in renewing the vision and strategic direction. She has led initiatives and written on the subject of Values and Ethos and created tools to enable groups to discuss these effectively. Sue has created a values based model for Sustainable School Improvement Improving from WithIn which has shaped her approach to school effectiveness.

Sue has a passion for Capacity Building and Coaching in Education and Third Sector Leadership. She is committed to creating interventions that get to the root of issues and provide a catalyst for real change.

DR Karamat Iqbal – Director

Karamat has had an interest in and commitment to equality and diversity from a very young age.

After working in secondary education and community relations, Karamat spent a significant amount of time in a community college which was seen as a leader in equality and diversity. Here in his role as Deputy Director of Equality Rights and Opportunities Management Unit, he made a significant contribution to policy development, management and training in a range of diversity strands.

Karamat’s most recent work has included the ground breaking report on educational underachievement of poor White pupils. This was used as the main background document by Richard Burden MP in support of his adjournment debate on White underachievement, as recorded in Hansard. This article from the Times Educational Supplement offers a most recent illustration of his work in this respect.

Karamat has had an interest in writing while he was still at school. Recently, he has begun to use this skill in his work with young people across the age groups, from primary upto post-16 level. He uses biography and personal story in order to enable young people to explore topics such as Identity, Diversity and Citizenship.

Karamat’s qualifications include Bachelor of Education, Masters in Social
Sciences (Race and Education) and Certificates in Management, Theology and Specialist Paralegal Studies (Employment Law). He has PhD with a focus on educational achievement of Pakistani boys in Birmingham.