Stewart Bailey (Vice-Chair)
Stewart Bailey is the Founder of Virtual Viewing, and has been Managing Director of the company since its inception. With offices in MK, London and Central Europe, Stewart’s time is split across countries promoting Virtual Viewing’s award winning technologies with partners in central and local government, security agencies and major property developers from San Francisco to Ukraine. In addition to spearheading Virtual Viewing’s activity across Smart Cities, Intelligent Buildings, Augmented Reality and the latest mobile app development technologies Stewart is also a supporter of the local community and charities and is committed to civic involvement.
During his graduation from the Common Purpose Matrix programme, he led the project to design the official logo for Milton Keynes’ 40th Birthday that was subsequently launched in the city centre and adopted by Milton Keynes Council throughout the year across the City. Stewart also founded the Milton Keynes Consortium, organisers of The Big Moo, Milton Keynes’ 40th Birthday party. The Big Moo also made Milton Keynes a Guinness World Record Holder!
Peter started his early career in sales with Grand Metropolitan Brewing. After successful stints in Account Management, Human Resource Development, Technical Services and Sales Management with Courage Brewing, he joined Bass Brewers as National Training Manager in 1995. After 3 years he moved into recruitment. He joined Select Education in 2000 becoming Managing Director in 2005. He left in 2009 to become Managing Director of The Education Network and has subsequently held MD roles with Capita Education plc and Proactive Rail. In January 2016, Peter started up his own Homecare business in Colchester. Peter is married, with three children and lives in Suffolk. He enjoys most sports and spends his spare time keeping fit, entertaining his children and enjoying the countryside. He likes listening to all types of music and tries to keep his piano and guitar playing skills alive. He is passionate about education and enabling potential to be realised. He left in 2009 to become MD of The Education Network before becoming MD of Capita Education Resourcing in January 2012. In May 2014 Peter moved into resourcing for the Rail sector and is currently MD of The Activas Group and Proactive Rail.
Joy is the Professional Development leader at Parliament Hill School and has extensive experience of leadership in a range of inner-London schools and of supporting UK and international schools in setting up policies and practices for the most able. Her current role as at Parliament Hill School includes responsibility for professional development for teachers and support staff at all stages in their careers, student leadership, Healthy Schools and leading on all aspects of provision for students with high learning potential (HLP). This includes the identification processes, in-class provision, parents’ workshops and an enrichment programme designed to close the gap and ensure all HLP students have equal opportunities for securing a place at a Russell Group university, and to create a fulfilling, challenging and supportive experience at school for each and every student. Joy has presented at a number of national conferences on innovative student leadership initiatives aimed at the most able and on provision for students with high learning potential. In addition, she has published a range of articles in professional journals and text books.
Dr Paul Newton
Dr Paul Newton is a health researcher who lives and works in London with his wife and children. Paul is interested in the educational experiences of children with high learning potential as well as the experiences of parents of high learning potential children. Paul’s favourite part of the day is running his dog – a lurcher – in the park.
Michael Speranza (Chair)
Michael and his family are members of Potential Plus UK and have regularly attended our Big Family Weekends as well as being active on our Facebook Group, Parenting High Potential. Michael himself is a solicitor with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, an international law firm based in St Paul’s, London. Michael’s daughter is home educated, and Michael runs workshops at some of our events to share his experiences of home education with other parents.
Nina has one son who was identified at an early age as having high learning potential and who graduated from university with a First Class degree in Physics. Nina recently reitred as an ICT Adviser for the Education Funding Agency and was previously Head of Capital Programmes at Becta (the government education and technology agency which has now been closed down). Originally a science teacher, Nina taught in Kenya in the 1980s and then in Derbyshire and Leicester before moving to work in ICT in education: initially as technical manager and project director of an ICT training provider. She is still directly involved in schools in her personal life as she currently holds a voluntary role as a Director of The Lutterworth Academies Trust.