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Series 3 – 2023-24

#EdInfluence podcast (series 3) - in conversation with inspiring leaders

18 July 2023

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, we’re excited to announce the return of #EdInfluence, as our popular education podcast is back for a new series.

A full episode guide and more information on our guests are available below. You can listen to the podcast here or on your preferred podcast channel, including: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music.

In his inimitable style, Nick has a knack of unearthing the secrets of good leadership from his guests. Nick sets out our vision for the third series of #EdInfluence:

“Every generation seems to have a preoccupation with finding the secrets of good leadership. In this series, we don’t want to repeat ‘soundbites’ but rather we want to use stories from a diverse range of leaders from different sectors, different stages of their leadership journey to provide insights on leadership and what they have learnt from others and through leading themselves.

The emphasis will be on providing relatable, human stories that influences listeners thinking and hopefully their actions!”

You can listen here or via any of the usual podcast channels. A full episode guide and more information on our guests are available below.

Catch-up on series 2

Catch-up on series 1


Episode 2: Dr Dame Ann Limb

In this second episode of EdInfluence Season 3, we hear from Dame Ann Limb DBE DL FRSA FCGI, who describes herself as ‘a philanthropist, mover and Quaker, trying to navigate her way through life by doing least harm to people and planet’. 

Ann is currently Pro Chancellor of the University of Surrey, Chair of the City & Guilds of London Institute, and Board member of LTE Group in which capacity she is Chair of Governors of The Manchester College. 

In March 2023, Ann was named inaugural Chair of the Lifelong Education Institute, established by ResPublica, to take forward a vision for whole-system reform. Ann co-chairs the FED Ambassadors.

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Series 3, Episode 1

In the first episode of EdInfluence Season 3, we hear about the importance of communication and gain a global perspective from Fiona Forbes, Professor of Practice in the School of Education at La Trobe University Victoria, Australia.

In conversation with our sector leading education lawyer Nick MacKenzie, Fiona shared her leadership insights from a 30 year+ international career in education, drawing on her experience as:

  • Executive of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP)
  • Chair of the Australian Special Education Principals’ Association (ASEPA)
  • Board Member of the Foundation for Education Development UK (FED)
  • Foundation member and participant of Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC)
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Conference special

This special edition of #EdInfluence was recorded at the ASCL annual conference, where Nick was able to hear from a range of sector leaders, who shared their varying approaches and perspectives on leadership.

Interviewees include:

  • Pepe Di'lasio - ASCL Past President & Head of Wales High School
  • Liz Anderson, CEO of Djanogly Learning Trust
  • Steve Rollett - Deputy Chief Executive of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
  • Leora Cruddas CBE, Chief Executive of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
  • Carl Ward - ASCL Past President & CEO of City Learning Trust
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Throughout the Autumn term we’re excited to be publishing interviews with some truly inspirational leaders. Here’s what you can look forward to…


Dr Dame Ann Limb 

Ann is Pro Chancellor of the University of Surrey, Chair of the City & Guilds of London Institute, the Lifelong Education Institute and co-chair FED Ambassadors.

Dr Julian Hartley

Julian has been the Chief Executive of NHS Providers since February 2023, having been chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals since 2013.


John Murphy

John has recently resigned from his position as Chief Executive of Oasis Community Learning, one of the UK’s largest multi-academy trusts with 52 primary and secondary Academies clustered in five regions across the country. 


Catherine Baker 

Catherine is the Chair of O Shaped and an ex-Linklaters lawyer who has for the second half of her career focused on leadership and mindset. Catherine specialises in blending business and sports insight to drive performance, coaching CEOs and other senior leaders to improve and develop their leadership skillset. 

Look forward to more, in 2024!

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