Russell Hobby is CEO of Teach First, a social enterprise which aims to address educational disadvantage in England and Wales by coordinating an employment-based teaching training programme.
Participants in the Teach First programme achieve Qualified Teacher Status through the participation in a two-year training programme that involves the completion of a PGCE along with wider leadership skills training and an optional master’s degree.
Teach First has grown to become the UK’s largest individual recruiter of graduates.
Before taking up his post of CEO in 2017, Russell was general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) since 2010. Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant and in the software industry. Russell is also a trustee of The Brilliant Club, Teaching Leaders and the Teacher Development Trust. He is a member of the advisory board of Future Leaders, the management board for NAHT Edge and the Independent State School Partnership forum.