Chair of Trustees
Niki Thomas is an education consultant based in the South of England. She works with individual schools/academies, networks & collaborations, teaching school alliances, MATs, local authorities and other educational organisations. Formerly a Headteacher, a co-leader of a networked learning community, a local authority consultant adviser (specifically on collaborations and networks) and a leadership programme facilitator. Since 2007 she has worked in a variety of regional and national facilitation roles for the former National College for School Leadership including regional leader, NLE trainer/broker and models & partnerships associate. She was the Lead Associate for National College for Teaching and Leadership for Southern England covering SE, SW and London regions, strategically leading the work of the associate team to develop teaching schools and school-based ITT. She has worked with three Research Schools in England during the early phases of their development supporting professional development planning. She currently works as a national associate for Education Development Trust on the Schools Partnership Programme, supporting clusters and local education systems to develop high quality, robust collaborative school improvement and peer review practice across England and North Wales. This has now expanded to include the MAT partnership programme which facilitates peer to peer reviews between MATs. She has also worked with Education Development Trust to develop a bespoke middle leadership programme for schools in Alexandria, Egypt. Since 2021 she has worked as a partnerships adviser to EDT to support the development of the delivery partner network for NPQs and ECF.
Niki has extensive experience and proven track record in educational consultancy, facilitation and development of networks, leadership development and school improvement. She has an MA in School Effectiveness from the University of Sussex and has undertaken extensive facilitator training. She has worked on the facilitation of coaching training as part of several leadership programmes and has engaged in bespoke coaching for Executive Headteachers and Heads of Schools.