Founders4Schools has the support of many stakeholders from the worlds of education, philanthropy, banking that support our important work.

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    Sherry Coutu CBE

    Executive Chairman and Founder, Founders4Schools

    Sherry is the executive chair and founder of Founders4Schools.

    Sherry has decades of experience in the technology and education sectors which include serving as a non-executive member of the University of Cambridge (Finance Board) where she chairs the Financial Strategy Advisory Group and is a member of the Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press boards and chair of their Remuneration Committee.

    Other boards, she currently serves on include Raspberry Pi Foundation, The Royal Society (Science, Industry & Translation Committee), Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange plc, Chesterton Community College, (Cambridge).

    Previous Non-executive roles in the education sector include teaching at London Business School, serving as a Trustee for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and serving RM plc as a NED where she chaired the Remuneration Committee and was the Senior Independent Director.


    As an entrepreneur, Sherry founded a number of businesses and charities in the past. As a philanthropist, in addition to Founders4Schools, she is a supporter of the Crick Institute.

    Sherry was honoured with a CBE for “services to entrepreneurship”, from HM Queen in 2013, serves as an ambassador for London and the YourLife Campaign and is the author of ‘The Scale-up Report’ on UK economic growth.

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    Stephen Bolton

    Non executive director and chair of the audit committee at Clarks and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors at Solent University

    Stephen has been a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 1992, and is an experienced finance director.


    He has over 30 years’ experience of investor relations, M&A, audit, risk and compliance and operational and strategic finance, coupled with a strong understanding and experience of international markets, gained by working for two major blue chip companies: Stephen worked for Unilever plc for over 20 years, and Diageo plc for 14 years from whom he retired as group controller at the end of 2018. Stephen is now perusing a plural career is a Non executive director and chair of the audit committee at Clarks the Iconic shoe business, and a  Non executive director and chair of audit committee at SEDEX a responsible sourcing organisation. Stephen has an Honorary Doctor of Business from Solent University and is vice chairman of the Board of Governors at the university.

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    Janet Coyle

    Managing Director Business at London & Partners

    Janet is the Managing Director Business at London & Partners, London's international Trade, Investment and Promotion agency


    She supports international companies and events to invest in London and helps London's innovative companies to scale and expand internationally through a number of business and innovation programmes. Janet was formerly a Diplomat for the UK government and also led London's business programme during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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    Joanne Hannaford

    Head of EMEA Technology & Global Head of Quality Assurance Engineering

    Jo is a partner within the Engineering Division at Goldman Sachs, joining the firm in 1997, she was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2014. During her time at the firm, Jo has held a number of roles across Technology both in New York and London, predominantly focusing on the buildout of all functions related to data architecture, software engineering, workflow, runtime management software change and development practices.

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    Jonathan Pearl

    Civil Mediator, Advisory Board Chairman, IMB Board Member, and Non-Executive Director

    Jonathan is a (non-practicing) solicitor with senior management experience gained at two major brands (Sony and Apple) in Europe, USA and Asia. Jonathan's 30+ year career spans working as a private practice solicitor in the City, and managing an international in-house corporate and compliance function of 100+ people.


    In 2018, having left full-time corporate life, Jonathan established himself as an independent Civil Mediator. He is CEDR-Accredited (2002) and a Member of the Civil Mediation Council. In 2019 Jonathan was appointed by the Ministry of Justice to be an Independent Monitoring Board member of HM Prisons. When not mediating, Jonathan spends his time working as a Non-Executive Director of, and advisor to, technology start-up companies.

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    Russ Shaw

    Founder of Tech London Advocates (TLA) and Global Tech Advocates

    Russ is the Founder of Tech London Advocates (TLA) and Global Tech Advocates, private sector led groups of leaders promoting tech ecosystems and addressing the issues on the horizon.


    The groups are not-for-profit communities of individuals with aspirations to build and promote tech hubs globally. He has been appointed as a London Tech Ambassador by the Mayor of London's Office and is part of the London Technology Week steering group, a member of the Digital Skills Partnership, a trustee of Modern Muse, and advisor to Founders4Schools, Teen Tech, the Creative Industries Federation, E2Exchange, Growth Enabler.

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    Lauren Von Stackelberg

    Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity Expedia Group and Founder The WealthiHer Network

    Lauren von Stackelberg is an entrepreneurial inclusion and diversity leader, founder and charity board chair with experience in technology, travel and finance across 13 countries.


    Currently Expedia Group’s first Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity focusing on employees, partners, customers and communities, and Co-Founder of collaborative intra-industry network, CEO Action Inclusive Travel Sub-Group. Prior to joining Tech, Lauren spent a decade in Finance as J.P. Morgan’s first and founding Head of Female Client Strategy, Founder of a micro-fund in Ghana and Co-Founder of The WealthiHer Network. She is a Trustee of Founders4Schools and also chairs both Founders4Schools’ Diversity Advisory Committee and the Executive Board of Foreign Sisters within Cancer Research UK. Lauren is a listmaker for Forbes 30 under 30 and Management Today 35 under 35.

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    Claire Valoti

    Vice President of the International Business at Snap Inc

    As the VP of International, Claire is leading growth and revenue across four continents, including key markets: UK, France, Germany, Nordics + Netherlands, Canada, Australia and MENA. Her priority is to unlock the potential of International markets while continuing to scale those that are already realized.


    Prior to joining Snap in 2016, Claire was the Director of Agency Partnerships at Facebook UK; Media Director at Weve, and Managing Director of Weve’s predecessor, O2 Media. Claire began her career agency- side, spending more than 11 years at Mindshare across world-class brands.

    She lives in London with her husband and three daughters, Arianna, Alexia and Alyssa.