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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    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

    Chief Technology and Operations Officer for Credit Suisse AG

    Joanne Hannaford is the Chief Technology and Operations Officer for Credit Suisse AG. She is a member of the Executive Boards of Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG.

    In her role as CTOO, Joanne is responsible for leading engineering and operations, delivering digital transformation, orchestrating our investments in enterprise core capabilities, ensuring the security, scalability and performance our overall technology infrastructure and for driving a culture of world-class engineering and talent.


    Joanne joined Credit Suisse in 2022 from Goldman Sachs where she was employed for 24 years in executive roles including Partner and Global Co-Head of Platform Engineering, EMEA Head of Engineering, Global Head of Regulatory Engineering and Global Head of Corporate and Operations Technology. Prior to this, she was an Executive Director at NatWest Bank.

    Joanne is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion both in the workplace and in the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She is a member of the UK Government Digital Service Advisory Board, the Royal Society Science, the Industry and Translation Committee, Founders4Schools Charity and the Board of Trustees of the British Computer Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Staffordshire University and is also a Major in the British Army Staff Corp.

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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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    John Mushriqui

    CEO and Founder of Tego Texi Tectum, Validity and Swiffix

    John is a serial entrepreneur,  angel investor, and non-executive director based in London, UK. He loves building digital businesses that make an impact on how we live our everyday lives. 


    As an Entrepreneur John was the CEO and Founder of three different businesses Tego Texi Tectum, Validity and Swiffix. Most recently he was an Entrepreneur in Residence with bp where he was helping build and scale renewable digital businesses. He is know building his fourth business which is in Stealth Mode. 

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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

    Chief Equity Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Tate & Lyle and Founder The WealthiHer Network

    Lauren von Stackelberg is an entrepreneurial Equity Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) leader, founder and charity board chair with experience across six continents in Consumer, Technology, Travel and Financial Services.


    She is one of the youngest women to join the C Suite of a FTSE 250 company. Lauren is Tate & Lyle's first Chief Equity Diversity & Inclusion Officer where she leverages their purpose, Improving Lives for Generations, as a platform to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace and to drive equitable health and nutrition outcomes for their communities and customers. Prior to this, Lauren was Expedia Group’s first Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity and J.P. Morgan’s first and founding Head of Client Diversity Strategy. She founded collaborative networks and movements to drive progress and change at an industry level in both Finance (The WealthiHer Network) and Travel (CEO Action Inclusive Travel Group). Lauren is the Founder of a micro-fund in Ghana, Trustee of Founders4Schools, and Chair of the Executive Board of Foreign Sisters within Cancer Research UK. She is a regular public speaker, avid reader, and force for social change with recognition from Forbes 30 under 30, Forbes All Star Alumni, the UK’s Most Influential D&I Leaders, and Management Today’s 35 under 35.

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    Claire Valoti

    Vice President of the International Business at Snap Inc

    As the VP of International Business at Snap Inc, 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.

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    Gori Yahaya

    CEO and founder of UpSkill Digital

    Gori Yahaya, serial entrepreneur, is the CEO and founder of UpSkill Digital, a leading organisation in the world of digital education and inclusion. He has over a decade of experience building and implementing award-winning digital learning and social impact programs for the likes of Google, Samsung, Lloyds Bank and BT.


    An evangelical advocate for diversity and inclusion with a mission to support people of minority ethnic backgrounds to boost progression and develop relevant skills for the future workplace, his expertise has been critical to the development and continued success of many global learning programmes covering regions across Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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    Gary Hanson

    Mentor, board advisor, investor and non-executive director

    Gary is writing chapter 3 of his life working with his extensive network and experience to help people and companies thrive and achieve their potential in a world that continues to grow and evolve at an ever-faster pace.  He opened and developed two new offices at BDO during a 33 year career, while working with a wide range of clients, mainly in the tech space and all with international reach and ambitions, particularly in the US.


    Gary's roles included creating and developing the relationship between the BDO UK and US firms during a period of significant growth for both, building pathways for collaboration and work flows and establishing a vital network of quality conversations.  He was also elected to the partnership's oversight board for two terms totalling 8 years during which time he was involved in reviewing strategy, partner recruitment and promotion as well as governance and fairness

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