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

  • Sherry Coutu

    Sherry Coutu

    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), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Raspberry Pi, The Royal Society (Translation Committee), Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange plc.

    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.

  • Marc Allera

    Marc Allera

    Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer division of BT Group

    Marc is the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer division of BT Group, where he is responsible for running the UK’s leading mobile and fixed communications company, across the BT, BT Sport, EE and Plusnet brands. Marc was appointed to the role of Consumer CEO in September 2017.

    Marc’s focus is delivering customers the best mobile and fixed, voice and broadband experience in the UK; as well as offering exclusive TV and sport content.

  • Kirsten Bodley

    Kirsten Bodley

    Chief Executive of WES (The Women's Engineering Society)

    Kirsten Bodley has significant experience in engaging young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and careers, successfully raising their motivation, aspirations and employability skills.

    Most recently, Kirsten was the Chief Executive of STEMNET, a UK-wide charitable organisation that works with thousands of businesses and schools to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to be inspired in STEM: to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.

  • Melissa Di Donato

    Melissa Di Donato

    Chief Revenue Officer, SAP S4HANA Cloud

    Melissa Di Donato is the Chief Revenue Officer for S/4HANA Cloud at SAP where she has sales and revenue responsibility for Cloud ERP solutions globally.

  • Herdeep Dosanjh

    Herdeep Dosanjh

    Head of Regulatory Affairs for EMEA, The Bank of New York Mellon

    Herdeep Dosanjh is currently Head of Regulatory Affairs for EMEA at The Bank of New York Mellon. She has formerly acted as a senior equity-financing lawyer in the Legal and Compliance divisions of Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.

    Herdeep often plays a leading role in industry initiatives in relation to depositaries, international prime brokers and hedge funds.

  • Avid Larizadeh Duggan

    Avid Larizadeh Duggan

    General Partner, Google Ventures

    Avid is a general partner at Google Ventures. Prior to Google Ventures, Avid co-founded Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories (acquired by Wolf & Badger in 2015).

    Avid has been involved in the startup ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, investor, and advisor since 1998. Avid started investing at Accel Partners in London in 2006, where she focused on software and Internet investments. She also held product management roles at Tellme Networks, eBay, and Skype, and began programming in college. While at eBay, Avid was granted a patent for her work on a suite of selling tools.

  • Jane Galvin

    Jane Galvin

    Head of Corporate Banking UK, HSBC Bank PLC

    Jane leads HSBC's Corporate Banking segment in the UK, where she is responsible for overseeing the management of approximately 14,000 mid-market customers, served by a population of over 800 people.

  • Joshua Graff

    Joshua Graff

    LinkedIn UK Country Manager & VP, EMEA

    A transformative sales and business leader, Joshua joined LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network in 2011. As Country Manager for the UK, he is responsible for driving member growth and engagement, strategic partnerships and revenue across all lines of business. He also oversees LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions business in EMEA, helping marketers to identify, target and engage with the world's most influential professionals.

    Before joining LinkedIn, Joshua ran EMEA/APAC Media Sales and Business Development at Electronics Arts (EA), overseeing EA's media sales relationships with sports leagues including the NFL, NBA and the NHL. 

  • Joanne Hannaford

    Joanne Hannaford

    Partner, Goldman Sachs

    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. Jo has spent the past two years managing the development of software platforms to enable significant, longer-term efficiencies for the various businesses within the firm. She manages over 1,500 engineers and her responsibilities are extended to both technical architecture and commercial projects. Jo has extensive experience of corporate governance, she serves on the Technology Executive Leadership Group and the Firmwide Technology Risk Committee and is global co-sponsor of the Women in Technology Network.

  • Annika Small

    Annika Small


    Annika Small is a social entrepreneur committed to the imaginative use of digital technologies to address big social challenges. She recently stepped down as founding CEO of Nominet Trust, which, under her leadership, invested more than £25m in early-stage ventures that deploy technology for social innovation.

    Annika is the co-founder of iDEA, the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, which is the 21st Century equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh award, supporting young people to develop their digital and enterprise skills. She is also the founder director of Tony Blair Foundation's global education programme, which brings together young people from different cultures to learn directly with, from and about each other. This initiative is now embedded in 25+ countries supported by strong industry, government and third sector partnerships. A winner of multiple awards for her work in education, Annika was CEO of Futurelab, which tests and develops radically new approaches to teaching and learning using technology.