People

Steve Mastin

Chairman
Steve Mastin is the Chairman of the Conservative Education Society for 2016-17. He is Head of History at a maintained secondary school in Cambridge.  He is passionate about a knowledge rich curriculum for all pupils regardless of ability or social background, empowering each one of them to become part of the cultural discourse that pupils from privileged backgrounds take for granted.  He trains history teachers for the University of Cambridge and has worked overseas in Singapore and Kazakhstan to train their teachers.  He has advised the Department of Education about the history curriculum, enjoys rugby and running and his favourite city is Lucca in Italy.

Phil King

Vice-chairman
Phil King has been a councillor since 2007 and is Deputy Leader of Harborough District Council in South Leicestershire. Now an ex-school governor with 16 years' experience, he was involved in the conversion of two schools from local authority to Academy status. He is interested primarily in secondary, FE and Higher Education and in particular students with SEN needs.

Vernon De Maynard​​​​​​​

Treasurer
​​​​​​​Vernon De Maynard’s background is as a mental health professional. His passion for reducing the inequalities within education arose whilst working as a school governor and teaching English as foreign language.

Will Bickford Smith

News and Online Editor
Will Bickford Smith is a Government Analyst at PA Consulting. He is a former Politics teacher at Wellington College and a Teach First ambassador.

Ed Clarke

Policy, Publications and Research Officer
​​​​​​​Ed Clarke is Head of Classics at Highfield School in Hampshire and the author of Variatio: A Scholarship Latin Course. A campaigner for traditional knowledge-based teaching, Ed is the editor of the SATIPS Classics broadsheet, writes for the TES and The Spectator and tweets at @ClarkesLatin

Jonathan Porter

Parliamentary Adviser
Jonathan Porter is the Parliamentary Advisor to the Conservative Education Society

Jack Hickey​​​​​​​

Co-opted Committee Member

Jack Hickey is the Chairman of the City of Leicester Conservatives. Jack is also a primary school teacher in the multi-cultural city of Leicester. He was selected as one of DMU's inspirational students in 2015 for his work during his 3 years as an undergraduate in education studies. In the past, he has raised with the Secretary of State for Education the need to redress the balance of male teachers and role models in primary education.

The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield Kt DLitt EdD DL

President
Lord Lingfield is the Chairman of the Chartered Institution for Further Education, which he founded in 2015 at the request of the Secretary of State. In 2012 he authored the LINGFIELD REPORT on Professionalism in Further Education.  As Sir Bob Balchin he was responsible in the 1990s for the government’s grant-maintained schools and he is the Chairman and Founder of the English Schools Orchestra.