Kate Baum, Trustee

With more than 20 years working in Education, Kate has considerable experience in all aspects of school leadership and operations, including expertise in strategic leadership and business management, finance and HR. Kate has a passion for developing the social and emotional wellbeing of young children and ensures that this is in the forefront of their education. She is also a hands-on leader and a mentor to her staff, at all levels across the school.

In 2013, Kate was appointed the founding Headteacher of a SW London primary school, which she led and managed to become outstanding in all areas of its work within the first two years. Beginning with one class of eighteen students in shared accommodation, she has taken the school to over 140 students across 3 year groups, in a new purpose built school building which is fully accessible, focuses on sustainability and the ecological footprint of all who are educated there. Kate has recently stepped down from this role to focus on other professional endeavours.

Previously, Kate was Headteacher in a multi-cultural primary school in Balham, where she created a change culture focused on rapidly raising standards and aspiration. In addition to other successful senior leadership roles in previously failing schools, Kate has worked as a consultant for Wandsworth Local Authority, implementing and managing the Primary Numeracy Strategy across the borough.

Kate is a graduate of University College London, from which she has a BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Following her Post Graduate Certificate in Education, she attained a Masters in Primary Education from Brunel University and a National Qualification in Headship. Kate is married with three daughters aged 24, 21 and 15.

“I have always had an interest in how children's successes in learning are effected by their mental well-being. I am really excited to be involved in an organization, which will empower staff at all levels in schools to have the confidence to identify and address the hidden barriers of mental health in children.”