Innovation Panel

Julia Harrington Queen Anne's School

chaired by Julia Harrington (Head, Queen Anne's School)
held in the Conference Centre

A panel of diverse former students talking about their experiences


Philip Britton, Headmaster, Bolton School Boys' Division
Philip Britton is Headmaster of Bolton School Boys' Division. He was brought up on Tyneside, took a first in physics at Oxford and did teacher training at Cambridge. He worked as physics teacher, Head of Physics and Deputy Head at Leeds Grammar School before moving to Bolton in 2008. He is the current secretary of NW Division of HMC and attends the Communication Committee. In 2010 he was awarded an MBE for services to physics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics where he has been much involved in physics education, encouraging teachers to encourage the next generation of physicists.

Jonnie Noakes - photoJonnie Noakes, Director, Tony Little Centre, Eton College
Jonnie Noakes is Head of Teaching and Learning at Eton, and the Director of the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning. A forward-thinking educator, he is a mentor for EdTech startups at Emerge Education (a leading London-based accelerator programme) and an expert in character education, with two decades of experience in teaching emotional intelligence and a deep knowledge of boarding education. As an English teacher he has published fourteen titles on contemporary novels for A-Level and undergraduate level, designed to cultivate intellectual independence. He is a governor of several state and independent schools, and a trustee of a number of educational charities and companies, including BrainCanDo and The Education Futures Collaboration.

Sarah Fletcher, Head, St Paul's Girls' School

Alistair McConville, Deputy Head Academic, Bedales School