Joan is the Head Teacher of Kingsford Community School. Kingsford was the first school in the UK to gain Confucius Classroom status and has been noted as one of the most effective schools nationwide in ensuring that the international dimension is embedded in the curriculum. Joan was a member of the Teacher Standards 2012 and Head Teachers’ Standards 2015 advisory groups. Joan is also an Ofsted inspector, a member of the Independent State Schools Partnership forum and governor of both the London Academy of Excellence and Brighton College. Joan’s leadership has been judged repeatedly by Ofsted as outstanding. She has three times been included in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 as one of London’s most influential educational thinkers. In 2017 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to education.