Chair of Trustees - Steve Clarke
Steve spent 25 years at James Cowper Kreston acting for some of the firm’s largest and most prestigious clients, covering a variety of industries and sectors and advising on a wide range of accounting issues and their commercial impact: strategic advice, structuring, business planning, and leading business efficiency programmes. Under his leadership, James Cowper Kreston was short-listed as the UK's best mid-tier practice 2010-2013. He now concentrates on non-executive appointments and project work.
 
Coming from a very ordinary background, Steve has an interest in the development and education of young people, particularly the more able and how it impacts on their social mobility. In addition to his role as Chair of NACE, he is also a Founding Trustee and Director of Festival Spirit working with life-limited and disabled young adults.
Vice Chair of Trustees - Amy Whittall
Amy Whittall is Deputy Headteacher at King Edward VI Aston School, a selective boys' Grammar school in Birmingham.  Her responsibilities include teaching and learning, as well as able, gifted and talented provision.   She was part of the Warwick University REDco Community of Practice, completing action research on teaching gifted and talented students in Religious Education.  Amy has worked in the north west network of Birmingham schools, sharing and developing practice for able, gifted and talented students.   She is interested  in all aspects of teaching and learning, and especially in the ways in which new technologies can support more able students.
Liz Allen CBE, BA, MA, FRSA
From her first teaching post in 1967, Liz has managed curriculum initiatives that have opened up opportunities for young people to aspire to high personal achievement. In her first headship at Altwood Church of England Comprehensive School (1993-2001), she worked on national guidelines for formative assessment and target-setting. Now, as headteacher of Newstead Wood School, she continues her commitment to raising achievement for all young people, especially for the exceptionally able. Newstead has Engineering and Languages Specialisms and is a Gifted and Talented Lead School for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. Liz is a National Leader of Education and Newstead is a National Support School, working in partnership with London secondary schools, to raise aspirations and achievement for the capital's young people. Liz encourages students and staff to work creatively and to lead the development of innovative educational practice. In June 2014 Liz was presented with a CBE, Queen’s Award for services to education.
Claire Beatt
Starting out in advertising and media, Claire developed a keen interest in targeting different consumer groups, leading her to pursue a career in marketing. With nearly 20 years of experience in media and marketing, 15 years in education, and 10 years in publishing, she considers herself fortunate to now be combining all three areas into the one role as Senior Marketing Campaign Manager at Oxford University Press, working on strategic campaigns promoting print and digital education resources to the secondary school market. She is passionate about supporting, and ultimately being able to impact upon, the development and education of young people.
Johanna M. Raffan MBE
Johanna has had many years teaching experience and was a Headteacher for 25 years in Nursery, Primary and Middle schools. She was a founder member of NACE and is a past President. She was consultant to the Welsh Government, Advisor to the Government of Madeira, the Governments of Denmark and Norway.

She is an Honorary Member of the European Council for High Ability and is a UK delegate for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She was Vice President and Secretary of the former College of Teachers and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In June 2013 she was awarded an MBE for service to education in Wales.
Renata Joseph
Renata is a geography teacher and deputy headteacher of Canons High School, a vibrant comprehensive in Harrow, NW London. She leads the school’s People and Professionalism Team, which includes the Canons Park Teaching School Alliance, in which Canons is the lead partner school (and of which NACE is a strategic partner), and Staff Professionalism, which includes Leadership, Professional Learning, ITT and Professional Review. Before this role, she spent four years as assistant head, and held responsibility for Teaching and Learning.

Renata’s previous experience includes eight years as Curriculum Leader for Learning at an inner-city London school, with responsibility for More Able and Talented, EAL, SEN, and Learning Mentors. Her areas of expertise and interest include pedagogy, school review and improvement, and approaches to developing staff to meet the needs of more able learners.

As a NACE Associate, Renata delivers CPD to help schools improve areas of more able provision. She is also a trustee of NACE and chairs the charity’s education committee.
Company Secretary - Julie Graham
Julie has been involved with NACE since it first began in 1983.  Having served as a member of the National Committee and then Chair of Trustees, she was nominated Company Secretary when NACE became a Company Limited by Guarantee.  As a former Headteacher, she has remained interested in education and, in particular, the opportunities provided for able and talented pupils.  Her work in this field included training and writing materials to support teachers in the classroom.  Since retiring, her interests have expanded to include travelling, learning about wine and Britain in Bloom for whom she is a regional judge.
Sue Mordecai
Having started her career as a history teacher, Sue Mordecai has worked in both primary and secondary schools, moving on to roles as head of school improvement in a local authority, associate tutor at Oxford Brookes University, and as an adviser to the International Charles Darwin Trust. Currently a director on the board of a multi-academy trust, Sue has contributed to national materials commissioned by both Welsh and English governments, represented NACE on government advisory bodies, and authored many articles and resources related to more able learners, as well as contributing to the editorial board of the journal Gifted Education International. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A former chair of NACE, Sue currently serves as a trustee and a member of the charity’s education committee. She also delivers the popular "Challenge in the everyday classroom" seminar series.