Karen Giles is embedding excellence in her seventeenth year of Headship at Barham , a titan (930 pupils, 150 staff) multi-lingual/cultural/faith primary school in Wembley. She has been teaching and leading learning in urban primary schools for over three decades. Karen is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. She is currently Chair of the Inspire Partnership Academy Trust Board.
Karen is an Advisor to the Varkey Foundation (VF) Board UK and Trustee for VF Argentina. This entails the Global Teacher Prize, the Global Education and Skills Forum and education programmes in Africa.
She has experience of working for GEMS as a consultant looking into the feasibility of an affordable UK independent schools model (2017-18).
Karen worked for Brent Local Authority as a School Effectiveness Lead Professional September (2015-17).
Her work with Challenge Partners was initially as a Leadership Coach for the Greater London Assembly Getting Ahead London programme for Aspiring Leaders (2016-17) and she is now a Leadership Development Broker. Karen has been a Leadership Coach with The Future Leaders Trust/Ambition School Leadership (2013-17) and a Director for the London Leadership Strategy (2016-17).
Karen was Consultant/Executive Headteacher for a school causing concern (Dec. 2014-Aug. 2015). She was an OFSTED Team Inspector (2010-15). Karen received the London Region National Teacher Award for (DCSF) Enterprise and Innovation in 2009. She has experience of study visits to schools locally, nationally and internationally (USA, China, Ukraine, Norway, Brazil, Ghana and UAE) and experience of interviewing teachers in Canada for recruitment to the UK.
Karen facilitated National College (NCSL) leadership development programmes (New Vision, Head for the Future, Tomorrow’s Heads, NPQH). She currently facilitates professional development, (most recently in Argentina and Brazil), Next Step Leadership on behalf of the London Leadership Strategy and DfE funded training for Diverse Leaders as well as the inaugural Women’s NPQH.