Out of 21,356 headteachers in England, only 277 are Black! Who are they?

BGM headteachers. Left to right: 1) Matt Jones 2) Ava Sturridge-Packer 3) David Hermitt 4) Diana Osagie 5) Jacqueline Newsome 6) Paul Mundy-Castle

Before starting my masters in educational leadership and enrolling on the BME leadership development programme, I have never heard of or met Black Headteacher/Principle. Within the school environment, black staff are typically represented in non-teaching roles such as; classroom assistance, pastoral staff, lunch time supervisors and cleaners. This was the spark to dig deeper into the rabbit hole and research into the under-representation of Black senior leaders in Education.  Click here to read report.

There are currently 21.356 headteachers  in England, however, only 277 are black. The statistics present a major concern; the ratio of Black and global majority (BGM) leaders to BGM students is disproportionate compared to that of their White counterparts.  On a positive note, Black headteachers do exist and are flying the flag and contributing towards changing the narrative of the Black and Global Majority representation in education. They are living proof that the concrete ceiling can be broken and have laid the foundation for the future generation of BGM majority teachers. Here are some of the BGM practitioners identified as senior leaders in England. Please feel free to add to the list;



  • David Hermitt
  • Diana Osagie
  • Paul Mundy-Castle
  • Patrick Cozier
  • Matt Jones
  • Jackie Ranger
  • Alison Kriel
  • Ava Sturridge-Packer
  • Marva Rollins
  • Allana Gay
  • Adewoye Yomi
  • Fumni Alder
  • Ms K Campbell

Updated List (* BGM)


  • Sonia Potter
  • Nadine Bernard
  • Monica Duncan
  • Tina Haracksingh
  • Sam Hoyer
  • Increase Eko
  • David Watson
  • Dr Dayo Olukoshi
  • Susan Service
  • Nav Sanghara*
  • Juliet Wright
  • Dean Gordon
  • Yana Morris
  • Christine Raymont-Hall*
  • Ken Johnson
  • Umbar Sharif*
  • Mitzi Nichol
  • Paulette Osborne
  • Nigel Oram
  • Sonia Potter
  • Qamar Riaz*
  • Nadine Bernard
  • Monica Duncan
  • Tina Haracksingh
  • Vijita Patel*
  • Nicole Haynes
  • Janet Sheriff
  • Vijita Patel*
  • Alison Moise-Dixon
  • Shelly-Ann Goulbourne
  • Leon Wilson
  • Michael Barry
  • Karen Giles
  • Joanne L Herbert
  • Devon Hanson
  • Selwyn Calvin
  • Hayden Abbott
  • David Bromfield
  • Nicholas Obie
  • Paul Quinton
  • Ken Morris
  • Tonnie Read
  • Joan Deslandes
  • Pauline Osborne
  • Catherine Ryan
  • Martha Holder
  • Paul Quinton
  • Mohsen Oja
  • Desmond Taylor
  • Patricia Young
  • Dean Gordon
  • Heather Phillips

35 Replies to “Out of 21,356 headteachers in England, only 277 are Black! Who are they?”

  1. I have added more names on the LinkedIn reply rather than the blog reply Dwayne so others have followed. Some on list are CEO/ DHT or independent trainers.

    Missed Alison Moise-Dixon off of my list.

  2. Mr Patrick Cozier was my maths teacher in school before he branched out.
    Amazing man taught not only maths but also how to be happy in life!
    Well done mr C

  3. Wayne Henry.

    Principal of City United Limited Academy in Birmingham.

    It would be good to publish which authority they work for. Also, with their consent the schools in which they are Headteachers.

  4. Lisa Peterkin (Principal at St Mark’s Academy)
    Leon Wilson (Principal At Hurlingham Academy)
    Cristalina Fernandes (Senior Vice Principal at Crest Academy)
    Mohsen Ojja (Principal at Crest Academy)
    Rumi Khatun (Vice Principal at Crest Academy)
    Benita Simmons (Vice Principal at Crest Academy)
    Terri Roach (Deputy Headteacher at City Heights EACT Academy)
    Bunmi Otubushin (Assistant Headteacher at City Heights EACT Academy)
    Beverley Stanilaus (Headteacher at St Martin’s in the Field School for Girls)
    Abrilli Phillip (Headteacher at The Wellington Academy)
    Monique Bertrand (Deputy Headteacher at Saint Gabriel’s College)
    Michelle Bennett (Headteacher at Fenstanton Primary School)

  5. Does the list cover state and independent Headteachers? It’d be interesting to capture this data. Will you also disaggregate by gender? Great work.

  6. Lucretia Fields (Principal at King Solomon International Business School in Birmingham)

    David Dunkley (Head of Secondary at King Solomon International Business School in Birmingham)

  7. Johnette Barrett (Founding Principal) Paxton Academy of Sports and Science. Currently in a battle with Croydon Council who have now rejected plans to build the school on a permanent site on London Road after previously accepting.

  8. This information is needed to spread the awareness of the disporportionate of Black Head teachers in today’s Society.

    I would like to add Vivienne Luniak to the Black Head teachers List

  9. Tower Hamlets LA
    Remi Atoyebi (Headteacher at Osmani Primary School)
    Abdul-Hayes Murshad (Headteacher at Bigland Green Primary School)
    Elizabeth Worrell-Jude (Headteacher at Guardian Angels Primary School)
    Angelina John (Headteacher at St. Elizabeth Primary School)

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