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James Toop
CEO
Ambition School Leadership

James is CEO of Ambition School Leadership, a school leadership development charity formed from the merger of Teaching Leaders and The Future Leaders Trust.

James has been with Teaching Leaders since its launch in 2008. In September 2011 he became Chief Executive, transitioning from the Chief Operating Officer role, and led Teaching Leaders’ national expansion.

He started his career as a French teacher in the inaugural Teach First cohort, and joined Teaching Leaders following three years as a management consultant at Monitor Group. He is currently Chair of Governors at St Mark’s Church of England Academy, a secondary school in Mitcham.