Brett Wigdortz OBE
Founder & Honorary President, Teach First
“Our mission to end educational inequality drives everything we do,” says Brett Wigdortz, Honorary President and Founder of Teach First.
Established in 2003, Teach First places motivated graduates and professionals in challenging schools in a bid to give all young people a chance at success. Admitting it’s an ambitious goal, Brett says partnerships are key to everything the social enterprise does. “From schools to universities, charities, businesses and individuals, “everyone we work with shares our vision that no child’s success is limited by their background.” According to Brett, it will take nothing less than ‘a movement of leaders across society’ to end education inequality.
Teach First works with more than 1 million young people and 10,000 graduates across England, Wales and through the Teach For All network in 40 countries around the world including India, China, Israel, Australia, Chile, Malaysia, USA.
Brett founded Teach First during his sabbatical from McKinsey & Company in 2002. He has since helped grow the charity into one of the largest graduate recruiters in the country, with a revenue of more than £50 million. Brett passed the baton as CEO of the Charity over to Russell Hobby (former General Secretary of NAHT) in October 2017.
His advice for his younger self is to “focus on the people.”