Lucy Heller


Lucy Heller wants to transform lives with education.

As chief executive of Ark, Lucy leads an international charity that believes every young person, regardless of their background, deserves access to a great education and real choices in life. It has a network of 34 schools in the UK and recently opened its first school abroad in India. Ark is committed to cross-sector collaboration and, in a bid to make sure every child succeeds, operates beyond the confines of its own schools to share models that work, and to improve and strengthen wider education systems.

Lucy is also managing director of Ark Schools, overseeing its operations, project direction and programme development.

With a decade’s experience of running schools across the country, Ark Schools offers sharp insight into where the UK schooling system needs new models and innovations. Its setup means it can use its schools as a test bed to incubate ideas, and then scale those that prove successful beyond the network. Breakthroughs include ‘Mathematics Mastery’, an innovative maths teaching framework, that is now used in nearly 300 schools.

Lucy joined Ark in 2004 from TSL Education, a subsidiary of News International, where she was joint managing director. Her previous roles include general manager of The Observer and executive chairman at Verso, a trade and academic publisher. She worked for many years with a number of charitable and voluntary organisations including the Marshall Commission, Community Links and the Bush Theatre.

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