Mark Snell - Chair of Governors


Mark has worked in education for 30 years. Prior to joining Inspired as UK Education Director in September 2023, Mark was Headmaster of Wetherby School Notting Hill for 15 years, and Deputy Head for 2. With extensive experience in all aspects of academic, pastoral and co-curricular provision, Mark was also Executive Headmaster of Wetherby School Kensington from September 2022 until April 2023. Mark also brings to governance his experience as Head of Mathematics at King’s College Junior School, Wimbledon for 5 years and Head of House, at Westminster Under School and Eaton House the Manor.

Jez Prior - Safeguarding Governor


Jez is the Global Safeguarding Lead for Inspired and is based in London, UK. Jez was the Head of Safeguarding in Education for West Sussex County Council for six years. Before this position, he served as a senior detective with Sussex Police, leading the county's multi-agency safeguarding response hub. Jez has overseen many significant investigations and is a highly experienced safeguarding inspection and audit officer. Jez has worked very closely with schools throughout his career, including as Chair of Governors. Jez has lectured nationally and internationally on the development of child protection processes within schools and other agencies. He strives to highlight the importance of placing the needs of the child at the centre of safeguarding procedures. 

Marianne Valentine


Marianne’s training as a classical dancer sparked her initial interest in young children’s creativity. After graduating with a BA in French and History, she completed her postgraduate studies (University of Glasgow). Marianne taught Primary Education for several years at premium independent boarding schools in Edinburgh before moving to Reggio Emilia, Italy. In 2013, she moved into International Education as an Early Years Teacher at the International School of Modena. Reggio Emilia’s unique approach to Early Childhood has informed Marianne’s work as a teacher, parent and researcher for over twenty years. Marianne has collaborated with educational organisations including Education Scotland, the International Baccalaureate Organization, and The Lego Foundation. As the Director of Early Years Education for the Inspired Education Group, Marianne leads the development of outstanding early years practice globally.

Contact Our Governing Board


Should you wish to contact our Governing Board please use the email address shown below. A member of our team will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.

Email Address: Governors@inspirededu.com