Profile: Virginia Isaac


Co-opted to Board of Trustees September 2020
Member of the HR & Recruitment committee
Member of the Teaching, Learning, Safeguarding and SEND committee


Key Skills

Strategy, Governance and Leadership
Business Development
Education, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Marketing and Communications


“I have had a varied career in both education and business – with senior posts in the private, charity and public sectors.  Roles have included teaching, self-sufficient farming, setting up a water bottling business, working for a government owned education database, being a Director (and Interim CEO) at the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), a consultant for the Quality Assurance Agency and Chief Executive of the Inspiring Futures Foundation.

My most recent job with Inspiring Futures (a national and international careers guidance organisation) enabled me to take a broad view on what was important for young people  It was not simply about passing exams but helping pupils develop all their talents and preparing them for life and work.  This, I feel is very much in line with the Steiner philosophy.

My working life started with obtaining a PGCE from the University of Swansea.  It was there that I came across child centred and experience-based learning and was very much influenced by writers such as Ivan Illich and his ‘De-schooling society’.  My Dissertation was on ‘How children learn’, for which I received a double distinction.

Alongside paid employment,  I have also held a number of non-executive posts, including President of the Career Development Institute (the professional body for over 4,500 careers counsellors), Trustee of Cheltenham College, Director of Cheltenham Festivals and a governor of the University of Wales Trinity St David, to name but some.  The importance of good governance cannot be underestimated.”