Natasha is a corporate lawyer whose career path has led her to diversify; as a result, she has become a passionate advocate for the quality of education children receive and widening access to outstanding teaching and learning.
Natasha qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and worked for Linklaters, specialising in debt and equity capital markets, she then moved in-house to work for UBS Investment Bank for 8 years. In 2004 an opportunity arose to change direction and Natasha became a lecturer at The College of Law in London, specialising in corporate law, financial services, and professional development.
In 2006, Natasha was asked to return to UBS to support them in their role as the sponsor of a new build city Academy. Natasha spent the next 18 months working as the legal co-ordinator to set up The Bridge Academy in Hackney. She was involved with all legal aspects of the project, including management of the building construction contracts, drafting teacher’s employment contracts and facilitating the initial recruitment of teachers. In particular, Natasha established a governance framework for the Board of Trustees, acted as clerk to the Governors and assisted with drafting school policies. She was also involved with the admissions process for the first cohort of pupils.
In late summer 2007 a job opportunity took Natasha and her family, including all 4 children, to Tokyo, Japan. Here, she immediately became involved in the governance of The British School In Tokyo and took on the role of Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Natasha was able to build on her experience with The Bridge Academy to further raise attainment levels at the school and support an excellent teaching and learning environment. For 3 years she worked closely with the senior leadership team on governance issues, curriculum initiatives and implementing the introduction of a sixth form to the school.
More recently, Natasha has also been involved with Department for Education Free Schools interview panel process.