Deb Outhwaite has worked in education for more than 25 years: teaching and examining at A-level; holding leadership roles in schools; then spending a decade in higher education, teaching undergrad and postgrad, latterly as the programme leader of the MA in professional education at the University of Warwick. She is currently director of the Derby Teaching Schools Alliance; an EdD supervisor at the University of Liverpool; and the external examiner for the MA education at the University of East London. She has sat on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Teaching Profession since 2015, and sits on the Fabian education group. She has been a secondary governor in an 11–18 comprehensive school, and is vice-chair of trustees of a Derbyshire multi-academy trust. Deb is vice-chair of BELMAS, and previously sat on the International Professional Development Association’s international committee. She co-convenes the research interest group on Leadership Preparation and Development, and attends the BERA Educational Leadership special interest group.