Vanessa Ogden is Head teacher of Mulberry School for Girls and she is leading the establishment of a University Technical College in Tower Hamlets. Under her leadership, Mulberry has been judged ‘Outstanding’ in two successive Ofsted inspections. Vanessa is designated a ‘National Leader in Education’ and undertakes ‘School to School Support’. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education and she has a doctorate specialising in education policy and school improvement.
Vanessa's teaching career covers twenty years of practice in challenging inner-city schools across London and involved work in school improvement, school effectiveness and education tailored to the needs of gender.
Vanessa is a trustee of Teach First and she was Chair of the Impact Committee which established the Fair Education Alliance Goals. She is also a trustee on the board of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation. She has been President of the Association of Maintained Girls Schools. She chairs the board of the Somerset Challenge and she was on the advisory group for the Centre for Social Justice. Vanessa has published both academic and professional writing on education. Her work has been cited in the Centre Forum report on regional challenge and the CfBT report on the London Challenge.
In October 2014, Vanessa was awarded the Women of the Future ‘Mentor of the Year’ award for her work in promoting the importance of supporting young women to be successful leaders of business, industry and public service, spanning many years.