Dame Rachel de Souza is Chief Executive of the Inspiration Trust, and is nationally recognised for her work in transforming schools. She is a strong advocate of a knowledge rich curriculum, high standards of behaviour, and the power of quality cultural and sporting experiences. Her passion is transforming schools in disadvantaged areas and she has led two sponsored academies from failing to outstanding. She was made a Dame in 2014 for services to education. Her Norwich-based Inspiration Trust is a family of 14 schools from nursery through to sixth form, and has twice been ranked as the top comprehensive schools group for pupil progress to GCSE. In 2019 was ranked joint-second nationally for student progress at sixth form. The Trust recently launched its initial teacher training programme to train and develop new teachers. Dame Rachel is the founder of the Parents and Teachers for Excellence campaign group and a trustee of Ambition Institute.