Who are we?

The BAMEed Network is a movement initiated in response to the continual call for intersectionality and diversity in the education sector. We connect, enable and showcase the talent of diverse educators so they may inspire future generations and open up possibilities within education careers.

All steering group members are volunteers commit their time and efforts into creating a tangible support network to equip teachers and leaders with the tools to progress into and through the workforce. The group connects with other education organisations and individuals through events, regional networks across the UK, signposting, mentoring and support aligned with our vision.

Meet Our Trustees

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Allana gay

founding member

Allana Gay is a headteacher at a North London Primary School. Her experience as an educator and school leader arches over secondary and primary schools all of whom have been in challenging or deprived circumstances.

Allana shares her leadership experiences across the sectors to encourage primary and secondary schools to work in true partnership.  Allana seeks to change the outward face of education by ensuring equality for all within the education sector.  

Allana co-founded the BAMEed Network to encourage more BAME educators into the profession and to ensure they are supported to progress within their careers.


Amjad ali

founding member

Amjad Ali is a senior leader and trainer. He has worked with all sectors from trainee teachers to headteachers providing training on teaching, learning and inclusion.

He is ambitious and committed to making a difference to the education system by inspiring changes. He teaches, tweets and tweaks his practice to help others improve theirs, which in turn helps him and his students too. For Amjad, education is about ensuring wherever you come from, whatever your parents do or not do, does not impact on the potential of success. Whatever success means to a young person it should be found and celebrated.

Amjad has previous co-organised the country’s largest TeachMeets, whilst also presenting keynotes, offering workshops and inspirational addresses at others. Amjad has also been involved in setting up initiatives such as #TwitterCoachingED which has helped hundreds of colleagues online, and #CultureBoxED to help address the imbalance of diversity across the country.headt


Arv kaushal

Arv Kaushal is a Specialist Leader of Education specialising in mathematics. He currently works for the Challney High School for Girls as a mathematics teacher and Chiltern Teaching School Alliance as a project manager for a DfE funded Equality & Diversity programme #BAMEintoLeadership and the lockdown CPD series #LDeduchat.

Since joining the education sector in 2007, after 16 years in the business world, he has been passionate about engaging students in the learning process. More recently he has widened his ambitions to improve outcomes for colleagues in their career aspirations. 

He is determined to improve the outcomes of our students by improving the diverse nature of staff in our schools, His highlight over the past year has been to bring a diverse range of stakeholders together to collaborate on possible solutions. This is now developing into wide network that is looking to implement positive strategies into our schools. 

His philosophy is that solutions can not be sustained unless it is achieved through a positive inclusive approach. 


lizana oberholzer

Lizana Oberholzer is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead on the MA in Leadership in Education at the University of East London.

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Penny Rabiger

founding member

Penny Rabiger was a teacher for over a decade and later became one of the founder members of the team that set up The Key, the leading information and guidance service for School Leaders and School Governors, where she was Research Team Leader and later became Director of Business Development. She has worked with a number of social enterprises in the education sector, including as Head of Membership at Challenge Partners, an education charity which enables collaboration between schools, and the Finnish immersive storytelling organisation, Lyfta. Penny is a long-serving school governor and a MAT Trustee. She is passionate about issues around social mobility, education and equality of opportunity. She blogs at tenpencemore.wordpress.com.