Mandy Coalter, former director of people, United Learning
?From 2012 to 2019 Coalter was director of people at United Learning, responsible for HR, talent management, leadership development, marketing and communications
United Learning is one of the largest school groups in the UK, running circa 70 schools across state and independent sectors. Coalter built the group's reputation as an employer, taking forward key priorities such as developing leaders, talent management, employee engagement, wellbeing, recruitment, pay, and performance management.
The United Learning HR team won the CIPD HR Team of the Year in 2016. HR magazine listed Coalter in the top 10 HR Most Influential Practitioners in 2018 and she was shortlisted for the HR Excellence Awards HR Director of the Year award that year.
Coalter has previously worked in the NHS, local government, the charity sector and with schools. She is also a very experienced board director and advisor on aspects of corporate governance. She is a trustee/director of the Diocese of Coventry MAT.
Coalter’s book Talent Architects; how to make your school a great place to work was published in 2018.
In 2019 she launched her new venture, Talent Architects, with a simple mission – helping schools become great places for pupils to learn by being great places for adults to work.