Joan Deslandes OBE is Head Teacher of Kingsford Community School, a community school serving 11 - 16 year olds in East London, which has held the International School Award for over a decade and is also a Confucius Classroom. Her school has pupils from richly diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and ensures that an international dimension is embedded into all aspects of school life. She has coupled her work at Kingsford with other appointments including being a member of a number of government advisory boards. Joan is a founding trustee of the Chartered College of Teaching and has been named three times by the Evening Standard as one of London’s most influential educational thinkers. In 2017 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to education.