Who’s involved

Restart-Ed Ltd was founded in 2010 by Ben Gibbs.

Since graduating with a PGCE in 1999 following an early career in marketing, Ben has developed a portfolio of experience in the UK and international schools sector. This included roles in the Department for Education & Skills’ business development unit, as a business development manager at the University of Cambridge International Examinations, and as a marketing/PR consultant to UK schools.

Ben is currently Director of Strategy & Business Development at the Education Support Partnership, a fascinating role at a growing charity, providing a range of free and traded services to support the health and wellbeing of all who work in education. As the effects of austerity combine with a recruitment and retention crisis, an increase in student numbers, and ever changing accountability goalposts, these services have rarely been needed more than they are today.

Alongside this 80% post, he maintains a small and varied portfolio of sideline curriculum-development and advisory work through Restart-Ed Ltd. Current and past clients include the RSA, CfBT, the Relational Schools Project, PwC, Meissa, Engage Education, and a range of schools. He is a former governor, an investor in edtech start-ups, an RSA education associate and member of its education faculty, and was part of the Comino Foundation’s consultation on ‘what do we want from our schools’ at Windsor Castle in early 2015.

Ben qualified with an M.Ed from the Open University in 2007, and sat a MOOC in the assessment and teaching of 21C skills in 2014. He is a busy dad / frustrated sailor, loves walking, and is slowly coming to terms with the realities of middle-age, and the fact that his knees don’t work properly any more.