Brett Wigdortz has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Teach First is currently the 3rd most prestigious graduate recruiter in the United Kingdom and is working to close the achievement gap in England and Wales between children from low- income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. Brett wrote the business plan for the charity while working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and then took what was initially planned as a six-month leave of absence in February 2002 to develop and build support for the idea. Previously, he has worked as a consultant, a journalist and researcher.
Originally from New Jersey, Brett has an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Richmond and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Hawai’i. He currently serves as a trustee of PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) and Future Leaders, which recruits and trains the next generation of outstanding head teachers for challenging urban secondary schools. He is also the co-founder of Teach For All and a trustee and strategy adviser to the network.
Brett was named the UK Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 and was awarded the 2010 CASE European Leadership Award. Brett’s book, Success Against The Odds, a candid account of the first 10 years of Teach First, was published in September 2012. He is married with two small children.