Brett founded Teach First in 2002 and has led it ever since. In that time he has helped build the UK’s leading movement to tackle education inequality. Amongst Teach First’s achievements, the successful charity is now the UK’s largest graduate recruiter, runs an accredited world class teacher training programme and has supported over one million children in classrooms across England and Wales.
Brett is Co-Founder and Trustee of Teach For All, vice chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Education Advisory Group and a member of the Varkey Foundation’s Teacher Alliance of educational experts. Previously he has been on a number of boards, including Future Leaders and the advisory boards of the Educational Endowment Fund and STIR Education, he also sat on the 2012 Teacher Standards Review board.
Brett was awarded an OBE in 2013 and an honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Warwick in 2016. He has also won numerous charity sector and entrepreneurship awards. His book Success Against the Odds, a candid account of the first ten years of Teach First was named WHSmith’s Business Book of the month.