Neil Smith is Head of Cheadle Hulme School, a 3-18 independent day school in Stockport, having originally trained as a History teacher. In addition to his role as a trustee at Blackden, he is also a governor at Hursthead Infant School in Cheadle Hulme and East Manchester Academy. His other experience includes working as a senior examiner for A Level History, and being the author of several books on topics as wide-ranging as the war in Vietnam, UK electoral systems, and how to be an outstanding History teacher.