Sandie Shanks has a strong background in People Management within the Analytical Software or “big data” industry, drawing on domain expertise in organisational design and development, combined with a Masters in Human Resource Management. Having traveled extensively across australiasia and the pacific Sandie developed an interest in families living on the edges of society. This lead her to become involved with the support of a local British charity which houses and equips families who are one step away from homelessnes. Education and mental health support are key to this endeavour. Sandie has a deep commitment to educational opportunity for all and a belief in the ability of education to provide a ladder out of the poverty cycle. In her personal life Sandie currently “people manages” two young children called Evie and Teddy, along with a cheeky cocker spaniel called Holly.