David Kennedy has been Headteacher at the John Warner School in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, since 1999. He previously worked in secondary schools in London, Kent and Buckinghamshire, and has over 33 years' experience in total.
He was educated in Bristol and at the Universities of Lancaster and Birmingham, and has taught history, politics and economics. He has a special interest in financial education, and the school he leads has had a number of innovative programmes in this field.
He was previously a National Leader of Education, and works as a consultant for the Prince's Teaching Institute. He has also worked extensively with the Goethe Institute over the past eight years, trying to encourage the teaching of German in British schools.