Shaun Sutton is Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Teach First NZ, having led its establishment and growth since 2010. Shaun is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation, and for its key partnerships across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Before returning to his hometown of Auckland to begin the process of establishing Teach First NZ, Shaun was a Teach First participant at a secondary school in west London. There he saw firsthand the potential of his students, juxtaposed against the realities of educational inequality. During his time teaching Shaun achieved a one hundred per cent pass rate for his GCSE-level classes, introduced a successful debating club, and led the school’s first ever involvement in the 'Bridges to Africa' fundraising walk.
Before his time with Teach First in the UK, he worked for two years in London as a Business Analyst, specialising in the telecoms and media markets while on a graduate development programme. Shaun completed his undergraduate degree on scholarship in Japan and South Korea, has a MA degree from the University of Leeds, and has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership at the Institute of Education in London. He has volunteered for Tearfund, an NGO that posted him to Rwanda for three months, and has also completed an internship at Teach For All, the global organisation that helps share best practice across similar 'Teach First' programmes around the world.