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Rae Tooth

Rae Tooth is an independent coach and consultant and brings experience in higher education policy in particular around improving access, progression, and success for socially disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. She is an expert in effective evaluation of practice and outcomes, and in bringing together practice, policy, and academic discourse in relation to social justice.
Job Title
CEO, Villiers Park Educational Trust

Rae lead Chief Villiers Park Educational Trust, as CEO for nearly four years. She took an evidence led approach to transforming it’s programmes, built a values led organisational culture, and established a structure focused on delivering results. This placed Villiers Park as a leading organisation in the widening participation space.

Rae's previous career spans two decades in the Civil Service leading work on higher education and equality. As Head of Strategy and Change at the Office for Fair Access she advised successive Cabinet Ministers on developing evidence led policy aimed at improving outcomes for disadvantaged and underrepresented students.

Rae is a Governor of the University of Winchester, and a Trustee of the University of Bristol Student’s Union. 

Rae grew up with disadvantage and has hidden disabilities. Rae lives in Bristol where she is a lone parent to two children they share their home with two adored cats and a gorgeous dog.