Iesha Small

writer, thinker, experimenter

Exploring society, education, nature and a meaningful life.


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official bio

Iesha Small is a writer, charity strategist and former teacher. She is passionate about creating a fairer society, particularly for young people.

Iesha is Head of Change for Education and Families at The Youth Endowment Fund and was previously Head of Strategy and Policy at the youth charity YHA. She has 15 years’ experience in the education sector as an assistant headteacher, governor and Innovation Lead at the Centre for Education and Youth think tank. She is passionate about using storytelling alongside research to create positive change and is the author of The Unexpected Leader.

She has written about education and society for The Guardian, HuffPost and Schools Week and has contributed to books covering education, mental health, and gender identity. She splits her working week between The Youth Endowment Fund, storytelling and consulting. Her personal clients have included BBC Radio 4, Chartered College of Teaching, Clore Leadership, The National Theatre and Teach First.

Iesha was previously an advisor to Split Banana, a social enterprise which puts creativity at the heart of effective sex and relationships education in schools and is currently a member of the Natural England Landscape Advisory Panel.

She is based in Hertfordshire, England and can be found online at 

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