Libby Nicholas

Position: Governor

Alongside our Founder, Aatif, Libby is responsible for Dukes Education’s nurseries and day schools.

With an MBA from Cass Business School, Libby has held positions including Headmistress, Deputy Director of Education at Girls’ Day School Trust and Regional Director of Education for the South & West at the Academies Enterprise Trust. Most recently, Libby was founding CEO of Astrea Academy Trust.

Libby’s areas of expertise include the delivery of school improvement, strategic organisational change, curriculum design, and innovation and all aspects of teaching and learning. Libby has authored two books – Understanding Leadership and Stronger Boards, Better Education.

She can be contacted on or +44 (0)7791 953552.