Zenna Atkins

Zenna Atkins currently runs ZA partners, an organisation designed to assist other organisations and companies to find creative solutions, deliver innovation and achieve their goals. Providing, consultancy, interim, part time placements, brokering and delivering new commercial opportunities. Working mainly in development, health, education, housing and community empowerment, ZA partners work behind the scenes assisting with the achievement of vision and aspiration without draining a company’s core people and resources. ZA partners have a worldwide network of outstanding individuals all experts in their field.

From 2010 to 2013 she was the CEO of Wey Education Plc, listing the company, delivering a 60% increase in share price, establishing a consultancy arm, Free School enabling services and securing Academy sponsor Status. Prior to this Zenna was the Chairman of Ofsted, the children and learners’ inspection and regulation body. In this role she spearheaded a new inspection regime, significant costs savings and the shift to put young people at the heart of inspection and education. She was also the Group Chairman of Places for People, a British property development and management company, turning over £280 million with a £3 billion asset base.

She serves as a non-executive director on the board of the Royal Navy and chairs their audit committee. Zenna was a member of HM Treasury audit committee and has served on a number of other British government boards.
She is a regular speaker on education, innovation, CSR, leadership and governance and is an advisor on British governmental panels and committees; Zenna also established herself as a regular broadsheet columnist for The Guardian and has extensive publications in the education, health and housing press, she was a guest presenter for a television series on Channel 5 and still regularly appears as a commentator on Sky news.

Having won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award in 2000 and been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Portsmouth University, Zenna has increasingly been invited by governments and corporate blue chip businesses to help drive their political or commercial strategies delivering impactful social outcomes.

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