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Kiran Gill, Founder

Kiran began her career in inner-city London, as a teacher and leader in schools serving the most deprived postcodes in the country.  After five years on the frontline, Kiran left to work in education policy, searching for solutions to the rising number of vulnerable children who fall through the gaps. 

Kiran was working as Head of Policy at the Social Mobility Commission, when she first had the idea for The Difference.  In January 2017, the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) agreed to incubate The Difference, as it had done previously with social work innovations Frontline and Think Ahead.  Since then, The Difference has won Teach First’s Innovation Award and been backed by over 30 charities, trusts and education organisations committed to improving the lives of vulnerable young people.

Kiran is driven by her own family experiences. Growing up with two adopted sisters, Kiran witnessed the long-term effects of childhood trauma and the lack of support for young people with complex needs. This insight is what keeps Kiran striving for the most vulnerable children to get the education they deserve.

Danny Swift

Danny started as a teacher and Leader of Mathematics in inner-city schools in Manchester and London. He holds a Master's (MPhilPhys) in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University. Danny is passionate about equality of opportunity, and driven to improve life-chances and outcomes for the least privileged in our society. He is a firm believer in education as a mechanism for this change.

At The Difference, Danny works on strategy, education policy, fundraising, and finance. In his spare time he enjoys singing, running, and defending Aresne Wenger

Katy Rae

Katy is seconded to the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) from the Civil Service Fast Stream, and has previously lead on fraud and error strategy for Personal Independence Payment in the Department for Work and Pensions, before moving to policy at the Home Office. She holds a degree in History from the University of York. 

At The Difference, Katy manages brand and marketing development, media communications as well as curriculum design and teacher recruitment. When she isn't in work, Katy likes running and drinking gin and tonics.