Penny Rabiger is a long-serving and committed educationalist with an active and abiding interest in collaboration as a vehicle to personal, professional and organisational growth and development. Following an anthropology degree at the University of Sussex, Penny travelled in search of collaborative communities in the Middle East and after two years living in three very different communities, ended up completing her PGCE and spending ten years as an English teacher and form tutor in two primary schools and a secondary school in Jerusalem. She completed her Masters in Education through Leeds University while in Israel, and returned with her husband and young children in 2007, where she took up a role of research team leader at the newly-formed government pilot of The Key for School Leaders. When the pilot funding ended in 2008, Penny took on the role of director of business development, seeing The Key develop a sister service for school governors, grow its membership to nearly 50% of schools in the country, and achieve Fast Track 100 company status in 2015.
Penny has worked with a number of social enterprises and charities since leaving The Key, including the national school-to-school collaborative network, Challenge Partners, where she was head of membership, and the Finnish-British education organisation, Lyfta where she is head of engagement. In her spare time, Penny is chair of governors at a primary school in Tottenham, she is on the steering group for the BAMEed Network and she is an advisory board member for the Teacher Toolkit.