Linda Powell began her career with a period of scientific research at the University of Cambridge. Since then, her career has been in education, and her roles have included Principal of secondary schools in Waltham Forest, Haringey and Newham, OFSTED inspector, and governor of primary and secondary schools in Redbridge and Newham. For a period of three years she was Chief Adviser for the London borough of Enfield, where she had responsibility for primary, secondary and special schools, as well as the youth and community service. 

She has worked as an adviser and trainer for a number of schools and education authorities, becoming a consultant leader for the National College for School Leadership. She has also carried out voluntary work for educational charities in Jamaica, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and India. In recent years, this has involved training educational leaders in leadership, management and coaching. Linda has been an enthusiastic supporter of United World Schools since its very early days, and is delighted to continue with this work. She recently published a book about people around the world who are making a positive difference to their communities. There is, of course, a chapter on UWS!