Founder & Chairman Emeritus

George was a teacher with 20 years’ experience in mainstream and special educational needs schools when he founded Team Teach. Following being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1996 – where George visited the USA to observe and return with best practice on how adults safely manage children’s anger and aggression – he’s worked to promote positive behavioural strategies both in and beyond the education sector, in the UK and internationally.


Azam is a highly experienced and innovative CEO with an extensive and successful track record in the education sector. He has worked in supporting education services for almost 20 years, building successful education recruitment and training businesses. In addition to Team Teach, he runs two of the most established, well known and well-respected education recruitment consultancies in the UK.

APAC Director

Nick Burnett is a teacher with 15 years’ experience in mainstream and special education, junior and secondary, day and residential.

From 2000 – 2004, he was a Head Teacher of a 2-19 years’ of age State Special School in the UK and was awarded a rating of ‘excellent’ following an inspection by OfSTED  (the official body for inspecting schools) in 2004. During the OfSTED inspection, the implementation and use of the Team Teach approach was recognised as having a significant impact on the high rating achieved by the school. Nick trained as an Intermediate Instructor and then Advanced Instructor in Team Teach during this period of time. He was involved in running and assisting training in a range of settings in the UK. Since moving to Australia in 2004, Nick has run many Team Teach Trainer courses in the APAC region and has run other Team Teach courses for in excess of 3000 people.

He was the first Special School leader to gain a Research Associateship from the National College of School Leadership, which involved researching leadership in England and Australia. This has led to the publication of a book, ‘Leadership and Special Education Needs’, which received a ‘highly commended’ rating by the Times Educational Supplement and National Association of Special Education Needs Annual Book Awards in 2005. Nick has also co-authored books on ‘Reducing Risk and Restraint in APAC’. He has also authored a number of articles about the use of Team Teach, positive handling and leadership in APAC. 

Nick is an accredited Restorative Practices Conference Facilitator and leadership coach and is co-author of a book on Restorative Practices and Special Needs, with Marg Thorsborne.