Brett Wigdortz, Tiney: combatting social inequality in education and providing affordable, quality childcare

Brett Wigdortz is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tiney, previously Founder of Teach First.

Brett spent 15 years building Teach First. A non-profit that combats inequality in our education system by giving disadvantaged children the education they deserve. Teach First attract, train and recruit great teachers and headteachers into primary and secondary schools in low-income areas.

His current venture Tiney focuses on early years childcare and support. Brett noticed the huge demand for childcare in the UK but the lack of supply, even though there were lots of talented people interested in becoming childminders. Tiney helps people get registered, trained and licensed as childminders, then gives them everything they need to run a successful small business.

As an experienced social impact entrepreneur of 20+ years, Brett shares lots of interesting insights and advice in this episode.


  • 03.26: The problems with the UK education system today
  • 04.54: How does Teach First help solve these problems?
  • 05.51: The barriers to top graduates teaching in low income areas
  • 11.17: Childcare in the UK and Tiney - the scalable tech solution for childminding
  • 16.45: The “Tiney Home” building a nurturing environment for children
  • 24.14: Building a non-profit versus VC funded tech startup
  • 26.55: Early career leadership mistakes and the importance of mentors
  • 29.24: How did Brett know it was time to step down as Teach First CEO?
  • 31.25: The decision to co-found Tiney and how to find the right Co-Founders
  • 35.00: Brett’s take on what people want from a career

Our Host:
Craig Turner. Founder of Confido Talent, a business that helps Tech For Good startups to scale their product, design and engineering teams. / /

Our Guest:
Brett Wigdortz, Co-Founder and CEO of Tiney. /

Our Sponsor:
Jobs For Good. The only job platform to find the best jobs in sustainability, impact and much more. /

Our Producer:
Jabriel Al-Suhaimi. Jabriel is a podcast aficionada, editing and producing podcasts for many, including himself. /

Our Content and Marketing:
Rachel Loosley,
Content and Marketing Manager at Confido Talent. /