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Who We Are

Who We Are ….
WizeUp comprises four individuals, Ed Flack, Andy Waters, Mike Spooner & Mike Flack who have between them many years of experience in finance and education, plus a strong insight into the challenges of life faced by the younger generation….
Ed Flack
Ed has over 34 years experience in the City of London.
He has been in financial markets all of his working life – having long spells with HSBC, Handelsbanken, ING and most recently, Director of Corporate Treasury and Investment for Deutsche Postbank.
Ed has also worked for four years in Singapore as Treasurer for BHF bank and specialises in Foreign Exchange, money markets and derivatives.
He has a first class honours degree from the OU in maths and natural sciences.
Ed is married to Susan and they have three children.
The idea to form WizeUp came from first hand experience of the trials and tribulations of his own children as they moved through adolescence and into adulthood.



Andy Waters
Andy qualified with a B.Ed. (Hons) in 1980, and spent four years teaching in Camberwell before moving to North Wales to work for the Outward Bound Trust. In 1987 he became Head of PE and a houseparent at St. Christopher School in Letchworth, and completed an M.A. in Education Management before becoming Deputy Head of Oswestry School in 1997. In 2001 Andy was appointed Head of Friends’ School in Saffron Walden, and subsequently Head of Grenville College (North Devon) in 2006. Andy led the merger of Grenville and Edgehill Colleges and was appointed Head of the new Kingsley School in 2009. A long-time member of the Society of Heads, Andy chaired the Education Committee before becoming Chairman of the Society in 2011. He has also represented the Society on the ISC Committee and the Boarding Schools’ Association Executive. Andy is married and has two children, one at University and one in the Army.


Mike Spooner
Like Ed, Mike has spent all of his working life in financial markets with Nat. West., Continental Illinois, ING and lately as Assistant Director of Corporate Treasury and Investment at Deutsche Postbank. Outside of business Mike coaches both football and cricket to young people.
He lives and Essex, is married to Jayne and they have three children






Mike Flack
Mike is a graduate of the London Film Academy where he gained a diploma in film making. He now runs his own business making films with schools. Like the young people we speak to he has encountered many of the obstacles that independence throws up.  He has overcome them and is ideally placed to share his experiences with them.