Aneira is often described by American colleagues as a 'West Wing Democrat' - someone who believes in the power of committed individuals to affect significant change. She read her first degree in Politics and American Studies at the University of Nottingham, with a year abroad at the University of Florida, and whilst abroad, she built an extensive network which allows her to stay connected with her 'second country'. Upon graduation, Aneira entered the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, and worked for two years as an English teacher in a deprived area of Peterborough. During this time, she became alarmed about systemic problems in the education system, and the more she learnt, the more she realised that these problems could be almost universally traced to ill-informed or ill-advised policy choices. This realisation, coupled with her firm belief in the power good policy, inspired her desire to work towards a remedy - first on this, and eventually on both sides of the Atlantic.