Christopher Pope joined The Prince’s Teaching Institute in 2007, to build the charity and establish it as a full-time provider of professional development for teachers. Since his arrival, the PTI has grown fast. From a base of eighty teachers of English and History who attended the Education Summer Schools every year, the charity now reaches over three thousand teachers in twelve subjects as well as Headteachers. He was previously Vice President, Artists & Repertoire at the Decca Music Group, responsible for Decca’s artistic strategy by signing new artists and determining recording policy. He had previously been a Decca producer from 1990-98, before gaining an MBA at the London Business School and working with McKinsey & Co as a management consultant. He began his career at the BBC, having read Music at St Anne’s College, Oxford.
Co-Director & Chair of Academic Steering Group
Bernice McCabe has been a Headteacher in the state and independent sectors for 27 years and is Director of International Schools and Education Strategy for North London Collegiate School (NLCS) Enterprises, and Co-Director of The Prince’s Teaching Institute. In her NLCS role she is responsible for ensuring the educational standards in the expanding group of NLCS International Schools and chairs the Academic Board of all NLCS Headteachers.
She studied English at Bristol University and has an MBA. She taught for 16 years in mixed comprehensive schools in Bristol and London, including five years as Head of Department and four years as Deputy Head of The Heathland School, London Borough of Hounslow, before becoming a Headteacher in Essex in 1990. From 1997 to 2017, she was Head of North London Collegiate School, a 4-18 school which opened its first overseas campus, a co-educational boarding school in South Korea in 2011. NLCS Dubai, a 3-18 coeducational day school, opened in 2017.
She has served on national education committees, including the National Curriculum Advisory Committee from 2010, and the London Schools Excellence Fund which tackles underperformance in London Maintained schools, from 2013. She is a governor of the London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham (LAET).
In 2002, she directed the first Prince of Wales Education Summer School. In 2006, the annual summer schools grew into The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) which she now co-directs.
Academic Director and Deputy Course Director for PTI Residentials
Oliver Blond is Headmaster of Roedean School and an English and Drama specialist by training. He has worked in a variety of schools across London, including as Head of English and Drama at Wimbledon High School, Deputy Head at North London Collegiate School and Headteacher at The Henrietta Barnett School in North London. He has been involved in the Prince of Wales Education Summer Schools since they began in 2001.
Academic Steering Group Member
With a Certificate of Education (Divinity), a B.A. (English) and an M.A. (Education), all from London University colleges, Liz’s academic and teaching roots are in the South, although she went to school in the North East. From her first teaching post in 1967, Liz has managed curriculum initiatives that have opened up opportunities for young people to aspire to high personal achievement. In her first headship at Altwood Church of England Comprehensive School (1993-2001), she worked on national guidelines for School Improvement, formative assessment and target-setting. As Headteacher of Newstead Wood School for Girls from 2001 - 2013, Liz encouraged students and teachers to work creatively and to led the development of innovative and challenging educational practice. Liz is a National Leader of Education, supporting schools nationally and internationally, in their drive to become Outstanding. Liz was awarded a CBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List for Services to Education
ASG Member and Primary Programme Co-Designer
Professor Dame Alison Peacock is the Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is a member of the Royal Society’s Education Committee, a peer member of the Teaching Schools Council and a trustee of both the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and of Teach First. In March 2015, Alison was appointed by the Department for Education as a member of the commission on assessment without levels and she is co-author of Creating Learning without Limits (2012). She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Brighton in 2014 and in May 2015 was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.
Academic Steering Group Member
Tony Ryan was formerly Head Teacher of Chiswick School, an 11-19 academy in West London. Tony entered teaching almost by accident having crashed out of school fairly dramatically and then re-finding a love of learning as a motor vehicle mechanic. He qualified initially as a teacher of Design and Technology, later taking an MA in Education Studies and converting to a teacher and leader of ICT. Tony is currently a trustee of ASDAN and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Julia Bagguley is a former solicitor who specialised in the regulation and governance of a number of high-profile businesses in the UK and abroad including Greene King plc, De La Rue plc and Cadbury Schweppes plc. She was Company Secretary and latterly a Trustee of the charity Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities from 2002-2009. In 2002 she passed the Diploma in Fine & Decorative Art at Christie’s Education. From 2002-17 she was a Cataloguer on the Collections Online Project at the Royal Collection Trust.
Chief Operating Officer
Patrick joined The Prince’s Teaching Institute in 2008 as Business Development and Operations Manager, and was appointed Senior Operations Manager in 2011 and Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He is responsible for marketing, IT, HR and the office management of the charity. Previously to his role at The Prince’s Teaching Institute, Patrick worked for Barclays plc and BOC Gases, where he was a commercial graduate trainee. He read Chemistry at the University of Bristol, and in his spare time enjoys cycling and playing cricket.
Barbara Pomeroy has been Education Advisor for the PTI since September 2012, with particular involvement in the Schools Leadership Programme and the Associate Department Scheme. She has a background in both industry and education, working as a research physicist and then as a marketing manager for the Dickinson Robinson Group for 9 years before training to teach Physics. She has been a Head of Science and for 13 years was Deputy Head at North London Collegiate School.
Senior Programmes Manager
Nicola joined in the Prince’s Teaching Institute in November 2013 and worked across the Events and Development teams before becoming Schools Programme and Schools Leadership Programme Manager in 2016. Prior to joining the PTI, Nicola worked for the Royal Collection for just over two years. She studied History at the University of Kent and subsequently went on to complete a Master’s in Early Modern History at the University of York. During her time in York, Nicola volunteered with both the National Trust and the Churches Conservation Trust and made her decision to remain in the charitable sector as a result of this.
Angela has been with The Prince’s Teaching Institute since January 2013 and is responsible for the charity’s marketing and communications, including printed and online materials, course brochures and reports, the Yearbook, marketing, website and social media. Before joining the PTI, Angela worked with the Policy and Public Affairs team in the financial inclusion forum at Toynbee Hall, and previously spent three years in Taiwan where she taught English and studied Mandarin Chinese. She read Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick and City University Hong Kong, and has a Master’s degree in Asian Politics from SOAS, University of London.
Danielle joined The Prince’s Teaching Institute in 2014 and works across the Development team and the Schools Programme. Prior to joining the PTI, Danielle attended the University of Manchester, spending a year at the University of California as part of the Study Abroad programme.
Aidan joined The Prince’s Teaching Institute as an Intern in January 2017 before becoming Events Coordinator in May 2017. Prior to joining the PTI, Aidan obtained his Master’s and Undergraduate degrees in History from The University of Warwick. His research focused on early modern European art and material culture, and included a three month study term in Venice, Italy. Whilst volunteering at a not for profit art gallery in his home town of Liverpool, Aidan developed an interest in the link between education and the charitable sector which ultimately led to him joining the PTI.
Claire Clark joined The Prince’s Teaching Institute in 2015 as Finance Assistant, working 2 days per week supporting the office team in a variety of financial matters. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience, and before taking a career break to raise her two sons, worked at companies including Liberty and Homebase. Claire read Mathematics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
Associate Department Coordinator
Jacqueline Pierce is Assistant Head, Curriculum at Gordon’s School, an 11-18 comprehensive state boarding school in Surrey. She first joined Gordon’s in 2004 as Head of History and, prior to that, was working at Ashburton Community College in Croydon. Before becoming a teacher, Jacqueline worked in retail management and the retail banking sector in both Devon and Norfolk, something she was pleased to leave behind in favour of a teaching career in 1999. Jacqueline has been involved with the PTI since 2007 in a variety of roles from one-day CPD events through teacher leader and is now the Associate Department coordinator for History.
Primary Programme Co-Designer
Jo Newman has been Head of Junior School at North London Collegiate since 2003 and a primary teacher for some 30 years. Before taking her current role, she was Head of Fairseat, the Channing Junior School and prior to that was Deputy Head, Key Stage 1 at North London Collegiate where she was also a class teacher for a number of years. She began her teaching career in the Preparatory Department of Haberdasher’ Aske’s Boys School, Elstree. She has a BEd in Geography and Education from Homerton College, University of Cambridge.
Schools Programme Coordinator - Art
Jennifer is Acting Head of Middle School, with specific responsibility for Year 10; Subject Leader for Photography, Teacher of Art, Design Technology, Photography and ICT at The John Warner School.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Art
Tom Hardy is Director of Art and Design at North London Collegiate School. He has also acted as art and design consultant for the QCDA and is on the NSEAD roster of specialist consultants. As well as teaching, Tom is a practising artist and designer. His work has been exhibited at Kettles Yard, The Royal Festival Hall, the Wellcome Institute and the Mall Galleries, and has appeared in the Independent on Sunday and Arts Review. He writes on education for a number of publications including iJade and the TES, and has contributed to television programmes such as the BBC’s Education Today and Rankin Shoots Rembrandt.
Residential Stream Co-Designer & CPD Advisor - English
Gareth Davies has been Lead Teacher for the Gifted and Talented at Sawtry Community College for seven years, where he also leads the Classical Civilisation Department, teaches English and runs the school’s programme on challenge, support and differentiation. He has been involved in The Prince’s Teaching Institute for nine years. Gareth also chaired the teacher’s committee of the body investigating the establishment of a College of Teaching. He has had poems and short stories published in various literary periodicals and recently completed his first novel.
Schools Programme Coordinator - English
Helen Cleary is Head of English at Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School. Before this, she taught English and Drama at Walkden High School in Salford (5 years) and at Great Sankey High School in Warrington (7 years). She is also an SLE (Specialist Leader in Education) and a Subject Leader for ‘Challenge Partners’ where she has coached and mentored other Heads of Department. She is also a trained facilitator for OLEVI and facilitates on the ITP (Improving Teachers’ Programme) and OTP (Outstanding Teachers’ Programme).
Schools Programme Coordinator - English
Clare O’Sullivan is Subject Leader for English and Deputy Headteacher at Stewards Academy, a mixed 11-16 comprehensive in Essex. In 2004 she became an Advanced Skills Teacher and worked with the LEA and many schools in Essex, delivering training, developing study materials and supporting subject leaders and new teachers in raising standards and improving teaching practice. Clare has coached struggling teachers and prepared AST candidates through to successful accreditation. Clare is passionate about teaching and learning and believes that teachers should remain students of their chosen subjects in order to maintain the curiosity that inspired them to teach.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - English
Jessica Bedi read English at Cambridge University and went on to complete her PGCE at the School of Education, Cambridge. As well as working as a Team Leader and Speaking and Listening Moderator for an examination board, Jessica has completed an MA focusing on Young Adult Literature. Jessica was a teacher-researcher for a London Schools Excellence Fund independent-state school partnership that explored strategies for inspiring the brightest students. Jessica currently teaches English at North London Collegiate School and enjoys her role mentoring teachers new to the profession in the department
New Teacher Subject Days & Associate Department Coordinator - Geography
Graham Goldup is Senior Assistant Headteacher at Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove. He is an active member of the Geographical Association and the Royal Geographical Society and is both a Chartered Geographer and a Primary Geography Champion. In 2009 he was awarded the Ordnance Survey Secondary Geography Teacher of the Year. As Subject Leader he led his department to be twice recipient of the Geographical Association Secondary Quality Mark at ‘Centre of Excellence’. He is now a member of the Senior Leadership Team and line manages History, Science, Public Examinations, Sixth Form and university partnerships. Graham is an active member of the GA’s ‘Teaching Geography’ Editorial Board and Chair of the Geography Expert Subject Advisory Group.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Geography
Margaret graduated from London University with a BSc in Geography. She worked in a comprehensive school in Beckenham, South London before moving to North London Collegiate School where she is now Head of Geography and teaches A Level Economics. She has been a Fawcett Fellow at UCL and has been involved with PTI Geography Residentials since 2008.
Schools Programme Coordinator - History
Simon is Head of History at Poole Grammar School, a growing selective grammar school of 1200 students where both History and Ancient History are popular choices. He has been there in various pastoral and academic roles for 28 years. He runs football and cricket teams and a thriving Historical and Archaeological Society, as well as teaching Archaeology as an after-school AS qualification. Simon gained a 2.1 from Nottingham University and then did his PGCE at Manchester. Nothing gives him greater satisfaction than the joy of teaching motivated and interested young people about our collective past – the job remains a pleasure.
New Teacher Subject Days Subject Coordinator - History
Catherine McCrory began her teaching career in an international school in New York City where she worked for five years gaining senior leadership experience as director of studies taught in English. She spent eight years as Head of History at The Sweyne Park School in Essex and became an Advanced Skills Teacher. In addition to teaching, in 2007 she began a four year secondment (two days a week) to Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford as lecturer in Education leading the History PGCE and subsequently modules in general professional studies. Catherine is now a lecturer in History Education with the Institute of Education, University of London.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - History
Research for her PhD centred on the development of school inspection in the 19th century and the impact this had on elementary education. Other areas of research include the development of girls’ education in the 19th century and the role of the Victorian governess as an educator. Following completion of her PhD she began work at the Historical Manuscripts Commission before moving to the National Archives where she had responsibility for maintaining and developing the National Register of Archives. She now teaches History at North London Collegiate School, where she is also Assistant Head of Upper School and Head of House.
CPD Advisor - History
Roz is Head of History at City of Norwich School, a diverse comprehensive with a large Sixth Form. She has been teaching for eight years, having completed her PGCE at the University of Cambridge.
Schools Programme Coordinator - Latin
Graham Lodge studied Classics at the University of Bristol. Prior to completing his PGCE at Kings College London, he taught English at a frontistirio in Amaliada, Greece for two years. He has been teaching Latin at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, a state grammar school in Essex, for six years, including three as Head of Department. His school has been involved with the PTI for a number of years, and the Latin department specifically has been involved since 2012.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Mathematics
Dr Robert Ferguson began his career in Mathematics researching the numerical solution of the coupled nonlinear partial differential equations. After completing his PhD, he went on to work as a quantitative analyst at an American merchant bank, pricing and modelling government debt. Enjoying the training aspect of the job led to his decision to move into teaching. He has taught Mathematics in a number of schools and currently works at North London Collegiate School, where he is also Assistant Head of the Middle School.
Associate Department Coordinator - Mathematics
Nicola is an AST at Launceston College, an 11-19 comprehensive school in Cornwall, and has been since 2012. Prior to this, Nicola was the Programme Lead for the Mathematics SKE course at UCP Marjon where she also taught on the PGCE and BEd programmes. Before this, she was a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Cornwall Local Authority. She has a first class degree in Mathematics, which she studied at Sheffield University and a Masters in Mathematics from the Open University. Currently she is working towards a PhD with Plymouth University researching how to develop more connected approaches to teaching Mathematics.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Mathematics
Alida is the Subject Leader for Mathematics at Forge Valley School in Sheffield. She enjoys developing materials to encourage mathematical thinking and has contributed to, and led, projects that have been disseminated across the city. Her experience portfolio includes coursework moderation, examination marking, national assessment design and, as an SLE, the development of a mathematics network in Sheffield. Alida is prepared to tackle topics tangentially, encouraging students to think for themselves and develop their use of mathematics in unfamiliar contexts. She is currently working with colleagues developing problem solving activities to strengthen resilience and success in learning mathematics.
Schools Programme Coordinator - Maths
Alan Bannister was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. He moved to England in 1999 to study A Levels and stayed to read Maths at university. Alan now lives in Birmingham and has been teaching for nine years (and has loved every minute of it) and is currently the Head of Maths at the University of Birmingham School. His favourite mathematician is Leonhard Euler and he loves cheesy maths jokes.
CPD Advisor - Mathematics
Dave Hewitt has a BEd (Hons) and an Education Leadership MSc, both received from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a teacher with 27 years’ experience in roles ranging from Head of Year to Advanced Skills Teacher (AST). He has taught in three schools, but has also worked in many challenging environments through his outreach work as an AST and Lead Practitioner. He is currently Head of Maths at Wade Deacon High School, a large comprehensive school in Cheshire.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Modern Languages
Rebecca Howard-Wearn was formerly Vice Principal at Ravens Wood School. She studied in London and Paris. Having taken early retirement, she is now on her first gap year and does voluntary teaching overseas when she has the chance. She was previously Vice Principal at Ravens Wood School in Bromley, with responsibility for Professional Standards. She was an AST and a Specialist Leader in Education. Her core business is working with schools both nationally and internationally to improve the quality of teaching and learning. She also works with senior leaders to develop school improvement strategies. She believes teaching is the best profession.
Schools Programme Coordinator - Modern Languages
Frances Suc-Diamond has been teaching Modern Foreign Languages for 20 years in one of the country’s most deprived boroughs, Newham. In her own school she acts as Head of Modern Foreign Languages. The first Advanced Skills Teacher in Languages in London, Frances has also spend a considerable amount of time in local schools supporting NQTs coaching new Heads of Department and facilitating the delivery of Modern Languages in challenging circumstances. A staunch believer in all pupils having access to a foreign language, she has run borough network meetings and run borough events to raise the profile of languages across the borough.
CPD Advisor - Modern Languages
Claudia Marsh is Head of Modern Languages at Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Brighton and Hove. She studied German at university and subsequently took her PGCE in German with French. It is her firm belief that lesson planning should be imaginative, rich in culture and above all, clear. Talk for Writing and Assessment for Learning have been two of her ML targets since 2003 and these initiatives have revolutionised the value-added results of students in the school. Claudia is incredibly proud that her department now has the biggest uptake of students choosing to take one or more GCSE in languages at both Key Stages 4 and 5 than any other comprehensive secondary school in the city.
New Teacher Subject Days Stream Designer - Spanish
Lucy Meyer is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Bexley Grammar School. She studied French and Spanish at Nottingham University, followed by a PGCE gained at the Institute of Education. She works at Bexley Grammar School, where she has held positions as Lead Teacher of KS3, KS4 and is currently Head of a 20-strong department that offers 7 languages to A Level and where the study of 2 languages is compulsory to GCSE. Lucy’s main pedagogical interests lie in pupil use of Target Language and the development of initiatives that raise the profile of languages.
CPD Advisor - Modern Languages
Peter teaches Spanish at Newstead Wood School, a selective school for girls with a mixed sixth form in Orpington, Kent. Amongst other things, as Languages Development Manager, he has played a key role in developing the very successful Mandarin Chinese and Japanese departments over the last seven years and has led several Exchange visits to China and Japan. He has also worked closely with the school’s Engineering department to provide cross-curricular language visits to Spain, France, Italy and Germany. Enthusing students with a passion for languages and the desire to broaden their horizons is at the heart of his philosophy.
Residential Stream Designer - Modern Languages
Robert Sykes read French and Spanish at the University of Manchester. He qualified as a teacher via the Teach First programme in 2004. He worked at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School as Head of Spanish and has been Head of Modern Languages and Spanish at North London Collegiate School since 2014. Robert is also a Teacher Trainer for Cambridge International Examinations.
New Teacher Subject Days Subject Coordinator - French
Paul Haywood is Subject Leader for Modern Languages at The Henrietta Barnett School. He joined the school as an NQT in 1999 following three years living in Nice, France. He teaches French, German and Spanish and also co-ordinates his school’s student teachers and NQT induction. Paul is especially interested in French cinema and history.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Music
Asha is the Head of Performing Arts and Head of Music at Davenant Foundation School, a 11-19 comprehensive school of 1200 students, in Loughton, Essex. She is a violinist and pianist and gained her honours performance degree at Birmingham Conservatoire. Prior to teaching, Asha was a self-employed peripatetic teacher.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Music
Lawrence was appointed the Director of Music at North London Collegiate School in 2003. Prior to that he was the Assistant Director of Music at NLCS and also Head of Music at City of Ely Community College. Lawrence studied music at Edinburgh University where he was tutored by the composer Kenneth Leighton in harmony and counterpoint. He subsequently studied trumpet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before gaining a PGCE certificate at Homerton College, Cambridge.
CPD Advisor and Residential Stream Co-Designer - Music
Nick is the Director of Learning for Visual and Performing Arts and PE at Regent High School, an 11-19 community school Camden, London. Prior to this, Nick was Head of music at Pimlico Academy, also in central London. Nick studied at Nottingham University specialising in composition and choral music.
Schools Programme Coordinator - Music
Natasha Johnson is Associate Assistant Head & Head of Performing Arts at St Ursula’s Convent School in Greenwich. In her time as Head of Music Natasha moved the GCSE pass rate from 47% to 100% and doubled the uptake of GCSE Music. The success of Music GCSE at St Ursula’s has been recognised by the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) as more than 10% of the whole cohort achieves A*-C in Music, making it one of the top schools in England. Natasha runs a 70 strong Choir at St Ursula’s that has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Savoy Theatre and on the BBC. Natasha is a Teacher Leader for the PTI and has also been a Music lecturer for PiXL (Partners in Excellence). Natasha trains Music BTs (Beginner Teachers) from Greenwich University each year and also works as an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) in her Borough.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Science
Natalia Timoshina is Head of Physics at North London Collegiate School. She graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and spent the first years of her career working at the Central Hydrodynamical Institute in the Moscow region. In 1999 she qualified as a teacher in the UK and has been leading the Physics department at North London Collegiate School since 2008.
Associate Department Coordinator - Science
Darren has recently become the Director of Learning for the School of Education at St Paul’s Way Trust School, a 3-18 through school in Tower Hamlets. Prior to this he has been an assistant headteacher at the Warren School and Head of Science at Robert Clack, both in Barking and Dagenham. Darren completed a Master’s in Astrophysics from University College London and then while at Robert Clack completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education. Darren has worked with the PTI for several years.
New Teacher Subject Days Subject Coordinator - Biology
Sue Grist is the Science Team Leader at Ivybridge Community College, a large 11-19 comprehensive school of 2,300 students in Devon. Prior to this, Sue was Head of Biology at Ivybridge (and the ITT professional tutor for a year) and Head of Biology at the 13-19 Freman College in Hertfordshire. Sue read Marine Biology at Liverpool University and the Port Erin Research Station, Isle of Man. Following her degree, Sue spent three years working as a marine ecologist in the UK before going into teaching.
Residential Stream Co-Designer - Science
Richard Russell has 18 years’ experience of teaching Chemistry. His emphasis is on discovery through practical chemistry and he has developed an extensive outreach programme for primary schools across Birmingham. He has been Head of Chemistry at King Edward VI Five Ways School for over 10 years and Head of Science and Senior teacher for the last 4. He was appointed Assistant Head with responsibility for Widening Accessibility and ICT Strategy in 2014. As a Subject Leader for King Edward Consortium teacher training he is a recognised Lecturer at Birmingham University. He is an examiner for AQA and OCR at both GCSE and A level Chemistry.
CPD Advisor - Science
James studied Biological Sciences at Warwick University, leaving to work in the non-educational sector for a number of years. After completing a PGCE he worked in challenging inner city schools in Birmingham before moving to become Assistant Subject Leader in Science at Arden Academy in Knowle where he is also involved in further developing teaching and learning and the use of technology for learning. James continues to be involved in ITT, the STEM agenda and educational enrichment activities for children. James is an avid geek, travel junkie, wildlife enthusiast and tweeting teacher.
New Teacher Subject Days Subject Coordinator - Chemistry
Danny Clift is the Head of Physics at a large and very successful girls school in East London. He has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher in a variety of challenging schools and has had considerable experience in training staff new to the profession and further developing the skills of more senior teachers. With a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, Danny has taught A-Level Chemistry and Physics since 1999 and has planned and delivered schemes designed to draw out pupils’ misconceptions while deepening their understanding.
Schools Programme Coordinator - Science
A teacher for over 20 years, Lesley Newnham studied Applied Zoology at the University of Leeds. She has taught in mixed comprehensives in Lincolnshire, including 11 years as Head of Science at William Farr CofE Comprehensive School near Lincoln. She has been involved with the PTI from 2009. Joining the School Programme has allowed the department the freedom to refocus on the joy of the subject and to explore the complexities of new research and knowledge. In 2012, the department joined the PTI Associate Department Scheme.
New Teacher Subject Days Subject Coordinator - Physics
Melissa Lord was previously Head of Physics and Head of Science at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and is an Ogden Trust Teacher Fellow, coordinating the Trafford Ogden Science Partnership. She has been a Teacher Leader for PTI New Teacher Subject Days since 2012 and has also been involved with the delivery of PTI CPD Subject Days in Nuclear Physics and Astronomy. For her, the most exciting parts of teaching involved encouraging students to think through complex issues. She has twice set up projects, Science & Sustainability, involving teams of Year 10-12 students working with academics and industry to find the potential for STEM to yield solutions for the future. The most recent has culminated in 69 students reaching CREST Gold Award in partnership with the University of Manchester.
Keith is Managing Director and Senior Partner of Patron, which he founded in 1999. The business has since evolved into one of the leading opportunistic real estate managers in Europe. He began his career at Lehman Brothers where he assisted in creating and leading the Principal Finance Group. In 1997 he left Lehman Brothers to create the business which a year later became Patron.
Keith has long been a supporter of educators and projects to improve education, as such initiatives have a multiplier effect and directly reach the areas in society where support is most needed. He is a long-term benefactor to Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity, and promotes their volunteer programmes, allowing Patron staff paid time off to participate. Keith has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Chicago Booth School of Business Social Enterprise Initiative since 2006, and Co-chair of its UK/European Advisory Board since 2012. For the last nine years he has funded, and when possible, participated in projects to build new schools in areas of need across the world. He is also active and a Trustee of the Royal Marines Charity and is a Senior Patron to many more different charities focused on Education, Infrastructure and support for the British Armed Forces veterans.
Professor Cooper returned to her academic roots in Cambridge in 2004 as Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, with a fellowship at Magdalene College, after 26 years at University College, Oxford. There, she served for some years as Admissions Tutor, with a remit for encouraging state school applicants, and as Senior Tutor; at Cambridge she has chaired the Faculty of English. She has also been President of the New Chaucer Society and the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature.
The author of numerous academic books and articles, she holds a D.Litt from Oxford and a fellowship of the British Academy and has organised the University of Cambridge’s English activities at the Prince’s Teaching Institute Summer Schools since 2006.
Peter is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s UK Banking Assurance practice. He also leads the firm’s Scottish and Northern Financial Services Team and is the Senior Partner of the firm’s Edinburgh office. He has a strong background in audit and accounting for banks and other institutions including financial control and reporting, credit, market and operational risk reviews.
His current audit and advisory portfolio covers a wide range of financial institutions including Bank of Cyprus, Capital One, The Co-operative Bank, the Coventry, Harrods Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland. At The Co-operative Bank he is just beginning to serve as lead audit partner and at the RBS he and his team are providing support in the area of Libor submission. He also led the firm’s work on the Asset Protection Scheme for Her Majesty’s Treasury. He is the author of a book (with John Zinkin) Corporate Governance (Mastering Business in Asia).
His interest in the Charity stems not only from a genuine interest in its activities but also from his father’s transition from corporate life to science teacher for the last 20 years of his career. Peter also acts as an advisor to the Audit Committee of Big Society Capital.
Since January 2012, Jon Coles has been Group Chief Executive of United Learning, a significant provider of independent schools and the country’s largest sponsor of Academies. Up until that point, he had spent much of his career working in the Department for Education (under its various different names), latterly as Director General for Education Standards, responsible for a wide range of policy including leading the review of the National Curriculum, reforming initial teacher training, qualifications, testing, accountability and policy to improve behaviour in schools.
In his career, Jon has been responsible for various Green and White Papers. He was responsible for taking the 2002 Education Act through Parliament, having written the White Paper which preceded it. A qualified secondary teacher, his previous jobs included implementing the infant class size pledge, developing future strategy for ICT in schools and a strategy for e-government, on secondment to the Cabinet Office.
Sushil Saluja studied engineering at Cambridge University. He joined Accenture plc in 1998 where he is now Senior Managing Director for Financial Services in Europe, Africa, Middle East & Latin America at Accenture plc, where he is responsible for setting the group’s overall vision and strategy for sales and revenue growth and the development of client relationships.
He is a member of TheCityUK, an industry body representing and promoting financial services in London and the UK, and a Trustee of Heart of the City, a London-based charity promoting corporate and social responsibility activities amongst smaller companies in London.