As an accomplished non-profit organisation leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, former roles in the charity sector include Interim CEO, Project Director, Finance and Business Development Director, Resources Director. Completed a Masters in Charity Management at Cass Business School. Previously founded and owned his own businesses in transport, construction, retail, manufacturing, property development and tourism. Burger leads on operations, systems, finance, governance and oversees some key aspects of development at the Trust.
Maria is a former London primary school teacher and participant of the Teach First leadership development programme, with a degree in Modern Languages from Durham University. She joined TDT in the Summer of 2016, having also worked as Communications Officer for Latin American Foundation for the Future (LAFF) in Cusco, Peru. Maria writes for educational publications including SecEd and Headteacher Update and is currently acting as secretariat for the Department for Education’s CPD Expert Group.
A former maths and economics teacher and a participant of the Teach First leadership development programme, Bethan has taught in London and São Paulo, Brazil. An Economics and German Graduate (University of Leeds), Bethan joined the Trust in 2018 and supports schools through the Trust’s CPD Excellence Hubs programme.
Ian has worked in various educational charities including the Institute of Physics, Yes Futures and The Challenge. He has previously taught English in Hong Kong for two years and holds a degree in Psychology. Ian supports TDT schools with their membership and is enthusiastic about expanding the TDT Network.
A former Centre Director for Explore Learning and EAL teacher, Michelle has over 6 years’ experience in supporting both UK and overseas education. Specialising as a trainer in customer experience, she joined the team in 2019 eager to continue delivering on the needs of the Teacher Development Trust’s network and expanding the reach of our charitable mission by connecting the people at its core. Michelle.Barker@TDTrust.org
Phil is an assistant head teacher with responsibility for eLearning at Cramlington Learning Village. The school has had a fantastic ICT journey which began well over a decade ago and has led to an international reputation for effective and innovative use of technology for learning. He has been appointed as the lead teacher for the UK in a EU-led Creative Classrooms project and is a Google Certified teacher.
Phil Naylor is in his second Assistant Headship at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool. Phil has taught Science for 17 years ,is a former Lancashire Advanced Skills Teacher, an ITT and NQT professional mentor and a Primary School Governor. Phil is also Assistant Director of the Blackpool Research School and currently studying for an MSc Science.
Concettina leads Continuous Professional Development and Cranborne Primary School in Potters Bar. Concettina is a former Secondary School Teacher of Business and Economics Education and the Deputy Head of Learning in Key Stage 3. Concettina moved forward into primary school teaching and has since had a period of working in Senior Leadership and has led Teaching and Learning for teachers in a training and coaching capacity.
John is Director of Teaching and Learning for Britannia Teaching School Alliance in Stoke-on-Trent. He has over twenty years experience of teaching and leading in the Primary sector and has a proven track record for supporting schools in difficult circumstances. John also leads on Professional Development for the St. Bart’s Multi-Academy trust working across a large group of schools in Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Alex Beauchamp is the Assistant Head, Lead Practitioner and Year 3 team leader at Hunter’s Bar Junior School in Sheffield. He has taught for twelve years across KS2 and is responsible for leading professional development in the school, improving children’s outcomes through Incremental Coaching, Teaching and Learning Communities and Lesson Study.
Daniel is Assistant Head at Springfield Junior School, Ipswich. He is the Pupil Premium lead and wrote the bid that won the National Pupil Premium Award in 2017. He has worked extensively on this subject in Suffolk and nationally, leading reviews and delivering training. Daniel was part of a DfE and British Council link project between the U.K. and Singapore, during which he visited Singapore schools and the Ministry of Education.
Ruth is the Deputy Headteacher at Broke Hall Primary School in Ipswich. She has over twenty years’ experience of teaching in primary schools and of being a member of the school leadership team. She is a SLE with a focus on leadership and management. Ruth is currently responsible for Assessment and Pupil Progress in her school as well as leading on Continuous Professional Development.
Ruth has been Deputy Headteacher in two secondary schools and is currently a Consultant supporting three MATs in school improvement, Literacy and the delivery of effective developmental CPD. She has over thirty years of teaching experience in Key Stages 2-5 and has supported students and colleagues to achieve exceptionally high results at both GCSE and A level in eleven challenging schools.
Andy is Director of Research School and Teaching School for the Unity Schools Partnership. Leading the work of one of the EEF/IEE Research Schools he has a particular interest in the relational aspects of network growth as well as utilising the underpinning evidence around effective implementation at a variety of scales (from classroom to region) within the school improvement cycle. He is currently the TSC EENEL Local Lead for the Teaching Schools of Suffolk.
Alex is the Assistant Headteacher at Thomas Gainsborough School. Primarily a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, he is an experienced speaker, author, trainer and has previously consulted for BBC Education, Suffolk County Council, and Pearson Publishing. Alex is also working as a Specialist Leader of Education on behalf of a regional Teaching School Alliance, working with other teachers across the region to develop good and outstanding practice..
Lord Andrew Adonis, served 12 years in government as a Minister and special adviser. He was Secretary of State for Transport, Minister for Schools, Head of the No.10 Policy Unit, and senior No. 10 adviser on education, public services and constitutional reform. After the last general election he became Director of the Institute for Government (2010-12). In government he pioneered key public service reforms including the Academy programme, which established over 200 independent state schools to replace failing secondary schools, the radical university tuition fees and grants reform of 2004, and the plan to develop a high-speed rail line from London to northern England and Scotland. Before entering politics, Andrew was a journalist and academic focusing on public policy and constitutional analysis. He was Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times, and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, where he gained a PhD in modern political history. Andrew is also author of seven books including “Education, Education, Education” (September 2012) on educational reform. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005 and currently sits on the frontbench as Shadow Infrastructure Minister.
- Professor Rob Coe, Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).
- Philippa Cordingley, Chief Executive, Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE).
- Professor Pete Dudley, Associate Director of Children’s Services in the London Borough of Camden and Professor of Education, University of Leicester. Honorary Secretary of the World Association of Lesson Studies. Formerly Director of the National Primary Strategy.
- Liz Francis, Deputy Director, Performance Unit, Department for Education. Formerly director of workforce strategy, standards and qualifications at TDA.
- Laura McInerney, Editor of Schools Week. Fulbright Scholar, journalist, author, former teacher and consultant at LKMco.
- Dr. Jonathan Sharples, Manager of Partnerships at the Institute of Effective Education, currently seconded to the Education Endowment Foundation.
- Jo Palmer-Tweed, Advisor to The National College for Teaching and Leadership and is Strategic Lead for the expert subject advisory groups for the new primary curriculum.
- Professor Daniel Muijs, Professor of Education at the University of Southampton and is acknowledged expert in the fields of Educational and Teacher Effectiveness and quantitative research methods.
- Chair: Sir John Holman, President, Royal Society of Chemistry, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York and Senior Adviser in Education at the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Foundation, Chair of the Salters Institute, Former Headteacher.
- Sam Freedman, Executive Director of Programmes at TeachFirst, formerly Policy Advisor to Michael Gove at the Department for Education.
- Emma Hardy MP, Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle, member of the Education Select Committee. Prior to being elected to Parliament, Emma was a primary school teacher, an organiser for the National Union of Teachers and the Deputy General Secretary of the Socialist Educational Association
- Rt Hon David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute. Formerly Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Minister of State for Schools, Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Yeovil.
- Mark McCourt (Founding Chair), Chief Executive, La Salle Education. Formerly Senior Director at Tribal, Director at NCTEM, school leader, inspector and AST.
- Veena Naidoo, Head Teacher at Cleveland Road Primary School. As of 1st January 2016, Cleveland Junior School amalgamated with Cleveland Infant School to form the new larger than average sized, primary school that serves the community of South Ilford, an area of considerable socio-economic disadvantage.
- Anna Pedroza, Marketing Director, Baker-Dearing Trust. Formerly an independent communications and marketing consultant who worked with TeachersMedia, Edcoms, O2 Learn and IRIS Connect. Formerly Director of Marketing and Communications at Teachers TV.
- Martin Post, Regional Schools Commissioner for South-Central England and North-West London. Formerly Headmaster of Watford Grammar School for Boys and National Leader of Education.