Our Team

David Weston, CEO

David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust. He is Chair of the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and, alongside Bridget Clay, wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development. David taught maths and physics for ten years in two schools in London and the South East. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. David speaks and writes frequently for the education sector and national media and has had a number of radio and TV appearances on the subject of teaching, teacher development and LGBT issues.

Maria Cunningham, Head of Education

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.

Rachel Dunsby, Head of Operations.

Before joining TDT, Rachel supported Watford Grammar School for Boys as their chief Exams and Admissions Officer, liaising with the local authority, exam boards, teachers, and parents, and coordinating cross-phase and mid-year admissions. She sat on the Education and Health & Safety Committees as staff governor during this time. Alongside her work with TDT, Rachel is Partner and Company Secretary for Ace Garden Services Ltd. and has 7 years’ previous conference organisation experience within the leisure and events industry. Joining the team in 2019, Rachel is motivated by TDT’s mission of supporting and empowering robust professional development school-wide. Contact Rachel for all queries on internal events management, bookings, legal information, billing, and accounts.

Michelle Barker, Member Programmes Lead

A former Centre Director for a national learning company and EAL teacher, Michelle has over 6 years’ experience in supporting both UK and overseas education in state and independent schools. 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. She now manages the development of the membership provision for the Trust’s network and leads on communications. She regularly hosts interviews for Naylor’s Natter, a podcast for teachers, is published in Tes and SecEd, and led on TDT’s collaboration with the National Foundation for Education Research’s work into Teacher Autonomy.

Bethan Hindley, Training Programme Lead

A Teach First Ambassador, Bethan taught secondary maths and economics in London and later led this in Sao Paulo. She now supports the trust as an expert advisor, auditor and course content creator, and is particularly interested in exploring professional development for schools as an evidence-supported solution to narrowing the disadvantage gap. While leading on course content and delivery for TDT, Bethan manages the Leading Teacher Development module of The University of Buckingham’s Online MA Education (Teaching and Learning). Bethan sits on the advisory board for CollectivED: the Centre for Mentoring, Coaching and Professional Learning, and volunteers for Reach Out, a mentoring charity. She regularly appears on Naylor’s Natter, a podcast for teachers, and has published work in SecEd, Tes, and the Chartered College International Teacher CPD Report.

Kathryn Morgan, Expert Adviser

A former Deputy Head Teacher and MAT Director of Professional Learning and Development, Kathryn joined the central team as an Expert Advisor in July 2020. Having previously worked at Ambition Institute as Associate Dean for Learning Design, Kathryn is interested in the instructional design and content of leadership professional development. With a keen interest in organisational development and dialogic inquiry, Kathryn is an accredited Fierce Conversations coach and has worked with a variety of schools to help them maximise the impact of their professional conversations and build high levels of trust. As an experienced Primary maths and science subject leader, Kathryn is a member of the St Matthew’s Research School team and keeps her knowledge and experience of school improvement up-to-date as a Chair of Governors. She is a regular host on the Naylor’s Natter podcast and is also part of the SLTchat team on Twitter. Kathryn is also a trustee for RefugeeEd and oversees the induction and development of volunteers.

Our Trustees

Chair: Dame Sue John

Executive Director, Challenge Partners; Chair, Brilliant Club; former headteacher of Lampton School, former secondary director of London Leadership Strategy; former director of the Department for Education, Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders.

Vice Chair: 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.

Andrea Carr

Chair, Sumdog; Vice-chair, Langley Park Learning Trust; Founder, Rising Stars Education.

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.

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.

Sam Freedman

Chief Executive, Ark Education Partnerships; former Executive Director of Programmes at TeachFirst, former Policy Advisor to Michael Gove at the Department for Education

Advisory Board:

  • 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.