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.
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.
A former Centre Director for a national learning company and EAL teacher, Michelle has over 8 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 leads on the development of the membership provision for the Trust’s network and internal communications. She has contributed to national programmes including the DfE-funded CPD Excellence Hubs and led on our collaboration with the National Foundation for Education Research’s work into Teacher Autonomy. She is a school governor, regularly hosts interviews for Naylor’s Natter, a podcast for teachers, has published work in Tes and SecEd, and volunteers for a London based reading charity alongside her work with TDT.
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.
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.
Matthew has previously worked within the CPD sector as a Marketing Executive with Creative Education Ltd. He has a firm appreciation of just how vital quality professional development can be for the outcomes of both teachers and students alike. In February 2020, he was very pleased to have achieved a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing (Dip DigM) from the Institute of Data and Marketing in London.
Damilola worked in schools all round the world. She has taught primary and secondary Mathematics in London, Ibadan (Nigeria) and Lima. She has a background in Engineering and recently completed a Master’s in Public Administration at New York University. Damilola believes in education as a human right and is interested in how education systems can empower both students and teachers to take an active role in their own growth and development. Alongside her role at TDT, Damilola teaches Mathematics and Economics and sits on the advisory board of Impact on Urban Health’s childhood obesity programme.
During his twelve years in the profession, Amit has worked in middle and senior leadership roles including Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form, Curriculum Manager for Performing Arts and Head of Music. He brings expertise in professional development, coaching and mentoring, curriculum design as well as pastoral and safeguarding systems. Amit has coached and supported teachers across a range of schools, subjects and phases and he is particularly interested in developing and nurturing teachers and leaders through research and values driven methods. A passionate educator with a belief that every child has the right to access excellent education and life opportunities, Amit volunteers as the Education Advisor for ‘Educate for Life’, a charity which works to tackle educational inequality and enable socio-economic transformation in the poorest and most marginalised communities in India.
Paula was a teacher for 14 years. She has worked as Head of Department, Head of Faculty, and as a member of the school leadership team to lead whole school development and curriculum reforms.
Paula was previously Head of Learning at the National College of Education, establishing their virtual learning environment and designing blended curricula for professional learning programmes in education. Prior to this, she was a Fellow at Ambition Institute, developing curricula for online and blended learning, including content for early-career support programmes in line with the Early Career Framework, National Professional Qualifications for Middle and Senior Leaders, and Head Teachers. She is also a governor for an all-through school in East London and a National leader for WomenEd England.
Part of the education charity sector since 2017, Tabeetha has worked in programme management to support the delivery of high quality professional development to teachers in the UK. She is motivated by the impact CPD can have on teachers’ and students’ lives, and how systems can support and improve the delivery of it. Tabeetha joined TDT in 2021 as Online Systems Manager.
Julia joined TDT with eight years’ experience of promoting teacher and leadership professional development, and cultural change within schools, with OLEVI International. An experienced graphic designer, she has worked in the national media, publishing and communications industries. Julia enjoys being able to bring her skills and knowledge to help grow innovative learning environments. She is passionate about all children and young people having the best opportunities to learn and develop their full potential. She sat on the Personnel and Curriculum Committees as a parent governor at her local primary school. Alongside her role at TDT, Julia is a support worker for young people with neurodisabilities with the Chailey Heritage Foundation.
Alongside his work with TDT, Matthew is a primary school teacher and leads on his school’s
approach to CPD and the implementation of the Early Career Framework. He is an Evidence Lead in
Education with Greenshaw Research School and has recently completed a master’s in Education
Research Design and Methodology at the University of Oxford. Matthew recently co-authored Lit in Colour, a research report commissioned by Penguin and the Runnymede trust which explores ethnic
diversity in the literature used in schools in England.
Suzie has worked with several charities and educational bodies as a professional services
and operations officer. Most recently, she worked for Edinburgh Napier University as a
school operations officer, supporting the Business School, where she led the Business and
Leadership Team. Before this she worked for the Royal College of Radiologists supporting
members to complete their CPD and coordinating participation in advisory appointment
committees. Suzie is passionate about providing an excellent customer experience every
time, and about proactively ensuring ways of working are as efficient and effective as they
can be. She is motivated by the effect that the work of TDT can ultimately have on the
experiences of both students and teachers.
Before joining TDT, Maura had a varied career providing administrative, PA and customer service
support to a variety of public and education sector bodies including The National Archives, Surbiton
High School, Historic Royal Palaces, Coombe Girls’ School, the UK National Commission to UNESCO,
Bedelsford School, Malden Oaks PRU and most recently The Holy Cross School in New Malden.
Maura now provides administrative and PA support to the entire TDT Team.
Joanne is Trust Curriculum and Research Lead, SLE and ELE for The Education Alliance and the Wolds Associate Research School, specialising in literacy, teacher development and CPD. She has been a secondary English teacher for 22 years and has worked in Leeds, Lancashire and now East Yorkshire. She has previously worked as Head of English and Whole School Literacy Lead and she supports colleagues in other schools to implement a whole school tutor reading programme. She is a senior examiner and is also a Regional Advocate for LitDrive. Joanne is a CPD columnist for the TES and has presented a TES webinar on ‘How to Develop New Teachers with CPD.’
Alongside his new role advising TDT on leadership, Neil teaches across MA Educational Leadership, Inclusive Education and Research Methods at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the Acting Course Lead for the PGCE in Secondary Education, with a particular specialism in Biology. UoG provides the home for his research into the role of adult development in school leadership: his ERASMUS+ project, Getting Heads Together, is a pan-European study exploring a new model of school leadership development. His research into the adult development of school leaders is currently in the top 5% of most engaged with research within the field of educational leadership. A former teacher, he has held a wide portfolio of roles as a practitioner, researcher and leader.
Jo is a Research Curriculum Lead for The Education Alliance and Wolds Associate Research School in East Yorkshire, specialising in implementation and CPD. Jo has been teaching Business and Economics since 2001 and has worked in a number of different contexts including inner city and coastal schools. She has held a number of roles in both curriculum and pastoral leadership. She is an experienced examiner.
Zoe currently works as the Specialist Lead Adviser for The Education People, working in schools across Kent to support their development of English provision. She is also an Evidence Lead in Education, working with the EEF as part of their EEFective Kent project. Prior to this she was an English teacher, Head of English and whole school literacy lead in schools in Essex and East Sussex. She has also been a senior leader, developing teaching and learning and CPD across the school. Zoe is the co-author of Fiorella and Mayer’s Generative Learning in Action, The CPD Curriculum: Creating Conditions for Growth, and is currently writing a book about teaching Shakespeare. She also writes for TES and Teach Secondary on a number of topics.
Vina is an experienced Secondary English teacher, qualifying from the University of Oxford in 2003. She spent her formative years teaching in two contrasting schools, both situated in areas of high deprivation. Since then she has been a specialist peripatetic teacher of English and Literacy in a wide range of inner-city secondary schools and has also supported Widening Participation in English at both Further Education and Higher Education level. Throughout the last decade, Vina has been employed by a range of organisations; local authorities, MATs and state schools, in various leadership roles, to support colleagues, analyse the effectiveness of system leadership and bring about transformational change. She has significant experience in Primary school governance, has acted as a regular Thought Partner for Birmingham Women’s Hospital and has taken part in rigorous PLACE inspections for The Children’s Hospital, Birmingham.
Lekha is a former Vice Principal and experienced Senior Leader, who has a particular interest in Curriculum and Leadership. She is the author of ‘Curriculum to Classroom’, an Evidence Lead in Education with the Greenshaw Research School and a Postgraduate Student studying ‘Learning and Teaching’ at the University of Oxford.
Alongside her new role as TDT Expert Advisor, Esther is a deputy headteacher at a secondary school in Northampton. Prior to this, Esther worked as an educational consultant for Waterman Learning, supporting schools with improvement and leadership development projects across the country. Esther is a founding member of the Educating Northants steering group who recently hosted a virtual conference to over 1000 delegates. She is a proud trustee of the Skylark Partnership Trust, the first trust in the country for pupils with medical needs and brings her experience of 20 years in the profession to her new role at TDT.
Concettina has been a qualified teacher for over 10 years with leadership experience in both
the primary and secondary environment. Even though her background is in Business and
Economics management, the majority of her experience is firmly rooted in the leadership of
learning and CPD. Concettina was also part of delivering the Excellence Hub Programme for
the TDT and managed the South Central region to support both primary and secondary
schools with CPD planning and evaluation.
After an extended period in Senior Leadership within the financial sector, followed by a role working for one of the UK’s largest public unions, Kat is a Senior Leader for an all-through school in Northamptonshire, alongside her role at TDT. In addition, she is Founder for Litdrive, a charity that supports English teachers with resource hosting, a peer coaching programme and subject knowledge regional events in a bid to reduce workload and keep fantastic teachers from leaving the profession. She is also East Midlands Representative for MTPTProject, a charity that supports parent teachers with ongoing CPD.
Kat is author of Stop Talking About Wellbeing and co-author of Symbiosis: the curriculum & the classroom
Alongside her role at TDT, Abby is the Director of Institute of the Academy Transformation Trust and prior to this she was Vice Principal at Bristnall Hall Academy, based in the West Midlands. Abby has been a qualified teacher for 14 years, working in and supporting a range of schools in the Midlands. In this time Abby has undertaken the role of SENCo, Lead Practitioner, Assistant Principal and, most recently, Vice Principal in charge of Leadership and Management and Quality of Education. Abby now leads on people development across all directorates for all employees at ATT. Abby has been invited to share this work at national events; she has also written for national publications on CPD design principles.
Abby is Editor of Letter to my NQT self, published by John Catt
Sam is a quantitative education researcher, interested in teachers and education policy. Alongside his work with TDT, Sam is a Lecturer in the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO) at UCL Institute of Education. He is also a Research Associate at FFT Education Datalab. Along with Rebecca Allen, Sam is the co-author of The Teacher Gap – a book about the teaching profession in England.
Alongside her new role as a TDT Expert Advisor, Sharon is a Lead practitioner at Coleshill Heath Primary school in Solihull where she leads Professional learning, Development and Research. Sharon also leads the school’s work mentoring beginning teachers and Early Career Teachers. Sharon, has held a number of positions within Senior leadership, including as a Deputy Head. She has taught in both mainstream and specialist settings as well as teaching in North Carolina.
As a former Head of Science, Heena is an experienced Middle Leader and co-author of ‘Cracking Key Concepts in Secondary Science’. She previously worked at Ambition Institute as a Learning Design Manager and as Head of Programmes and Partnerships for the charity Learning through Landscapes. She has a particular interest in the science of learning, effective implementation and environmental education and is currently completing a Doctorate in Education at the University of Stirling.
Richard is a former headteacher with Djanogly Learning Trust in Nottingham. Having started his school leadership career in Stockport, he then headed to the other side of the world to become Principal of a large community school (primary and secondary) in the Solomon Islands. Throughout his 18 years as a senior leader Richard has had a particular interest in establishing a school culture of trust and responsibility. Most recently he has worked with Teach First on Curriculum Design for the Reformed NPQs.
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.
Director of Pedroza Communications, a communications agency that specialises in the education sector. Former Director of Marketing at Teachers TV. Co-founder of CommsED, Accredited Member of the CIPR and RSA fellow.
Chair, Sumdog; Vice-chair, Langley Park Learning Trust; Founder, Rising Stars Education.
Founder & CEO of Blackbrook Capital. Formerly, Head of European Investments at W. P. Carey, a public US REIT.
Regional Schools Commissioner for South-Central England and North-West London. Formerly Headmaster of Watford Grammar School for Boys and National Leader of Education.
Chief Executive, Ark Education Partnerships; former Executive Director of Programmes at TeachFirst, former Policy Advisor to Michael Gove at the Department for Education
Will Smith is CEO of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. Will is judged by Ofsted to be an outstanding and inspirational school leader. He has worked as a senior school leader for over 15 years and was leader of the PiXL network for a number of years. More recently, he is the inspiration behind the growing collaborative, By Leaders for Leaders. Will regularly speaks at educational events and, as well as being an established executive coach, is a father to three children who are a constant source of inspiration.
- Mark McCourt (former Chair)
- Sir John Holman (former Chair)
- Dame Alison Peacock
- Russell Hobby
- Charlotte Leslie MP
- Emma Hardy MP
- Rt Hon David Laws
- Robin Schlinkert
- John Bangs
- Veena Naidoo