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.
Following a career in sales & marketing for creative agencies, Ejike made the switch to the education sector where he has been directly responsible for developing schools, their students, staff and stakeholders for almost a decade. His sales & marketing background has seen him work in a secondary school, a university, and with SLT, teachers and students at hundreds of schools across the country, bringing together his skills including community & stakeholder engagement, fundraising, marketing, event planning and bid writing. Ejike thrives on the inspiration schools give youngsters and is dedicated to supporting them in their journey.
Michelle Barker, Head of Network
Michelle has over 9 years’ experience in supporting both UK and overseas education in state and independent schools through roles in EAL, SEND, and national curriculum tuition. Specialising in customer experience, she joined the team in 2019 eager to continue delivering on the needs of the TDT Network, now leading on the development and efficacy of this and expanding the reach of our charitable mission by connecting the people at its core. She has contributed to national programmes including the DfE-funded CPD Excellence Hubs and IoE Teachers’ Working Environments research, and led on our collaboration with the National Foundation for Education Research’s work into Teacher Autonomy. Alongside her work with TDT, she engages with the CollectivED Community, is a school governor, has published work in Tes, SecEd, and the Headteacher Update, and volunteers for a London based reading charity.
Between 2003-2022, Gareth worked at the Department for Education on a range of policies from early years to higher education. Most recently, he led the development and delivery of the Early Career Framework and reformed National Professional Qualifications. He also spent two years as an Education Adviser at the Department of International Development, focusing on girls’ education and multilateral investment. Gareth is particularly interested in supporting effective leadership and promoting positive wellbeing, an interest he advances as a trustee of Education Support.
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.
Before joining TDT, Rachel supported Watford Grammar School for Boys as their 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 Company Secretary for a local gardening company 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.
Bethan leads the delivery of TDT development programmes, most recently the reformed NPQs. She taught secondary maths and economics in London and later led this in Sao Paulo. She is particularly interested in exploring professional development for schools as an evidence-supported solution to narrowing the disadvantage gap. Bethan previously led the development of blended training course content and delivery for TDT, establishing the TDT Learn virtual learning environment. Bethan sits on the advisory board for CollectivED: the Centre for Mentoring, Coaching and Professional Learning. She has published work in SecEd, Tes, and the Chartered College’s Journal Impact and International Teacher CPD Report.
Sally started her career in private practice, qualifying as Chartered Certified Accountant in 1998. This followed a move into Public Sector Finance, which included 8 years with Kent Police as Financial Controller. She has a wealth of charity finance experience, including 7 years as the Treasurer of the Kent Peoples Trust. Sally joins TDT from Kent Music, a music education charity, where she has worked for the last 11 years, most recently in the role of Chief Operating officer. Sally has also held roles in Education, including Business Manager at St Simon Stock Secondary School and Director of Finance at the John Wallis Academy, along with being a School Governor at a local Secondary School..
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.
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.
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.
Matt 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
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.
Joe has worked in education for 12 years during which time he has taught a range of students, from young children to adult learners. Starting his teaching career abroad as an English Language Assistant, he returned to the UK to study for a Primary PGCE. After graduating he went on to gain experience as a primary class teacher and then as a Modern Foreign Languages specialist working with primary children across Cheshire East. As a keen linguist he is particularly passionate about giving children the opportunity to learn a foreign language from a young age. Prior to joining TDT, Joe worked at educational publisher Twinkl as a Content Executive in the international team.
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.
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.
Prior to joining TDT Jo spent over 20 years teaching Business, Economics, and IT in a variety of state schools in the Yorkshire region including inner city, coastal and rural. These roles include academic and pastoral leadership positions at middle, whole-school and trust wide level. She has served on a school governing body as a staff governor and is a Specialist Leader in education. With a passion for improving educational outcomes for pupils by raising the quality of teachers’ professional development, Jo has led professional development in both schools and as part of a school improvement team across a Multi Academy Trust. She has also developed, led and facilitated evidence-informed professional development programmes locally and nationally in her role as a Research Lead and through the RSN network. Jo previously worked as an expert advisor for TDT, writing content for the new NPQs.
Annie joined TDT in January 2022, to help support the delivery of high-quality learning materials via TDT’s online systems. She has spent the last fifteen years at Watford Grammar School for Boys, enjoying the role of finance officer for the private income fund. She managed the various online systems in place for lettings, school trips and ParentPay. She supported students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding and 16-19 bursary, to ensure everyone had the same access to education whatever their background.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Chief Executive and Founder of The Difference charity, formerly an English teacher and department leader, Policy Advisor at Teach First and Save the Children UK, Head of Policy at the Social Mobility Commission and Associate Fellow at IPPR.
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