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Anne Lyons

NAHT President, Anne Lyons

Anne Lyons has been head of St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School in Harrow for 23 years. In that time she has taken it from one form entry to three, from 250 to 650 children.

Anne started in primary education in the early 1970s as a maths teacher before moving into headship. Having been a member of NAHT as a middle leader and a deputy head teacher, she is proud of the support and encouragement the union gives to developing leaders. Anne has been National Vice President of NAHT since September 2016 and will be National President of NAHT from May 2017-2018.


Andy Mellor - Vice President

NAHT Vice President, Andy Mellor

Andy has been head teacher at St Nicholas Church of England Primary School in Blackpool for 14 years. He has taken the school from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding’ and has grown the school from 245 pupils to 407. Following inspection Andy became an NLE and the school was awarded teaching school status in 2017.

Andy has been a member of NAHT national executive for four years and is honoured to serve the profession having campaigned for a fairer funding and assessment and accountability system for schools and members. He remains treasurer for the Blackpool Branch. Andy will serve as National Vice President from May 2017 until May 2018.

Kim Johnson

NAHT Immediate Past President, Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson – NAHT president 2016-17

Kim Johnson has close to four decades’ teaching experience, including in mainstream and special school day/residential settings.  He is Principle of Bradfields Specialist SEN Academy in Chatham, Kent, offering day provision for 300 students in the 4-19 age range with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

Kim is dedicated to guaranteeing the very best educational and life opportunities for children and young people, particularly those with personal challenges and disabilities; pursuing outcomes that raise expectations and secure a place for all in our educational system.


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NAHT National Treasurer, Judith Stott

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NAHT General Secretary, Paul Whiteman

Paul Whiteman took up the role of general secretary of NAHT in September 2017, bringing with him a wealth of trade union knowledge, as well as hands on experience of the vast range of challenges faced by school leaders. Paul joined NAHT in 2012 as director of representation and advice, with overall responsibility for the directorate that provides advice to members on management, legal and employment issues.

Having started out in retail banking, Paul soon got involved in the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union. His enthusiasm for trade unionism grew, and between 2002 and 2012 he held the position of national officer for the FDA civil service trade union.  

Born in Croydon, Paul was educated at John Ruskin High School in Croydon. He completed an MA in Industrial Relations and Employment Law at Keele University in 2000.