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National Executive


National Executive is the governing body and managerial authority of NAHT that oversees the policy direction we take in between our Annual Conference and AGM each year.

It is made up of regional and education sector representatives to ensure there’s a champion for each type of member we serve. See who represents you on our National Executive below.

Contact our democracy and governance team to learn more about the role and get in touch with our national executive. See below for current vacancies

Regional representatives 

North East

  • Angi Gibson
  • Dame Nicola Stephenson

North West

  • Amanda Hulme
  • Andy Mellor
  • Simon Kidwell (NAHT vice president)
  • Keith Wright


  • Chris Kirkham-Knowles
  • Nigel Bailey

West Midlands

  • Emily Proffitt

  • Michelle Sheehy

East Midlands

  • Sally Pearce
  • Nazma Jassat 


  • Tim Bowen (NAHT past president)
  • Dawn Copping

South West

  • Paul Gosling (NAHT president)

South East

  • James Field 

  • Anne Cox 

South Central

  • Paul Brown
  • Julie Kelly 

Greater London

  • Patrick Foley
  • Barry Read
  • Dave Woods 
  • Diana Ohene-Darko


  • Ruth Davies
  • Huw Jones 

Northern Ireland

  • Clare Majury
  • Jonny Gray  


  • Judith Stott (NAHT treasurer)


Sector representatives 

Early years

  • Judy Shaw 


  • Graham Frost
  • Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson 


  • Stuart McLaughlin
  • Stuart Beck


  • Mark Dale-Emberton 
  • Marijke Miles

Deputy and assistant heads

  • Bev Sheppard

School business leaders

  • Rachel Younger

The role and responsibilities of National Executive members

All members of NAHT National Executive are elected to represent a region or a particular section of the membership. Specifically, Executive members:

  • participate in the strategic oversight of the Association’s affairs and the determination of policy during periods between annual conference
  • represent the views of the members in an NAHT region at the national level, or represent a section of the membership for whom they have been elected to serve
  • act as a channel of communication between members, branches and regions in their area with the National Executive and headquarters staff
  • offer and provide support to local branches through personal contact with local officials and their regular attendance at selected local meetings
  • work with other Executive members in an NAHT region, and with local officials, to promote the business of the region, including local initiatives to support and/or recruit new members.