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Kate Atkinson

Kate has extensive experience advising on pension and employment matters and has worked with members, trustees of pension schemes and employers throughout her career. She is a member of the Teachers' Pension Administration Review Group and the Public Services Pensioners' Council and regularly provides training to both pension professionals and members of pension schemes. Kate's role at the NAHT is specialist adviser where she provides members with advice relating to all aspects of their employment including any pensions issues.

Ben Chalwin

Ben Chalwin, Curricula and Training Manager, Mindfulness in Schools Project was a primary school teacher in Cornwall for 20 years, with over a decade as Deputy Head Teacher and Acting Head Teacher. Following this, Ben worked as a freelance Mindfulness teacher (children, young people and adults) before joining Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) in 2017. Ben is passionate about young people, and those who care for them, having access to mindfulness.

Suzi Clipson-Boyles

Suzi Clipson-Boyles is a highly experienced consultant. She has worked in education nationally and internationally for over 30 years, and has written several successful books for teachers. Suzi has worked as a head teacher of three schools, principal lecturer in teacher training at Oxford Brookes University, co-creator and director of the Catch Up Programme, inspector and school adviser for Cornwall, Her Majesty's Inspector (HMI), director for inspections (North England) and managing director of The Education Improvement Company. She now works as an independent education consultant, and always applies a bespoke approach to advice and support, according to specific needs and contexts.

Christine Counsell

Christine Counsell is an independent education consultant who has held positions as head of history, deputy head, local authority adviser, senior lecturer and teacher trainer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and Director of Education of a MAT. She has published and edited widely, both academic works and practical guides on teacher development and curriculum. She has worked nationally and internationally, supporting policy makers, scholars, leaders and teachers throughout the world.

Christine was a member of the Ofsted Curriculum Advisory Group and the DfE Workload challenge group. She serves as Trustee on the boards of the David Ross Education Trust, Now Teach and Ark English Mastery.

Ryan Green

Ryan is the Managing Director of Pebble and he combines his infectious enthusiasm with expert subject knowledge that delivers a fresh perspective on income generation, marketing and school fundraising. His wealth of first-hand experiences, knowledge and anecdotes keep audiences engaged. Group work and discussion play a major part of these training sessions so groups gain the benefit of perspective and lateral thinking.

Dr Christine Greenland Ed.D, MA, FCIPD

Christine is an independent education consultant and an experienced facilitator and trainer. She supports local authorities, head teachers, senior leadership teams and individuals and teams at all levels.

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she provides advice and support on organisational change, strategic management and people management.

Through her expertise in facilitation, and as a qualified coach, she supports learning and change with individuals, and with whole school communities in all phases. 

Christine has high levels of interpersonal skills, builds strong working relationships, rapport and engagement with those with whom she works. She is well informed of the ‘big picture’ and of how the education agenda impacts on schools.

Caroline Holmes

Caroline Holmes has worked in further education for 20 years. She ran a degree programme and worked on a master's programme at Ruskin College in Oxford until recently, when the department was closed. This led to the founding of a learning and training co-op with her former colleagues.

Caroline has developed and delivered CPD programmes in all areas of education for 15 years. She has worked with senior leaders in schools and colleges in areas such as classroom management, observation of teaching and learning, developing critically reflective practice, feedback and assessment, and all aspects of leadership and management in education.

Sue Hugo

Sue Hugo taught in secondary education in a previous life and has since developed the Resilience Masterclass over course of 17 years, working with school staff and school leaders through Education Support Partnership. It reflects a knowledge and understanding of the particular stressors of the school environment, recognises that this is not a job like many others, and requires a particular approach in order to thrive.

Claire Kelly

Claire Kelly, Director of Curricula and Training, Mindfulness in Schools Project had a career in teaching for over 25 years, 18 of which at Senior Leadership level, Claire joined Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) in 2012 as their Director of Curricula and Training. As part of her role she creates classroom content, and trains teachers to deliver mindfulness-based programmes in school settings for 7-18 year-olds. She has also overseen the .b teacher training programme for the large scale MYRIAD research project in collaboration with Oxford University. This includes the largest ever randomised control trial involving the teaching of mindfulness in school contexts with over 8,000 students taking part in the trial. On behalf of MiSP, Claire also contributed to the Education strand of the Mindful Nation UK report.

Liam McIlvenny

Liam is a Specialist Adviser at the NAHT. He has a BA (Hons), MA, MSc in public sector management and is a Chartered Fellow CIPD, the professional qualification for HR practitioners.

He has other professional qualifications in mediation, coaching and management consultancy. His current and previous work experience, including education sector: HR and general management roles in local government including London boroughs, a county council and the DfE.

Helen Moylett

Helen Moylett is an independent early years trainer, consultant and writer. She has been head teacher of an early years centre as well as working in schools and as a primary and early years lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. While working for the National Strategies she was centrally involved in developing the Early Years Foundation Stage and was the national lead for the Every Child a Talker programme. She co-authored ‘Development Matters’ with Nancy Stewart and has written and edited several early years books – most recently 'Characteristics of Effective Early Learning: helping young children become learners for life' (OU Press 2014). She is a Vice President of Early Education and a PGCE and MA tutor at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood in Birmingham.

Philippa Ollerhead MA Edu Leadership and Management, NPQH

Philippa has had a long career in education, having been a Head of English, a Vice Principal of a large sixth form college in Greater Manchester, Head teacher of a pupil referral unit and Head teacher of a secondary alternative provision school. Philippa is formally trained every academic year in the rigorous of the common inspection framework in order to prepare primary and secondary schools for Ofsted visits.

Philippa is a training partner for the National Association of Head Teachers, delivering courses for Head teachers across the country, in subjects such as Removing the Stress from Ofsted Inspections, Safeguarding, Financial Transparency for Maintained Schools, Growing MAT structures and An Introduction to Executive Headship.
Philippa has been an education improvement adviser for 6 years and works with schools in all sectors around the country supporting school leaders.

Lorraine Petersen OBE

Lorraine has 25 years' experience in the mainstream school environment as a teacher and head teacher. From 2009 to 2013 Lorraine was CEO of Nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Since November 2013 she has worked as an independent consultant.

Lorraine has been involved in a number of projects with many agencies including the Department for Education (DfE). She has also been a chair, a keynote speaker and a workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

Chris Quigley

Chris Quigley is a specialist in primary education. He has been a Teacher, Head Teacher, Lead Inspector and Trainer of School Inspectors. He is also a publisher and a Director of Chris Quigley Education, where he leads a team of specialists, delivering inspiring training.

Chris is widely known throughout the UK and overseas having worked directly with schools in most LAs in England and other schools in the Channel Islands, Wales, Singapore, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Switzerland. His books have sold thousands of copies in over 16 countries.

Twitter hashtag: @chrisquigley

Sarah Quinn

Sarah was a highly successful primary school teacher and leader, with the last early years maintained provision she lead was graded as 'outstanding' by Ofsted. She has previously worked as a managing inspector and Central Senior Managing Inspector for CfBT inspection services.

Sarah has presented training to a variety of audiences including inspectors, local authorities, head teachers, teachers, children's centre leaders and education consultants, and covers a range of areas including Ofsted preparation, teaching, curriculum, assessment and early years.

She has recently developed assessment and tracking, curriculum and teaching systems for early years settings from birth to five.

Sarah had written articles for Early Years Educator and Nursery World, and other publications.

Twitter hashtag: @SarahQED

Jenny Salero

Jenny qualified as a solicitor in 2012 after studying law at the University of Warwick. She works for Judicium Education as an Employment Consultant, advising schools nationally on a variety of employment issues, including disciplinaries, grievances, managing sickness absence and restructure/redundancy processes.

Jenny has extensive experience in investigating disciplinaries and grievances, and advising both head teachers and panels at the investigation, hearing and appeal stages of these processes.

Craig Stilwell

Craig is the head of data services at Judicium Education and advises a number of schools across England and Wales on data protection matters. He originally hails from Swansea and completed his law degree at Cardiff University. Craig qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and started working at Judicium at the beginning of 2012.

Dr Rona Tutt OBE

Rona is a past president of the NAHT and has taught pupils of all ages in state and independent, day and residential, mainstream and special schools. She has received an OBE for her services to special needs education and an Outstanding Reviewer Award for her work on the International Journal of Education Management.

Rona writes the NAHT's monthly SEND Blog and represents the Association on the Autism Education Trust, the Food for the Brain Foundation, the National Literacy Association, the Special Education Consortium and the National SEND Forum. Rona is one of three founder members of the National Forum for Neuroscience and Special Education. She is much in demand as a speaker, writer, reviewer and judge.

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE

 Barry Carpenter is the UK’s first professor in mental health in education, a chair created for him at Oxford Brookes University. He is an honorary professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a fellow of the University of Oxford.

He has been awarded an OBE and CBE by the Queen for services to children with special needs. In 2017, he was entered into "Who’s Who" in acknowledgement of his national and international contribution to the field of special education.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of head teacher, principal, academic director, chief executive and director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the secretary of state for education as director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities" (

He is the author of more than 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. His co-authored book, "Engaging Learners with Complex Needs" (Routledge), outlined his research around engagement as pedagogy. This has been further developed by the Rochford Review as a model for statutory summative assessment, with legislation to enshrine this due later this year.

Barry lectures nationally and internationally. In recent years, this has included China, Japan, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Germany.  He is the co-founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation, he chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. He chaired the National Forum on Girls and Autism, which led to the publication in 2019  of his new critically acclaimed, co-authored book on this subject.

At the start of the global pandemic, Barry became very concerned about the impact of the crisis on the mental health of children. With his son, Matthew, principal of Baxter College, Worcestershire, he wrote the ” Recovery Curriculum Think Piece”. To date, this has had more than 100,000 hits on the host's websites, and it has guided many schools in planning for the recovery and resilience of their children, post-pandemic.

Barry has three children – one a school principal, one a senior occupational therapist and a daughter with Down’s Syndrome, who now has a home of her own, published her first book in 2017 and was on an Apprenticeship as a teaching assistant, but threw it all up to become an actress.

Simon Birch NPQH, MEd & BEd

Simon Birch is a School Improvement consultant for Judicium Education.

He is a recently retired Senior Leader of an outstanding Special school in Greater Manchester, which won the MEN Primary school of the year. Simon is an experienced DSL and H&S Lead.

He is highly experienced in all aspects of outstanding school leadership and specialises in teaching and learning, maximising pupil progress, safeguarding, SEND and behaviour management.