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Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, OBE, PhD

Barry Carpenter is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia.  He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal, Inspector of Schools 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 over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. In the last 12 months, his work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian.  His most recent book publications (with Carolyn Blackburn and Jo Egerton) focus upon Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  In 2015 he co authored a book on Children with Complex Needs.

Barry lectures nationally and internationally.  In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Portugal, and most recently in Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.  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 is currently Chairing a working group looking at the needs of Girls with ASC.

Barry has been awarded Fellowships of the Royal Societies of Arts and Medicine.  This year, (2016) he was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his work in the field of Special Educational Needs.  He was created OBE in 2001 for services to children with Special Needs.

Jacqueline Baker B.Sc.

Jacqueline is an experienced  professional in head teacher recruitment and developing leadership capacity.  Drawing on over 20 years’ experience as a Governor across three different schools, including a decade as a Chair of Governors, she combined this experience with her professional recruitment background gained in the City to found her own consultancy; subsequently she has developed this specialism for Judicium and is an associate expert for The Key.

Within the leadership recruitment specialism, Jacqueline has worked with academies, maintained & independent schools, a variety of faith schools, across all phases and geographically nationwide; very few recruiters offer her length and breadth of experience in this field.

During this time she was asked to design and deliver governor training on head teacher recruitment for local authorities and one Diocese, conversely, she runs national training courses for aspirant leaders on application writing and interview skills.

As a certified practitioner in two different psychometric assessment techniques, she works with senior leadership teams, using the skills of psychometric profiling and workplace strengths analysis to maximise their potential, enhance team performance and facilitate recruitment.  As an ILM qualified performance coach, she specialises in working with heads new in post.

Larraine Cooper

In banking Larraine's career culminated in lending on the international currency markets working with published and management information.  Her professional qualifications include Accountancy (Distinction) and Monetary Economics.  She formed her own consultancy in 1986.

Larraine works with senior and middle management to develop a range of business performance management and costing skills to support the delivery of quality services over a medium-term timeframe.  She has worked with HE institutions, FE colleges, schools and local authorities.  She works with schools through the NAHT financial courses and on a 1:1 consultancy basis, focusing entirely on finance and business aspects of school management serving educational outcomes by resourcing School Development Plan priorities.

A natural strategic thinker, Larraine has enjoys working at a variety of levels to develop staff and organisations across a range of "business skills" including governors, senior education leaders, education leaders aspiring to management and school business managers.

Julie Fisher

 Julie Fisher is a nationally renowned Early Years Adviser and also Visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University.  She held the post of Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years, whilst chairing the National Association of Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants Early Childhood Group and the national Early Childhood Forum.  Before moving to Oxfordshire, Julie lectured in early childhood education at the University of Reading.  She has taught children from 3 to 12 years and has been head teacher of two urban, multi-cultural schools.  Julie is an experienced early years author whose books include the recently published ‘Interacting or Interfering: improving interactions in the early years’ (OUP 2016).

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.

Ryan Green, Managing Director, Pebble

Ryan 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.

Philippa Ollerhead MA Edu Leadership and Management, NPQH

Philippa has over 27 years' experience in education, much of this at senior leadership level.  Philippa is an experienced Head of English and was Vice Principal of a large sixth form college, Head Teacher of a pupil referral unit and Head Teacher of a secondary free school.


As a highly experienced practitioner, she has particular expertise in teaching and learning, pre- and post- Ofsted support, coaching and mentoring, classroom observation, self-evaluation, leadership development, driving quality and assurance, managing change, senior leadership recruitment and employer engagement. Philippa is also experienced at leading and managing whole organisation pastoral care, human resources and academy finance.

She has been the lead manager on section 5 inspections and is experienced in the rigours of DfE academy conversion, MAT formulation and Free School quality monitoring.  

Louise Murphy

Louise Murphy has a wide and current knowledge of the education sector gained from hands-on teaching experience in the primary classroom through to extensive work at top level management. This includes deputy headship in a primary school, teacher-in-charge of a facility for early years/Key Stage 1 pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties and managing the partnership work of a group of 20 schools including primary and secondary schools facing challenging circumstances.

Louise has considerable experience of leading Ofsted inspections in primary and nursery schools, and acting as an independent consultant. She has developed bespoke training, mentoring and coaching packages that have been delivered to a range of staff in the education sector. She also has a successful record of supporting head teachers in significantly improving their Ofsted rating. Louise is educated to master’s degree level and is NPQH qualified.

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.

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.

Sue Sayles

Sue was a Head Teacher for twenty one years and was National President of the NAHT in 2001/02. She established her own consultancy company in 2004, and has a wide-ranging portfolio of skills.

Her work includes coaching and mentoring Head Teachers and supporting leadership teams in schools and colleges. Sue trains facilitators for the Pacific Institute and produces and delivers bespoke training programmes for teachers, middle leaders, heads and principles in the UK and Europe. 

Sue enjoys enabling and inspiring others to develop capacity and strengths within themselves and their colleagues in this challenging and noble profession.

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.

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.

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 an associate member of the Association of Pension Lawyers 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.

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.