Meet the Team
The MTPT Project is made up of four volunteers who ensure the smooth-running of the site and social media accounts, and represent The MTPT Project in different regions. If you would like to officially join the team (you get a business card!), why not explore the different roles we need fulfilled?
We also have a strong community of members who support and advocate for the project around the country. If you support the work of The MTPT Project but cannot commit to any sort of formal role, register your presence as part of our community.
Charlotte Bell, @cslbell
West Midlands Representative
Charlotte represents The MTPT Project in the West Midlands, tweeting about baby-friendly CPD opportunities in her region, connecting members of The MTPT Project and planning meet ups in the future.
A Teach First ambassador, she is now the Leader of GCSE Literature and Media at a small state secondary on the outskirts of Birmingham having joined the teaching profession after completing her PhD in Social Engaged Art and Performance on/about Social Housing Estates.
Charlotte is still actively engaged with Teach First’s Action Networks, and is a governor at a local primary school, focusing on teaching and learning.
She is currently embracing her new role as Mummy to little boy Jack.
Kate Fiddian, @KFiddian
South West Regional Representative and Social Media Manager
Kate represents The MTPT Project in the South West by presenting at Teach Meets, conferences, organising meet ups, connecting members of The MTPT Project community in her region, and Tweeting about her South West CPD experiences from the @maternityCPD account.
Kate is currently an Assistant Headteacher, in charge of Teaching and Learning at a Bristol School. She originally trained at Swansea University in 2006 and was a Head of Science, then a Lead Practitioner before taking on her Senior Leadership role. As part of the Future Leaders programme and an advocate of #WomenEd, Kate is passionate about equality and helping to develop female leaders.
Currently on maternity leave with her first baby, a little boy born in January 2017, Kate will be investing plenty of time raising him to be a tiny little feminist #HeforShe.
Emma Sheppard, @Comment_Ed
Founder and London Regional Representative
Emma is the Founder of The MTPT Project and dips in and out of the @maternityCPD Twitter handle. She keeps the website updated and talks to lots of people about The MTPT Project. She writes the newsletter (register to receive your copy each term), presents at conferences and organises the London coffee mornings.
Emma trained as an English teacher in Watford with Teach First in 2010 before moving to the British International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She returned to the UK in 2013 and began working as a Lead Practitioner in South London. Emma founded The MTPT Project during her first maternity leave in June 2016 and returned to work in January 2017.
Emma has one son, born in June 2016, who enjoys banging things and dribbling.
Lucy Braidley, @Lucy_Braidley
Blogger: Parental Leave CPD
Lucy blogs for The MTPT Project about the CPD she is completing during her third maternity leave.
She decided to become a teacher whilst on her first maternity leave and trained at Reading University through their Graduate Teacher Program.
Based in a small rural primary school with 120 pupils (one of whom is her daughter), Lucy is currently class teacher in year 2/3 and subject leader for English and Art. She also visits other schools as part of her role as KS1 moderator.
Frances Ashton, @FKAEnglish
Blogger: Family Friendly Schools
Frances blogs for The MTPT Project, focusing on her own CPD reflections whilst on maternity leave with her second daughter, and now writing about family friendly school cultures as she returns to work as an English teacher and member of SLT.
Frances completed her PGCE through Oxford University in 2008 before getting a job in an all girls comprehensive in Oxfordshire. Having worked as a Second in Department, Advanced Learner Leader and a Lead Practitioner, she is now Associate Senior Leader for Teaching and Learning.
She has two daughters born in February 2014 and September 2016 who conspire to make sure she rarely gets a chance to sit down.
Our advocates contribute more flexibly, but no less passionately to the development of The MTPT Project. They are great cheerleaders for the issues that we explore and are essential in inspiring, empowering and connecting parent-teachers, school leaders, CPD providers and other MTPT community members across the UK.
WomenEd are an international network who connect and inspire women in education. Their UK branch have advocated for The MTPT Project since its inception, providing key connections to parties interested in the project’s work and by creating facilitation and presentation opportunities to spread the MTPT message at conferences and via social media.
Jenny Holder, @JennyHolderLiv
Jenny is a primary school teacher who used her maternity leave to develop her subject knowledge of YA fiction. Following the birth of her daughter, she was appointed as Reading Coordinator for Liverpool Learning Partnership, a role which sees her developing opportunities for pupils across the city to read for pleasure. Jenny advocates for us in Liverpool.
The Central Exchange, @Central_Exc
North East Advocate
The Central Exchange are a Skills Development and Co-working space based in North Shields, North Tyneside. They are committed to providing baby and parent-friendly spaces for teachers and those involved in education and are advocating for The MTPT Project across the North East.
Madeleine Fresko-Brown, @M_X_F
North London Advocate
Whilst on maternity leave with her daughter, Madeleine blogged for The MTPT Project and took part in our pilot accreditation scheme. Now back at work as an Assistant Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning, she advocates for us in North London.
Kristy Turner, @doc_kristy
Greater Manchester Advocate
Kristy is a Chemistry teacher and university lecturer, splitting her time between the University of Manchester and secondary teaching. She has one daughter and advocates for The MTPT Project across a number of Scientific and Higher Education networks, both in person and via social media. You can read her #MaternityTeacher story on our Case Studies page.
Hinal Bhudia, @hinalbhudia
Hinal is a Director of Maths in West London, a position she fulfils 4 days a week. She has one child and advocates for The MTPT Project across Maths networks, both digitally and in person.
Nicole Ponsford, @NicolePonsford
After her first maternity leave, Nicole transitioned from a school leadership position to the world of EdTech. She co-founded her own consultancy, TechnoTeachers and advocates for The MTPT Project on multiple EdTech platforms. Mum to three children, including twins, her #MaternityTeacher story can be read on our Case Studies page.
Bridget Clay, @bridget89ec
Bridget uses her CPD expertise to advocate for The MTPT Project across the country. In particular, she has supported the development of our pilot accreditation and provides valuable contributions on the theories and research behind approaches to professional development in education.
Mal Krishnasamy, @MalCPD
Mal is independent consultant, coach and trainer, and former senior leader of Teaching and Learning and CPD. She now lives in Dorset with her partner and two boys having relocated from London and retrained as an Executive Coach whilst on maternity leave. Mal is also a Regional Leader for WomenEd South East and is a keen advocate of the MTPT project in Dorset.
Grainne O’Hallahan, @heymrshallahan
Grainne is a KS4 English Lead and mum of three. She is also a very active member of the #TeamEnglish community and the resources she has created before, during and after maternity leave are much loved across the country. Grainne advocates for us in Essex.
James Ashmore, @ashmore_edu
James is an Education Consultant and English SLE, and co-author of ‘The New Middle Leader’s Handbook’. He lives in Holmfirth, Yorkshire and has three children. James advocates for The MTPT Project on all things paternity related, following his experience of taking three extended paternity leaves.
Kat Gillett, @gillettscience
Kat is a Director of Science in Harefield. She completed CPD whilst on maternity leave with her son that was both topically and geographically varied – from gender equality at the UN in New York to FutureLearn course on AFL from the comfort of her own home. Kat advocates for us in Hertfordshire.
Kerry Fraser, @mrsfraserphs
Kerry is an English teacher in Perth, Scotland and mum to a little boy and girl. She has completed a variety of CPD during her two maternity leaves, including reading, exam marking and running social media accounts for her department. Kerry advocates for us in Scotland.