Our team is made up of qualified and qualifying coaches who are passionate about empowering parents to live fulfilling professional and personal lives.  All have significant experience coaching within and outside of education, and many have backgrounds as teachers or school leaders.

As well as coaching for The MTPT Project, many of our coaches run their own private practice or work as associate coaches for other companies and charities, allowing them to bring a rich and varied set of skills to their coaching practice.


Coaching Team

Alice Ballantine Dykes
Accreditation Coach

Alice trained with a PGCE in Primary education in 2000, and as an Advanced Skills Teacher has worked closely with many teachers, developing strong partnerships to bring about confidence and change in the classroom.

Happiest outside the box. since 2008, she has also been involved in a number of (unaccredited!) research projects with the likes of Human Scale Education and Explorium, to design experimental and ground breaking learning environments for young people.

Since having children (Betty, born Dec 2014 and Ronnie, born Sept 2017) Alice has been working on a large research project into Psychological Well Being at work, including theories on automony, motivation and meaningful work.

Having trained in 2016 as an Executive and Personal coach, Alice has joined The MTPT Project team as an Accreditation Coach. She is also coaches mums and dads from a range of industries, returning to work after starting their family with her company, Mama Coaching.

Krista Elledge
Accreditation Coach
South West France

Krista is an ex primary headteacher who left teaching to start her own coaching and consultation business in 2019.  A year earlier she started the process of retraining with the Co-active Training Institute where she gained the CPCC qualification. She is accredited as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. 

Krista has an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. She values the power of relationships and bases her coaching on a strong foundation of trust and authenticity, ensuring that others feel safe and can therefore challenge themselves to move forwards.

Coaching has led Krista to take on many new professional and personal challenges herself, including a move to sunny south-west France last year, where she is now happily installed in an old French farmhouse requiring at least 2-3 years of renovation work!

Theresa Booth, @TheresaB_Coach
Accreditation Coach

Theresa is a former Primary Deputy Head with 32 years of teaching and leadership experience.  As a school leader she used coaching and mentoring strategies to develop her team, including teachers who were new to the profession, and in 2011 completed a Coaching in Education qualification.

Since leaving her full-time leadership role, Theresa has worked flexibly as a supply teacher to pursue her coaching career.  In 2019, Theresa trained to be a professional coach with The Coaching Academy. She now holds a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching and a Coaching in Education qualification.  

As well as coaching with The MTPT Project, Theresa coaches students and staff in Secondary school.


Assunta Cucca, @AssuCucca
Accreditation Coach

Assunta is a certified professional coach (PCC) accredited by the ICF, who brings 20 years of international experience spanning from professional sports, to journalism and charity work in the UK, Latin America and Asia, teaching then coaching and holding senior positions as Head of culture and employee engagement for digital companies.

In the last 6 years, Assunta has focused on leadership coaching at all levels in organisations with Kokoro Consultancy.  She coaches high achievers who want to build resilience and a growth mindset, parents returning to work and navigating a new life and identity, people facing mental health challenges such as anxiety and moderate depression.

Her latest qualifications include Mental Health coaching, Neuroscience, Mindfulness coaching, Physical intelligence in coaching, Working with trauma in coaching and Compassion in coaching. 


Bryony Rowntree, @BryonyRowntree
Accreditation Coach

Before coming to coaching, Bryony worked as a care worker, as a HLTA in a Pupil Referral Unit, gained a diploma in Antenatal Education and then worked with young families a Beechtree Steiner Initiative as the Safeguarding Lead and Parent and Child Group Leader.  She is now a Certified Professional Co-Active® Coach and has been coaching for two years.

Bryony coaches women around confidence, overwhelm and going well into their next chapter.  She also runs workshops at We Are Wellness in Leeds and for educational settings and other organisations on wellbeing and finding more connection and flow within the team.

Coaching people who do important work in society is of particular interest to her, as is recognising how parenthood adds so much value to what we can bring to our work.

Emma Sheppard
Founder and Qualifying Coach
Provence, France

Emma has 12 years’ experience as an English Teacher and Lead Practitioner.  She completed her Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with The Coaching Academy in 2022 and secured her ICF ACC in 2023. 

Emma coaches school leaders and new parents as part of her private practice, as well as for The MTPT Project.

Emma first encountered coaching as a Teach First NQT and benefitted hugely from ongoing coaching partnerships when she founded The MTPT Project and piloted The MTPT Project Accreditation over her two maternity leaves.

Faye Kilgour-Neves
Associate Coach

Faye has experience training educators in coaching skills, delivering coaching programmes to undergraduate students and facilitating workshops to support professionals develop their leadership skills. 

She is certified by the Co-Active Training Institute, has studied BSc (Hons) Psychology, and is currently a Trainee Mental Health Worker for the NHS. 

Malarvilie Krishnasamy, @MalCPD
Accreditation Coach
Valencia, Spain

Malarvilie worked for a number of years as a History Teacher and Senior Leader in London before moving to Dorset after her second maternity leave where she qualified as a coach and founded ‘MalCPD Education Consultancy and Coaching‘.  In 2018 Mal received her ILM Level 7 in Coaching and Mentoring and is now an ILM recognised provider.

Malarvilie is a WomenEd Regional Lead for the South East, hosting networking events and CoachMeets in Dorset and Hampshire, and coaches as part of the DfE’s coaching pledge.  She has been a long term supporter of The MTPT Project and has helped to shape our Accreditation offer and coaching policy.

Malarvilie also continues to be an active member of a number of History Teacher communities across the UK.

Laura Barker
Associate Coach

Laura holds ICF accredited diplomas in Personal Performance Coaching and Corporate and Executive Coaching from The Coaching Academy, as well as accreditation in DISC personality profiling. 

In addition to her coaching work, Laura is Head of Talent Development working with a range of organisations to design and deliver their learning and development and recruitment strategies. 

She has a particular interest in using coaching to promote inclusivity and has a specialism in neurodiversity coaching, including all forms of mental health.

Associate Coaches

Our Associate Coaches have a longstanding relationship with The MTPT Project, coaching one or two pro-bono clients when their schedules allow or taking on pro-bono coaching clients as part of their formal coaching qualifications.

Samantha Chesler
Associate Coach

Samantha studied Law and Art History at UCL followed by a B.Ed. at Mcgill University. She is a CTI certified coach, a STRIDE and DISC trained Mentor and has worked in education as a head of department, teacher, coach and mentor in many international schools.

She has training in emotion coaching with the Gottman Institute, in Positive Intelligence with Shirzad Chamine, Breakthrough Coaching with Marcia Reynolds and The Power of Embodied Transformation with Coaches Rising.

A mother of two, Samantha supports The MTPT Project’s coaching team when we need additional pro-bono capacity. 

George McMillan
Associate Coach

George is an Executive Principal for the Harris Federation, a National Leader of Education (NLE), Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and as part of his role in the Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance, he trains staff on the NPQ programmes. 

George is also trained in Time to Think (Nancy Kline) and is an accredited ORSC (Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching) facilitator.

As a father of three, George is a big believer in finding the balance between the different parts of our lives and living each one of them well.  He supports The MTPT Project’s coaching team when they need additional pro-bono capacity.