Our team is made up of qualified and qualifying coaches who volunteer their time to The MTPT Project because they are so passionate about empowering parents to live fulfilling professional and personal lives.

As well as providing teachers with the space to articulate their goals and reflect upon their successes as part of the accreditation process, our coaches regularly appear at CoachMeets and networking events.  They all have their own private practices, focusing on a whole range of expertise from leadership to conflict management, mental health and young people, prisons, resilience, yoga and business performance.  Do explore their websites to see if any of their other work might be of interest to your networks.

As well as delivering our Accreditation, our coaches deliver programmes through their own businesses.  Sign up as a member to receive pro-bono offers, and discounts on their leadership, parenting and personal development courses.

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.

Charlotte Andrews, @Charlotte_Coach
Accreditation Coach

Charlotte has 13 years’ experience teaching secondary English in the UK and abroad. She first became interested in coaching and the ways that it could positively impact students, teachers and whole school cultures following a training course she attended as a teacher. In 2014, she trained to be a professional coach with The Coaching Academy alongside teaching English in Cambridge.  She now holds a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, and a Coaching in Education qualification.  

Following the birth of her little boy in 2017 and her daughter in 2019, Charlotte realised what a pivotal time maternity leave can be and she began using her coaching experience to support other women on maternity leave about what they want next for their families and careers, as well as becoming an accreditation coach for the MTPT Project.

Having completed her coaching qualification, she set up her coaching practice, which she now runs flexibly around looking after her children.

Chris Reddy @brightleadcoach
Accreditation Coach
North West

Chris has 15 year’s experience in secondary schools, working as a pastoral middle leader.  He currently works at Rochdale Sixth Form College as a Student Performance and Development Leader.

Chris is completing his Diploma in Personal Coaching and Coaching in Education Diploma with The Coaching Academy.  This builds on his former coaching experience with young people and educational professionals and his leadership development work with his own company, Bright Leaders.

Chris has two young sons and has recently been nominated for a North West Inspire 2020 #HeForShe Award.


Faye Kilgour-Neves
Associate Coach

Faye, otherwise known as the ‘what if’ coach, is deeply passionate about supporting people to connect to the ‘what if’ of life and to unlock their potential. Through a unique blend of coaching, psychological tools and human design, she works with her clients to improve their mental wellbeing, uncover their gifts and navigate change effectively.

Faye has worked in both the corporate and start-up world, as well as in academia and has experience training educators in coaching skills, delivering coaching programmes and facilitating leadership training. She is certified by the co-active training institute, has studied BSc (Hons) Psychology, and is a trained human design reader.

Faye is an avid learner and is always learning something new in the realms of psychology, performance or wellbeing.

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.

Assunta Cucca, @AssuCucca
Accreditation Coach

Assunta Cucca is a transformational coach, PCC ICF accredited, specialising in resilience and employee engagement. As well as coaching with The MTPT Project, she has her own coaching practice, Kokoro Consultancy, which focuses on helping people thrive in business and life by bringing back more humanity into the workplace.

Before Kokoro, she enjoyed a varied international 15 year career, spanning from journalism, competitive sports, teaching to human rights to employee engagement. 

Assunta has a holistic approach to coaching, combining positive psychology with a Thinking Environment base, and always offers a somatic angle as she is also a yoga teacher.

She lives in Greenwich with her husband and two sons.


Emma Sheppard
Founder and Qualifying Coach
Toulouse, France

Emma has 12 years’ experience as an English Teacher and Lead Practitioner.  She is completing her Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with The Coaching Academy, taking on pro-bono clients to complete her qualification.

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.

She began realising her 5 year dream of becoming a ‘real’ coach in 2020.

Krista Elledge
Accreditation Coach
South West France

Krista is an ex Primary Headteacher who left teaching to start her own coaching and consultation business, The You Partnership, in 2019.  A year earlier she started the process of retraining with the Co-active Training Institute where she gained the CPCC and then ACC coaching accreditation.

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!

Katie Friedman @katiefriedman8
Accreditation Coach

Katie is a former Deputy Headteacher and Future Leader (Cohort 17), now a qualified Leadership Coach and an Adult ADHD specialist coach. Katie is the Director of Gold Mind Neurodiversity Training for coaches, educators and leaders.  She discovered her own superpower of thinking strategically outside of the box  teaching languages and leading teaching and learning in schools.

Katie believes that parenting and leadership take many different forms and loves helping leaders find their own winning recipe, playing to their strengths.   She was diagnosed with ADHD aged 40 and discovered that her kids were neurodivergent while unsuccessfully home schooling them in lock down! 

As well as coaching with The MTPT Project, Katie coaches innovative school leaders and people exploring their different brain wiring (with or without a diagnosis) and acts as an Associate Coach for Genius Within.

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.


Sarah Tennant @sltennant
Accreditation Coach

Sarah has a background in business development, training and consultancy gained across publishing, not-for-profit and arts organisations.

She qualified as an Executive Coach in 2018, is accredited by the Association for Coaching (AC) and has established slt executive coaching, which specialises in parental leave, women returner, career transition and female leadership development coaching.

Sarah coaches senior management individuals from industry-leading organisations, in the City, not-for-profit and commercial organisations and wants to bring coaching, and all that it has to offer, to a wider audience.

Sarah is a strong advocate for flexible working environments that enable parents to balance work and family life. 

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.

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.

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 Accreditation Coaches when they need additional pro-bono capacity. 

Priya Kourtis @PriyaKourtis
Associate Coach
Abu Dhabi

Priya is a CIMA qualified accountant and has been working in Higher Education for most of her career.   After receiving coaching herself, she trained to be a professional coach in 2017.  Now, Priya splits her time between her finance role and coaching on the Graydin BE Remix programme to first year undergraduate students.  She is currently working towards her ILM Level 7 Coaching and Mentoring.

Priya joined The MTPT Project as an Associate Coach in 2020 following the birth of her little boy in 2018.  She supports the Accreditation coaching team when they need additional pro-bono capacity.

Naomi Ward, @Naomi7444
Associate Coach

Naomi has 14 years’ experience as a secondary English teacher, Head of English and Head of Faculty.  She was the Editor of the #teacher5aday Handbook and journal and is mother to three children.

After leaving teaching, she retrained as a professional coach and received her CPCC certification in 2018, founding Education Connected to work with teachers and students in schools.  She began coaching with The MTPT Project in 2018 and has created a number of powerful bitesize tutorials for The MTPT Project community.

Laura Barker
Associate Coach

Laura has a background in Business Management, specialising in the Occupational Health sector.

After the birth of her second child she set up a successful multi-sensory music business offering weekly classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and this deepened her passion for the wellbeing of new parents.

She is currently completing her Diplomas in Personal Performance Coaching and Corporate and Executive Coaching with The Coaching Academy.

Helen Barrett
Associate Coach

Experienced in teaching and school leadership, Helen is a well-respected coach and consultant in education, working with schools in the UK and internationally.

In 2018, she was awarded a Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring by the Institute of Leadership and Management and is currently studying for the Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with The Coaching Academy.

Katrina Batey
Associate Coach

Katrina has worked for nearly 20 years in primary schools, working as a part-time Deputy Head Teacher following maternity leave.

She is qualified in Mental Health First Aid and is currently completing her diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with The Coaching Academy, as well as a master’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health.

Her passion is using coaching to empower teachers to prioritise the wellbeing of themselves and their families.