About Us

Regional Representatives

Our energetic and welcoming Regional Representatives are all parent teachers with young families.  They host coffee mornings in family friendly cafes and sites of cultural and historical interest, and present at workshops and events across the UK.  They love their local areas and share CPD opportunities and school partnerships via Twitter and Facebook.  

Introduce yourself to them on Twitter, Facebook or when you see them at conferences and events, and enjoy the powerful network that they can provide! 

We are always keen to welcome new Regional Representatives into our team to help connect parent teachers across the UK.  If you think this role might be of interest to you whilst you are on parental leave, or on a medium to long term basis, get in contact with us.

Claire Nicholls, @bristol_teacher
BRISTOL

Claire represents The MTPT Project in the South West by presenting at Teach Meets, conferences, organising meet ups and connecting members of The MTPT Project community in her region.  She has a son, Cooper!

Claire is currently Deputy of Inclusion at a Bristol School and an SLE for SEN and Inclusion. She qualified as a Primary teacher in 2008 and has taught across Key Stages in mainstream and special education. She has continued her love of learning with a Masters in Education, National Award for SEN Coordination and the Teaching Leaders Programme. She is passionate about inclusion and equality, and an advocate for #WomenEd.

Charlotte Bell, @drcharlottebell
BIRMINGHAM

Charlotte represents The MTPT Project in the West Midlands connecting members of The MTPT Project, hosting coffee mornings and speaking on behalf of the project at various networking events.  She also hosts our monthly #MTPTchat as she embraces her new role as Mummy to little boy, Jack.

A Teach First ambassador, Charlotte 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.

Sara Warner, @masalledeclasse
MANCHESTER

Sara represents the MTPT project in Manchester by organising meet ups and connecting members of The MTPT Project community, whilst enjoying time with her son, Rory. 

Sara is Head of English faculty and leads English, Drama, Media, RE and MFL. She qualified as a French and German teacher in 2008 and has since worked in three secondary and their link primary schools. She has also coordinated and delivered provision for NQTs and RQTs and is an AQA examiner. 

Sara has completed a Masters in Education at Manchester University and Middle Leaders accreditation, where she concentrated on increasing uptake of languages at KS4 and 5. 

Elizabeth Cackett, @elizabeth_mus1c
CORNWALL

Elizabeth represents The MTPT Project in Cornwall, and also advocates for teachers who are taking a family-related career break.

After teaching for 10 years at secondary level, Elizabeth moved into further education as a Music and Creative Arts Lead.  She continued to work in London until the birth of her twins when she relocated to Cornwall with her family.

Elizabeth is currently taking a break from teaching and volunteering as a Governor at a local school.  She is using this time to prepare for a return to the classroom in her new location and is excited to build community amongst parent teachers.

Katherine Childs, @English_MrsC
DORSET
 

Katherine is a Head of English who lives in Dorset after relocating from London in 2015. She has two sons: Oliver, born in May 2014 and Ethan, born in December 2019.

She is currently on maternity leave, but will return to work full time in July. Her husband is a stay at home parent.
Katherine is active on Twitter and looks forwards to hosting coffee mornings in Dorset in our post-lockdown world. 

Kat Howard, @saysmiss
LEICESTER

Kat represents the MTPT Project in the East Midlands, connecting members of the MTPT Project, organising meet ups and speaking on behalf of the project at various networking events.

Coordinator of Litdrive, a collaborative shared resource used by English teachers around the world, Kat also recently secured the role of More and Most Able Coordinator at her school upon returning to work.

She has three sons: Noah, a self-sufficient, inquisitive and politically minded nine year old and Ted, currently in training for Baby that exists on least amount of sleep 2018 (undisputed 2017 champion) and Max, new small human, who arrived in 2018.

Gemma Campbell, @gemlcampbell
LLANDUDNO

Gemma  represents the MTPT project in North Wales by organising meet ups and connecting members of The MTPT Project community, whilst enjoying time with her daughter Charlotte and her son, Harry. 

Gemma is a flexi-working FE and HE Lecturer teaching English Literature and Media Studies at KS5 as well as lecturing on the PGCE/PCET programme. She qualified in 2006 and has worked in both the independent and state sector. Recently, Gemma was awarded Chartered Teacher status.

 

Jennifer Byrne, @jenrachaelbyrne
KENT

Jenny represents The MTPT Project in Kent by organising meet ups and connecting members of The MTPT Project community in this region.  She has a two and a half year old, Ted, who keeps her very entertained, and another baby boy on the way. 

She completed her teacher training through Teach First in London in 2009 and her MA in Education shortly afterwards.  She has taught in both the private and state sector and taken on both pastoral and subject leadership roles.  Jenny still teaches in South East London, but is now based in Kent.

 

Naomi Shenton, @mrs_shenton
IPSWICH

Naomi represents the MTPT Project in Suffolk, connecting members of the MTPT Project in the region and hosting coffee mornings.  Naomi is currently on maternity leave and is enjoying spending time with her daughters, three-year-old Eva and baby Josephine.

Naomi is an Assistant Principal and languages teacher in a secondary school. Most recently she has led on teaching and learning and staff development. A Teach First ‘08 Ambassador, Naomi has previously been Head of Faculty, Lead Practitioner and SLE.

Naomi loves CPD and has delivered sessions for a wide range of audiences including at Teach First events and at ResearchED Ipswich 

Tess Tweeddale, @mrstsixthform
HERTFORDSHIRE

Tess represents The MTPT Project in Hertfordshire, and often also attends London coffee mornings and events.  She works with our school partner, Alban TSA to connect parent-teachers in this region.

Tess completed her PGCE in 2010 and qualified with a MEd in Educational Research from Cambridge in 2012.  She has taught in three schools and held subject and pastoral lead roles.  She is currently Deputy Director of Sixth Form and an SLE with a Pastoral and Maths focus.

She returned full time after maternity leave with her daughter, Frances, who is now two and loves connecting with other teacher parents. 

Kim Cunningham, @organikcmummy
STIRLING

Kim represents the MTPT Project in the Stirling area of Scotland by organising meet ups and networking events to connect members of the MTPT Project community.

With more than 10 years teaching experience, she has taught in 3 schools across Early, First and Second Levels of Curriculum for Excellence. Training at the University of Dundee, Kim has worked as both a Support for Learning Teacher and, most recently, as a Class Teacher. 

Currently on maternity leave, she is enjoying spending time with her sons; 4-year-old Fraser and baby Leo. 

Lucy Flower, @MrsLFlower
YORK

Lucy is a Music and Maths teacher in Leeds and has recently returned from maternity leave with her little girl.

Formerly a senior leader, Lucy is now the Regional Representative for both WomenEd Yorkshire and Humber and The MTPT Project in York.

Lucy loves connecting with other teacher-parents and chatting all things babies, sleep and CPD.  She writes a popular blog at https://thehappyleader.wordpress.com 

Dianne Redman, @DianeRedman6 
WEST NORFOLK

Diane Redman is a Lead Teacher of English at the West Norfolk Academy Trust. She has been teaching for 9 years and has taught English, Media and  Drama. Diane trained at Nottingham University, before relocating to the countryside.

She is an expert examiner for Pearson (Edexcel) and writes for TES on SEN topics, based on her learning with her special needs daughter. She’s a mother of 2: a boy and a girl.

Diane represents The MTPT Project in West Norfolk by hosting coffee mornings and building community in and around King’s Lynn.

 

Haili Hughes, @HughesHaili
WEST YORKSHIRE

Haili is a mum of two – an 11 year old and an 11 month old. She teaches English in a secondary school in Saddleworth and is a Challenge Coordinator. Two weeks before giving birth to her second child, she finished a Masters degree and started a Doctorate while on maternity leave. She also writes a column for TES and has two books being published next year.

Haili represents The MTPT Project in West Yorkshire by organising coffee mornings and connecting members of The MTPT Project community in this region.  

Kate Williams, @Kate_Williams20
LIVERPOOL

Kate is an art and photography teacher based in Liverpool. She is a mum of two and currently pregnant with her third child. 

She is passionate about promoting well being and balanced working practices in education. She took part in the pilot of The MTPT Project Accreditation in 2017 and is looking forward to exploring new CPD opportunities in her coming maternity leave.

Kate will be hosting coffee mornings in Liverpool in 2020. 

Laura Rowlands, @tillyteacher
SOUTH HAMPSHIRE 

Laura represents the MTPT Project in south Hampshire, connecting members of the MTPT Project. 

Laura has recently returned from shared parental leave to her job as faculty leader of English in a small secondary school in Southampton, having previously worked in a range of schools around Hampshire. 

As the mother of two small sons juggling full time working, writing, and being a regional advocate for Litdrive, Laura is always looking for and often failing to find balance. She finds gin can help with this. 

Vicky Fox, @Vicky_Fox
NORTH YORKSHIRE

Vicky Fox is a proud feminist and teacher parent in North Yorkshire, working for Northern Star Academies Trust in Skipton and Harrogate. 

She works as the Director for English across the trust and has also worked as a project lead for the DfE’s Equality and Diversity project with Northern Lights Teaching Schools Alliance that aimed to narrow the gender pay gap in teaching and secure more female leadership positions in schools in the North.

Vicky has two children and represents The MTPT Project in the North West by hosting coffee mornings and developing DfE-funded projects for women and mothers.

Catherine Lea, @MissLeaSays
BLACKPOOL

Catherine represents The MTPT Project in Blackpool, Fylde, Preston and Lancaster, partnering with local schools and hosting coffee mornings in the North West.  She has two children: toddler Dylan and baby Seren.

Catherine completed her teacher training in Lancaster in 2008 and taught at primary level in London for nine years, leading year groups and subject areas.  She completed her NPQML with a focus on raising attainment in reading at the end of KS1 for pupil premium children.

In 2016 after her first maternity leave, Catherine became an SLE for Humanities and Curriculum Development, and a Deputy Head of School.

She returned to the North West in 2017, and has enjoyed working on improving parental engagement in her new school, and using continuous provision in KS1.

Lucy Hemsley, @CheltTeacher
GLOUCESTERSHIRE
 

Lucy is mum to two boys: pre-schooler Ernie and baby Roland. Currently on her second maternity leave, she is an Assistant Headteacher at a large secondary school, working four days a week.

Lucy teaches History and Politics and is passionate about CPD and teaching and learning.  She represents The MTPT Project by Tweeting about her maternity CPD and providing a strong visible role model for others within The MTPT Project community.

Lucy also hosts coffee mornings in Gloucestershire and online discussions popular with History teachers and senior leaders in The MTPT Project community. 

Ali Russell-Webb, @Ali_85
NORTH HAMPSHIRE

Ali trained as an English teacher at Portsmouth University in 2008, and since then has worked her way round most roles in an English Department – ALAN qualifications, Subject Leader and now Lead Practitioner.  With a tendency to be hanging around ‘outside the box’ and a passion for improving teaching and learning through research, this was the role that sat best.

Ali has two sons: soon to be three-year-old Finlay, for whom she is waiting for words to be invented to describe… in a good way, of course!  And soon-to-be one year old Brodie, the keen observer who is eating her out of house and home already.

Ali represents The MTPT Project in Hampshire, hosting coffee mornings and attending local conferences and networking events.

Flo Keith (right) @fmnorrel
Clare Rees (left) @ClareRees3
READING AND BERKSHIRE

Flo and Clare are co-Regional Representatives for Reading and Berkshire, jointly hosting coffee mornings and building community in this region.

Clare has been teaching for 15 years, and is currently Head of English in a Berkshire boarding school. She holds an MEd and an MA, and is particularly interested in active approaches to embedding Literacy Across the Curriculum.  Her career has taken a surprising route in the last year, as she is having a YA novel published – a project which started off as a creative writing strategy for encouraging students’ writing at GCSE (it worked!).  Clare is currently on maternity leave with her third child.

Flo has been teaching for 5 years and is currently an English Key Stage 4 Coordinator in a school in Berkshire. She is also a PGCE and NQT mentor, and was a Head of House before going on maternity leave.  She is deeply interested in developing teaching and learning, and loves creative writing.  She is currently on maternity leave with her first child and has begun her MTPT Project Accreditation whilst getting some long overdue reading done during her baby’s nap time!

Emma Sheppard, @Comment_Ed
LONDON

Emma represents The MTPT Project in London, hosting coffee mornings in both central and suburban locations.

After training through Teach First in Watford, she taught in the British International School, Vietnam, for two years before returning to the UK.  She now works in South London as an English Teacher and Lead Practitioner with responsibility for Beginner Teachers.

She has two children, Hugo and Lucie, who regularly accompany her to networking and CPD events around London.