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.

Ruth Jackson, @MrsJayMA
LOUGHBOROUGH

Ruth, a part time RE teacher and EPQ coordinator in a Catholic School in Leicestershire, represents The MTPT Project in the East Midlands.

She is a mum of two children aged 2 and 4.  Ruth has benefitted from the MTPT network and coffee mornings and is looking forward to supporting other parent teachers. 

Flo Keith @fmnorrel
READING AND BERKSHIRE

Flo is the Regional Representatives for Reading and Berkshire, hosting coffee mornings and building community in this region.

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.

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. 

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. 

Sherish Osman @sherish_o

WEST LONDON

Sherish represents the MTPT Project in West London and surrounding areas, connecting members of the MTPT Project. 

Sherish is a Lead Teacher, and teacher of English at a school in West London, but lives in Berkshire. She is currently on maternity leave with baby number two. She is mummy to Zayden (4), and Isaam (6 months), who was born just before the COVID-19 lockdown! 

Sherish trained as a teacher 9 years ago, and has since been HoD, 2 i/c, Lead Teacher, and mentor to SCITTs and NQTs. She has a passion for Teaching and Learning, and loves to share her passion with others.

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.

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.