About Us

Strategy Team


Made up of professionals from both the education, private and charitable sector, our strategists ensure that The MTPT Project is as impactful as possible.

Together with our Accreditation Coaches and Regional Representatives, our Strategy Team build partnerships with schools and private companies, and share the work of The MTPT Project via social media and online platforms.

Emma Sheppard, @Comment_Ed
Founder and London Regional Representative

Emma is the Founder of The MTPT Project and London Regional Representative.  She is addicted to the @maternityCPD Twitter handle and keeps on top of The MTPT Project’s social media presence.

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.

Emma has a daughter named Lucie, born in January 2018 and a toddler named Hugo.  Mostly, Hugo can be found crushing Lucie, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

Frances Ashton, @FKAEnglish
Family Friendly Schools

During her second maternity leave and when she returned to work, Frances blogged for The MTPT Project, focusing on her own CPD reflections and her work on creating family friendly school cultures.  As part of both her SLT and SLE role and her work for The MTPT Project, Frances continues to focus on how practical strategies can make teaching  a more sustainable profession for parents and positively impact teacher wellbeing and retention.

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 Assistant Head 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.

Lucy Braidley, @Lucy_Braidley
Press Officer

During her third parental leave, Lucy blogged for The MTPT Project as well as writing for the TES and TeachWire as part of her own professional development.  Now back in the classroom, Lucy continues to write on behalf of The MTPT Project and handle all of our media enquiries.

Following a career in Communications, 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.

Catherine Lea, @MissLeaSays

Catherine shares the work of The MTPT Project by acting as North West Representative and managing our Facebook Group, The MTPT Project – Connect! which provides a space for parent teachers to chat, promote linked organisations and events, celebrate each others’ successes and share parental leave CPD tips.




Charlotte Bell, @cslbell

As well as acting as our West Midlands Representative, Charlotte hosts our monthly #MTPTchat on Twitter, providing an online space for networking and collaboration on a variety of topics pertinent to The MTPT Project community.

Join us on the last Tuesday of every month between 8-9pm!

Angharad Salazar Llewellyn, @TheMumDiary
Brand Strategy Consultant

Currently on her second maternity leave, Angharad provides advice and coaching on our branding, website and social media strategy.

Passionate about supporting return-to-workers, she is the founder of The Flexwork Network, a series of events and a weekly newsletter to support flexible workers.

Angharad is also Editor of Pillow Magazine, a beauty, travel and parenting online publication, and a freelance Content Strategist, Social Media Consultant and journalist with over 15 years of experience.