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, Regional Representatives, and Diversity and Inclusion Team, 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 hovers over The MTPT Project’s social media presence like a helicopter parent.

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 son 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.

Claire Schnellmann

Claire Schnellmann started blogging for The MTPT Project during her first maternity leave, about her experience of volunteering with her daughter.  She is passionate about the opportunities which parents can take up with their children and seeks to promote and celebrate examples of voluntary and paid roles at Contributing with Children.

Claire taught Religious Education in secondary schools in the UK and has experience of primary teaching in Belgium.  She is a Teach First 2013 Ambassador and a Farmington Scholar.  She has one daughter, born in 2020, who therefore is well accustomed to zoom calls and face masks.


Kim Cunningham @organikcmummy and Sherish Osman @sherish_o

Stirling / Windsor

As well as acting as MTPT Project Regional Representatives, Kim and Sherish look after our Instagram page.

Sherish is a secondary English teacher and Lead practitioner, and mother to two boys.  She has worked closely with The MTPT Project since beginning her Accreditation in 2020, and also provides insight from the Muslim members of our community as part of her role in our Diversity and Inclusion team.

Kim is a primary teacher in Stirling, and also mother to two boys.  She has been supporting the work of The MTPT Project by hosting coffee mornings, managing the Instagram account and speaking as a guest on The Morning Break radio show.

Helen Costa @HelenAustin2013

English and ESOL teacher, Helen manages the communication on our Twitter handle, The MTPT Project’s principle social media platform.  She schedules our regular content, showcasing our work and opportunities, and retweets community members sharing via the #MTPTproject hashtag.