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.

Catherine Lea, @MissLeaSays
Facebook/ Family Friendly Schools

Catherine shares the work of The MTPT Project by acting as Lancashire 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.

She also works with Emma and Frances on The MTPT Project’s Family Friendly Award and strategies.



Lucy Flower @MrsLFlower

As well as acting as our York Representative, Lucy manages the communication on our Twitter handle, The MTPT Project’s principle social media platform.  She especially steps in during busy periods and when other team members are on holiday.