The MTPT Project is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (registered charity number 1192218), governed by a Board of Trustees who ensure we adhere to our charitable objectives of advancing education for public benefit by maintaining high standards in teaching by ensuring the continued professional development of teachers during or on their return from parental leave, including assisting in the re-training of teachers who have taken a caring-related career break.

We are currently expanding our Board of Trustees and are particularly interested in recruiting candidates from diverse backgrounds, and with experience in finance, grant-funding applications, business and strategy.  If you are invested in the work of The MTPT Project and are interested in becoming a Trustee, please get in touch!

Jennifer Webb, @funkypedgagogy

Chair of Trustees

Jennier is an Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning in Wakefield, and author of Teach Like a Writer, How to Teach English Literature and The Metacognition Handbook.  

She is the mother to two boys and acted as The MTPT Project’s Leeds Advocate before we became a charity in 2020.

On her second maternity leave, Jennifer began running online CPD sessions (Funky Pedagogy) for English teachers, raising money for a variety of charities.

Lucy Rose, @luceassociation


Lucy is an English Teacher and former school leader in central London, and Teach First Ambassador.

She is mother to two children and connected with The MTPT Project when returning to the classroom in 2018 after a caring-related career break.

Lucy co-founded Flexible Teacher Talent in 2017 to support schools and teachers in embracing flexible working practices.

Bridget Clay, @bridget89ec


Bridget is Director of School Leadership at Teach First, previously Director of Schools Programmes at the Teacher Development Trust.

She trained as a Maths Teacher with Teach First in 2010, and co-authored Unleashing Great Teaching in 2018.  

Bridget has provided support in the design of The MTPT Project’s professional development coaching and programmes since 2016.

Emma Sheppard, @emma_au_soleil


Emma founded The MTPT Project when on maternity leave with her first child in 2016.  She is a Teach First ambassador and has 12 years experience as an English Teacher, Lead Practitioner and ITT Lead.

As Founder, Emma reports to the Board of Trustees.