Our People

Our staff and extended network of educational experts are creative, innovative and passionate about delivering learning initiatives that produce the tangible results you want to achieve.

We are experts in both the formal and informal education sectors. We also have a deep understanding of how young people learn and the roles and links between teachers, parents and schools.

Alex Haworth Junior Digital Project Manager
I help manage exciting digital projects that provide young people with fun and innovative tools to inspire learning and development

Contact Information

020 3194 4347


Alex Haworth

Junior Digital Project Manager

Alex joined National Schools Partnership in November 2015 as a Junior Digital Project Manager and is currently sinking her teeth into complex digital projects such as BT Barefoot, which focuses on providing teachers with the skills and support they need to be able to teach computer science in schools.

Alex graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2010 with a first class joint honours degree in Film Studies and English Literature. Since then she has worked for several digital agencies, working on a range of things from eLearning programmes for Castrol to online marketing campaigns for a satellite broadband company!

Outside of work, she enjoys travel, skiing, watching films, singing and teaching a regular exercise class – Jazzercise!

Her favourite teacher was David Jacques who taught her English Literature at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge; an eccentric and enthusiastic lover of language, he made The Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare exciting and relevant to a bunch of 21st Century teenagers, and inspired her to study English Literature at University.

Alex Young Managing Director
I help to ensure excellence in everything we do - by working collaboratively with clients and teachers, looking after our great people, and only settling for the best work

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020 3194 4349


Alex Young

Managing Director

Alex is our Managing Director, responsible for future business strategies, business development, and streamlining processes to ensure we continue to create excellent and inspiring programmes. He has over 20 years of management and marketing experience, previously MD at creative and direct marketing agencies like HeyHuman, Billington Cartmell and WPP’s Red Cell network. Alex has worked closely with many fantastic clients including Sony Mobile, GSK, Suntory, Unilever, Mars, Morrisons, Orange/EE, Glyndebourne, Hewlett-Packard, Sky, Comic Relief and Diageo.

When he is not at work, Alex is with his family – whether that’s watching his son play football on Saturday mornings, helping his daughter with her guitar practice, or going crazy together on the trampoline in the garden.

Alex’s favourite teacher at school was his English teacher Miss Crosland, who opened his eyes to the creative possibilities that language provides, and who saw the potential and encouraged him greatly during those teenage years!

Anna Brocklehurst Account Director
I help clients implement learning programmes in Scotland and Northern Ireland

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0131 557 1547


Anna Brocklehurst

Account Director

Anna joined National Schools Partnership as an Account Director in 2010. In her time at National Schools Partnership Anna has managed projects for Sky, the Seafish Industry Authority, the V&A Dundee, Danone and L’Oreal.

Anna is based in Edinburgh and heads up our Scottish office working also on our programme with Into Film, a major feature of the new British Film Institute (BFI) 5-19 Education scheme, and on projects in Scottish schools and communities.

Anna combines extensive education experience with marketing knowledge having previously led Corporate Communications for the Department for Education, taught English in China and managed education and health campaigns across the UK for the Central Office of Information. Anna is passionate about learning programmes focused on changing behaviour.

Anna has a degree in History from the University of Edinburgh. Any spare time is consumed by two young boys and listening to her husband talk about life as a teacher.

Anna’s favourite teacher at school was Mr Casey, who inspired a love of history and a need to question!

Ashleigh Cheah-Lord Senior Account Director
I helped launch the first National Youth Film Festival

Contact Information

020 7198 8374


Ashleigh Cheah-Lord

Senior Account Director

Ash joined National Schools Partnership in November 2011 and has over 10 years’ experience in marketing, communications and events – primarily within the education sector.

In her time at National Schools Partnership she has delivered strategically-driven and engaging education focussed programmes for a range of audiences including primary and secondary schools, higher education, teachers, parents and the wider community.

She has successfully delivered these programmes for clients including British Sky Broadcasting, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Pathe, The Skills Show, E.ON, Birds Eye, the City of London, Colgate, The Mushroom Bureau, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and UK Engineering.

In 2013, Ash launched the first youth film festival for film and education charity, Into Film. With over 370,000 attendees in 2014, this event is the largest of its kind in the UK and is major feature of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) 5-19 Education scheme.

Her favourite class at school was Geography with Mr Bart. His passion and knowledge of the world inspired Ash to embark on her own adventures.

Bekka Starkey Jones Senior Communications Executive
I help our clients communicate effectively with a wide network of teachers and schools

Contact Information

020 3194 4207


Bekka Starkey Jones

Senior Communications Executive

Bekka joined National Schools Partnership in May 2015 as a Communications Assistant, getting stuck in with The Skills Show and Children in Need campaigns. She became a Senior Communications Executive in July 2015 and is enjoying getting involved in recruiting more teachers and schools across a wide variety of campaigns. Bekka is particularly keen to help National Schools Partnership develop their partnerships with other educational bodies.

After finishing school, Bekka studied Biomedical Sciences and then Law. She worked in the legal sphere for over half a decade before deciding to make the move into the world of marketing. Her passions are eating and travelling and she is also quite excited about buying her own home and hopefully getting another dog soon.

Bekka loved all subjects and her teachers at school. If truth be told, she was a voracious reader and a “bit of a geek” but could never quite obtain teacher’s pet status because she chatted too much!

Belinda Surjadi Group Account Director
I helped Sky create an inspirational life skills programme, raising aspirations for over 10,000 young people

Contact Information

020 7198 8421


Belinda Surjadi

Group Account Director

Belinda joined National Schools Partnership in 2011 and has since overseen the development and execution of number of high profile and innovative education initiatives for clients including Sky, BBC Children in Need and Business in The Community. As Group Account Director, Belinda oversees three account management teams supporting all aspects of programme development from strategy and planning through to delivery. With a particular focus on client servicing, quality of output, processes and operations.

Previously, Belinda spent three years at The Lounge Group – a youth marketing agency providing a range of communication solutions for high profile brands such as Samsung and Alliance and Leicester. She also worked as an Account Manager for BEcause Brand Experience producing engaging and creative brand experiences.

Outside work Belinda has lots of interests including music, theatre and art; however her main passion lies in travelling. She has travelled extensively around South East Asia and is always looking for a new adventure.

Her favourite teacher was Mrs Jones who taught her GCSE Art and opened her mind to the arts.

Beth Marshall People and HR Assistant
I help ensure that my colleagues get relevant and up-to-date training

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020 7198 8340


Beth Marshall

People and HR Assistant

Initially working as the Office Manager and PA to Mark Fawcett, Beth has since moved on to work within the People & HR area of the business. She currently assists in the recruitment of exceptional individuals to join the team as well ensuring that all employees receive relevant training.

Prior to joining National Schools Partnership Beth trained as a Make-up Artist and had a career in retail management working for the likes of Bobbi Brown and SpaceNK. It’s in this industry that she fine-tuned her diplomacy and people skills.

When not working, Beth spends her time keeping active and can usually be found at the gym, running by the river or taking Barre and yoga classes.

Beth’s favourite teacher at school was her form tutor Miss Kouja, whose door was always open.

Caroline Faithfull Account Director
I help Great Western Railway develop pupil’s STEM skills through digital games and interactive resources

Contact Information

020 7198 8419


Caroline Faithfull

Account Director

Caroline manages innovative education programmes from strategic development through to delivery and execution, ensuring they are educationally robust and engaging for pupils. She oversees an account team working across clients such as Great Western Railway, P&G and Bonne Maman.

Before joining National Schools Partnership Caroline worked at a number of marketing agencies, across UK and global clients. She has led large, integrated projects, involving multiple channels and partners, and managing the process from consumer research through to delivery. Previous clients include P&G, McVitie’s, Recycle Now, Tesco and Clipper Tea.

Caroline comes from a family of teachers and has always had an interest in education. In 2013 she ran a half marathon to raise money for Place2Be, a charity that provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools. Other interests include baking, travelling and she’s currently learning French.

Charlotte Hamilton Senior Designer
I help our clients deliver impactful and inspiring campaigns

Contact Information

020 7198 8374


Charlotte Hamilton

Senior Designer

Charlotte joined National Schools Partnership as a Senior Designer in September 2016. She is responsible for delivering effective, exciting project design work across a variety of clients and campaigns.

She has a graphic and product design background spanning a wide range of industries, and has designed award-winning products under licenses such as Peppa Pig and Thomas & Friends.

Charlotte holds a degree in Graphic & Spatial Design from University of the Arts London. Outside of work she enjoys live music, going to the cinema and watching football, as well as being an avid reader.

Her favourite teacher was Ms. Quant who brought a great deal of energy and passion to every A Level English Literature lesson.


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Chrischar Rock Associate
I help develop exciting Citizenship initiatives
Chrischar Rock

Chrischar Rock


Chrischar Rock is a Citizenship specialist with extensive teaching experience in the UK, South Africa and India.

She has consulted and advised on numerous curriculum development projects at KS3 -KS5 level. She has developed and managed educational initiatives within schools and at local authority level.

Chrischar  is an examinations moderator for AQA (Assessment & Qualifications Alliance) and holds a Masters degree in Education and International Development. Chrischar is currently Head of Citizenship at an inner-city London school.

Christina You Inspirational Learning Manager
I help to develop inspirational learning programmes to engage students and their teachers

Contact Information

020 7198 8362


Christina You

Inspirational Learning Manager

A former university lecturer and primary school teacher, Christina has been writing educational resources for nearly a decade. As Account Manager for two education-focused creative agencies, she conceptualised and wrote award-winning educational programmes for clients such as BP, Google, Nationwide, National Grid and NSPCC. She is also a regular author for global education publisher Scholastic Ltd.

In her role as Inspirational Learning Manager at National Schools Partnership, Christina develops and writes the content for our innovative educational programmes.

Outside work, Christina indulges her lifelong love of learning through travel, theatre, art galleries and museums.

Her favourite teacher was Mr Johnson, who fed her passion for literature by introducing her to the windswept moors of ‘Wuthering Heights’ and the raging cataracts of ‘King Lear’.

Christine Rankin Account Executive
I help companies based in Scotland create campaigns to engage with and inspire young people

Contact Information

0131 557 1547


Christine Rankin

Account Executive

Christine joined NSP in October 2015 in the Edinburgh office and works on financial education programmes for young people.

She studied International Business in Glasgow, and MSc International Development in Edinburgh, with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility. Outside of work Christine enjoys travelling, skiing, tennis and long-distance running.

Christine’s favourite teacher at school was Maths teacher Mr McKinnon, who helped her surpass expectations, with the added bonus of monthly film reviews accompanied by his guitar!


Claire Smith Inspirational Learning Manager
I help create innovative educational and careers focused resources for a range of clients

Claire Smith

Inspirational Learning Manager

Claire has worked as a teacher and Careers and Employability Coordinator in inner city schools for the past 12 years before becoming an associate for National Schools Partnership in 2014. She uses her extensive experience of planning and delivering an outstanding CEIAG strategy and programme to advise National Schools Partnership on effective delivery of careers programmes in school settings.

Claire joined us as Education Content Writer in 2015, helping to create inspirational educational resources which aim to increase employee volunteering in schools and engage young people and their families.

At school, Claire’s love for literature was sparked by her favourite teacher Mrs Osbourne, who showed that enthusiasm and passion for a subject can bring it alive.

David Rogers
David Rogers Associate
I help design creative and exciting approaches to learning
David Rogers

David Rogers


David is an Assistant Headteacher, author and geographer, specialising in innovative and creative approaches to learning.  He has been teaching for almost ten years and in that time has developed mobile device policies and developed outdoor educational experiences that blend traditional skills and technology.  He once found that using chalk was more dangerous than banned mobile phones.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Chartered Geographer and a member of the Royal Geographical Society’s Education Committee.  In 2013, he was recognised by the Society with the Ordnance Survey award for excellence in geography teaching. David’s is also a Microsoft Expert Educator, a Google Certified Teacher and his online resources have won awards from the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers and the Geographical Association.

Francesca Sacchetti Junior Graphic Designer
I help our clients deliver impactful, creative campaigns

Contact Information

020 7198 8307


Francesca Sacchetti

Junior Graphic Designer

Francesca joined National Schools Partnership as a Designer in September 2015. She studied at ISIA of Florence where she gained a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design and a Masters Degree in Product Design.

Francesca is part of the creative team and works across a host of projects, including Disney, 20th Century Fox and Into Film, designing for both web and print.

Francesca’s favourite teacher was Prof. Maurizio Beltrami, her high school Interior Design teacher, his enthusiasm and passion for the design process inspired her to pursue her current career.

Away from work Francesca enjoys musicals and live music in general. She also loves shopping and socialising with friends over a pint of beer

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Gary Forrest Associate
I help National Schools Partnership clients develop young people’s employability skills
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Gary Forrest


Gary is an expert in curriculum development and widely regarded as a key national figure in careers and work-related learning, employability and education-business links. He has worked with government ministers and officials, contributing to the development of national policy and guidance for schools and colleges.

For nine years Gary was a strategic manager at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, during which time he was at the heart of the 14-19 reform programme and the development of the National Curriculum.

Having started his career as a teacher, he worked for the Careers Research and Advisory Centre before being appointed regional director at the University of Warwick’s Centre for Education and Industry (CEI). Later he worked for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust providing strategic advice to schools on community and employer engagement.

Gemma Quickfall Events Assistant
I help to educate and inspire young people through the art of film

Contact Information

020 7198 8343


Gemma Quickfall

Events Assistant

After gaining over 10 years of experience in the commercial events industry, Gemma joined National Schools Partnership in June 2015, primarily working on the Into Film Festival. She is enjoying being a part of the team that provides access to thousands of free cinema screenings that support young people’s learning across the country, and hopes to contribute to an even more successful second year of the festival.

Outside the office, Gemma can be found exploring both real and fictional new worlds through travelling the globe, being awed by cinema or cosying up with a good book and a cup of tea.

Her favourite teacher at school was Mr Hudson who made maths fun. His ‘if in doubt, draw it out’ mantra, resulted in many crazy drawings of stick men with ladders and pieces of tasty looking pie. Mr Hudson actually wanted to be artist.

Georgie Drake Festival Manager
I help to inspire young people watch, make and understand film

Contact Information

020 3194 4337


Georgie Drake

Festival Manager

Georgie joined National Schools Partnership in 2015 as the new Festival Manager. She and the team work alongside partner organisation, Into Film, to deliver the annual Into Film Festival – the world’s largest free film and education event for 5 – 19 year olds.

With over 8 years’ event management experience and a passion for film, Georgie is excited to join the team and not only combine that passion with her work, but deliver a project that has a strong social purpose.

Alongside film, she loves to read, spend time with friends and travel as often as possible. She took some time out to travel the world and felt the Inca Trail and Mt. Kilimanjaro treks were particular highlights, inspiring her to find new challenges each year – next up is a half marathon.

Her favourite teacher at school was Mrs Cunningham who taught her English and Drama. She drove her to work hard and inspired her love of the creative arts.

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Gloria Sayer Associate
I help organisations develop young people's financial literacy skills
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Gloria Sayer


Gloria Sayer is a freelance education consultant who specialises in work-related enterprise learning and financial capability.

For eleven years Gloria has worked with a range of education and employability organisations and worked with senior leaders and teachers in both primary and secondary schools. Gloria has extensive experience in the professional development of teachers, writing resources, case studies and good practice guides and also has European experience, having worked in Romania to develop vocational education.

Gloria’s early professional career was as a teacher of drama and english in the secondary sector, she then moved into the education business partnership field where she developed projects involving schools, colleges and employers at local and national level.

As a volunteer Gloria returns to her first love and professional qualification – drama and performance arts, working with local communities and all ages.

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Jane Bower Associate
I help inspire young people through the arts
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Jane Bower


Jane Bower has over thirty years’ experience in the KS1/2 classroom, and is an advisor in art, drama, dance and creative writing.

She works with children and staff in primary schools throughout the UK and abroad, in museums and as a tutor at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education. She is the author of several books for primary teachers, a regular writer for educational magazines, and has worked on a number of projects for National Schools Partnership. Her specialism is bringing the curriculum alive through the arts in innovative, unusual and exciting ways.

Jane also works as an artist in schools. Her pupils’ artwork has won several national awards. She has been a professional actress since 1999 and performs her own one-woman presentations. Passions include food history, voracious novel-reading, theatre, choral singing, wordplay, clay and textiles.

Jo Holloway Film Education Content Manager
I help to produce engaging learning resources so young people can learn through film

Contact Information

0203 198 8342


Jo Holloway

Film Education Content Manager

Jo joined National Schools Partnership in 2016 as Film Education Content Manager. She works on the Into Film account to produce high quality, inspirational learning resources to engage and challenge young people to learn through film.

Previously Jo was a History teacher and Head of Humanities at inner-London secondary schools. In her last teaching job she was responsible for implementing the REAL Projects curriculum, which is a cross-curricular, project-based learning pedagogy. This was really innovative and gave her opportunities to complete some really interesting projects with her students such as publishing a book and making a terrarium.

Jo graduated with a BA in History from Queen Mary University. Following this she spent six months travelling around south-east Asia and Australia. Last year, Jo went back to university and began studying part time for a master’s degree in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, running, writing and reading.

Jo’s favourite teacher at school was Mr Mountstevens, her history teacher at A-Level. He taught incredibly engaging lessons and inspired her to study History at university.

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Joy Neal Associate
I help teach young people and their families to cook healthy food from scratch
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Joy Neal


Joy trained as a primary school teacher and taught in the Borough of Lewisham for three years. Having cooked professionally and as a hobby for many years she developed a passion for food. In 2005 she combined her two passions for teaching and cooking by starting a children’s cookery business, working with Southwark, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets as well as a number of independent schools. Joy has planned and delivered fun, educational cookery classes in schools, trained teachers, and helped schools set up cookery clubs all around London and the south east.

Joy recently launched a cookery school and cookshop in London which offers cookery courses for both adults and children in a purpose built space.

Katie Starkey Jones Account Manager
I help Procter & Gamble deliver confidence boosting, educational resources to guide students through puberty

Contact Information

020 3194 4219


Katie Starkey Jones

Account Manager

Katie started as Office Manager and PA to the CEO at the start of 2015, in this role she loved motivating people about themed company events such as the Hawaiian summer party. Katie has now moved over into the Accounts Management team as an Account Executive supporting the delivery of campaigns for Procter & Gamble, Bonne Maman and ALCS.

Katie spent her secondary school years in the South of France, close to the mountains and beaches. She loved spending her youth in France and enjoyed snowboarding, eating and riding around on her little motorbike – and school of course. She found studying WW2 in history lessons very interesting and has watched many a war film (both in English and French).

Since moving back to the UK in 2013 she completed her degree in Marketing and French at the University of Buckingham with first class honours. With this she gained the self-acclaimed title of ‘genius’ within her family much to her elder sisters’ dismay. She has the jumper to back this up which she loves to wear in the office.

Kaye Adams Communications Executive
I help The Skills Show communicate to thousands of school and college students about career opportunities

Contact Information

020 7198 8420


Kaye Adams

Communications Executive

Kaye joined the Communications team at National Schools Partnership where she assists in all communications across campaigns; BBC Children in Need, The Skills Show and Dettol Health Planet.

Kaye has a background in social media and content management and enjoys keeping up-to-date with the digital world.

Kaye comes from New Zealand and enjoys travelling, Christmas time and of course, the All Blacks.

Her favourite teacher at school was Ms Picard who inspired her leadership skills to become captain her school netball team.

Keira Sewell
Keira Sewell Associate
I help inspire teachers and young people through science and IT
Keira Sewell

Keira Sewell


Keira has over 25 years’ experience of teaching science in the primary, foundation stage and secondary sector and training teachers. She has been influential in the development of the now well established PGCE at Masters level, and is published in international journals, books and online articles on a variety of subjects from science education to educational philosophy. She has also appeared on Teachers TV on the subject of science and ICT.

Keira is also an external examiner and external expert on validation panels to a number of prestigious universities including Cambridge.

She has worked as a consultant for a number of companies wishing to develop their educational offer including Rolls Royce, GoApe!, British Nuclear Group, and the National Science Learning Centre.

She has been a member of the Association of Science Education since 1989 and is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Kirsty MacLeod Account Director
I help clients bring learning to life and inspire children and young people

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013 15571547


Kirsty MacLeod

Account Director

Kirsty started working at National Schools Partnership in 2015 and works in the Edinburgh office. She works on the financial education programme, MoneySense. MoneySense is a free financial education programme that aims to help 5-18 year-olds in the UK and Republic of Ireland towards a better financial future. Having been a teacher herself in London, she is very aware of the importance of real and relevant learning for children and young people.

She has worked with a number of educational projects over the last 10 years and has worked on education projects for both the Department for Education and for the Scottish Government. Having lived in London for 10 years, she is enjoying being back in Edinburgh and is looking forward to helping clients in Scotland deliver inspirational learning across the UK.

Kirsty’s favourite teacher at school was Dr Scott, her history teacher who awakened her love of social history which she then studied at University.

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Liz Reece Associate
I help to develop career management skills, knowledge and understanding
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Liz Reece


Liz qualified as a careers adviser in the 1980s. A registered member of the Career Development Institute, she has an excellent reputation for her guidance work with individuals and for her work developing careers education programmes with schools and colleges.

Liz trains staff from around the world, has contributed to national and international advisory groups and has written a range of materials, for example, for UCAS, for national careers publishers and for bespoke clients. Liz worked with Warwick University’s National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth to research and develop materials supporting career management.  She has spent nearly 20 years directly involved in development, delivery and assessments for Career Mark.

Having spent a third of her career based in a school or college, Liz has direct experience of the challenges and rewards of developing careers education and guidance programmes.  In 2013 Liz won a national careers education award and her careers department has received ‘outstanding’ in two inspections.

Louise Bell
Louise Bell Associate
I help to create dynamic and engaging learning resources for young people
Louise Bell

Louise Bell


Louise is a highly experienced writer and editor. She produces all kinds of print and online materials, from lively and engaging learning resources to magazines to case studies to annual reports, for clients that include blue-chip global corporations, leading universities, high profile consumer brands and government departments.

Before setting up her own small communications agency, Louise worked for a number of years as a senior editor at the Central Office of Information, helping shape key government communications initiatives. She also spent several years working on a freelance basis for the Training and Development Agency for Schools and the Department for Education. She has a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds.

Louise Weisbloom Head of Communications
I help our clients communicate effectively with a wide network of teachers and schools

Contact Information

020 7198 8418


Louise Weisbloom

Head of Communications

Louise has over fifteen years’ experience in the world of marketing, the last seven of which have been spent at National Schools Partnership.  As Head of Engagement, Louise has cultivated strong relationships with schools and has built up an extensive education database which provides the foundations for all National Schools Partnership campaigns.

Louise is a mum to two boys and is very active as PTA Co-Chair at her children’s primary school. In any free time she likes to ride across Clapham Common and enjoy a glass of wine in the garden.

Her favourite (not best) subject at school was maths and her favourite primary teacher was Mr Howell.

Luke Burley Account Director
I help Into Film create inspiring educational experiences through events, film clubs and digital channels

Contact Information

020 7198 8344


Luke Burley

Account Director

Luke joined National Schools Partnership in February 2016 as an Account Director and is currently working with Into Film, British Gas, The Skills Show and Twentieth Century Fox on their school engagement programmes.

Previously Luke was Account Director at TwoFour Digital, helping brands like Audi, Volkswagen, HSBC and Jaguar Land Rover to create engaging content led campaigns across film, events and social channels.

A radio control model car racing fanatic, Luke spends his time outside work with his wife and two small boys, or competing in competitions across the UK and Europe.

At school Luke’s favourite teacher was Mr Theobald. A larger than life teacher whose love of history means that Hampton Court and Richmond will always be places full of wonder for Luke.

Lynne Wood Strategy & Planning Director
I help our clients build strong strategies, based on robust insights and creativity

Lynne Wood

Strategy & Planning Director

Lynne joined National Schools Partnership in 2013 as Strategy and Planning Director.

She acts as senior strategic counsel to National Schools Partnership clients and oversees the Planning, Research, Creative and Communications departments. Lynne is passionate about young people and education and focuses on developing robust learning programmes.

Lynne was previously Head of Strategic Vision & Insight at Dairy Crest and specialises in marketing and strategic problem solving.

As well as nine years at Dairy Crest, Lynne has held senior roles at AMV BBDO and Nestlé.

Mairi McLeod
Mairi McLeod Associate
I help National Schools Partnership develop cross curricular creative resources for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
Mairi McLeod

Mairi McLeod


Mairi McLeod is a Community & Education Consultant.

Mairi has over 25 years’ experience in the education sector having taught in Scotland, England and overseas. She spent 16 years working as a community teacher supporting schools to develop and initiate strategic plans to engage parents, enrich the curriculum and involve the wider community in school life.

Mairi is passionate about the creative curriculum and out of the classroom education and works with a range of schools, charities and private sector organisations to plan and deliver engaging enrichment projects.  She is a keen public speaker and recently gave presentations on parental engagement and pupil premium to head teachers at conferences across England.  Mairi has a keen interest in sustainability and global citizenship and has supported a range of organisations including National Schools Partnership to develop resources in these areas.

When Mairi has free time, she loves to paint, read and spend time with her lovely daughters who amaze and inspire her on a daily basis.

Mark Fawcett Chief Executive
I help my colleagues deliver impact for our clients through Inspirational Learning

Contact Information

020 7198 8337


Mark Fawcett

Chief Executive

Mark Fawcett established National Schools Partnership in 2004.  Prior to that he was Managing Director of World Challenge, working with schools throughout the UK and USA on developing and running skills development programmes and overseas adventurous expeditions for schools and pupils.

Mark now focuses on developing education strategies and marketing campaigns for clients, working alongside all National Schools Partnership colleagues on inspirational learning programmes.  In addition he also focuses on further developing our consultancy and training services.  Mark has been a school governor for 12 years and is married with three young children.

His strongest school memories are two teachers who brought Shakespeare to life for him and who taught him to bowl a demon off-break.

Mark White Financial Director
I help our staff deliver projects on budget for our clients

Contact Information

020 7198 8346


Mark White

Financial Director

Mark joined National Schools Partnership in 2012 and is responsible for driving the commercial delivery of outstanding client servicing. He is helping to grow the business through the leadership and management of the financial, contractual, HR and legal functions of the company.

Prior to joining National Schools Partnership he was the UK Financial Director at Mediacom and has over 10 years’ experience at FD level for agencies spanning PR, Events and Digital Marketing.

Mark is married with two young boys who keep him occupied. In his spare time he is either running around after them or taking them to the next event in their packed diaries.

His favourite subject at school was maths, mainly because he found it so easy!

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Martin Grant-Hudson Associate
I help create focused and innovative learning platforms
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Martin Grant-Hudson


Martin has over thirty years experience in the creative industries and in teaching in both primary and secondary schools.

After working as a Creative Director in London, Martin moved into teaching Design and Technology, leading the subject at several London schools. He is a STEM coordinator and has written many DT resources, subject development guides and organised STEM initiatives between corporate business and schools. He has also founded a thriving Combined Cadet Force which enables state school students to gain valuable experience and vocational qualifications.

Apart from time with his family Martin enjoys singing second bass in a choir, scuba diving, playing drums and cycling, especially up and down steep European mountains.


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Mike Goodfellow Associate
I help develop enterprise and entrepreneurship projects in schools
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Mike Goodfellow


Mike Goodfellow has worked with a wide range of clients nationally and internationally advising, supporting or managing projects to promote schools’ community engagement and to develop enterprise/entrepreneurship education.

In the 1990s he was the National Director of the then government’s enterprise awareness in initial teacher education programme (EATE). In the years that followed he worked with governments in the UK, South Africa, Slovakia and Hungary to help introduce enterprise education into schools’ mainstream curriculum. From 2003-2008 he worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as their Head of Community Development with national responsibility for the development of the community dimension of the specialist schools programme.

Olivia Robson Moneysense Coordinator
I help coordinate volunteers for a financial education programme

Contact Information

0131 557 1547


Olivia Robson

Moneysense Coordinator

Olivia joined National Schools Partnership in November 2015 after graduating in July from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a first class honours degree in Marketing Management.

Her main responsibilities are liaising with teachers and volunteers, managing requests for and arranging workshops and keeping our database up-to-date and organised.

Away from work Olivia enjoys travelling, cooking, fashion and photography.

Her favourite teacher at school was her business management teacher, Mrs Arnott. She was really fun, approachable and definitely inspired an interest in marketing and learning more about the world of business.

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Paul Anderson Associate
I help bring innovation to technology and engineering education 
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Paul Anderson


Paul is an educational consultant and teacher, specialising in Design & Technology and Engineering. His role is to make technology and engineering education innovative, interesting and relevant to the real world.

He has more than ten years experience as a teacher. He has received national recognition for his teaching and resources, including  a Gatsby Fellowship and membership of the D&T Association Innovation Group. Before becoming a teacher, Paul had a highly successful career in the industry, rising to become a Director of a large multinational engineering company.

Paul is a Teacher Adviser to the IET, BBC and Attainment in Education and a senior examiner for two exam boards. He has written nine text books, over fifty multimedia resources and articles in the TES and D&T Practice.

Rachel Watson-Steward Senior Account Manager
I helped launch the Best.Assembly.Ever, raising money for Children in Need with Lloyds Bank

Contact Information

020 7198 8415


Rachel Watson-Steward

Senior Account Manager

Rachel joined National Schools Partnership as Senior Account Manager in August 2014 to help deliver BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Banking Group’s joint fundraising education programme into schools UK-wide. She has also helped develop a new primary transition event model for Business in the Community.

Rachel has an English Literature degree, a Masters in Print Journalism and her career spans the roles of magazine editor and marketing manager. Her experience crosses the live events production, music and education sectors, most recently helping to launch and develop education centre Backstage Academy and its degree programme.

Live music and events are also hobbies she pursues outside of work, along with visiting art galleries and the occasional snowboarding trip.

Her favourite teacher at school was psychology teacher Miss Pye who opened her eyes to the possibilities of the human mind.

Rick Instrell Associate
I help develop film education policy and materials

Rick Instrell


Rick is a Scotland-based educational consultant and CPD provider specialising in film and media education. He has degrees in physics, mathematics, education and mass communications. He has taught mathematics, computing and media studies in Scottish schools and been a leading Scottish advocate of media education since 1979.

He has worked with numerous different agencies including the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Education Scotland, Illumina Digital/Channel 4, Scottish Screen and National Schools Partnership on media education projects. His work on the development of educational resources for “Breaking the News” helped Illumina Digital win a Royal Television Society Education Award in 2007.

Rick is also website administrator for AMES (the Association for Media Education in Scotland), and writes regularly for AMES’s Media Education Journal.

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Sanjesh Sharma Associate
I help National Schools Partnership’s clients achieve results through digital learning
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Sanjesh Sharma


Sanjesh is a National Schools Partnership Associate and has over 17 years’ experience in education and ICT. His role is to help create innovative digital learning solutions for clients.

He is also the Founder and Director of New Ways to Learn.

His last in-school role was Assistant Principal at the flagship Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham. He now concentrates on bringing fresh and creative digital processes to schools, helping teachers use ICT to bring teaching and learning to life.

Sanjesh is a STEM Ambassador and experienced keynote speaker and workshop leader.

Shola Olaluwoye Accountant
I help all our suppliers to get paid on time

Contact Information

020 7198 8347


Shola Olaluwoye


Shola joined National Schools Partnership in May 2012 and has a degree in Accounting & Finance. Having recently completed professional accounting exams through ACCA and with experience in working with media companies such as Echo Location Ltd amongst others, he helps with the provision of accurate financial management information used for strategic management decisions.

When not working, Shola enjoys watching movies, reading and playing table tennis. His strongest memory of school is going on his first camping trip with his mates to Kent.

Simon Watt Associate
I help bring science to life for young people

Simon Watt


Simon is a biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter. He is committed to making information interesting and takes science-based performances into schools, museums and theatres.

Simon is MC/president for life of the “Ugly Animal Preservation Society”, which is a comedy night with a conservation twist.

He has written dozens of articles for national newspapers and websites including The Times, The Sunday Times and the Huffington Post. He is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.

Wendy Jones
Wendy Jones Associate
I help deliver successful education communications and PR
Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones


Wendy is a freelance journalist with a background in broadcasting and an interest in education policy. She was BBC Radio’s education correspondent for nine years and also worked as a reporter/presenter on the Today programme and a range of other Radio 4 and World Service programmes, as well as doing some TV reporting.

Wendy then became a ‘suit’ in order to understand how the BBC really worked, first as BBC Deputy Secretary working closely with the Director General and governors, then as BBC Learning’s head of policy & public affairs.

She is a founding trustee of National Numeracy, the charity she helped to launch in 2012 and whom she still advises on communications and media relations.

Will Moody Senior Marketing and Sales Executive
I help our clients understand the benefits of working with young people and schools 

Contact Information

020 7198 8333


Will Moody

Senior Marketing and Sales Executive

Will joined National Schools Partnership in July 2015. He is responsible for researching and generating new business leads and opportunities, and for delivering marketing activity, particularly PR and social media.

He brings a varied marketing background to the job having spent three years in PR at financial services agency, Lansons, before writing and producing travel deals for Travelzoo. Most recently Will could be found helping food and drink start-ups acquire new customers online.

Will holds a degree in American Studies from the University of Sheffield.

Outside of the office Will is an obsessive traveller and foodie, and spends his weekends sampling London’s latest street food delights.

His favourite teacher was Mr Pugach who taught him American history with a dry wit that kept him on his toes.