Meet the team
Meet the team behind Transition to Teach.
Melanie has worked with clients across public, private and not-for-profit sectors, delivering major education transformation programmes and professional services. She has significant experience in the UK and Middle East education systems and extensive knowledge of teacher development and school leadership. Previously, Mel has overseen similar programmes to recruit career-changers into teaching, and managed “Return to Teaching” programmes. She has also developed and delivered school leadership programmes, including the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL). Mel passionately believes that those with successful careers in other sectors have valuable experience and transferable skills to contribute to a new career in teaching.
Lisa is an accomplished senior programme manager with over 20 years experience in the education sector, both as a practitioner and senior programme manager, in public, private and not-for-profit organisations. This has involved working in partnership with a range of funders including the Department for Education, Education and Skills Funding Agency and Welsh Government. She was previously the National Programme Manager on a high-profile Government-funded teacher recruitment and retention programme, which saw her oversee the implementation of the entire programme. This involved collaboration with key sponsors such as IBM, Glaxo Smith Kline, KPMG, Astra Zeneca, BAE Systems and training providers.
Assistant Programme Manager
Rebecca has worked on multiple projects within the education sector involving the coordination of over 200 school reviews, national initiatives to promote the possibilities offered by Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects and the retraining of Further Education teachers to teach Maths and English. As part of the Transition to Teach team, Rebecca works closely with the Programme Manager and the recruitment and marketing teams to support career changers making the move into teaching.
Lead Guidance and Development Adviser
Nigel has 18 years of Secondary STEM teaching experience, teaching up to A level, with 16 of those years in leadership roles, including Head of Physics, Head of Science and Executive Head. He also has leadership experience as a Chair of Governors of a Primary school; has been an Examiner; and has trained and mentored trainee teachers and NQTs. Nigel leads the Guidance and Development Adviser team, while also supporting his own cohort of participants throughout both their training and NQT years.
Guidance and Development Adviser
Carolyn is a widely experienced Primary teacher with over 30 years in education, having enjoyed teaching in a variety of schools across all age ranges. She has substantial experience in leadership and management, as a senior teacher and assistant headteacher with English, KS1 and Early Years as specialisms. An experienced mentor and coach, she has had the privilege of nurturing students and NQT’s. Carolyn is delighted to be encouraging and supporting Transition to Teach participants to make a real difference to the lives and learning of pupils.
Guidance and Development Adviser
Michele has over 30 years’ experience gained from a variety of roles, also holding a PhD in Education. She has experience as a classroom teacher, school adviser, additional lead inspector for Ofsted and as a school inspector for the Ministry of Education in the UAE. Additionally, Michele runs her own independent consultancy practice working with a range of educational settings, supporting and developing both whole school improvement and individuals or smaller groups. As part of the Transition to Teach team, Michele works to support participants as they train to teach.
Guidance and Development Adviser
Jackie has over 30 years’ experience in education, both as a teacher and teacher educator. Jackie has worked in the secondary and further education sectors. The latter part of her career was spent in the University sector, largely working within initial and ongoing teacher education and development. She is an experienced mentor and coach, working with individuals both within teacher education and more widely in leadership and management roles. Jackie is also the Policy Adviser for the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers, an umbrella organisation supporting Universities and working in teacher education.
Pippa joined the Transition to Teach programme from a strong education background. She is a qualified English teacher who also worked as a PGCE subject mentor for the University of Manchester. Pippa has a wealth of experience supporting individuals through the UCAS application process and has a particular enthusiasm for helping career changers move into teaching. As a Recruitment Coordinator, Pippa helps programme participants find the most suitable ITT provider for them, advises on financial support, assists them throughout the UCAS application process and helps with interview preparation.
Hollie is a qualified Modern Foreign Languages teacher who has also spent time teaching English as a foreign language in Germany. She has joined the Transition to Teach team with a view of returning to teaching in the near future with support from the programme, as she has a zest for building and maintaining positive relationships with learners in the secondary classroom. As a Recruitment Coordinator, Hollie provides a range of support to career changers including advice on the different routes into teaching, support with identifying the most suitable ITT provider and assistance through the entire application process.
Assistant Guidance and Development Adviser
Jo has worked in education for over 15 years. She has recruited for schools and colleges, worked on school improvement programmes and projects, and is highly experienced in supporting individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to access and complete training. Prior to joining the education sector, she previously worked in recruitment and HR. Jo recognises the value that career changers can bring to education, with stories and experience that give life and meaning to the classroom, and encourage young people to link learning to future hopes and aspirations.
Lucy has joined the Transition to Teach programme as Project Coordinator. She supports all aspects of the programme, ensuring the programme reaches those with the potential to make fantastic teachers. With a background in digital marketing and events, Lucy is experienced in assisting with the deliverance of campaigns on a multinational level and is delighted to bring her skills to the education sector.
After gaining a First Class degree in Psychology and training as a primary teacher, she traded her class of Year 6 children for cohorts of adult learners when she became Head of ITT for a SCITT provider in Milton Keynes.
She sees teacher education as a continuum and, whilst her heart will always be very close to the initial stages of a teacher’s development, she is also dedicated to ensuring teachers are given access to high quality professional development throughout their careers.
Emma took up the role of Executive Director Designate of NASBTT in April 2017 and has been in the post of Executive Director since September 2017.
James Noble-Rogers is Executive Director of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), a membership organisation for universities involved in teacher education and education research. Prior to taking up this position in 2004, he was Head of Governance at the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) for four years. Before that he was, from 1987 to 2000, a civil servant in the Education Department (in its various guises) and the Teacher Training Agency.
James has an Honours degree in Humanities from Hatfield Polytechnic, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Nottingham and a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction from City University, London. He is an Honorary Fellow of Wolverhampton University and in 2015 was awarded an honorary master’s degree in Education from the University of Hertfordshire.
Julie is currently Director of Teaching School and SCITT at Ripley Teaching School, part of the Bay Learning Trust. She has led School Direct, SCITT and university PGCE programmes in the past 12 years. Before working on school-led programmes, she led secondary ITT at Edge Hill University.
Julie’s degree is in Psychology and she taught A level Psychology and KS3 Science previously. She is also now the Mental Health Leader for her multi-academy trust, perfectly combining her two passions, Psychology and Education.
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