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Meet the team

Meet the team behind Transition to Teach.

Our Staff

Melanie Sproston

Melanie Sproston

Programme Director

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 Dawson

Lisa Dawson

Programme Manager

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.

Rebecca Waring

Rebecca Waring

 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.

Jackie Moses

Jackie Moses

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 Shaw

Pippa Shaw

Recruitment Coordinator

Pippa joined the Transition to Teach programme from a strong education background. She is a qualified English teacher who worked as a PGCE subject mentor for the University of Manchester. Pippa has a wealth of experience helping sixth form students find university courses, complete their UCAS applications and apply for Student Finance. She plans on returning to the classroom within the next few years with support from the Transition to Teach programme. As a Recruitment Coordinator, Pippa provides a range of support which can include finding the most suitable ITT provider, advice on financial support and assistance through the entire application process.

Hollie Walker

Hollie Walker

Recruitment Coordinator

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.  

Jo Holland

Jo Holland

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 Buxton

Lucy Buxton

Project Coordinator

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. 

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Emma Hollis

Emma Hollis

Programme Adviser

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

James Noble-Rogers

Programme Adviser

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 Bostock

Julie Bostock

Programme Adviser

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.

Express your interest

Interested in making a career change? Register your interest with the Transition to Teach programme, and we will be in contact with further information for you.