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Rebecca Waring

Rebecca Waring

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.  Rebecca has been a member of the Transition to Teach team since the start of the programme and passionately believes that those with successful careers in other sectors have valuable experience and transferable skills to contribute to a new career in teaching.

Seb Thorpe

Seb Thorpe

Assistant Programme Manager

Seb is a qualified teacher who has taught in mainstream primary schools and Further Education institutions. He has also worked on developing and delivering a range of programmes and curricula alongside various organisations. Seb has wide ranging knowledge of the education sector having regionally managed an Educational Charity, with experience in sales, marketing and management. As part of the Transition to Teach team, Seb works closely with the Programme Manager and the recruitment and marketing teams to support career changers making the move into teaching.

Nigel Bowen

Nigel Bowen

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.  

Carolyn Walker-Sharp

Carolyn Walker-Sharp

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.

Michele Crichton

Michele Crichton

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.  

Adrian Conway

Adrian Conway

Guidance and Development Adviser 

Adrian has been in education and teaching for over 30 years, 25 of which have been in leadership positions. Throughout his career he has worked at every level, from teaching to all levels of leadership, including Head of Department, Assistant Head and Senior Deputy Head. Adrian also works in a consultative capacity, supporting schools, teachers and leaders, and has coached staff from middle leaders to executive leaders running Multi-academy trusts. Adrian is pleased to be a part of the Transition to Teach team and to support participants throughout their teacher training. 

Stephen Henry

Stephen Henry

Guidance and Development Adviser

Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in education including senior roles across several schools in the north west of England. He has worked in maintained schools and an academy that serve diverse populations including some of the most deprived areas of the country. Stephen has extensive experience of coaching and developing middle and senior leaders and supporting trainee and early career teachers. Stephen has more recently moved into higher education working on ITT programmes and education undergraduate programmes.  Stephen is delighted to be part of the Transition to Teach team and to help support the next generation of teachers.

Jo Holland

Jo Holland

Employer Engagement Manager 

Jo has worked in employer engagement for over 25 years, across a number of education, employment and recruitment programmes. She has managed and led a number of key government initiatives to engage a wide range of organisations in the support of individuals undertaking education/training, seeking employment, or simply requiring a business mentor to offer encouragement and direction. From her many years’ experience working closely with employers across all sectors, she recognises the real 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.

Jamie Riley

Jamie Riley

Employer Engagement Officer

Jamie has worked in education and training for the past 9 years, primarily in the apprenticeship sector. He has extensive experience delivering advice and guidance in further education to students, developing employer relations to create new apprenticeships and guiding employers through changes in funding and levy criteria. As part of the Transition to Teach team, he engages directly with businesses to promote teaching as a viable and desirable option for staff looking to change careers. Jamie passionately believes that teaching is an exceptionally rewarding career with the capacity to make a real difference to the prospects of many.

 

Pippa Shaw

Pippa Shaw

Career Transition Adviser

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 Career Transition Adviser, Pippa builds relationships with employers to provide 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.

Hollie Jones

Hollie Jones

Career Transition Adviser

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 Career Transition Adviser, Hollie builds relationships with employers to provide 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.  

Katie Hillyer

Katie Hillyer

Career Transition Adviser

Katie has joined the Transition to Teach programme from a background in primary education. She is a qualified primary school teacher who also has experience of working with children with special educational needs. Katie has worked with children and young people for over 13 years and is keen to share her passion and knowledge of education with others. As a Career Transition Adviser, Katie builds relationships with employers to provide 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.  

Lucy Buxton

Lucy Buxton

Project Coordinator

Lucy has a background in multimedia marketing, and is experienced in utilising both digital and traditional channels to deliver campaigns from local to multinational levels. She supports all aspects of the programme, including marketing, retention and recruitment, and manages all aspects of campaign delivery, building relationships on both an organisational and individual level. Lucy is delighted to bring her skills to the education sector and ensure the Transition to Teach programme reaches those with the potential to make fantastic teachers.

Raina Roberts

Raina Roberts

Operations Support Officer

Raina comes from an established hospitality and recruitment background. This background has given her experience in building relationships with employers and hiring the right talent. She has been interested in education throughout her career and therefore when she first joined Cognition Education, working to help young adults experience education first-hand, she was thrilled to finally be able to put her passion into practice and share her love for education. As part of the Transition to Teach team, Raina supports the programme with recruitment, retention, employer engagement and marketing. 

Oliver Holliday-Smith

Oliver Holliday-Smith

Operations Support Officer

Oliver has a background in content creation and marketing. He has worked in digital media and radio before joining Transition to Teach. His skills are focused on graphics and social media content creation. Oliver has recently joined the Transition to Teach team to support recruitment.

Executive Panel

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

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

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.

Am I eligible?

Interested in making a career change? Transition to Teach is a free service funded by the Department for Education. We can support career changers who meet our eligibility criteria.