Advisory Group

April 2016 saw the first meeting of the College’s esteemed Advisory Group, comprised of twenty-nine individuals with outstanding achievement in teaching and the education sector, the group provides a network of advice and expertise to support the development of the College of Teaching.

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Find out more about each member of our Advisory Group below:


Melanie Aley

Headteacher at Milby Primary School.  Melanie became a National Leader of Education and her school became one of the first National Teaching Schools in England.  The school alliance has grown considerably and they now offer a wide range of CPD to 190 schools across Warwickshire.

Professor Sir Tim Brighouse

Former Chief Commissioner for Schools where he led the London Challenge.

Dame Sally Coates 

Director of Academies South for United Learning. Dame Sally was instrumental in leading Burlington Danes from special measures to an outstanding academy.

Professor Rob Coe

Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University. Before embarking on an academic career, Rob was a teacher of mathematics, with experience in a range of secondary schools and colleges.

Jon Coles

Chief Executive of United Learning and former Director General for Education Standards, Department for Education.

Sir Kevan Collins

CEO EEF.  Prior to this role, Sir Kevan led a distinguished career in education- starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets.

Eugene Dapper

Eugene is currently completing his PhD in Educational Leadership whilst working as a part time supply teacher. Eugene has over 10 years leadership experience, having been an Assistant Head Teacher at a special needs school for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in Camden and a Head of Year in a large mainstream secondary school in Newham.

Ben Driver

Secondary maths specialist and musician. Ben has worked at senior management level since 1996, currently on the Management Board at King’s College School, Wimbledon. He is also Chair of the Governing Board of a primary school in Twickenham.

Graham Goldup

Senior Assistant Headteacher, Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove. Graham was awarded the Ordnance Survey ‘Secondary Geography Teacher of the Year’ (2009) and is a Royal Geographical Society Chartered Geographer (C.Geog).

Alex Grady

SEN and literacy specialist and Chair of Governors. Alex has 23 years teaching experience covering the mainstream, specialist and private sectors.

Lucy Heller 

Chief Executive of ARK, a large multi-academy trust, which runs education and health programmes in the UK, Africa and India. Lucy joined ARK in 2004 from TSL Education where she was joint Managing Director.

Sue Hincks

Headmistress of the Girls’ Division of Bolton School, Sue oversees a co-educational Nursery, infant school, and all-girls’ junior and senior schools . As Chair of the Girls’ School Association Education Committee, Sue has a seat on the GSA Council and is a member of the GSA/ HMC Universities’ Committee.

Dame Sue John

Executive Director at Challenge Partners, Secondary Director of London Leadership Strategy and Chair of Trustees of the Brilliant Club. Formerly the headteacher of Lampton School, Dame Sue has held directorships at the DFE, Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders.

Kaisra Khan

Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator at The Kingsmead School in Derby. Kaisra has previously held the position of Community Cohesion Co-ordinator, focussing on widening access for young people to further and higher education and forging links with a variety of stakeholders. Kaisra has also held the position of Head of Science in three schools and a headship in another.

Kim Knappett

Key stage 3 science lead in a South London boys’ community school. Kim has taught science, mathematics, and nursery nursing in a variety of schools for 28 years and is currently the National President of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Anne Lyons

Headteacher, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School. Anne is the longest serving headteacher in Harrow and was elected to the national executive of NAHT two years ago.

Tim Oates

Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment. Tim  has advised the UK Government and jurisdictions around the world for many years on both practical issues of improvement, particularly assessment policy and transnational comparison of curriculum frameworks.

James O’Meara

Tenured Full Professor and Associate Dean, National Louis University (NLU); Chicago, President International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET); US Focal Point for the International Task force on Teachers for Education 2030. Before commencing his academic career James was a teacher of Physical Education, Science and Health in Australia, Greece and the US.

Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham Teaching School, co-author of Creating Learning without Limits, Member of the Royal Society Education Committee, Trustee of Teach First, the Open Futures Trust and the CIEA and Member of the Headteacher Board for the North West London and South Central Regional Schools Commissioner.

Lorne Pearcey

Teacher of Music and Computing at King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys’ School. Lorne has been chair of the federated governing body of Colmore Infant & Nursery and Colmore Junior Schools since 2013 and is a National Leader of Governance.  She is also a music examiner for Trinity College London.

Chris Pope

Co-Director of the Prince’s Teaching Institute, which led the commission that published the February 2014 College of Teaching blueprint. Chris was previously Vice President, Artists & Repertoire at the Decca Music Group.

Marva Rollins

Marva Rollins is in her 20th year of Headship and is in her 15th year as Headteacher of Raynham Primary (800+pupils), in Edmonton, North London. Marva has been one of the lead persons on two national programmes for BME teachers: Investing in Diversity and Equal Access to Promotion.

Dr. Jonathan Sharples

Senior Researcher at the Education Endowment Foundation. Jonathan is building networks with educational stakeholders across the sector to advance evidence-based policy and practice.

Michael Tidd

Deputy headteacher at Edgewood Primary School in Nottinghamshire, where he teaches a Y5/6 class as well as leading on writing, behaviour and curriculum across the school.

Wendy Tomes

 Executive Head Teacher of the Sidney Stringer Multi -Academy Trust in Coventry. Wendy is a National Leader of Education and an approved Pupil Premium reviewer. This is her second Headship having led her previous school out of special measures.

Carl Ward

Chief Executive of the City Learning Trust, a 3 to 19 partnership of schools currently covering approximately 6000 students. Carl is also the Executive Principal of Haywood Academy in Stoke-on-Trent.

David Weston 

CEO of the Teacher Development Trust.  David is a former maths and physics teacher and Chair of the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group.

Professor Dylan Wiliam

Professor Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London. In a varied career, he has taught in inner-city schools, served in a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of the School of Education, and from 2001 to 2003, was Assistant Principal of King’s College London. From 2003 to 2006, he was Senior Research Director at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. His scholarly work is focused on supporting teachers to realize the power of assessment to improve education.

Professor David Woods

Chair of the London Leadership Strategy and former Chief Adviser for London Schools and the London Challenge. Now an Education Consultant, David was the Chief Education Adviser for the City of Birmingham before joining the Department for Education as a Senior Education Adviser, subsequently becoming Head of the Department’s Advisory Service.