Julian’s career has encompassed work in the theatre, arts education, community development, economic regeneration and teaching. Since his appointment as CEO in May 2009, the charity has engaged in a number of new research and policy initiatives.
Julian is a passionate advocate of the benefits of investing in and focussing on the health and wellbeing of the education workforce. Julian often comments in the media on a range of issues affecting teacher wellbeing and writes a regular column in SecED.
Julian lives in Cambridge with his wife who is a psychotherapist, writer and educator. They have three amazing sons and a wonderful dog and cat.
As Company Secretary, Charlotte was excited to project manage our recent merger and governance transformation. Day-to-day Charlotte supports our CEO and Chair in managing Trustee and Committee business in order to facilitate effective decision making and ensures Education Support meets its statutory requirements.
Prior to joining us in April 2013 Charlotte worked in the music industry as an artist manager to a variety of Indie, Pop and Electronic acts. Charlotte has a BA Honours in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University.
When not working, Charlotte enjoys travelling, flea markets, learning new skills, and devouring podcasts, tea, music, books and cat videos.
Lynn and her team look after the thousands of dedicated supporters whose donations allow the charity to deliver its vital services to education staff. With a number of current and retired teachers as friends and family members, Lynn is hugely passionate about the help that Education Support provides and the difference it makes to those working in education.
Prior to joining Education Support Partnership, Lynn has led on fundraising for Stonewall (LGBT rights charity) and in product development / marketing for Barclaycard in a number of different countries.
Lynn is also a keen environmentalist, musician and animal-lover, having previously worked as a singer on a cruise ship!
Fran is part of the Business Development team and is responsible for developing the South West, with particular focus on the Bristol /Bath/South Gloucestershire areas. She was appointed in June 2015, following many years working in the education sector.
Fran comes from a teaching background, having taught in her native South Africa for many years. She is passionate about the wellbeing of others, and believes that a successful outcome for students is further enhanced by the wellbeing of staff in education.
She enjoys long walks along the beautiful South West and Welsh coast paths, and along canal towpaths in the Bath area where she lives.
Caroline promotes Education Support Partnership’s services in the South East of England. She has worked as a Training Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Marketing and Business Development Consultant. She co-wrote the book ‘Empower Yourself’ for women and ran professional and personal development programmes for women in education. She delivered negotiation skills for members of the National Association of Head Teachers. Caroline loves knowing that our work creates emotionally resilient leaders and staff and thriving work environments.
She really enjoys, seeing friends, dancing, reading historical novels and personal development books.
Carl is responsible for making decisions on over 1000 + grants applications a year. He ensures that all applicants to the grants fund are in receipt of all the benefits that are entitled to, then looks at how Ed Support can help.
He is also currently developing a range of services and resources around grants.
Carl has been involved in both the charitable and educational sectors for nearly 17 years. As a bit of a completist, he is attempting to own every copy of the Incredible Hulk ever published and once worked in a Kebab factory for 27 minutes.
Maggie is responsible for generating new business and looking after existing clients for the commercial side of the charity, working with schools and Local Authorities in the South, East and North Midlands, East Anglia, Yorkshire and the North East.
Maggie has worked with Ed Support for seven years and has a background working in staff health and wellbeing. A trained nurse, Maggie has a passion for supporting all staff in education.
Outside of work Maggie is a keen cook, loves walking in the countryside of her newly adopted home county of North Yorkshire and spending time with friends and family.
Rachel has been with the Education Support Partnership since July 2015 initially to provide our PR function and later working in a range of ways to help manage our marketing & communications.
Having cut her teeth in the world of Public Relations consultancy back in the early 90’s Rachel has since worked with a range of clients in the corporate, consumer and not for profit sector, including British Steel, Hilton Hotels, The Millennium Dome and The Prince’s Trust. In 2005 Rachel moved to New Zealand, where she became media spokesperson and PR lead for Westpac Bank followed by a move to Singapore to manage Asia Pacific wide communications activity for MasterCard. Whilst in the region Rachel kept her not for profit hat on and consulted for CSR Asia as well as volunteering to lead WWF Earth Hour Singapore and a UN Woman campaign to put in place better human rights for the country’s domestic workers.
Since returning to the UK Rachel has enjoyed consulting to the education sector, including time with the Open University and coding bootcamp Makers Academy. The sector is fast becoming her favourite to date so she definitely doesn’t plan moving overseas again anytime soon!
Rachel is a Philosophy graduate from The University of Leeds and also spent a further year many moons ago as Leeds University Student Union’s General Secretary.
As the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant for Education Support Partnership, Pav’s responsibility is to ensure a warm and welcoming front of house for Head Office. Pav also supports the Head of Administration and Grants Case worker.
Pav has 10 years’ experience in administration, five years of which have been gained through a video conferencing company and five years via a construction college, as a result she knows how valuable a charity like this is to people working in education.
Outside of the office Pav enjoys the gym, cinema, museums and exploring her surrounding areas, as well as cities abroad, as often as she can.
Nathalie is the Product and Customer Service Officer for Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), Positive Workplace Survey, Positive Workplace Programme and Occupational Health – which are nationwide programmes delivered by the Commercial Team. Nathalie coordinates and supports the wider Commercial Services Team to ensure that the needs of our customers are satisfied.
Nathalie aims to provide excellent customer service and promote other products provided by Commercial Services where appropriate. She helps maintain a close relationship with our Commercial Services Team and supports the organisation with the implementation and renewal of programmes.
She enjoys thrift shopping, clothes upcycling, swimming and belly dancing. She also speaks fluent Franglais
Katy is the Head of Administration and HR and also Company Secretary on behalf of Teacher Support Network, Recourse, TSB Holdings and TBF Trading (No2) Limited. Katy has been in post for 19 years on and has experienced the changes as the organisation had grown from a benevolent fund providing residential/nursing care homes and grants to providing practical and emotional help for teachers and lecturers currently; as well as services for schools and local authorities through the commercial wing of the charity.
Katy believes it is important that we do not lose the values and ethos of the organisation as we grow, but is looking forward to the Charity providing new and exciting services to the whole staff community whether it be in schools or universities and colleges or elsewhere.
Sandra’s role is to support the development and delivery of services across Wales . As a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and Trainer and with a strong background in health and wellbeing , Sandra utilises those skills in all aspects of her role including, design and delivery of relevant training. Utilising her strong communication skills, Sandra enjoys meeting a wide range of staff in schools, FE and HE.
Sandra has been here since January 2010.
Sandra is a good cook, loves reading everything, from counselling theory to James Patterson novels and watching episodes of Frasier and Blue Bloods.
As Digital Content Editor, Claire is responsible for the commissioning, writing and editing content for Education Support Partnership’s website. Claire also produces content for all our social media channels and writes and distributes the monthly email newsletter to over 28,000 subscribers.
Previously Claire worked for an education technology charity as its Website and Social Media Manager. She has extensive experience of managing websites for the charity and non-for-profit sector including at Age Concern UK and Business Link.
Claire’s mother, grandmother and two uncles were all teachers so she understands the pressures of the job! Away from the office Claire entertains her lively 8 year old child and stroppy teenage cat Freddy. She enjoys running, yoga, cycling and going out with friends for a glass of prosecco or two.
Before joining Ed Support in his current role, Ben was employed to provide business development consultancy services. The call to support the charity more fully, however, was strong!
After graduating with a PGCE in 1999, Ben developed a portfolio of experience in the UK and international schools sector, including roles in government, at the University of Cambridge International Examinations, and as a consultant to the UK schools sector. He is an RSA education associate and has an MEd from the Open University.
When not working, Ben is usually to be found up a mountain, enjoying time with family and friends, or whittling something out of a piece of wood.
Sophie has recently joined the expanding team as Communications Manager and is primarily responsible for growing and maintaining a strong media presence for the charity. She has fifteen years’ experience working in media and public relations in the voluntary sector. Having worked and volunteered in two large London primary schools she has seen just how important support for anyone working in the field can be. She is excited to be able to use her skills and experience to help raise the profile of the charity and its range of services.
Outside of work, she is a busy parent of two young children and when she gets the chance enjoys walking, holidays and time with family and friends.
Ruth has joined Education Support Partnership as the Communications Executive. She thoroughly enjoys supporting the Marketing and Communications team to raise awareness of the Education Support Partnership, ensuring we can help as many people as possible.
Ruth is passionate about Education having been bought up by two teachers leading her to run for VP Education and latterly President of the University of Plymouth Students’ Union before arriving at Education Support Partnership.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, knitting and exploring London as well as trips to the sea-side.
Karl is the Data Analyst. He has a wide experience of analysis in various organisations and sectors such as British Telecom (private), Civil Service departments (public) and Macmillan Cancer Support (charity).
His school reports were unimpressive, however he bit the education bug as a mature student when he attained a BSc Business Information Technology degree and later a Royal Society of Statisticians qualification.
He is a keen gardener specialising in tomatoes, sunflowers and making his own compost. He enjoys sport, particularly rugby, cycling and F1. Though his first passion was Tottenham Hotspur FC, his school was based close to the ground.
Sarah is the Individual Giving Manager and is responsible for looking after our strong base of loyal supporters, including teachers, university lecturers and retired educational professionals. With a background in fundraising and donor retention,she is focused on building more ongoing support for the organisation.
Sarah is new to the UK from New Zealand where she worked in both the non-profit and government sectors. She is enjoying learning about British culture from her Education Support colleagues.
As a kiwi, Sarah enjoys the outdoors, in particular kayaking and surfing. She is looking forward to exploring more of the UK and what living in London has to offer.
Fundraising Assistant Francesca is responsible for supporting fundraising activity as well as being the first point of contact for donors. After recently graduating with a Sociology degree from the University of Bath, Francesca is excited to be starting her career in the charity sector.
Francesca spends her weekends exploring the beautiful parks that London has to offer with her pet dog Bowie. In addition, Francesca’s interests include Cecchetti Ballet, singing and baking her favourite lemon drizzle cake.
Candy Whittome is researching the relationship between empowering practices in schools, staff wellbeing and school performance for her PhD, funded by an ESRC Case scholarship with support from ESP.
Her background is in human rights law/policy research, and she worked abroad for 10 years before returning to the UK in 1999. As her family grew she switched career tracks, and now teaches psychology at the Open University and Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck. Her interest in the teaching profession came about both through watching her own children go through school, and her sister who was a headteacher in South London.