Staff | Education Support Partnership


Sinéad Mc Brearty

Acting CEO

Sinéad is an experienced manager and leader with a breadth of knowledge and experience spanning strategic planning, service innovation, operational management, governance, organisational development and change. She spent the first half of her career at KPMG’s financial services business unit. She then moved to the not-for-profit sector as Deputy Chief Executive at Social Enterprise London and then at award-winning social enterprise Director of Women Like Us. As an organisational development consultant with Systemic Coaching Partners, she worked with private and public sector organisations on business change programmes.

She is a trustee of The Kaleidoscope Trust and an associate governor at Sudbourne Primary School. 

Paul Lismore

Director of Resources

Paul is a qualified Accountant who has worked across the commercial and not for profit sectors. He has worked in the charity sector for almost 20 years, 15 of which have been as a director managing the finance and broader resources functions. Prior to joining Ed Support Paul led the Resources function at Contact, a disability charity in Old street, helping steer the organisation through a period of significant change.

Outside work Paul is keen reader and likes getting away to visit European cities.

Charlotte Orsborn

Head of Programmes and Services

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.

Richard Faulkner

Head of Communications and Policy

Richard is responsible for leading Ed Support’s communications function and shaping the organisation’s future communications strategy and activities.

Richard has experience in strategic communications and public affairs roles at a range of third sector and non-for-profit organisations, including most recently national youth charity Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. In the commercial world, Richard has led global B2B public relations campaigns for organisations within the automotive and technology sectors.

Richard is passionate about the work of Ed Support because “everyone past and present” from his mother’s side has worked in education. In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing and watching sport and currently serves as a Trustee for the RAF Sports Federation.

Mark Saunders

Business Development Manager

As a Regional Development Consultant, Mark’s role is to engage education stakeholders in the programmes we offer to organisations that support effective wellbeing practice and staff engagement.  The development of these programmes, their successful implementation in schools and the enrichment of the commercial services offer to meet the needs of individuals and organisations are all drivers for the focus of Mark’s work.

After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BA Honours in Archaeology Mark eventually trained as a teacher after stints working on airships and in accountancy.  He taught in schools in Dudley, Staffordshire and Sandwell local authorities before moving to local authority adviser roles in implementing DfE strategies for school improvement.

Mark is married with five children to keep him on his toes.  He is a school governor at Kinver High School and for past misdemeanours an Aston Villa fan.  When any free time comes his way he thinks about exercise and volunteering but settles for socialising, cooking, reading, dog walking and escaping to Devon in his old Land Rover to his caravan in a field.

Caroline Gielnik

Business Development Manager

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.

Maggie Hurd

Business Development Manager

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.

Carl Hanser

Grants Caseworker

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.

Nathalie Pausicles

Product and Delivery Support Officer

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

Claire Renn

Digital Communications Manager

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 enjoys running, yoga, cycling and going out with friends for a glass of prosecco or two. 

Jen Hart

Relationship Development Manager

Jen leads on relationships with some of our key partners, as well as developing our work within further and higher education.  She joins Education Support Partnership with a background in higher education, having worked in a number of universities, including Sheffield Hallam and Goldsmiths.

Jen is a Trustee of the housing charity Empty Homes and volunteers each Christmas with Crisis.

James Watson

Marketing and Events Co-ordinator

James handles events planning for Ed Support, making sure that the organisation is represented at union conferences and exhibitions. He also designs the various leaflets, magazines, banners and merchandise that you’ll see at those events! As well as covering any other marketing related tasks that pop up!

Having spent 7 years working in licenced merchandising with some of the world’s biggest properties, James wanted to use his marketing and graphic design skills for good and to help those working in education, having come from a family of teachers!

James spends too much of his time eating burgers and then going to the gym to try and counter the effects of those burgers. If he’s not doing those two things then you can probably find him at the cinema or buying comics.

Sophie Howells

Media and PR Manager

Sophie has recently joined the expanding team as Media and PR 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. 

Maria Lefter

Management Accountant

Maria is a Finance Graduate from Cass Business School, City University, as well as a Chartered Management Accountant with experience in both the commercial and charitable sector. She is currently developing herself further and studying for a MBA.

Maria aims to ensure the robust financial controls are in place. She prepares and issues financial reporting to support managerial and strategic decision-making. She thinks that finance team should play business-partnering role in the organisation and focus on transparency and performance improvements.

She is very passionate about working for a organisation that truly can make a difference. For Maria positive feedback from Education staff is the most rewarding benefit of working for the Education Support Partnership.

Outside of work and study, she enjoys spending precious time with her son, building Lego and playing board games. 

Paramjit Sangha

Assistant Grants Caseworker

Paramjit joined Ed Support recently, working with Carl on grants application.  Paramjit has been involved in the charity sector for over 10 years and enjoys watching films, visiting galleries and is volunteer with her local branch of the Samaritans.