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  • Husham Khan
    Husham Khan Chief Executive Officer

    Husham has worked in the education sector for 18 years as a School Business Manager and has trained over 5,000 senior leaders in business management and governance. He has worked for both the NCTL and the DfE as an advisor. In 2011 he was appointed as an SLE in School Business Management.

    Husham has published many research papers on education leadership and is a graduate in business and marketing as well being a post graduate in management and leadership.

    Husham also coaches other CEOs and executive heads on leadership and school improvement.

  • Ann Marie Christian
    Ann Marie Christian Safeguarding Associate

    Ann Marie is a child protection practitioner with over 20 years of experience in front line child protection. In 1999 was part of a pilot project in a Local Authority and was based in a school for four years where her understanding of vulnerable children in schools began. In 2003 she managed a virtual school and her role developed to managing cluster social workers attached to schools.

    She regularly provides schools with child protection advice and also training to whole staff, governors, senior leadership and the safeguarding leads.

    Multi-agency LSCB trainer, LADO, Social Work manager, Early Years manager and school improvement advisors are just a few of her roles over the last decade.

    Ann Marie was head hunted in 2008 to deliver child protection training in Dubai and she is internationally known for her work on child protection.

  • Dr Yasmin Gruenbeck
    Dr Yasmin Gruenbeck Health & well-being Associate

    Yasmin works as a General Practitioner in East Cheshire and has been a Medical Doctor for 7 years. She has worked in various departments during her training including Paediatrics, General Practice and other Medicine departments.

    She obtained her Medical Degree from the prestigious Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, where she lived for 6 years. Prior to this she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Medical Genetics at Leicester University.

    She is currently studying part-time for a Dermatology Diploma from the University of Cardiff as well as working as a GP in a practice.

  • Dr Sue Allingham
    Dr Sue Allingham Early Years Associate

    Sue is an experienced Senior Leader in Infant and Early Years Education and was previously an Early Years Advisor in a Local Authority. Sue’s doctoral research was in Early Childhood education with Sheffield University.

    Sue also holds the position of Consultant Editor for Early Years Educator magazine where she has written a plenary of research based articles which continue to shape Early Years provision across the globe.

    In 2015 Sue published her acclaimed book titled Transitions in the Early Years.

    Sue’s work on Early Years is internationally renowned.

  • Dr Liz Henning
    Dr Liz Henning Curriculum Associate

    Liz has worked in education for over 3 decades and is passionate about making mathematics accessible to all. She has been  a teacher, coach and trainer at primary, secondary and university (PGCE and master’s) levels. She has been a mathematics leader in two schools as well as a senior leader in charge of teaching and learning. She has improved GCSE mathematics pass grades by 141%.

    Liz has worked for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP) and as an advisory teacher for a Local Authority.

    As well as being a published author, Liz is a lead Numicon and Inspire Maths trainer working with teachers to embed Singapore teaching techniques such as bar modelling into lessons. She has also worked as mathematics expert for BBC Bitesize.

    Liz’s doctoral research examined the leadership of ‘Superheads’ who work to transform schools in challenging circumstances.

  • Dr Fiona Creaby
    Dr Fiona Creaby SBP Leadership Associate

    Fiona specialises in leadership development and business management in education and the public sector. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fiona has developed degree programmes, accredited qualifications, bespoke training and CPD courses to education and public sector professionals since 2010. As an academic lecturer, Fiona currently supports executive management programmes, postgraduate education degrees and MBAs across three HEIs in the UK (MMU, University of Manchester, and Nottingham Trent University Business School). Fiona also undertakes independent research and consultancy work – most recently with The Institute of Leadership and Management and with The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL, formally NASBM). Prior to her work as an academic and as a consultant, Fiona spent almost a decade working in charities and UK state schools as a school business manager leading a range of services, projects and departments at senior leadership level.

  • Jon Gibson
    Jon Gibson Secondary Leadership and Governance Associate

    Jon is currently supporting settings across the South, where he has worked with both Secondary and Primary schools. He also currently holds an advisory role in SEND and has been invited to feedback to Downing Street and the DfE on issues such curriculum and data (respectively).

    Jon has been in teaching since 1996 and a Senior Leader for 12 of those years. He has worked in both Mainstream and Special School settings, and has even developed a model for a proposed Pupil Referral Unit. During this time, he has led: Care & Guidance, Special Educational Needs, Data, Staff CPD, Raising Progress, School Quality Assurance and Curriculum Development.

    He is a trained British Schools overseas reviewer and, as such, has certified experience in effective classroom observation.

    Finally, he was privileged to be part of the team when it was awarded the TES Outstanding School of the year.

  • Sally Clements
    Sally Clements Special Educational Needs Associate

    Sally is a teacher with over 15 years’ experience in primary education.  She has also been a Phase Leader and held a variety of roles over her time in education.  Sally is currently leading on Special Education Needs and Disabilities and is passionate about inclusive education for all children regardless of additional needs.  She holds the most recent SENDCo qualification having studied at the University of Birmingham.

    Sally works across a large MAT of inner city and ethnically diverse schools to support the accurate identification of children with SEND, co-ordinate high quality provision including bespoke targeted interventions and is responsible for the development of high quality provision mapping.

  • Angela Lowry
    Angela Lowry Primary Leadership Associate

    Angela has worked in education for over 20 years and is passionate about learning. She has been a teacher across the whole primary phase – including Nursery; subject leader of a wide variety of subjects including leading on assessment; Designated Leader for Child Protection; Teacher responsible for Children in Care; a phase manager; a strategy consultant; an assistant head teacher; a deputy head teacher and is currently a practicing headteacher. She has been a literacy leader in four schools as well as a change leader in charge of teaching and learning through creativity which involved collaborating with a variety of practitioners and businesses. She has an excellent record of School Improvement, evidenced and supported by impact data.

    Angela has also worked as a mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) and as a mentor for Middle Leaders, supporting staff through their National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) and has also worked as a strategy advisor/ teacher for a Local Authority.

  • Sara Alston
    Sara Alston SEND Associate

    Sara is a practicing Primary School SENCo and an SEND and Safeguarding Consultant and trainer. During over 30 years of teaching, her fundamental motivation has remained the same: to make a difference to children’s lives.

    Sara is a multi-agency trainer for the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board, a CEOP Ambassador and an accredited Safer Recruitment Trainer.

    She has worked with a range of schools, Local Authorities and MATs to provide SENCo Support and Development, Safeguarding and SEND training, Leadership Mentoring and SEND, TA deployment and Safeguarding Audits.

    She has also written a number of online training courses for TAs and led webinars on SEND and safeguarding issues.

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