NASBTT's Trustees are highly experienced ITT, education and commercial professionals. The Board meets half-termly to review and agree NASBTT's strategic direction.
Anna Richards, Chair
Executive Leader, Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT
I have worked for Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT for three years and am now proud to be the Executive Leader of one of the biggest SCITTs in the county. Prior to this, as a headteacher, I saw first-hand the positive impact trainee teachers can have on a school community. Currently, I am the SCITT lead on a major piece of evidence-based research investigating teacher retention and will share our findings for the benefit of the sector. I am committed to supporting school improvement and am keen to further this ambition by serving as a trustee for NASBTT to represent and develop school-led teacher training.
Kim Francis, Vice Chair
I led a successful GTP and SCITT partnership for 11 years as well as being the LA’s NQT Induction Co-ordinator, chairing the Yorks and Humber provider network and serving as a member of ITTAG for eight years. Prior to that, I taught secondary English for a period of 28 years serving as a subject mentor and ITT Co-ordinator for much of that time.
I joined the NASBTT Management Team in 2014 and have co-ordinated/co-developed a number of projects including the Curriculum Development and Assessment and Subject Knowledge for Teaching Toolkits, Management Support Partner programme, Ofsted Inspection preparation workshops, including collation of NASBTT’s annual inspection analysis reports. I am also an experienced ITT external moderator.
Needless to say I am passionate about all things ITE. I was proud and humbled to be awarded with NASBTT’s first Outstanding Contribution to ITT accolade in 2019.
Alison O’Dornan, Treasurer
Chair of Governors, Butlers Court School
Director, Torvius Capital
I have over 20 years experience in finance as a Director at a venture capital advisory firm, and a former Chief Investment Officer managing investments for Private Clients, Hedge Funds and Pension Funds. I am an experienced non-executive director, with a proven track record in chairing boards, and board committees.
Through my roles as an advisor and investor in many companies across many different industries, I have seen all sorts of exciting new technologies, and world changing new ideas, but it is in my role as Chair of Governors at a local primary school that I have fallen in love with the people behind a whole sector; the education sector. With three young children of my own, and the recent experience of being a homeschool mum, I have a huge amount of respect for this very special profession, and am passionate about the role of NASBTT in training enthusiastic, inspiring, intuitive new teachers who will have such an impact on the future for all of us, through nurturing the generations of tomorrow.
Research and Training Consultant
Kikelomo trained as a science teacher through the Teach First scheme and has worked for a number of education charities and teacher training organisations. Her roles have included leading the DfE–funded Researchers in Schools niche ITT route, North London Manager for Teach First and running CPD for Teaching Schools, Heads, middle and senior leaders for SSAT.
She currently provides education consultancy services including training on race and diversity, education and market research (qualitative and quantitative) and strategy development.
She is passionate about the support and development of teachers as a vital mechanism for improving the school system.
SCITT Programme Director, Wildern Partnership SCITT
With 25 years of experience in education, roles as ITT Programme Director of ten years, External Moderator and more recently DfE ITT Market Associate, I now look forward to contributing to NASBTT’s aims and values as a Trustee. I am a secondary MFL specialist and have over the years taught primary MFL, secondary ICT and computing and been privileged to lead early career development in a variety of settings. I consider myself a leader of inclusive provision. I believe in giving everyone a chance, making colleagues feel welcomed, represented and valued.
I am respectful and empathetic of the huge undertaking and pressures on partnership teams as they navigate current policy reform, amidst ongoing recruitment and workload pressures. My particular interests are inclusive provision for pupils, staff and leaders; workload and wellbeing of all stakeholders; sustainable and self-improving professional development with the ultimate aim of providing the best care and education possible for the young people in our schools.
Head of Operations, Teacher Development Trust
I am honoured to serve as a Trustee for NASBTT, bringing a decade of global experience in primary and secondary education. Having lived and worked in Nigeria, Peru, and the US, I offer a diverse perspective to the board. With a background in Engineering and a Master’s in Public Administration, my interdisciplinary expertise uniquely positions me to contribute to NASBTT's mission. I firmly believe in education as a human right and I am passionate about empowering both students and teachers to actively participate in their own growth. In my role as Head of Operations at the Teacher Development Trust, I am dedicated to applying my skills in strategic planning and management to deliver high-quality professional development to teachers and school leaders nationwide, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and excellence.
Programme Manager, Somerset SCITT
Keith has over 25 years’ experience in primary teaching. As a class teacher, middle leader, senior leader, Head teacher of both small rural school and large Primary School including Autism Centre. Across his career he has always supported Initial Teacher Training and Education, so to be leading on ITTE at Somerset SCITT is a real privilege.
Keith has been a governor of various primary and secondary schools alongside his professional roles, giving him an understanding of the strategic importance as well as the accountability of governance.
Being a trustee for NASBTT is a real honour. The opportunity to represent trainees, mentors, and providers, providing a Southwest voice to the sector alongside championing ITTE at every possibility.
Director, Oxfordshire Teacher Training
I have been actively engaged in ITT throughout my 20 plus years in state education in this country. My subject background as a class teacher is religious studies and philosophy and I have undertaken a range of middle and senior leadership roles in primary and secondary schools. In my current role I work with a diverse partnership of schools across Oxfordshire and thoroughly enjoy visiting and working with colleagues, trainees and students in those schools. I am driven by the belief that every young person in this country deserves a fantastic education delivered by great teachers.
Deputy CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust
Director, Surrey South Farnham SCITT
Chair, Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group
I have over 22 years of teaching experience working in primary and secondary schools across the South East and London and am currently Deputy CEO of South Farnham Educational Trust, Director of Surrey South Farnham SCITT and Chair of the Teacher Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group. Previous roles have included Director of Specialist Status, NPQML Lead Facilitator, Deputy Headteacher and Director of Teaching School. My keen interest in research, teacher development and initial teacher training has been developed through leadership of two school-based teacher training providers, MATs and within National Support and Teaching Schools. I am particularly passionate about ensuring that all children receive the very best education possible and ensuring that this is possible whilst maintaining a healthy work/life balance for staff.
Director, Devon Teaching School Partnership
Deputy CEO, Tarka Learning Partnership
Programme Manager for Devon Primary SCITT for 10 years, Chair of the SW2 ITT Provider Group for 5 years.
Prior to my current role I have been a Primary Headteacher, National Strategy Consultant for Nottinghamshire and on the Headteacher ITT Steering Group for Nottingham Trent University. I am also a qualified solicitor.
I am passionate about children being placed back at the centre of our education system. I believe that training enthusiastic, creative and intuitive new teachers within schools will secure the long term future of our very special profession and the life chances of our children.
Assistant Headteacher and Director of ITT, Essex School Direct
I am proud to be a NASBTT Trustee and to represent those members who work in Lead Schools (with HEI partners) delivering School Direct Programmes. I am an Assistant Head with a range of responsibilities, my primary in-school role is leading Teaching & Learning and CPD. I have been Director of ITT for Essex School Direct for the past six years. My main responsibilities as director revolve around leading Professional Studies, trainee welfare and recruitment & promotion. I have an understanding of what it is like to be a teacher in the classroom, a member of a school’s Senior Team and having ITT leadership responsibilities.
As a NASBTT Trustee I have been involved in helping review the draft ITT Core Content, prior to publication and advising on the DfEs new Apply process. I am very proud of the growing of influence of NASBTT, along with the increasing range of excellent support and training we now offer our members.
Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum and Assessment, Dr Challoner's Grammar School
Stephanie Rodgers is currently Deputy Head at a selective grammar school in Buckinghamshire and her senior leadership responsibilities have included the set up and leadership of the Astra SCITT which has been through the ITE Ofsted inspection process in both 2018, as a new SCITT and in 2023, under the current ITE inspection Framework. Stephanie also led the reaccreditation process for the Astra SCITT as part of the ITT Market Review and the formation of the Astra Teaching School Hub (Buckinghamshire). Now an Ofsted inspector for ITE and a Trustee of NASBTT, Stephanie is keen to share her experiences and expertise in order to support others in the ITE sector.
Deputy CEO, Education and Research at the Chartered College of Teaching
Cat Scutt is Deputy CEO, Education and Research at the Chartered College of Teaching, the professional body for teachers. A former English teacher, Cat’s roles have since focused on supporting teacher development both online and through face-to-face activities, with a particular focus on development using digital technology, through collaboration and by engagement with research and evidence. She has worked in education in both the state and independent sector, as well as in corporate learning and development. Cat leads on the Chartered College Of Teaching’s work around teacher development and certification, including the Chartered Teacher programme, and their research activities and publications, including their award-winning peer-reviewed journal, Impact. She is currently completing her PhD at the UCL Institute of Education. She received an MBE for services to education in 2021 and has been a member of several government advisory groups.
I am a trained Chartered Company Secretary and Senior Business Analyst. I have over 20 years experience working in global finance and investment management in the City of London. I have operated at senior executive level, with the likes of Prudential, Bank of Montreal, Barclays Global Investors, Axa, and Lehman Brothers.
I have served as a Trustee for the British Business Group and I am currently Membership Secretary. I believe education is the most effective way to lift people out of poverty and have been an executive member on number of PTA's. I am drawn to public service and I am committed to supporting NASBTT in the development of high-quality school based teacher training.