NASBTT's Trustees are twelve highly experienced ITT, education and commercial professionals.  The Board meets half-termly to review and agree NASBTT's strategic direction.

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Ian Hollingsworth, Chair

ITT Consultant

During a long career as a primary headteacher in Surrey I worked closely with a number of HEIs, including St Mary’s Twickenham, where I undertook an external tutoring role. In 2011 I took up the role of Programme Manager of the Surrey Primary EBITT, which as Surrey South Farnham SCITT (SSF) became one of the original EBITT to SCITT converters in 2013.  I continued to lead the development of the SCITT, training over 100 primary teachers each year for Surrey schools, until retirement form full time work in 2016. In 2015 I became Chair of the Management Team at the NASBTT, before its move to become a charitable trust in 2017. For the last two years I have been privileged to chair the NASBTT Trust Board, work with many highly skilled professionals and represent the organisation at various national and regional events. I remain a support tutor with SSF and constantly find myself in awe at the quality, strength and resilience of the 100 plus trainees with whom I come into contact. In my spare time I (try to) look after our 2 acre garden in the beautiful Vale of Taunton Deane, play bowls, watch our beloved Exeter Chiefs rugby team and Somerset County Cricket team.

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Kay Truscott-Howell, Vice Chair

Executive Director, Billericay Educational Consortium

I have been actively involved in Initial Teacher Training for the past 19 years, primarily managing a school-based provision offering primary and secondary PGCE places. During this time I have had the pleasure of being chair of the Billericay Community Trust Board supporting our Teaching School in providing quality CPD to our teachers and actively involved in encouraging teachers to undertake action research. I am also Vice Chair of NASBTT supporting our member SCITTs in developing and strengthening their programmes. I also work as a Quality Associate for the DfE supporting recently accredited and established providers.

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David Maynard, Treasurer

ITT Consultant

I have been in education as a teacher and trainer for 50 years. My experience is extensive from teaching in secondary schools to teacher training in all phases and key stages, inculding special education. After 9 years I stepped down as  the Director of The Cambridge Partnership; a role I undertook with passion and dedication. I am currently  the chair of the London SE5 network and a member of ITTAG.

My wide experience enables me to work with other providers as an external moderator or assessor. Further work I undertake is as an external tutor for other providers. I have never shied away from a challenge and enjoy what I do to ensure we get excellent teachers into the profession.

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Andy Ogden

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.

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Anna Richards

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.

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Claire Harnden

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.

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David Parker

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.

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Elizabeth Ford

Director, South Birmingham SCITT

South Birmingham SCITT is part of the Summit Learning Trust. Our mission is to ensure that we all show strength through diversity, ambition through challenge and excellence through curiosity. I have worked in three different schools, across three different local authorities, gaining over 12 years of experience in whole school leadership; focusing upon school-led teacher training, coaching and mentoring whilst leading on programmes to structure succession planning through a school-led improvement system.

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Helen Ostell

SCITT Director, North East Partnership SCITT

I have been Programme Leader for the North East Partnership SCITT since June 2012. The NEP SCITT is a PE specific SCITT specialising in secondary and primary PE. It has been graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in its last three inspections, identified as the best provider of postgraduate teacher training in the 2015 Good Teacher Training Guide. Prior to working in ITT, I was a Development Manager for the Youth Sport Trust, a Partnership Development Manager at Ashington High School Sports College and a Head of PE in 2 schools in Newcastle.

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Kim Francis

ITT Consultant

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.

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Patrick Garton

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.

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Stuart Russell

Course Director, Kent and Medway Training

Over the past 17 years, I have been involved in Initial Teacher Training in a range of capacities: Subject Mentor, Professional Tutor, Employment Based Trainer, NQT Induction Tutor and currently as the Director of ITT at Kent and Medway Training SCITT. ITT has undoubtedly become the absolute focus of my career development and I am passionate about supporting trainees in their quest to become highly effective teachers. I have led and managed a range of teacher training programmes within an extensive consortium of schools and strategic partners and I have consistently developed a range of strategies and approaches to help, guide and support those involved in Secondary and Primary ITT.