Executive Director

Emma Hollis

BSc (Hons) Psychology, QTS

Emma’s absolute passion is teacher education and, after gaining a degree in Psychology and training as a primary teacher, she quite quickly traded her class of Year 6 children for cohorts of adult learners when she became Head of ITT for a SCITT provider in Milton Keynes. She sees teacher education as a continuum and, whilst her heart will always be very close to the initial stages of a teacher’s career, she is also dedicated to ensuring teachers are given access to high quality professional development throughout their careers.  Whilst maintaining her connections with the SCITT, Emma also became Head of Teaching School and subsequently, Head of Education Strategy for a newly formed MAT.  She has worked closely with NASBTT since January 2016, when she joined their Management Team.  She took up the role of Executive Director Designate in April 2017, under Martin’s tutelage, and has been in the post of Executive Director since September 2017.

When she is not immersed in all things education, she is a voracious reader and loves the theatre (especially contemporary ballet and musical theatre).  When she grows up, she would like to write a novel and travel the world in a luxurious style!

Executive Officer

Alison Hobson

BA (Hons) English, MA

Alison is the Executive Officer for NASBTT.  Following an undergraduate degree in English at The University of Wales Aberystwyth, Alison has been working in education for 15 years as a Learning Resource Centre Manager and ITT College Administrator.  Whilst working full time, Alison completed a Masters degree in Victorian Studies at The University of Leicester and an NVQ Level 3 in Information and Library Services.  Alison has been working with NASBTT since September 2013, firstly as the administrator and then as the Executive Officer from September 2016.

Away from work, Alison volunteers on a narrow gauge railway in North Wales, and enjoys walking, nature, arts and crafts, reading and going to the theatre.

Public Relations Consultant

Phil Smith

BA (Hons) Journalism

Phil is NASBTT’s public relations consultant. Having originally trained and worked as a journalist, Phil took up a role as Press Officer at Kingston University in 2002. For the past 12 years he has worked as a consultant, supporting over 60 major education organisations during that time. At NASBTT Phil is responsible for media relations, stakeholder engagement, conference-speaking opportunities, content generation and other reputation opportunities. Phil is a member of the industry-standard Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Public Relations & Communications Association.

Away from work, Phil is a governor at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy in Lincolnshire. He enjoys football (coaching an Under-7s team), running, cycling, gardening and, above all, being a Dad.

Strategy Consultant

Martin Thompson

BA (Hons) Music, PGCE, FRSA, ARCO

Martin began his career teaching music at secondary and later middle school levels. He was a Chief Examiner for GCSE Music and also worked on A level music examinations. In 1996 as part of his school role as Co-ordinator of CPD he became involved as a mentor for trainees involved in school centred Initial Teacher Training. He was a member of the National SCITT Council from 1997 and thus when this evolved into NASBTT in 2000, he can be considered to be one of the founder members, recklessly volunteering to be the Chair in 2002, a post which he held alongside his ‘real job’ as Principal of a large SCITT with QTS, PGCE and GTP programmes. He retired from his position of NASBTT Executive Director in August 2017 but will continue his relationship with NASBTT in the capacity of Strategy Consultant.
In leisure time aside from enjoying time with his family, Martin is interested in all forms of transport and is a keen photographer but admits his former interest in DIY is rapidly waning. His eclectic musical involvement continues through playing the church organ and ukulele, fortunately not at the same time or place!

ITT and Education Consultant

Alys Finch

BA (Hons) English, PGCE, MA (Cantab)

Alys is an ITT and education consultant. Her specialist areas include: ITT, English and Drama, ‘creativity’ and ‘teacher persona’.  Following her degree and a PGCE in Secondary English, Alys worked in Secondary schools in Essex and London.  During this time, she held middle and senior leadership roles in schools, including leading English teaching, whole college responsibility for teaching and learning, university admissions, ITT and CPD/Appraisal.  Alys made the move to ITT in 2010 as a university Senior Lecturer.  This included leading HEI Teach First provision and as the Teach First National Curriculum and Assessment Lead – English.  Following this, Alys ran a small ‘start-up’ SCITT in Yorkshire.  Alys has been closely involved with NASBTT since 2016: she was a trustee until 2018 and now works for NASBTT as one of the consultants supporting the development work of the organisation. Alys feels passionately about ‘teachers as learners’ and that all young people deserve the best education has to offer.

Outside of her professional interests, Alys has a passion for gastronomy, is an avid baker and finds guilty pleasure in any kind of medical drama.