NASBTT Trustees

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.

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 a number of projects including the Training and Assessment Toolkit, Management Support Partner programme, Ofsted 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. 

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.

Claire Harnden

Deputy CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust

Director, Surrey South Farnham SCITT, Surrey’s largest school-based primary provider

Chair, Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group

I have 20 years of experience working in primary and secondary schools in Surrey, Essex and North London and previous roles have included Director of Specialist Status, National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) Lead Facilitator, Deputy Headteacher and Director of Teaching School. My keen interest in research and development and initial teacher training has been developed through leadership of two school-based teacher training providers and within National Support and Teaching Schools. I am particularly passionate about ensuring that all children receive the very best educational possible and that this is possible whilst maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

Ian Hollingsworth

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 newly formed Surrey Primary EBITT, which has grown into an outstanding SCITT training over 100 teachers annually. For the last two years I have chaired the NASBTT Management Team and represented the organisation at many NCTL and DfE meetings. Now retired from my SCITT role I have the time, prior experience and commitment to represent NASBTT effectively as a Trustee.


David Maynard

Director, The Cambridge Partnership

I have been in education as a teacher and trainer for 45 years. My experience is extensive from teaching in secondary schools to teacher training. For the last 9 years I have been the Director of The Cambridge Partnership; a role I have undertaken with passion and dedication.
I am also the chair of the London SE5 network and a member of ITTAG.
My experience enables me to work with other providers as an external moderator or assessor. I undertake work for other providers as an external tutor.
As part of the NASBTT Management Team I am the Treasurer.


Andy Ogden

Programme Manager, Devon Primary SCITT

Programme Manager for Devon Primary SCITT for the last 7 years Chair of the SW2 ITT Provider Group.
Member of the ITT Advisory Group.
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.


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.


David Parker

Assistant Headteacher and Director of ITT, West Essex School Direct Partnership

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 at my current school with both pastoral and curriculum responsibilities – I am currently also in charge of Teaching & Learning and CPD. Additionally, I have been Director of ITT for the West Essex School Direct Partnership for the past five years – having been involved in my schools in PGCE, GTP and OTP.  We are a growing partnership now numbering 20 secondary schools, based around West Essex, Harlow and Chelmsford.

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.

Stuart Russell

Course Director, Kent and Medway Training

Over the past 12 years, I have been involved in Initial Teacher Training in a range of capacities: Subject Mentor, Professional Tutor, Employment Based Trainer, NQT Induction Tutor, Deputy Course Director at Kent and Medway Training (KMT) and, currently, as Course Director for School Direct and PGCE programmes, again at KMT.
ITT has undoubtedly become the absolute focus of my career development and I am passionate about supporting trainees in their quest to become outstanding teachers. I am able to lead and manage a range of teacher training programmes within an extensive consortium of schools and I have consistently developed a range of strategies and approaches to help, guide and support those involved in ITT.

Kay Truscott-Howell

Executive Director, Billericay Educational Consortium

I have been actively involved in Initial Teacher Training for the past 19 years, 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 involved in action research. I am also Vice Chair of NASBTT supporting our member SCITTs in developing and strengthening their courses. I also work as a Quality Associate for the DfE supporting recently accredited and established providers.