Meet the team

Staff Members
Caroline Whitty
NTA Executive Director

I am delighted to be working with the rest of the team as we continue to grow the ECT accreditation service that we offer. Working closely with my colleague Martin Shevill, my responsibilities include overall scheme management and development, finance, admin, marketing, communication, external liaison, board and constitutional business and NTA Team management.

My background is HR in business, having worked most of my life in the food industry. I have spent the last 13 years working in education particularly in the Academies sector, initially working for one of the early academy sponsors and then fulfilling the role of Executive Director for the IAA (Independent Academies Association).

Helen Dowling
NTA Admin Officer

I have worked for NTA since we began in 2013.  Prior to this, I was Admin and Finance Manager for a charity for people with disabilities.  I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology Studies gained in 1994.

I volunteered as a classroom assistant for seven years, helping the teacher and assisting student teachers during their placements.

I work in the office every afternoon from 1.00 – 4.30pm and am happy to help with any queries you may have.

Quality Assurance Officers
Martin Shevill
Senior Education Adviser

I started my career in Sheffield as a teacher of geography and became head of department in two schools. I was involved in two major national curriculum development projects and also wrote the Key Stage 3 geography series ‘Geography 2000’.  After a brief spell as a Lecturer in Education at Sheffield University I moved on to deputy headship in Kirklees followed by my first headship of King James’s School in Huddersfield. I later moved on to be Principal of Ossett Academy in Wakefield. During this time, I acted as a National Leader in Education.  I stepped down from my position of CEO of Consilium Academies in August 2019.

I have been a trustee of the Geographical Association, am a former member of the CST Board and was formerly on the Head Teacher Board for Lancashire and West Yorkshire.  I am the Senior Education Adviser of NTA, overseeing the work of our QA Officers and am a Fellow of the Chartered College for Teaching (FCCT).

Justine Hocking
Quality Assurance Officer

I have been with the NTA team from almost the beginning and have visited many NTA schools conducting QA visits, have read numerous assessments and have had the privilege of meeting many of the ECT Coordinators at training sessions across the country.

As well as working for NTA, I am an independent education consultant and school inspector. In the past, I have been a teacher and a headteacher and draw on this wealth of experience to support ECTs and schools in their important job of improving the life chances of young people.

Brad Allan
Quality Assurance Officer

I have considerable experience in the education sector as a Business teacher, Head of Department and Senior Leader. A proven record of supporting, coaching, mentoring and training staff and students to achieve their goals. I was an ECT Induction Coordinator for nine years, guiding over ninety newly qualified teachers through Induction.

I am currently involved in many aspects of Initial Teacher Training, Continuous Professional Development and Leadership and Succession Planning.

Heather Mulgrew-Tonge
Quality Assurance Officer

I have taught in the state sector since 1984. I started my teaching career in Gravesend and then moved to Dartford in Kent, Newhaven in East Sussex and finally Midsomer Norton in Somerset.  I started as a full time PE teacher and went on to hold a range of academic and pastoral responsibilities: Second in PE Department; i/c GNVQ; Head of year; Head of Upper school; Head of House; and finally Deputy Head in a large comprehensive secondary school with particular responsibility for pastoral care including primary liaison, behaviour, rewards, sanctions, vulnerable groups and child protection.

The school achieved three consecutive outstanding OFSTED reports for my area of responsibility. I left this role in 2014 to relocate to Hampshire. I have worked for NTA since 2014 whilst developing links with local schools in an informal and advisory capacity.  In addition, I have focussed on providing good quality first aid training to schools and other professionals.

Tony Dowling
Quality Assurance Officer

I began in education as a teacher of History and Politics. Subsequently I have served as a Head of Department and a Senior Leader within three schools and three sixth form colleges across the country. I was also a 14-19 consultant for Surrey and parts of the South East managing borough wide curriculum reviews and developing vocational programmes and I was an associate lecturer with the Open University.

Latterly I served as a Vice Principal with responsibility for ECTs, ITT placements and liaison with teacher training providers. I currently have my own educational consultancy. I am a lead assessment writer and am an assessor of A level history with AQA.

Lorraine Beasley
Quality Assurance Officer

I have over forty years of experience in education.  I started my career as a teacher of Humanities and then as an English specialist.  My roles have included Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher.  As Deputy, my responsibilities included Behaviour, Attendance and Child Protection.  I have worked with the Local Safeguarding Children Board and delivered training to my peers, to parents, to Governors and to professionals from other agencies.  I have always been interested and involved in the Initial Teacher Training Programme.  I was part of the training programme at Bath Spa University, lecturing on Child Protection and Behaviour.  I currently act as a Safeguarding Adviser.  I have a wealth of experience to draw upon to help support ECTs and their schools.

Jacqueline Glancey
Quality Assurance Officer

I have over twenty years of experience in the education sector. I began my career as a teacher of English in Teesside. I continue to teach part-time and am the ECT coordinator for Macmillan Academy. I have been involved in delivering training to a wide range of audiences from ITTs to Heads of Departments, both within my school and across the borough. I also have a role in delivering training for AQA and creating resources for A level teaching.

Panel Members
Sarah Evans OBE
Panel Chair

Sarah has a background in the independent sector having been head of two schools, one 3-18 day and boarding and one 11-18 all girls.  She chaired IStip, the independent schools equivalent of NTA, for a number of years and continues to be involved in professional development for teachers at all levels, working with senior leadership teams as well as coaching individuals.

Sarah does recruitment work supporting governors in searches for new school leaders.  Sarah was awarded an OBE for her services to education in 2014

Neil Enright
Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet

Neil is the Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet, which has consistently been named in the national press in recent years as the country’s top state school for A-level results. He was appointed the 40th Headmaster of this selective boys’ school in September 2011.

He is Chairman of Governors at Northgate School, a Pupil Referral Unit for young people with severe mental health conditions, and his other current voluntary roles include being a governor of Longfield Primary School in Harrow, St Albans’ High School for Girls and of The John Lyon School, Harrow.

Jacqui Steele
Regional Director of Ark Schools Primary

Jacqui is the Regional Director of Ark Schools Primary.  She was formerly the Executive Principal of Ark Priory Primary and Ark Byron Primary schools, which were both start up academies. Prior to this set up Ark, she was at Academy Primary in Brent, part of an all through academy. Ark and Priory academies have both been rated outstanding by Oftsed. Byron is yet to receive its first Oftsed inspection.  She trained at the Institute of Education and started her career in Kensington and Chelsea local authority at Fox Primary School, where she was also Deputy Head and maths consultant for the local authority.

Her previous career was in domestic and investment banking, working in London and New York.

David Cotton

David is a mixed phase Executive Principal and National Leader of Education in the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership multi academy trust.  He has significant experience in effective school to school support and collaborative working practices across the region.  David’s transformational leadership has supported the rapid improvement journey of the many schools he has worked with.

He currently leads an outstanding academy and large teaching school alliance within DALP.  David is passionate about developing innovative practices to support the provision of high quality teaching and learning experiences for all pupils.

John Prior

John is the CEO for Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT). OHC&AT is a fifteen-provision specialist MAT and College for pupils and students with a range of complex special needs and mental health challenges ranging from pre-school to 25.

John has previously been the Headteacher of an outstanding special school, and went on to lead an inadequate special school to a ‘good’ judgement in less than seven terms post-conversion. He has previously been a team member on mainstream Ofsted inspections, is a Local Authority school governor and is a member of the Young People’s Education and Skills Board.

Beryce Nixon

In April 2017 Beryce became the CEO of Exceed Learning Partnership which currently has 5 primary schools within its Trust. Throughout her extensive teaching career, she has developed a wealth of experience. Very early on Beryce became Literacy and Numeracy specialist and recognised the need for significant change. In 2012 she was appointed as a National Leader of Education, supporting a number of schools with wide-ranging circumstances from Local Authority or Ofsted categories. Beryce has also led on the pilot for ‘Extended Schools’ which was recognised both at National and Local level of the model of excellence.
As CEO for the trust Beryce undertook the Cambridge Education Programme to consolidate her knowledge for business functions and operations within a MAT and she is also the lead on school–to school support for Partners in Learning.
Beryce is very passionate about learning pedagogy and believes that ‘every child has the potential to succeed’ as long as schools provide the right provision, support and challenge to enable them to do so and feels that through collaboration more can be achieved to meet the needs of all young learners.

Board Members
Jane Aukett

Jane has been a governor at Tollbar Academy, a large secondary school of 2,100+ students, for 20 years with 18 years as Vice-Chair. Tollbar, rated as outstanding by Ofsted, became an academy in September 2010 and is an accredited school provider. During Jane’s tenure of office she has developed a broad spectrum of experience being chair of the personnel and pupil exclusion committees, sitting on finance, target setting and having input into curriculum development committees. Her remit also encompasses governor training, SEN/LDD, Looked After Children and Child Protection issues.

In 2010 Jane became a director of Tollbar Edge, a charitable trust set up to support low achieving schools and is co-lead sponsor for Cleethorpes Academy [a previously failing school], where she is also Vice-chair of the governing body. In March 2012, in conjunction with two fellow governors, she became a founding member of Tollbar Family of Academies, a Multi Academy Trust.

Jane has served as a member of the CST Board for over 8 years. She joined the NTA Board in July 2017 and was appointed as Chair in April 2018.

Steve Snelson

Steve is the headteacher of Red Hill Field Primary School – a larger than average sized primary academy.  He was highly celebrated in the school’s recent OFSTED inspection for his impact in leading the school from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ in a short time.  Prior to this, Steve led Farndon Fields Primary School, a Primary Academy in Market Harborough.

His experience in primary education is diverse and includes working with a large multi academy trust in the early stages of setting up a free school.  He is a valued member of the Department for Education’s Primary Headteacher Reference Group, which is made up of leading headteachers from a wide range of schools across England who bring their knowledge and ideas from the frontline of education to assist in the development of strategic policy and direction.

Pam Wright OBE

Pamela is a member of the Wade Deacon Trust Board in North West England. She has extensive experience in senior leadership, including headship in both secondary and primary education. Until 2014 she was Executive Principal of Wade Deacon High School leading it to its current Ofsted judgement of outstanding. The school was the Times Educational Supplement Outstanding Secondary School of the Year in 2012.

As its first CEO Pamela was instrumental in setting up Wade Deacon Trust. The Trust has three secondary schools, a four primary schools and an all-through 3 -16 age-range school, with more schools interested in joining the Trust.

In 2008 Pamela was appointed a National Leader of Education and has worked to bring about the rapid improvement of schools in special measures. She has led both primary and secondary schools out of Ofsted categories.

Sam Twiselton

Professor Samantha Twiselton is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University.  She uses her research and practice in the progression of teacher expertise, and curriculum design to improve school embedded approaches to teacher development.

Sam has been involved in influencing Government policy on teacher education and was previously a member of the advisory panel for the DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention advisory group, the Carter Review of ITT and Expert Behaviour Management Panel, and the OFSTED curriculum review panel. She has recently taken on the role of Deputy Chair of the Doncaster Opportunity Area Board and the Chair of the DfE ITE content group. She is a recipient of an OBE for services to Higher Education.