Transforming Tuition
The Tutor Trust - Our People

The Founders

Nick Bent

Nick Bent

Nick has been involved with a number of educational and youth work charities for twenty years. He is a Director of the academies charity Oasis Community Learning and was previously Chair of Governors at the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford.

An Associate of the think tank Demos, Nick spent seven years working in Westminster and Whitehall, including four years as a Special Adviser to Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP during the last Labour Government. He has also served as Director of the think tank Policy Network.

From September 1st 2014, Nick has been appointed to serve a second three-year term as a lay member of the General Assembly of the University of Manchester.

Nick is a graduate of the universities of Oxford (law) and Harvard (public policy).’

Abigail Shapiro

Abigail Shapiro

Abigail's career in public affairs and media relations includes extensive experience of the education sector through spending time working at both the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Abigail has previously worked in Westminster and Washington DC. In recent years, Abigail's role as a freelance communications consultant has included work for GMPTE and Manchester City Council.

Abigail is a graduate of the prestigious Politics and Parliamentary Studies course at Leeds University.

The Tutor Trust - Our People

The Trustees

Pete McIntyre (Chair)

Pete McIntyre

Pete has recently launched a new career as a freelance consultant following a 20 year career in blue-chip consulting firms. He has worked for Accenture, Deloitte and most recently spent five years as a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Pete's experiences span a range of industries and activities, with a focus over the last ten years in the public sector.

Pete is a graduate of Cambridge University where he studied Engineering and Management Studies.

 

Mike Emmerich

Mike Emmerich

Mike is currently the Chief Executive of the Commission for the New Economy in Manchester. Prior to joining New Economy (formerly Manchester Enterprises), Mike was Director of the Institute for Political and Economic Governance at the University of Manchester, a multi-disciplinary research institute, and Dean of External Relations in the Faculty of Humanities.

Before this, Mike pursued a career in the political and economic strategy sectors, at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies where he served as Principal Consultant and then Deputy Director from 1991 to 1996.

After a period as a management consultant at Ernst & Young in 1997, he became a Policy Adviser with HM Treasury before becoming Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit.

 

Brendan Murden

Brendan Murden

Brendan is the managing Director of CEL Leadership and Change an independent, not-for-profit, education and skills consultancy based in Manchester. Previously, Brendan was the Director of the Centre for Education Leadership in the University of Manchester.

He has over 20 years experience of working with senior teams in local authorities, schools and colleges to foster culture change and raise standards for students. Brendan’s particular areas of expertise are designing bespoke leadership development solutions for public sector clients, consulting and coaching senior staff.

As a native Mancunian, Brendan has a particular interest in the contribution of education and skills to the success of the Greater Manchester devolution agenda.

 

Lucy Crompton

Lucy Crompton

Lucy is currently Head of Administration for the Institute of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester. She previously worked for the District Audit Service of the Audit Commission. Lucy completed professional accountancy exams (ACCA) shortly after joining the University of Manchester in 1994, and has worked as a management accountant as well as gaining general management experience across a number of university departments.

The University of Manchester has identified social responsibility as a core strategic goal. It encourages its staff, students and alumni to ‘make a difference’ to the social, economic, cultural and environmental well -being of our communities. The basic principle of the Tutor Trust is simple and compelling: pupils can clearly benefit from receiving additional support and tutors can gain so much in terms of their own career experience, but also from a direct wider community engagement. Lucy hopes that the skills and experience she has gained can contribute to the Trust’s ongoing success.

Sam Mills

Sam Mills

Sam is a Senior Manager and Chartered Accountant at PwC. He has worked across a wide range of sectors and industries, including the public and private sectors, and with social purpose businesses. He specialises in helping clients with financial forecasting and business planning.

Sam has been shortlisted as a rising star at several cross-sector professional awards and, in 2015, he was named by the Charity Finance Magazine as being one of the top young professionals working in the charity arena.

Sam studies English Literature at Lancaster University before completing an M.Phil in Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University.

Jim Lister

Jim Lister

Jim is currently a partner and head of business employment law at the national law firm Slater and Gordon. He qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and was previously the head of employment law at Manchester law firm Pannone.

Principally an employment and commercial lawyer, he has advised clients from both the public and private sectors, including the Bank of England, Manchester City Council, Kellogg and Reebok. His extensive experience of social enterprises includes work with The Big Issue and several national and international charities.

Jim is a foundation Governor of the Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, Cheshire, and a trustee of a multi Academy trust in south Manchester. He regularly advises maintained, independent and academy schools on all aspects of education law, and in order further to enhance his understanding of the school system, he began studying this year to become a qualified School Business Manager

The Tutor Trust - Our Team

Our Team

Jason Heaford

Chief Operating Officer

Jason Heaford

Jason has joined the Tutor Trust with many years’ experience of leading high quality early years provision. His most recent being a Social Enterprise based in Stockport. The setting received an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Inspection late in 2013. In addition to his work as a Director there he also helped to create and develop the charity ‘ACCES’. In his role as CEO, Jason has helped ACCES in supporting disadvantaged families and children across the Stockport area. During this period Jason was invited to become one of the founding Trustees’ of Anchorpoint Stockport of which he served as a Trustee for 2 years. Anchorpoint followed Stockport’s CVS in providing a voice and support for ‘Third Sector ’organisations.

Jason began his working life as a professional footballer most notably with Derby County FC, but had to retire through injury. He went on to work within the Transport Industry becoming the UK operations Manager for the large French company GCA.

Providing new learning opportunities for children who could not afford tuition attracted Jason to The Tutor Trust and he hopes to continue and expand on the amazing work that has already taken place.

Deborah Reid

Executive Assistant

Deborah Reid

Deborah joined the Tutor Trust team in January 2017. She has always lived and worked in Greater Manchester, knowing many of the schools we work with. Previously, She has worked in finance administration roles for over twenty years with her last position being Credit Premium Unit Manager in the Manchester branch of an insurance company for thirteen years. Her role involved dealing with and developing all aspects of their direct debit collections. Moving away from the corporate insurance field, Deborah still wanted a role where could utilise her expertise in financial administration. She is very much looking forward to joining the team to assist the Tutor Trust in its work with young people throughout Greater Manchester and Leeds.

R. Sandika Mendis de Zoysa

Manchester Tutor Coordinator

R. Sandika Mendis de Zoysa

After joining The Tutor Trust in October 2013 as a Maths, English, Science and Primary tutor, Sandika has always impressed at the office and now joins the team as our new Tutor Coordinator, taking over from Liam Astley last year – his new role deals mostly with recruitment and tutor support. He says of the new role; ‘This year I’m looking forward to assisting the tutors in their fantastic work as well as helping them to develop their own skill set further’.

Maria Robson

Leeds Tutor Coordinator

Maria Robson

In February 2015, Maria joined The Tutor Trust as one of the tutors in our first Leeds cohort and in August 2016 became our Leeds Tutor Coordinator as part of her industry year at the University of Leeds, where she studies Mathematics. Maria is a student ambassador for the School of Maths at University, and in this role is involved in the organising of many University events, from Open Days and Festivals to Career Fairs. Maria has always had an interest in education; she volunteered to tutor young people during her secondary and sixth form years and is a qualified coach at her local gymnastics club. Maria is looking forward to helping with the improvement of the Tutor Trust presence in Leeds over the next academic year.

Suzanna Fairbairns

Primary Coordinator

Suzanna Fairbairns

Suzanna started tutoring for The Tutor Trust in May 2013. She was voted Primary Tutor of the Year 2014/5 and in July 2015 became our Primary Schools Co-ordinator. Suzanna graduated from the University of Manchester, where she read Classical Studies. During her time at University, she chaired the University of Manchester Pantomime Society and was a student ambassador for Manchester University’s School of Arts, Languages and Culture.

Suzanna is interested in working towards a career in special educational needs and is motivated by projects, such as The Tutor Trust, who strive to reduce the attainment gap in education.

Beth Farrell

Deputy Primary Coordinatori

Beth Farrell

Beth joined The Tutor Trust in February 2014 as a tutor, training in Secondary English and Science, and in Primary tutoring. Alongside her role as a tutor, Beth also assisted the charity by managing the Tutor Trust’s online blog and writing newsletters on behalf of the charity, as well as being on the committee for the University of Manchester’s ‘Tutor Trust Society’.

Beth graduated from the University of Manchester in 2016 with a degree in English Literature, with a special acknowledgment for her voluntary work. In her time at University, Beth was the Marketing and Publicity officer for RAG, the University’s fundraising organisation, and was Secretary and scriptwriter for the University of Manchester Pantomime Society, as well as contributing to the University’s newsletter and working at the Student’s Union bar.

Beth is driven towards aiding the lives of children, and worked at an adventure playground for children in disadvantaged areas in London over the summer of 2015. It was The Tutor Trust’s key aim of closing the education gap that drew Beth to working as a tutor for them, and so she is delighted that she has now taken on a full time position as Deputy Primary Coordinator from June 2016

Lewis Howell

Schools Coordinator

Lewis Howell

Lewis joined The Tutor Trust in March 2014, having spent the previous 2 and a half years working in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert.

Lewis was the Field Project Manager at the Kalahari Meerkat Project for 18 months, a behavioural research project run by the University of Cambridge looking at the evolution of cooperative breeding in meerkats. He was responsible for managing both the day to day research of the project and the team of international volunteers who collected the data. Prior to this, Lewis was one of the research volunteers for 12 months.

Lewis graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2010, having studied Wildlife Conservation.

Matt Wallis

Quality Manager

Matt Wallis

Matt joined The Tutor Trust in summer 2016 with over 14 years of experience working in primary schools and teaching across the primary range. He has always worked in inner city areas in a range of roles, supporting the children and families who live there. He started teaching in Sheffield and spent two years there before moving to London and working in Hackney for two years. He then spent five years in East London working as an Assistant Headteacher responsible for supporting children with Special Educational Needs. This gave him the experience of supporting children and families to overcome barriers for learning which has remained a firm foundation for his ethos to learning and education. Relocating to Manchester in 2011, Matt started as a supply teacher in a large primary school in Moss Side and quickly moved to support the school’s senior leadership team as Assistant Headteacher for over 4 years. He was responsible for various areas such as English, KS2 and Inclusion and was proud to teach in a school that won the DfE’s Pupil Premium Award for the North West region for their work supporting disadvantaged pupils to achieve their potential. Matt is now the Quality Assurance Manager for The Tutor Trust, overseeing the training and continual development of our tutors and the service they provide.

Funmi Stewart

Leeds School Coordinator

Funmi Stewart

Funmi joined the Tutor Trust in February 2016 and is supporting the launch of the organisation in Leeds. Funmi has strong ties to Leeds, having grown up on the outskirts of the city before graduating from the University of Leeds in 2015 with a first class degree in International History and Politics. During her time at University, Funmi worked as an intern in the University’s Archive and Special Collections and helped to prepare for the University’s exhibition commemorating the First World War.

When fresh out of university, Funmi worked in the Sales Department for a promotional merchandising company. After rapidly realising that Sales was not fulfilling enough for her, she was delighted to be offered a position with Tutor Trust. Funmi is passionate about addressing educational disadvantage and is keen to work alongside the other members of the Tutor Trust team in reducing the attainment gap in education.

The Trainers

Carole Sharp

Tutor Training

Carole Sharp

Carole Sharp has been involved in the Maths training for Tutor Trust for the last two years. She has been Head of Maths in comprehensive schools for 23 years and has been involved in Maths Advisory work for the last two years.

Carole has worked alongside Maths Departments in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire.

She has worked with senior leaders and students from schools in a variety of ways including professional development for teachers and intervention for students. She has also worked with School Direct trainee teachers.

Carole has accreditation from the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths) for delivering professional development to teachers of both GCSE and A Level. She advises all university undergraduates who may consider teaching as a career to work with Tutor Trust as it is a great opportunity to develop the skills needed.

Carmel Kellett

Tutor Training

Carmel has recently joined the Tutor Trust as an English trainer. She taught English for 17 years in a variety of schools in Essex, London and Derbyshire. She currently works at the University of Manchester as a PGCE English Secondary tutor and is also involved with training on the Teach First programme. Carmel works for a leading exam board in a variety of roles. She is a senior examiner for GCSE English Literature .She is a CPD trainer which involves delivering a range of English based courses nationally and more bespoke training to individual schools. She also works closely with schools in Sheffield and Derby on behalf of the exam board in supporting them with teaching and learning for GCSE and GCE. Carmel has written articles that are focused on practical strategies to support trainee teachers in the English classroom. She has also designed some teachers’ resources for Cambridge University Press to support the new GCSE specifications for English Literature.

Cath Alnuamaani

Tutor Training

Cath

Cath graduated from Leeds University in 1997, gaining a BSc (hons) in Genetics, then studied at both the University of Bristol and Manchester gaining a PhD in Gene Therapy and Cancer Research in 2001. She completed a two year post doctoral position in Stem Cell Biology at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Christies Hospital in Withington and the retrained as a teacher in 2003, gaining a PCGE from MMU.

She started teaching at Trinity C of E High School in Sept 2003, and is still there! Before having her two daughters, Cath taught Physics, Biology and Chemistry to GCSE level. She was also the Head of Year 8 and then the Head of Year 9 and responsible for raising the achievement of pupils from ethnic minorities. Since returning part time, Cath now "just" teaches Science but has responsibility in the department for teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs. She is also the Enrichment Co-ordinator, ensuring that their brightest students get the opportunity to explore science outside the classroom and has close links the Universities outreach teams and STEM ambassadors. Cath also works with colleagues at Jordral Bank and the Ogden Trust. She started working with the Tutor Trust in 2012.

Anne Butler

Tutor Training

Anne Butler

Anne Butler has worked in Primary Education both as a teacher and consultant. She was a Maths Subject Leader before joining Manchester City Council as a numeracy consultant.

Since 2008 Anne has worked as a primary numeracy consultant for her own company 3A*. She has worked for “Every Child Counts” as a co-trainer and spent a year as an associate national trainer.

She supports schools to improve maths teaching and learning, working with individual teachers to support planning and delivery of maths, as well as providing whole school training to improve subject knowledge. She co-delivers training to maths subject leaders each term.

She works with groups of children and individuals to foster an enjoyment and understanding of mathematics through the use of practical apparatus and a variety of games and activities.

Mike Fitzpatrick

Tutor Training

Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick currently works in Initial Teacher Training at the University of Manchester on the PGCE Secondary Course. Liaising with partner schools and colleges, he oversees recruitment and selection and delivers sessions in classroom skills, behaviour management and voice coaching. He writes and researches in the areas of spiritual, moral, social and cultural judgements (Ofsted) and the Arts in Education.

A graduate of the University of Manchester, he gained an M.A. from Loughborough University specialising in curriculum innovation, leadership and management of schools and drama in education. With extensive teaching experience, Mike worked in three high schools in two local authorities in Lancashire and Manchester. He held posts as subject leader, head of faculty, senior teacher and most recently deputy head in a large high school with responsibility for staff development, teaching and learning, NQT induction and middle management coaching. As a member of the Drama Board (A.D.B.) and visiting examiner, he contributed to the development of assessment and testing at GCSE and A level Theatre Studies.

Mike is passionate about the Tutor Trust, ‘It fulfils a number of key issues in education; to facilitate intervention, boost progress, alleviate disadvantage and expand aspirations. It helps realise a key objective of The University; to promote social responsibility, delivered by our own undergraduates to the pupils of our partner schools.’ Tutors themselves will discover skills and abilities which may well lead to a future career in education.