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

Sam has been heavily involved in influencing Government policy on teacher education and was recently a member of the advisory panel for the Department for Education Carter Review of ITT and a member of the DfE Expert Behaviour Management Panel chaired by Tom Bennett. She is now working on ITE and NQT/RQT follow up to this regionally and with the DfE. She is a strong supporter of the Chartered College of Teaching as her role has exposed her to so many sources of evidence that the teaching profession needs a powerful and authoritative voice.

Kaisra Khan graduated from Leicester Polytechnic in 1980 with an honours degree in Chemistry and Biology. A year later, she completed a PGCE at Leicester University, majoring in secondary science. She took up her first teaching post at The John Ellis community College (11-16), where she completed her probationary year and after a further 3 years, she was promoted to Head of Combined Science at The City of Leicester School (11-18) in 1985. At this school Kaisra taught KS3, 4 and A-level Chemistry.

In 1991, she moved to Moat Community College (11-16) on promotion to Head of Science, where she was part of a pilot project for the SATs and a new GCSE Science course for Salters. Furthermore, Ms Khan was part of the pilot project for developing the Challenger Mission at the National Space Centre, Leicester. Then, in 2001, she took up a headship at the Al- Aqsa School and after taking it out of special measures in one term, she returned to mainstream teaching at Humphrey Perkins High School (11-14) in 2002.

In 2004, she took up the post of Head of Science at Humphrey Perkins High School. Between 2010 and 2012, Kaisra trained to be an Ofsted Inspector and was signed off to inspect primary and secondary schools. In 2011, she was admitted into the Royal Society of Chemistry as a Fellow in recognition of her work in science education in schools as a teacher.

Currently, she is The Lead Practitioner (Teaching & Learning) at The Kingsmead School (11-16), Derby, working with the senior management of the school to improve the quality of learning across the provision.
Kaisra has a keen interest in promoting science education in schools to ensure young people have a sound foundation in chemistry, physics and biology in order to enable them to pursue science-related careers. She is passionate about STEM subjects and to that end organises for pupils to visit her ‘second home’, The National Space Centre in Leicester on a regular basis. She is bringing this enthusiasm and her broad experience in teaching to the Chartered College of Teaching.

John Tomsett has been a teacher for 28 years and a Head Teacher for thirteen. He is Head Teacher at Huntington School, York. He writes a blog called “This much I know…” and is a co-founder of the Headteachers’ Roundtable think-tank. His first book is called, “Love over Fear, This much I know about growing truly great teaching.” His second book, published earlier this year, is called, “Mind Over Matter, This much I know about improving mental health in our schools”. He remains resolutely wedded to teaching and helping colleagues improve their classroom practice.

Gareth Alcott is a Maths teacher and Assistant Head Teacher at King Alfred’s Academy in Oxfordshire where he leads on CPD. In addition to this, he is a Teaching School Director responsible for CPD within the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance. He is also a Specialist Leader in Education.

After working for Rolls Royce as an Aerospace Engineer and as a Teaching Assistant in Leeds, he retrained to be a teacher at the University of Bath. He has taught for over 15 years in a variety of schools; including Primary, Middle and Secondary schools within Oxfordshire, as well as in an International school in Sri Lanka. Gareth has been a supporter of the Chartered College of Teaching for many years. He was part of the initial start-up team helping to build the foundation of the existing College. He has presented and campaigned at many events during the Claim Your College initiative and continues to support the Chartered College locally and nationally.

Professor Chris Husbands is a university leader, academic, educationist and public servant. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he has undertaken senior roles in universities for over 15 years, as Head of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2000-3), Dean of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (2003-7), Dean of Faculty and then Director of the Institute of Education (2007-15) and as Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-15).

As Director of the Institute of Education, he led the organisation to top position in the QS world rankings in two successive years, to the Queen’s Award for Higher Education and a dominant position in UK education research.

His academic expertise lies in education policy and practice; his work has been developed in 15 books and over 400 papers and presentations. He has advised local and national governments in the UK and internationally, across four continents.

Professor Husbands graduated with a double starred First in History from the University of Cambridge, where he went on to complete a doctorate in Geography. He was a teacher and senior manager in urban secondary comprehensive schools before becoming a university lecturer.

Professor Husbands has recently been appointed by the Government as the Inaugural Chair of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). He will head up the assessment panel that will make decisions on awards in the second and third year of the programme. The TEF has been introduced to ensure excellent teaching and student job prospects are at the heart of Higher Education and will, for the first time, place the significance of teaching on a par with research.

I’ve been teaching for just over 10 years, predominantly across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. For the last six years, I have led the EYFS phase within my academy with whole school responsibilities as Assistant Principal and for leading English.

Lisa has taught English in Cumbrian schools for over 25 years. In that time, she has held a number of different roles, including Citizenship Coordinator, Head of Professional Development and Teaching School Coordinator. She is currently Head of English at Morton Academy, part of United Learning, in Carlisle. Lisa’s support for the Chartered College of Teaching comes from a desire to see teachers take more control of their own professional development, to become more connected members of a professional community, and from a recognition that teachers as a body have a weak voice in the media and society at large. Lisa also believes that day-to-day classroom practice should be informed by reliable and valid sources of up-to-date pedagogical information, and that teachers should be active in the debate over effective teaching strategies.


Penny Mallory’s professional experience as one of the country’s top rally drivers led to her driving the stunt cars for Nicole and Papa in the Renault Clio commercials. By the time she had graduated to presenting Top Gear Motorsport, she was being referred to as the female Jeremy Clarkson.

With a love of cars from a young age, Penny always wanted to be involved in motorsport. However, a difficult period in her life saw her dropping out of school, homeless, and in a self-destructive cycle of alcohol and bad choices. Conscious that things could end badly, Penny forced herself to turn things around. She returned to her love of cars, raised sponsorship, and started to work her way up the rallying ranks. She started winning regional rallies and then set her sights on the world stage. With sponsorship from Wash & Go, and after only four years of racing, Penny became National Ladies Champion and went on to become the first woman to drive in the World Rally Car classification.

Practising what she preaches, she speaks passionately about transforming your position.

Verity is Associate Executive Principal of Springwell Learning Community, a Special and Alternative Academy for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties, as part of Wellspring Academy Trust. She is passionate about supporting children and young people to thrive through positive relationships, nurture principles and creativity. Having spent 10 years as a professional actress before moving into education, Verity believes in the importance of the arts in education to unlock all children’s creative potential. Part of Verity’s work at Springwell is in teacher and TA development. She considers research in the classroom and the use of lesson study to be powerful tools for colleagues to develop their own practice and that of their peers, in a mutually supporting system.