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Five new trustees appointed

4th December 2019

Education Support, the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all education staff in schools, colleges and universities, has appointed five new trustees, as the 142-year old charity embarks on its ‘most ambitious strategy to date’.

Following a competitive recruitment process, newly appointment Trustees include: a senior civil servant at the Department for Education; the Executive Director of the country’s largest teacher training membership body; and experienced leaders from across the commercial world.

The following newly appointed Trustees will attend their first Board Meeting in London later today (4 December):

  • Sridhar Athreya will become Honorary Treasurer. He is currently Divisional Head of Risk and Compliance at Capita PLC.
  • Gareth Conyard is an experienced senior civil servant at the Department for Education, currently focused on teacher and leader continuing professional development.
  • Rachelle Headland joins with over 20 years’ experience in business leadership and marketing communications roles, including as Marketing Director at Saatchi and Saatchi.
  • Emma Hollis is currently Executive Director at the National Association of School-based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), which promotes high-quality schools-led programmes of training, education and professional development of teachers.
  • Sean Hanson is currently CEO of Local Partnerships, a body which helps the public sector deliver local services and infrastructure. He is also a former Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust in North Bedfordshire.

Jeremy Reynolds, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Education Support, said:

“At a time of mounting pressure on the education workforce, we have witnessed unprecedented levels of demand for our services. In the last year alone, we directly supported a record 14,081 people – the majority of whom found themselves in a position of crisis.

“That is why we are working towards our most ambitious strategy to date, to ensure that we can continue to the meet the high levels of need across the sector, whilst growing our impact. We want to ensure that everyone working in education feels respected, supported and resilient.

“To help us realise this vision requires the highest levels of governance and strategic decision making, which is why I am delighted at the talent and breadth of experience that we have been able to attract. Each newly appointed Trustee will bring enormous value to the charity.

“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to those departing Trustees – who have reached the end of their terms – for the significant contribution they have each made since taking up their posts.”
 
Sinéad Mc Brearty, CEO of Education Support, added:

“We want to ensure we are always available to someone in crisis, but also increase our work with schools, colleges, universities and policy makers to put in place early interventions that protect staff before this stage is reached.

“I am delighted at the incredibly high calibre of expertise and diverse range of talent that will be joining our Board of Trustees.

“This is testament to the increasing visibility and impact of the charity’s work, alongside the potential for us to grow further over the coming years. I look forward to working with each newly appointed Trustee as we strive to help create a mentally healthy workforce across education.”

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Full biographies of newly appointed

  • Sridhar Athreya will be Honorary Treasurer. He is currently Divisional Head of Risk and Compliance at Capita PLC and has championed the adoption of institutional and industry-best practices at HSBC, Barclays and UBS. He previously served as Chair of Governance, Risk and Investment Committees at Concordia UK, the Commonwealth Human Ecology Foundation and was a committee member at the Charity Investors Group.
  • Gareth Conyard; A senior civil servant at the Department for Education. Gareth has worked mainly for the department since joining in 2003, also serving as an education advisor at the Department for International Development. During his time in the civil service, Gareth has worked on education policy from early years through to higher education. In recent years he has focused on teacher and leader continuing professional development. In addition to his roles he has established a wellbeing network at the Department and gives frequent talks on wellbeing and mental health across Government.
  • Rachelle Headland has worked in business leadership and marketing communications roles for over 20 years. Working for some of the biggest brands and UK agencies, she was a Marketing Director at Saatchi and Saatchi. She has particular expertise in transforming business operations and culture.
  • Emma Hollis; Executive Director and former trustee of the National Association of School-based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) which promotes high-quality schools-led programmes of training, education and professional development of teachers. Emma is a former Head of a Teaching School Alliance and ran a SCITT.
  • Sean Hanson is CEO of Local Partnerships, a body which helps the public sector deliver local services and infrastructure. He joined the organisation in 2016 from Serco where he was Managing Director of Citizen Services for the UK. Sean brings a wealth of experience from across the public sector including education and health. He is a former chair of a Multi-Academy Trust in North Bedfordshire.