Staff | Education Support


Sinéad Mc Brearty

Chief Executive

Sinéad spent the first half of her career at KPMG’s financial services business unit. She moved to the not-for-profit sector as Deputy Chief Executive at Social Enterprise London, and subsequently a Director at award-winning social enterprise Women Like Us.

Before joining Education Support, Sinéad worked as an organisational development consultant with Systemic Coaching Partners, and was a visiting lecturer at Imperial College London & the Royal College of Art.  

Sinéad used to have hobbies, but now has young children instead. She is a trustee of The Kaleidoscope Trust, and a governor at a south London primary school.

Paul Lismore

Director of Resources

Paul is a qualified Accountant who has worked across the commercial and not for profit sectors. He has worked in the charity sector for almost 20 years, 15 of which have been as a director managing the finance and broader resources functions. Prior to joining Ed Support Paul led the Resources function at Contact, a disability charity in Old street, helping steer the organisation through a period of significant change.

Outside work Paul is keen reader and likes getting away to visit European cities.

Katie Hepworth

Director of Fundraising

Katie Hepworth is responsible for our full range of fundraised income.

She’s passionate about connecting people with our cause, providing them with stories and information that encourage them to support the wellbeing and mental health of people working in education, and letting them know the positive impact of their donations.

After many years of varied commercial product development work, including 4 years as Brand Manager for Post-it Notes, she got slightly jaded at working her socks off to improve shareholder return, and moved into the charity sector, channelling her income generating skills to improve social impact. She cut her fundraising teeth at Oxfam, and developed her skills at Guide Dogs and JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity.

She’s a keen music performer, singing with Rock Choir  and playing violin in a symphony orchestra.  Never happy doing nothing, the commute to work is an opportunity to knit (an activity which leads fellow travellers to break the unwritten rule that nobody ever  talks to anyone else on the tube, as they can’t resist asking what she is making). She also loves to travel and explore new places – one day she’ll make it to Antarctica!

Charlotte Orsborn

Head of Programmes and Services

Charlotte heads up the Service Delivery team who look after our customers (usually schools and colleges) and service users (individuals who work or have worked in the Education Sector). She's primarily responsible for making sure that the we provide high quality impactful services, solve problems and develop our service offer and user experience so that we can equip education staff with the support they need to work in what is a rewarding yet often challenging environment.  

Working at Education Support Partnership means that day in day out she gets to do a job that contributes to making a real difference to the lives of others. Charlotte is passionate about promoting mental health support and well aware of the challenges facing our educators in all parts of their lives, which makes my role very fulfilling for me. Happily she is very fortunate to work with a fantastic team and is constantly impressed by the work colleagues do to support those in crisis.

Prior to her current role she was Company Secretary for Ed Support where amongst other things she project managed our merger and governance transformation. Before joining Education Support Partnership she worked in the music industry as an Artist Manager and Product Manager to a variety of Indie, Rock, Pop, Folk and Electronic acts.

When not working she enjoys the gym, travelling, flea markets, comedy and devouring podcasts, TV, books and cat videos.

Maria Lefter

Head of Finance

Maria is a Finance Graduate from Cass Business School, City University, as well as a Chartered Management Accountant with experience in both the commercial and charitable sector. She recently completed an MBA in financial management.

Maria aims to ensure the robust financial controls are in place. She prepares and issues financial reporting to support managerial and strategic decision-making. She thinks that finance team should play business-partnering role in the organisation and focus on transparency and performance improvements.

She is very passionate about working for an organisation that truly can make a difference. For Maria positive feedback from Education staff is the most rewarding benefit of working for the Education Support Partnership. Prior to joining us, she used to work for Universal Pictures, Sony Music and the Southbank Centre.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending precious time with her son, building Lego and playing board games. 

Richard Faulkner

Head of Communications and Policy

Richard is responsible for leading Ed Support’s communications function and shaping the organisation’s future communications strategy and activities.

Richard has experience in strategic communications and public affairs roles at a range of third sector and non-for-profit organisations, including most recently national youth charity Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. In the commercial world, Richard has led global B2B public relations campaigns for organisations within the automotive and technology sectors.

Richard is passionate about the work of Ed Support because “everyone past and present” from his mother’s side has worked in education. In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing and watching sport and currently serves as a Trustee for the RAF Sports Federation.

Mark Saunders

Business Development Manager

Mark’s role is to engage education stakeholders in the programmes we offer to organisations that support effective wellbeing practice and staff engagement.  The development of these programmes, their successful implementation in schools and the enrichment of the commercial services offer to meet the needs of individuals and organisations are all drivers for the focus of Mark’s work.

After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BA Honours in Archaeology Mark eventually trained as a teacher after stints working on airships and in accountancy.  He taught in schools in Dudley, Staffordshire and Sandwell local authorities before moving to local authority adviser roles in implementing DfE strategies for school improvement.

Mark is married with five children to keep him on his toes.  He is a school governor at Kinver High School and for past misdemeanours an Aston Villa fan.  When any free time comes his way he thinks about exercise and volunteering but settles for socialising, cooking, reading, dog walking and escaping to Devon in his old Land Rover to his caravan in a field.

Caroline Gielnik

Business Development Manager

Caroline promotes Education Support Partnership’s services in the South East of England. She has worked as a Training Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Marketing and Business Development Consultant. She co-wrote the book ‘Empower Yourself’ for women and ran professional and personal development programmes for women in education. She delivered negotiation skills for members of the National Association of Head Teachers. Caroline loves knowing that our work creates emotionally resilient leaders and staff and thriving work environments.

She really enjoys, seeing friends, dancing, reading historical novels and personal development books.

Maggie Hurd

Business Development Manager

Maggie is responsible for generating new business and looking after existing clients for the commercial side of the charity, working with schools and Local Authorities in the South, East and North Midlands, East Anglia, Yorkshire and the North East.

Maggie has worked with Ed Support for more than seven years and has a strong background working in staff health and wellbeing.  A trained nurse, Maggie has a passion for supporting all staff in education. And is immensely proud to represent the charity through its partnership work with Schools, Local; Authorities and MAT’s.

Outside of work Maggie is a keen cook, loves walking in the countryside of her newly adopted home county of North Yorkshire with her dog Norman the unofficial canine mascot of Ed Support and spending time with friends and family.

Carol Savill-Smith

Research Projects Manager

Carol leads on the research activities at Ed Support.  She has a background in research, learning and teaching, and has worked for the last 17 years in the areas of research and evaluation mostly for non-profit organisations, charities and an awarding organisation. 

She holds a doctorate from Brunel University in the area of the use of technology for learning, and has taught in the Further Education and Secondary Education sectors.  Prior to joining Ed Support she helped to set up a new University Technical College in Central London.

When not working, Carol enjoys travelling and is now learning the piano – something which started as a New Year’s resolution which is still continuing!

Carl Hanser

Grants Caseworker

Carl is responsible for making decisions on over 1000 + grants applications a year. He ensures that all applicants to the grants fund are in receipt of all the benefits that are entitled to, then looks at how Ed Support can help.

He is also currently developing a range of services and resources around grants.

Carl has been involved in both the charitable and educational sectors for nearly 17 years. As a bit of a completist, he is attempting to own every copy of the Incredible Hulk ever published and once worked in a Kebab factory for 27 minutes.

Nathalie Pausicles

Product and Delivery Support Officer

Nathalie is the Product and Customer Service Officer for Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), Positive Workplace Survey, Positive Workplace Programme and Occupational Health – which are nationwide programmes delivered by the Commercial Team. Nathalie coordinates and supports the wider Commercial Services Team to ensure that the needs of our customers are satisfied.

Nathalie aims to provide excellent customer service and promote other products provided by Commercial Services where appropriate. She helps maintain a close relationship with our Commercial Services Team and supports the organisation with the implementation and renewal of programmes.

She enjoys thrift shopping, clothes upcycling, swimming and belly dancing. She also speaks fluent Franglais

Darren Chisolm

Account Development Manager

Daren joined the Education Support Partnership in October 2018 and is responsible for the development of new opportunities and securing additional revenue from potential clients, whilst raising awareness of the full portfolio of Education Support’s paid for services.

Daren has over twenty years of professional relationship experience developed within the health and wellbeing sector, particularly in supporting organisation’s mental health and wellbeing. 

Outside of work, Daren enjoys spending time with his young daughter, attending football and rugby matches and enjoys live music.

Claire Renn

Digital Communications Manager

As Digital Communications Manager, Claire is responsible for the commissioning, writing and editing content for Education Support Partnership’s website.  Claire also produces content for all our social media channels and writes and distributes the monthly email newsletter.

Previously Claire worked for an education technology charity as its Website and Social Media Manager. She has extensive experience of managing websites for the charity and non-for-profit sector including at Age Concern UK and Business Link.

Claire’s mother, grandmother and two uncles were all teachers so she understands the pressures of the job! Away from the office Claire enjoys running, yoga, cycling and going out with friends for a glass of prosecco or two. 

Brenda Beneochrist

Finance & Commercial Sales Administrator

Brenda joined the charity in June 2017and thoroughly enjoys her dual role supporting the Finance and Commercial Sales teams.  She has several years’ of finance and customer fulfilment experience, gained through working in challenging corporate teams. She welcomes the change of pace and being part of a charity promoting well-being is rewarding. Her mother was a teacher and she enjoys being part of a team that is so passionate about supporting all those in education! 

In her spare time,  Brenda enjoys spending time with her wonderful family, chilling in her cosy garden, going to exhilarating live music events and being Treasurer for the PTA, gives her the opportunity to raise much needed funds for her children’s school! 

Her favourite quote ‘ I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’

Jen Hart

Relationship Development Manager

Jen leads on relationships with some of our key partners, as well as developing our work within further and higher education.  She joins Education Support Partnership with a background in higher education, having worked in a number of universities, including Sheffield Hallam and Goldsmiths.

Jen is a Trustee of the housing charity Empty Homes and volunteers each Christmas with Crisis.

Deborah Ready

HR Operations Manager

Deborah supports the organisation in all the day-day operational HR management activities and is available to provide advice and support to all.  She also provides input to how our people policies and systems can help Education Support Partnership achieve our strategic aims for the Education sector and for us as a great place to work. 

She started her HR career in learning and development and prior to this was a high school teacher in the West Indies, and a Youth Training Scheme trainer and assessor in one of her earliest roles in the UK.  For Deborah, being able to help untangle issues for others, to help create a better work environment, and the variety of each day’s demands, are the best things about being an HR Manager. 

Leisure time interests include reading, cycling, motorbiking and very recently Deborah has started indoor wall climbing.  She also enjoys the time spent baking her weekly loaf, maintaining the garden, and doing basic DIY around the home.


Maria Hayward

Product and Delivery Support Officer

Maria has recently joined Ed Support to help maintain and develop the organisations in-house CRM system, as well as supporting with developing existing projects. She has over eight years experience working within the charity sector, in both CRM Management and Project Development capacity, in particular for Mental Health charities, such as St Mungo’s, the Samaritans and others.  

She has a Social Work Diploma, and studied both Mental Health and Social policy as part of her degree. In addition to family members working within both education and mental health sectors.

In her spare time Maria likes to get a little creative through Creative Writing and Nature photography. She is also an avid music fan and often attends gigs.

Paul Carpenter

Fundraising Co-ordinator

Paul works with our supporters so that they know where their money is going, and that we communicate with them in a way that they chose. Paul also sends out cash appeals and keeps the supporter care process as efficient as possible.

Paul’s first job in the charity sector was at Nick Hornby’s Ministry of Stories where their job involved (amongst various other admin tasks) yelling through an intercom at groups of school children, that they weren’t writing stories fast enough. Since then Paul has worked at a range of charities big and small and is a trustee of Quaker Homeless Action.  

They have a mum who was a teacher so they’ve seen how important it is that education professionals get the support that they need.

Noel Peart

Finance Assistant

Noel supports the Head of Finance with all aspects of accounts. He makes sure all payments for suppliers and Grants are paid promptly on time. He raises all sales invoices in conjunction with the Service delivery team. I joined in 2016 to make a difference and support the Teachers in need.

He enjoys the smile we bring to so many Grantees who need our support. That part of the job is very satisfying knowing you are making a difference every day.  

Prior to joining Noel has worked for Radio Taxis, and managed the billing for BBC & UBS and has also worked for Kogan Page Book publishers.

Noel has also boxed for England as an Amateur. He enjosy socialising and traveling abroad and going to the cinema.

James Watson

Marketing and Events Co-ordinator

James handles events planning for Ed Support, making sure that the organisation is represented at union conferences and exhibitions. He also designs the various leaflets, magazines, banners and merchandise that you’ll see at those events! As well as covering any other marketing related tasks that pop up!

Having spent 7 years working in licenced merchandising with some of the world’s biggest properties, James wanted to use his marketing and graphic design skills for good and to help those working in education, having come from a family of teachers!

James spends too much of his time eating burgers and then going to the gym to try and counter the effects of those burgers. If he’s not doing those two things then you can probably find him at the cinema or buying comics.

Sophie Howells

Media and PR Manager

Sophie has recently joined the expanding team as Media and PR Manager and is primarily responsible for growing and maintaining a strong media presence for the charity. She has fifteen years’ experience working in media and public relations in the voluntary sector. Having worked and volunteered in two large London primary schools she has seen just how important support for anyone working in the field can be. She is excited to be able to use her skills and experience to help raise the profile of the charity and its range of services.    

Outside of work, she is a busy parent of two young children and when she gets the chance enjoys walking, holidays and time with family and friends. 

Paramjit Sangha

Assistant Grants Caseworker

Paramjit joined Ed Support recently, working with Carl on grants application.  Paramjit has been involved in the charity sector for over 10 years and enjoys watching films, visiting galleries and is volunteer with her local branch of the Samaritans.

Kelly Moran

Administrative Assistant

Having worked in administration for the best part of a decade, Kelly has now found herself as the Administrative Assistant for Education Support Partnership, always endeavouring to be the heart and soul of our close-knit team by spending her time carrying out the necessary tasks of meticulously managing hectic diaries, creating stunning spreadsheets, being the first courteous port of call for the organisation, occasionally buying the 'fancy' biscuits for meetings she has arranged, and making many a pot of tea.

By contrast, Kelly has spent the majority of her life unapologetically performing live comedy at pubs nationwide since a very young age, regardless of whether or not she's actually been asked to - a testament to her generosity. When she's not performing herself, she can be found sporting a snazzy pair of wellies dancing knee-deep in mud at a music festival. A keen fan of pop culture - she hasn't missed an episode of EastEnders since 1998.