Trustees | Education Support


We take governance very seriously. Our Board of Trustees govern our activities. We have 13 Trustees in place: 

  • Keven Bartle
  • Julie Davis
  • Professor Christopher Day 
  • Harry James
  • Dr Jean Kelly
  • Dr Jeremy Reynolds (Chair)
  • Rod Ruffle
  • Professor Edward Sallis 
  • Lynne Tweed
  • Gwendolyn Williams

The Board of Trustees meets on a quarterly basis to review and agree strategy. Written reports from each department are submitted prior to the meetings and the Chief Executive and Leadership Team frequently present on particular areas of interest. This ensures that all trustees are kept fully updated on our work.

The Board of Trustees make all top-level decisions and delegate responsibility for the operational management and leadership of the charity to the Chief Executive supported by the leadership team. Financial procedures set the financial limits for decision making at varying and appropriate levels from Board level downwards. Trustees are heavily involved in strategic business planning with the annual Business Plan requiring Board approval. In addition to this the Board of Trustees organises itself into committees in order to explore particular areas in more depth and report back to the Board as a whole.

Trustee biographies

Dr Jeremy Reynolds (Chair)

Jeremy spent 30 years working in corporate affairs in the environment movement, the motor industry and financial services. Most recently he was director of communication and marketing for the largest pan-African bank following a spell as Barclaycard’s corporate affairs director. Throughout his career, Jeremy has been heavily involved in change management, helping organisations through difficult transitions as well as campaigning for change on the part of governments and industries.

As well as his role at Ed Support, he sits on the board of a multi-academy trust in Bedfordshire and is a non-executive director of UKROEd, a private not-for-profit company which conducts the management and administration of driving offender training on behalf of the UK Police Service. He has a PhD in economics.

Beyond work, he spends time training dogs, shooting clay pigeons, cycling and motorcycling. He is a keen cook and scuba diver and, through no fault of his own, is a lifelong supporter of Nottingham Forest.

Professor Ed Sallis, OBE

Ed started his career as a tax inspector before teaching economics and management.  He has held senior leadership roles in further education colleges in London, Berkshire, Somerset, Surrey, Bristol and the Channel Islands, including for fifteen years as Principal and Chief Executive of Highlands College, Jersey’s further, higher and adult education college. Since retiring in 2012 Ed has been a Commissioner of the Jersey Appointments Commission, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Jersey Heritage and a trustee of a large public sector pension fund with 13,000 members and £2.5 billion in assets. He also works as an education consultant and most recently chaired the Department for Education’s Technical Education Panel for Education and Childcare, which devised the content for the new T-Level qualification.

An experienced charity trustee, Ed is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma. He has a PhD in educational management from the University of the West of England, is a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education by Plymouth University where he is a visiting professor.  He has written extensively on education leadership and management and in the 2010 New Years Honours List was appointed OBE for his services to education.

Ed’s interest in wellbeing at work and the power of coaching, counselling and talking therapies led to his appointment as the lay Chair of the Register Advisory Board of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Ed has been happily married for 37 years to Kate, lives by the sea, and relaxes by walking on the beach and playing the guitar.

Julie Davis

Julie works within both the public and private education sectors within the support areas and specifically finance. Her time in schools and higher education she says has shown her first-hand the intensity of and commitment to teaching that the professionals show. It has made her value even more the input teachers have into the lives of the young people in our society and how we must offer teaching professionals support in the best and most efficient way possible.

Julie was thrilled to become a member of the Ed Support Board at the time of the merger and has since taken on the role as Chair of the Finance Committee.  She hopes that together they can make the best decisions to pave the way for the future of the charity and all those supported by it.

Julie lives in a small village in Yorkshire with her husband. She and her family live a little of what she describes as the 'good life' producing vegetables from the polytunnel, eggs from the chickens and fruit from the orchard. Not forgetting the honey from the bees! She is passionate about riding and cycling and owns two horses that both live at home with the remainder of the menagerie of five dogs.

Elected Trustees

Professor Christopher Day: Cert.Ed; M.A; D.Phil.; PhD; D.Litt. FRSA; FAcSS

Chris is Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Sydney, Australia; Chair Professor of Educational Leadership, Beijing Normal University, China. Prior to this he worked as a teacher, lecturer and local authority schools’ adviser. Among the national and international funded projects he has led are: VITAE (a national four year DfE project on variations in teachers' work, lives and effectiveness); a three-year national project on associations between effective school leadership and pupil outcomes and an ESRC funded project on teacher resilience. He is also a trustee of a multi-academy trust.

In 1993, Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Linkoping, Sweden and in 2010, the Michael Huberman Award for excellence in research on teachers by the American Educational Research Association. In the same year he received a D.Litt. from his university where he was recently elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). In 2018, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Education University of Hong Kong.

Chris has written many books including: Teachers’ Worlds and Work: Understanding Complexity, Building Quality(2017), Resilient Teachers, Resilient Schools (2014); The International Handbook of Teacher and School Development (2012); School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Building and Sustaining Success (2011); New Understandings of Teachers' Work. He is Editor-in-Chief of 'Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice'; and a member of the Editorial Boards of ‘The British Educational Research Journal’ (BERJ) and ‘Teaching and Teacher Education’ (TATE).

Gwen Williams

Gwen trained as a primary school teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge from 1962-65 following which she taught young children for the whole of her 39 years (and two terms) teaching career. She taught in London – Harringay, Brent and Harrow and then moved to Wales where she taught in Merthyr Tydfil, becoming a Headteacher in 1991 until she retired. She then became involved with supporting Teacher Support Cymru, the predecessor to Education Support Partnership and initiated some significant changes in the development of the early charity. Gwen still chairs the Management and Advisory Board of Education Support Partnership (Cymru).

Gwen was an elected member of the General Teaching Council for Wales for eight years from its inception. She was a member of the NUT, then NAHT when she became a Headteacher. She was Branch Secretary for Merthyr Tydfil supporting heads in difficulty and negotiated with the local authority. Gwen served on the National Council of the NAHT representing South Wales and after she retired, helped to organise the NAHT Cymru Conferences and edited their annual magazine for ten years.

Born in Dowlais, South Wales, Gwen was brought up and educated in London. She is a Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the National Museum of Wales – also a charity. Gwen has a big garden which she opens annually and raises money for Education Support Partnership. She still makes time for the theatre, cinema, travelling and eating out with friends and family.

Harry James

Harry has been a school governor for over 20 years and a chair of governors of various schools. He is currently chair of governors of a special school for young people, aged 5 – 19, with severe and multiple learning difficulties. He is chair designate of a multi academy trust in Richmond & Kingston, with a plan to open four new special schools in the area so that local families can get the education and care they need close to where they live, rather than travel miles.

Harry has been a national leader of governance for six years supporting chairs and governing boards that need help and is an assessor for Governor Mark, a nationally recognised accreditation for outstanding governing boards. A coach and mentor for the Teach First governor impact programme, he is an education expert for ‘The Key for Governor’s’ website. Prior to retiring, Harry was Head of Communication for the Post Office.

Harry firmly believes that the future of education lies in collaboration, and that the enhanced role of school governors should encompass the safety and wellbeing of school staff. He hopes to use his networks and influence to promote the work of the Education Support Partnership with school governors.

Harry enjoys travelling, walking and trekking. Two years ago he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his son. At the time, he was the oldest person on the mountain and his son was the youngest. This year he plans to walk the Pennine Way.

Jean Kelly

Jean’s interest in education, professional development and the support for teachers is based on more than 40 years' experience of teaching and management in schools, universities and in further education and skills. She has a Certificate in Education and a PhD in medieval literature. She has taught across the school, FE and HE sectors.

Her skills and experiences have made Jean keen to help Education Support Partnership having run initial teacher education programmes and professional development opportunities. She used this experience as a teacher trainer and manager of professional development to design, develop and advise on national CPD programmes with the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) and the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL).

Jean worked with the Institute for Learning (IfL) from 2002, initially as a researcher and member of the transitional council, then as Director of Professional Development and until November 2014 when the IfL closed, as its Chief Executive. Her work to support members in their professional development included conducting and publishing annual reviews of CPD; producing guides to effective CPD for teachers, trainers and leaders; leading the editorial team for a professional journal, InTuition, national CPD events and focus groups. She has acted as an adviser on many national stakeholder groups including the independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL, 2013) and the Education and Training Foundation revision of the Professional Standards in 2014. She hopes that this knowledge of teachers and their needs will help inform her role as trustee of Education Support Partnership.

Keven Bartle

Keven Bartle has been the headteacher of Canons High School, a vibrant multicultural comprehensive in the Borough of Harrow, NW London since September 2014. Previously deputy head at the school for six years, Keven has held responsibility for data, assessment, pedagogy and building system leadership capacity. Canons is a lead school within the Canons Park Teaching School Alliance.

Keven has been a teacher of English and Sociology but has found true fulfilment in teaching History as a way of relieving the pressures of headship.  He is currently studying for a doctorate in management with the Hertfordshire Business School, with a focus on pragmatic philosophy, process sociology and complexity theories.   

As a headteacher, Keven has regularly used the phrase “look after the staff so that they can look after the students”. Consequently, he is incredibly proud to be a trustee of the charity.

Lynne Tweed

Lynne is a retired secondary maths teacher in a small village in Nottinghamshire. She spent most of her career teaching within a twenty-minute commute at just four different schools. During that time she saw major changes not only in the maths content which has been taught, but also the manner in which her knowledge and skills imparted. She feels that she has seen the status and autonomy of the profession diminished and workload increased without the benefit of increased learning.

Lynne joined the board of Education Support Partnership in 2012 and has enjoyed seeing, and being part of, the journey to a fully independent organisation which will grow and be the charity of choice to all those within education.

She is enjoying her retirement and has taken up new interests and pastimes. She goes to Bridge classes spends time taking her dog, a Spaniel, out walking in all weathers. Wind and rain are no hindrance to running and catching a tennis ball!

Rod Ruffle

Rod began his teaching career as a member of the armed forces for six years in Malaya and Taunton. After four more years teaching in the UK he went on to work for the NUT between 1971 and 2001 until retirement.

Rod has been a regular donor to the Teacher Benevolent Fund, Teacher Support Network and now Education Support Partnership since the 1990's. In 2004 he became active again with the NUT as a voluntary caseworker and committee member.  When the opportunity arose he was elected to the Teacher Support Network National Council and then as a trustee.

As a current caseworker Rod understands the need for professional counselling particularly where teachers are faced with redundancy or capability.  In these situations many teachers feel emotionally 'hollowed out'.

For some years after he retired Rod worked as a car delivery driver working with colleagues coping to live on the minimum wage. When the recession hit the 'retired' drivers voluntarily gave up hours and days in order to protect the hours of younger colleagues and to prevent redundancies.

Rod has served as a county councillor between 1982 and 2001 and also for four years as a city councillor between 2010 and 2014.