Chartered College of Teaching governance

The Chartered College of Teaching is a charity governed according to its Royal Charter and Bye laws and by its Regulations (below).

The governing body of the Chartered College of Teaching is its Council, which is elected under a rotational system. The next elections will be held in 2025. The Council conducts a lot of its work through its committees: the Constitutional Committee, Education, Research and Journal Committee, Ethics Committee, Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, Membership Committee, Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee, with the Executive Committee having an overall coordinating role. The Council also has a Diversity and Inclusion Group.

What is the Council of the Chartered College of Teaching?

Our Council plays an important role in shaping the strategy of the Chartered College of Teaching and ensuring it is in a strong position for the future.

The Council is responsible for governing the Chartered College of Teaching’s activity including setting its strategy and long-term direction. The Council also supports the Executive Leadership Team. The Council comprises of:

The President

The President-Elect

Vice Presidents


12-27 Council members (with the majority elected)

How can you be part of the Council?

We want members and Fellows to be the guardians of the Chartered College of Teaching’s vision, to provide strategic direction and safeguard the reputation and values of the Chartered College.

Our next Council elections will be held in 2025.

If elected, you should advocate for the Chartered College of Teaching and its values. You should be able to contribute to the governance of the College through your expertise and knowledge.

All full members and Fellows are able to stand for election (this includes members who pay the ECT subscription rate). As defined in the Chartered College of Teaching’s Bye Laws, Student Members, Associate Members and Affiliates (Historical, Professional and International) are not able to stand for election.

Current Council members


Dr Steven Berryman FCCT, CTeach (Leadership)

Dr Steven Berryman is Director of Creativity, Music and Culture for The Charter Schools Educational Trust. He has worked in education for nearly 20 years, and contributes widely through research, teaching, advisory and non executive director roles, and was one of the first Chartered Teachers. Steven has considerable expertise in arts education, and is the Vice-President of the National Society for Educators of Art and Design, and an advisory panel member for the Cultural Learning Alliance. Most recently he was a member of the expert panel for the refreshed DFE/DCMS National Plan for Music Education.

President-Elect and Chair of Membership Committee

Aimée Tinkler FCCT

Aimée has been a teacher for over 20 years during which time she has taught and led in schools in a variety of circumstances and contexts. Aimée is currently School Improvement Partner at the Diocese of Coventry MAT, prior to which she spent 8 years as teaching Head of School at Carsington and Hopton Primary School. She works with schools and trusts across the country as a system leader and has been closely involved with the work of the Chartered College of Teaching Council since its inception. She is a Founding Fellow and is currently working towards her Chartered Teacher (Leadership) status. Aimée is engaged in doctoral research at UCL Institute of Education where her current research interests centre around understanding the barriers and enablers to engagement with effective professional learning for teachers working in challenging contexts.

Vice President

Tania Craig FCCT

Tania has been a Headteacher for over 20 years, working predominantly in the SEND sector, specifically with SEMH pupils. Currently an Executive Head in a split site, all through specialist provision in South Gloucestershire. A Local Leader of Education, has worked with SSAT as a curriculum lead and is an active member of Engage in their Future charity, working with SEND schools across the country.

Vice President and Chair of Ethics Committee

Dr Natasha Crellin FCCT

Dr Crellin has been a primary teacher for 27 years, and has worked in a variety of teaching and senior roles, including Headteacher of three primary schools. She has a specialism in early years and holds a PhD on the working experiences of early years practitioners in private and not-for-profit settings. Dr Crellin has articles published in Impact, and is due to have a book on early years pedagogy published in 2024.


Marcus Richards FCCT FCPFA (Appointed)

Marcus is a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance practice where he advises public and private sector bodies on matters of financial complexity.

Chairs of committees

Chair of Nominations Committee and Appointed Member of Ethics Committee

Stephen Munday Hon FCCT CBE

Stephen is the Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust and was previously Executive Principal of Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire. In 2009 Stephen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for services to education and the community, and in 2013 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to education. Stephen has worked in several advisory capacities with the Department for Education, including the Teaching Schools’ Council and the East of England and north-east London headteacher board, and he is a National Leader of Education. He is currently a Lead Headteacher Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust.

Chair of Constitutional Committee

Paul Barber FCCT (Appointed)

Paul read law at Jesus College, Cambridge, and was called to the Bar in 1992. He has been engaged with education policy and legislation at national level over the past two decades. Paul was Director of Education for the Diocese of Westminster for over 10 years and has been Director of the Catholic Education Service since 2013.

Chair of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Liz Gregory FCCT

Liz has taught economics for over 20 years in both state and independent sector schools and has an MEd in Educational Leadership and Management. She has been Head of The Maynard since 2022, an all-though girls’ school in Exeter. Previously she has held senior deputy roles with particular interest in professional development, coaching and evidence informed practice. She is currently training to be an accredited Leadership Coach. Liz has been safeguarding governor for a MAT in the South West since 2019 and has also held leadership positions as a Principal Examiner.

Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Group

Sufian Sadiq FCCT

Sufian is a teacher with 16 years of experience in both the classroom and a variety of leadership roles. He is currently the Director of Teaching School for Chiltern Learning Trust and in his spare time he is actively engaged in supporting a variety of organisations within the voluntary sector.

Chair of Education, Research & Journal Committee

Hannah Knowles FCCT

Hannah is Principal of The Skinners’ Kent Academy (SKA), an International Baccalaureate World School based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. She joined the Academy in 2018 as Vice Principal for Curriculum Progress and Learning and was Acting Principal from April to September 2020. Hannah holds a Masters in Education from the University of Brighton and is an ASCL Council Representative for the South East.

Council members

Jackie Hill FCCT

Jackie’s teaching career began in Further Education (Northern Ireland), then switched to Secondary MFL (Stockport), followed by a move to TDA to support Training Schools.  This led to subsequent regional and national roles in teacher recruitment, initial teacher training, professional learning and partnership development. Jackie is a Network Leader for WomenEdNW, and Co-Founder / Network Leader for WomenEdNI.  A supporter of DiverseEd, she is passionate about helping schools to celebrate diversity, and become inclusive and equitable places for staff, students and their families. 

Dr Kate Bridge MCCT

Kate has been a teacher for over 18 years and is currently teaching Physics and PE in a Girls School in Hertfordshire. She is the Head of Physics with 15+ years experience in middle management. Kate achieved Chartered Teacher Status in 2023 and is an advocate for increasing Girls participation in Physics and Sport. She is a Trainer for Physics Partners a charity that helps non-specialists master Physics Teaching and Co-Chair of the Practitioners council for the Foundation of education development.

Dr Caroline Creaby MCCT

Caroline has been an economics teacher for 20 years and is currently Deputy Headteacher in a large comprehensive secondary school in Hertfordshire where she leads the curriculum, teaching and learning and teacher professional development. Caroline is committed to teaching being a research informed profession, has been a Research School Director and completed her Masters and Doctorate in Education at the University of Cambridge. Caroline has experience of advisory and governance roles including being a member of the DfE’s Early Career Framework reference group and having been a trustee at University College Oxford.

Kat Howard FCCT

Kat is an Executive Director of School Improvement at a Multi Academy Trust in the West Midlands. In previous roles, Kat led a Teaching School Hub overseeing the professional development of over 200 schools, and a senior leader in a Single Academy Trust. Kat holds a Master’s in Expert Teaching, NPQEL and is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. She has published work on the topics of curriculum development, teacher workload and system- level change management and implementation in education.

Wedyan Dannan MCCT

Wedyan is in her tenth year of teaching KS3 – 5 Sciences, she has worked in a number of schools as a sciences teacher and has held various middle leadership positions. Currently, she is employed by Birchwood Community High School in Warrington, Cheshire as the head of the Sciences Faculty. Wedyan is a sciences subject mentor; she enjoys supporting teachers to thrive and release their full potential. She is also a keen learner herself and is currently studying for a doctorate in education at the University of Chester.

Alexandra Dean FCCT, CTeach (Leadership)

Alex has been a secondary school teacher for 25 years. She is currently the deputy headteacher of a large comprehensive secondary school in Bingley, near Bradford in West Yorkshire. Her subject area is English, currently focused on teaching A level English Literature. She is particularly interested in the areas of teachers’ professional development, teacher recruitment and retention and staff well-being. 

Rebecca Hanson FCCT

Rebecca has worked in mathematics education for 24 years. Her roles have included Secondary Head of Mathematics, Associate Lecturer in Education and Primary Mathematics CPD provider. She has delivered national and international maths education projects and has consistently followed her passion for working in the most challenging and unusual contexts. Rebecca has shared her primary maths CPD and her interviews with respected educators on YouTube as “RebeccaTheMathsLady”, where they have received over 150k views. Rebecca has also been a Cumbria County Councillor; in which role she drove substantial improvements in areas where education and health overlap and published a book about Healthcare Coproduction. Rebecca has a Masters Degree in Education from the Open University.

Haili Hughes MCCT

Haili is Director of Education at IRIS Connect and mentoring lead at the University of Sunderland. She was a teacher of English and senior and middle leader for sixteen years.

Meena Kumari Wood FCCT

Meena is a former HMI Ofsted, Local Authority Adviser, Principal of an Adult College and Principal of a Secondary Academy. She is an international speaker, educational trainer, author and leadership coach with an MBA in Educational Leadership. She is an Honorary Fellow of Education Leadership Academy at the University of Birmingham, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of Chartered College and on the Advisory Board of Da Vinci Life Skills Cambridge. Meena is author of the popular ‘Secondary Curriculum Transformed; Enabling All to Achieve’ (Wood and Haddon, Routledge 2021). Meena was formerly Chair of ClimateED; an educational charity working with schools to raise environmental awareness. Her voluntary work includes training for teachers in slum schools in India.

Appointed committee members

Stephen Munday Hon FCCT CBE

Chair of Nominations Committee and Appointed Member of Ethics Committee

Sufian Sadiq FCCT

Member of the Membership Committee

Vincent Neate MCCT

Member of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Stef Edwards FCCT

Member of Constitutional Committee

Lekha Sharma FCCT

Member of Membership Committee

Julia Harrington MCCT

Member of Nominations Committee

Jonathan Shepherd FCCT

Member of Nominations Committee

Peter Mattock FCCT

Member of Constitutional Committee

Ann Palmer FCCT

Member of Ethics Committee

Ben Ward MCCT

Member of Education, Research & Journal Committee

Kate Sida-Nicholls MCCT

Member of Constitutional Committee

Honorary positions with the Chartered College of Teaching

Honorary Fellowship

The highly prestigious award of Honorary Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching is a distinction for life and the highest honour which the Chartered College of Teaching may bestow. It is for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution, of national significance, to the Chartered College of Teaching; its aims; or to the profession of teaching more broadly.

Our first Honorary Fellowship was awarded in November 2022, to Stephen Munday FCCT, former President of the Chartered College of Teaching.


Honorary Membership

The highly prestigious award of Honorary Member of the Chartered College of Teaching is a distinction for life, which may be bestowed by the Chartered College. It is for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Chartered College of Teaching; its aims or to the profession of teaching more broadly

The first award of this distinction was made posthumously to Hannah Uche-Njoku in November 2022.


Nominations process

There is a strict application and review process for these highly prestigious positions. This starts with a member of the Council, a full Member, a Fellow or the Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching proposing an individual for consideration. They should provide a written account of why the candidate should be considered and what they may have to offer or have offered to the Chartered College of Teaching. The written account must demonstrate that the candidate fully meets all the professional principles and an outstanding contribution to the Chartered College (in the case of Honorary Fellowship, this must demonstrate an outstanding contribution of national significance); its aims; or the teaching profession more broadly.

For Honorary Fellowship the proposal must be seconded by a member of the Council and at least two Fellows of the Chartered College of Teaching. For Honorary Membership the proposal must be seconded by a member of the Council and at least two members of the Chartered College of Teaching.

The Chartered College’s Nominations Committee reviews and scores applications and makes recommendations to the Council on the award of Honorary positions. A candidate may not self-nominate.

It is anticipated that the next application window will open in Autumn 2024.

To access the full details of the criteria, scoring framework and process for the appointment of Honorary Fellows and Members please email