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 2023. 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 (elected)

The President-Elect

Vice President (People Development and Advocacy) & Vice President (Policy, Development and Advocacy)

Treasurer (appointed)

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 2023.

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 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. One of the first Chartered Teachers, Steven continues to support the programme as an assessor. 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 (People Development and Advocacy) and Chair of Remuneration Committee

Vivienne Porritt FCCT

Vivienne Porritt is a co-founder and Strategic Leader of #WomenEd. She is Director of Vivienne Porritt Associates, a leadership consultancy and is a former secondary headteacher and Director for School Partnerships at UCL Institute of Education.


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 FCCT

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 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 two large 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. Dr Crellin is currently working as a Schools Standards and Effectiveness Partner in Bracknell Forest Council.

Chair of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

John Willis (Appointed)

John worked for many years in financial services in both investment banking and asset management. Presently he is the Director of Research for the not-for-profit think tank, Planet Tracker. He has been involved in education for a number of years and is presently the Chair of Governors at two schools, one focused on special needs at a primary level and the other a secondary school. In addition, he is a Member of the Corporation Board of a higher education and further education college in Surrey. He is also a Trustee of I CAN, the children’s communication charity

Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Group

Sufian Sadiq FCCT

Sufian is a teacher with 15 years of experience in both the classroom and a variety of management 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

Michael Chiles FCCT

Michael has been a teacher for over 13 years and is currently teaching in a secondary academy as a Trust Lead in the north west. He has authored a book on the role of assessment and more recently a book on feedback. He has held several leadership positions in a number of schools and is a Principal Examiner.

Julia Harrington MCCT

Julia is Headmistress of Queen Anne’s School in Berkshire, an independent boarding and day school for girls. Julia joined Queen Anne’s School as Headmistress in 2006. In 2013, she established BrainCanDo (BCD), an educational neuroscience programme which she introduced into Queen Anne’s School.

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. 

Clive Hill MCCT

Nicola Rowe (Appointed) 

In her current role as Director of Membership at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Nicola has responsibility for the strategic direction and execution of the College’s membership strategy, shaping and strengthening the RCS’s relationship with both current and prospective members. As part of this, she has led the development of a new regional engagement strategy which is playing a vital role in driving member engagement.

Wedyan Dannan MCCT

Wedyan is her year 10 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. 

Liz Gregory FCCT

Liz has been teaching for 20 years in both state and independent senior schools. She is currently Head of The Maynard, an all-through girls’ school in the heart of Exeter. She joined the school in 2022 and has loved getting to know the staff and pupils. Previously she has held senior deputy roles with particular interest in professional development, coaching and evidence informed pedagogy. Liz is also a safeguarding governor for a school within a MAT in the South West. She has held leadership positions as a Principal Examiner and in two other governance positions.

Appointed committee members

Stephen Munday FCCT

Chair of Nominations Committee and Appointed Member of Ethics Committee

Sue Jackson FCCT

Member of Nominations Committee

Vincent Neate MCCT

Member of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Stef Edwards FCCT

Member of Constitutional Committee

Peter Mattock FCCT

Member of Constitutional Committee

Ann Palmer FCCT

Member of Ethics Committee

Ben Ward MCCT

Member of Education, Research & Journal 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.

The current application window is open until 25th September 2023.

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

Upcoming Council Elections

We are looking for committed people to join our Council and provide support, advice, challenge and guidance to help the charity to continue to grow and achieve our strategy.

Elections to the roles of Council member and Vice President of the Chartered College of Teaching will take place in Autumn 2023. There are six Council member positions and two Vice President positions up for election.

Nominations will open September 11th 2023 and voting will open in October 2023.

The results of the elections will be announced at the AGM on November 11th 2023.