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Our Committee 2018-07-10T11:28:16+00:00

Our steering group

MELISSA BENN
MELISSA BENNChair
Melissa Benn is a journalist and writer. In 2012 she won the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award, presented by the National Union of Teachers for her campaigning and work for the cause of comprehensive education.
JOHN EDMONDS
JOHN EDMONDSVice Chair
John Edmonds is a Trade Unionist, environmentalist and writer about equality for women. He was the former General Secretary of the GMB union and served as TUC President in 1998.
REBECCA HICKMAN
REBECCA HICKMANVice Chair
Rebecca Hickman is a charity consultant and education campaigner. She has worked for local and international NGOs and public authorities, and undertakes a wide range of consultancy work in the UK and South Africa. Rebecca co-founded Buckinghamshire’s Local Equal Excellent campaign.
ADRIAN ELLIOTT
ADRIAN ELLIOTTTreasurer
Adrian Elliott was a former head teacher at two large comprehensive schools and has also worked for Ofsted and the NCSL. He wrote ‘State Schools Since the 1950s: The Good News.’

Our staff

JOANNE BARTLEY
JOANNE BARTLEYCampaign Officer
Joanne Bartley’s background is in marketing & social media strategy. She has proved herself an excellent advocate for non-selective education as chair of the Kent campaign group, the Kent Education Network.

Our steering committee

BRIAN APTER
BRIAN APTER
Brian Apter is an Educational Psychologist, researcher and writer. He is currently Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology.
NUALA BURGESS
NUALA BURGESS
Nuala Burgess has nine years’ experience as a secondary school teacher in selective and comprehensive schools and an FE college. She is based at King’s College, London where her doctoral research focuses on the impact of selective practices in school sixth forms.
DAVID CHAYTOR
DAVID CHAYTOR
David Chaytor has experience as a Senior Manager of a large College of Arts and Technology. He is a former Labour Member of Parliament and a founder member of Comprehensive Future.
JAMES COOMBS
JAMES COOMBS
James Coombs has been trying to collect information about the 11-plus since 2012 and his study into the effects of tutoring, based on National Pupil Database data, was well received by the DfE. He intends to undertake a PhD to further his research into test coaching.
PIPPA DORAN
PIPPA DORAN
Pippa Doran has worked within a selective authority as a teacher, manager and senior education officer. As a disabled woman she brings a unique perspective to our organisation.
MARLENE ELLIS
MARLENE ELLIS
Marlene Ellis teaches BA (Hons) Education and Social Science with research interests in race, further education tertiary colleges and comprehensive education. As a scholar-activist, she is opposed to selection, unfair admissions to our schools and all forms of unequal treatment burdening our children.
JOHN FOWLER
JOHN FOWLER
John Fowler has 30 years’ experience in local government in management, performance and policy roles for seven local authorities in London and the south east. He was deputy head of education, culture and tourism at the Local Government Association from 1997 to 2002.
RICHARD HARRIS
RICHARD HARRIS
Richard Harris is a retired Adult Education Principal and senior manager in a Further Education College. He has served as a Councillor on Southampton City Council. He is a primary school governor and a member of the local Schools Forum, as well as representing CASE and the Reclaiming Education campaign group.
NICK KENNARD
NICK KENNARD
Nick Kennard is a resident of Sevenoaks and has been a vocal opponent to the controversial Weald of Kent ‘annexe’ grammar school in local news. He works in IT for an Energy Services and Facilities Management company.
STEVEN LONGDEN
STEVEN LONGDEN
Steven teaches at a successful comprehensive high school in Manchester, was one of the founders of Trafford Residents for an Inclusive Education Service (TRIES) and is an Executive Member of the Socialist Education Association.
MARGARET MAJUMDAR
MARGARET MAJUMDAR
Margaret Majumdar is a governor of a primary school and currently chairs Ealing Schools Forum. She was an Ealing councillor for 24 years and Chair of its Education committee for four years. She was a university lecturer in French, and worked 17 years in Hounslow education department.
FIONA MILLAR
FIONA MILLAR
Fiona Millar is a writer and journalist. She writes a column in Guardian Education and regularly takes part in television and radio debates about education policy. Fiona is co-founder of the Local Schools Network website and is a governor of two North London schools. She also chairs the Young Camden Foundation and is vice chair of the National Youth Arts Trust.
ALAN PARKER
ALAN PARKER
Alan Parker’s career in voluntary and statutory agencies culminated as Director of Education at the London Borough of Ealing. Since then he has been a consultant and held roles such as a Schools Adjudicator. He is a qualified executive coach and served as the Society of Education Officers’ President in 2002, he is a trustee of several education charities.
PETER PRIOR
PETER PRIOR
Peter Prior is a businessman engaged in trying to reduce the use of fossil fuels by their replacement with cost-effective renewable technologies. He is a father and grandfather and was formerly a governor of a comprehensive school. He chairs the Excellent Education for Everyone group in Maidenhead.
JO SMITH
JO SMITH
Jo is a comprehensively educated mother of two, and she is passionately opposed to selection and unfair admissions in our schools. Her background is in HR and employment law.