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 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 HICKMANVice Chair
Rebecca Hickman is a charity consultant and education campaigner. She has worked for local and international NGOs, public authorities and donor organisations, and currently undertakes a wide range of consultancy work in both the UK and South Africa, specialising in early childhood development and education. Rebecca co-founded Buckinghamshire’s Local Equal Excellent campaign.
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.’
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.
MICHAEL PAVEYParliamentary Officer
Michael Pavey grew up in selective Lincolnshire, and the damaging divide of the 11-plus led to his interest in political campaigning. He was a former advisor to the Labour front bench on early years policy, and is a Brent Councillor and school governor at Wembley Primary School.