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Our Committee 2018-12-11T14:10:15+00:00

Our steering group

DR.NUALA BURGESS
DR.NUALA BURGESSChair
Dr.Nuala Burgess is an academic researcher and former teacher, she has nine years’ experience as a secondary school teacher in selective and comprehensive schools and an FE college. Her doctoral research focused on the impact of selective practices in school sixth forms.
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.
MELISSA BENN
MELISSA BENNVice Chair
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.
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.
DR.JASON ARDAY
DR.JASON ARDAY
Jason Arday is Senior Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University, School of Education, and a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
DR.ALAN BAINBRIDGE
DR.ALAN BAINBRIDGE
Alan Bainbridge is the Joint Coordinator of the Kent Education Network. He currently lectures in higher education having previously taught in Secondary Schools for 20 years.
DEREK BERRY
DEREK BERRY
Derek Berry worked in the aviation industry and is now retired. He lives in Buckinghamshire and feels there is ample evidence that selection fails to provide the equality of opportunity and resources which are available to children in the neighbouring comprehensive schools.
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.
ALEXA COLLINS
ALEXA COLLINS
Alexa Collins is a Buckinghamshire parent, Secretary of Beaconsfield CLP and Chair of Bucks Labour Forum.
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.
DR. MELISSA R. JOGIE
DR. MELISSA R. JOGIE
Melissa Jogie is an interdisciplinary researcher investigating projects in international education and psychology. She has experience teaching in primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education across a range of countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Australia and the UK. She is currently based at the University of Roehampton.
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.
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.
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.