We have a small, high-calibre staff team – most of whom are teachers. We also work closely with an Advisory Group of mathematics and education experts.
Helen is a pioneer of the mastery approach in the UK, having founded Mathematics Mastery in 2011. Under her leadership, the partnership programme has grown from 30 schools to 367 schools across the country. She is also the author of a book, ‘Mastering Mathematics’, published by Oxford University Press.
Previously Helen was Director of Mathematics for Ark Schools, leading the development and introduction of the mastery curriculum which eventually developed into the Mathematics Mastery programme. She was also one of four members of the drafting group for the 2014 national curriculum for mathematics.
As a teacher Helen taught maths and studied mathematics education in diverse inner city comprehensives. Whilst remaining a classroom practitioner she carried out research with Oxford University and the Open University, and was awarded a PhD in mathematics education.
Helen has over 30 years’ experience in primary education in the London area. Prior to joining the Mathematics Mastery team she was headteacher of an inner city primary school, and before that she was a Senior Regional Director for the National Strategies. Helen has also worked as a maths consultant and adviser, Helen has an MA in Educational Leadership and Management, with a particular focus on the effects of setting on pupil attainment in mathematics.
Sara co-leads the primary team, who work to develop curriculum resources, teacher professional development and support for school leaders to ensure they are implementing the core principles of Maths Mastery in line with our vision.
Sara completed a degree in Psychology at Nottingham University before attending the Institute of Education for her PGCE and later to study Mathematics Education. Prior to joining Mathematics Mastery to launch the primary programme in 2012, she spent 10 years as a teacher, Maths Lead and Assistant Head teacher in schools around London.
Laura joined the Mathematics Mastery team in January 2016 as Head of Operations and Planning. She brings experience in operations, fundraising, communications and strategic planning from previous roles, including her time as Group Head of Operations at Care for Children.
Laura has a degree in Chinese from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a Masters in Chinese Studies from UCL, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Charli leads on external relations, digital activity, marketing, press, branding and social media. Previously she managed the press office for Queen Mary University of London’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to this, Charli was Communications Manager for the National AIDS Trust, a national policy and campaigning charity. She also has several years’ experience in a leading PR agency.
Charli has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield.
Kate studied Mathematics and Music at the University of Leeds. After university she worked as a maths teacher at a secondary school in the North West, obtaining her PGCE and Masters in Education from the University of Manchester. She subsequently retrained as an accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), where she spent a number of years working with a wide range of clients and sectors before joining Mathematics Mastery in 2015.
Gill joined Mathematics Mastery as Impact Manager in September 2016. Her background is wide-ranging, embracing research, education, journalism and marketing. She has worked – for example – in Parliament, for the charities Scope and CARE International UK, for the think-tank IPPR and in two inner-London schools.
She has a degree in Modern Languages, a PGCE and an MA in School Leadership, as well as postgraduate qualifications in journalism, marketing and management.
Harriet joined the Mathematics Mastery team in 2014 after graduating from the University of Durham with a Masters in Chemistry. She works on a range of operational and strategic projects, and manages the online toolkit. Harriet was involved in tutoring and voluntary work at university, and has previous experience in an educational charity.
Gemma studied at the University of Bristol, before teaching the south-east for five years. Gemma had a variety of responsibilities including leading Key Stage 3 Mathematics in addition to raising the profile of mathematics enrichment activities as Enrichment Coordinator. She trained trainee teachers and led sessions on the use and benefits of manipulatives in the classroom to share her research. Gemma is a trained coach and participated in a successful nationwide lesson study research project to investigate the advantages of joint planning in mathematics.