Our extended team

Our voluntary team are all English teachers. They share LItdrive’s aims and values at a local level with colleagues, departments and training providers. They also commit to running regional subject knowledge professional development events every year in their local area, adopting the LitdriveCPD model: ‘subject, not spec,’ knowledge-rich, text or genre specific sessions to support English teaching in the classroom.

You can contact them via our Facebook page, their Twitter handles or at local events.

They will also run regional LitdriveCPD in their local area, with the LitdriveCPD model or knowledge-rich, text or genre specific based sessions to enrich English teaching in the classrooms.

Interested in contributing to our regional or remote professional development offer? complete our expression of interest form here- we would love to hear from you.

We are keen to expand our team, so if you think you would be interested in being an Advocate for Litdrive, complete our expression of interest form; we would love to hear from you.

Abbie Mann

Regional Advocate

Nottingham, Central West

Abbie is Director of English at a wonderful, culturally diverse state school in London. She has 10 years teaching experience and has held roles up to senior leadership level. Abbie has led whole school literacy and reading initiatives as well as leading on whole school teaching and learning. She is also an examiner for GCSE English and A Level Law. Since 2013, Abbie has been a staunch, vocal advocate of teacher wellbeing and its connection to great teaching. She has presented nationally many times to a wide range of audiences from support services to school leaders. Whilst the best part of her day remains in the classroom, Abbie is a committed leader who is constantly seeking out new ways to develop her highly skilled team of English teachers. She loves leading the department and totally geeks out on developing the team’s (and her own) subject knowledge. In a bid to stay sane, she also makes it a regular habit to run in many races and climb mountains. Abbie’s debut book Live Well, Teach Well was a best seller on Amazon in 2018. Find her on Twitter @abbiemann1982

Alice Snowdon

Regional Advocate

Madrid, Spain, International

Alice Snowdon is a Head of English at a leading International School in Madrid.She is the first International Regional Advocate for LitDrive, something that she describes as "exhilarating" and "exciting" to colleagues in equal measure. She has been teaching English since 2015 when she completed her TeachFirst LDP. Alice is particularly passionate about curriculum design, retrieval practice, and developing subject knowledge. She recently completed her NPQML on reading and vocabulary and, because she has clearly too much time on her hands, has begun her SSAT for Lead Practitioner. Alice believes passionately in fostering a love of English from the classroom and beyond. When not teaching she enjoys, reading (of course!), writing her poetry/creative writing on Words + Things and hanging out with her gorgeous cat Ophelia.@AliceSnowdon

Anna Ballard

Regional Advocate

Sidcup, South East

Anna has been teaching English for over ten years and is currently head of KS4 English at a secondary school in outer London. She’s undertaken various responsibilities over the years, including leading whole school literacy initiatives and teaching and learning sessions. Her most current role has lead to organising external CPD for schools in her local borough, and she is particularly interested in keeping teacher workload down whilst keeping standards high. She is also an examiner for GCSE, both for Language and Literature. @Ballard1000

Chris Scrivens

Regional Advocate

Bradford, North East

Currently Head of English and Associate Assistant, Chris teaches at a Bradford secondary schoo,l teaching 11-18 including GCSE and both English A Levels. He is an instructional coach, having been trained by the IFT/Ambition over 2018-19 Chris is also an AQA examiner.@chrisscrivens1

Chris Shaw

CPD Coordinator


Chris is an Assistant Headteacher and Head of English at a Welsh-medium comprehensive school in Swansea. He also has many years experience as an examiner and team leader for A level English Literature. Chris also leads the research team within the school where current focuses include the development of oracy and vocabulary, in addition to a new project focusing on developing independent learners and the value of homework. He recently graduated with an MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching (from the University of Cambridge) where his thesis focused on the teaching of Welsh Writing in English and its implications within the new Curriculum for Wales. He has also had work published in NATE's Teaching English magazine which explored the place of Shakespeare within the curriculum. He can be found on twitter by the handle @athrosaesneg (which translates to the English teacher)@athrosaesneg

Christine Owen

Regional Advocate

Stafford, Central West

Christine is Head of English/SLE at Burton Borough School in Shropshire with 20 years’ teaching experience, 17 as an Examiner and Senior Examiner. She has a passion for collaboration – both with her colleagues, and also other members of the English teaching community in her area/the wider teaching community. Christine has led many sessions for an enthusiastic and like-minded English teachers in her local area for over four years – and takes great inspiration from sharing ideas, knowledge, expertise and new ideas. @chrissieohh

Dave Alderson

CPD Coordinator

Nottingham, Central East

Ella Davies

Regional Advocate

Prestatyn, Wales

Ella Davies is an experienced Head of English at an English-medium comprehensive school in North Wales. She has undertaken various responsibilities during her career: Key Stage 3 Coordinator, Deputy Head of Department/Deputy Head of Learning (Pastoral), and Associate Senior Leader. She is passionate about collaboration and thrives when she is helping others. During her 15-year career, she has mentored and delivered subject training to ITTs, NQTs and more experienced colleagues. She has experience as a Lead Practitioner, where she has supported schools with the delivery of the GCSE specification. With a keen interest in teacher development, Ella is excited about sharing the Litdrive message. She enjoys attending concerts and shows, and she is an avid Liverpool FC fan! Ella can be found on Twitter @EdEllaD.@EdEllaD

Emma Sheppard

Regional Advocate

Toulouse, France, International

Emma Sheppard is the founder of The MTPT Project, the UK's charity for parent-teachers and a former English Teacher and Lead Practitioner with 12 years' experience in London and international schools. She has seven years' experience as a mentor, leading on the ITT provision across her school as well as providing training at Teach First summer institutes and across the Harris Federation. Emma has taught the Cambridge IGCSE, A Level, IBacc and taught and examined AQA English Literature and Language. Emma studied Comparative Literature at King's College University and has a keen interest in using global literature to diversify our curricula.@emma_au_soleil

Fe Brewer

Regional Advocate

Leicester, Central West

Fe Brewer is a Deputy Curriculum Director for English at an inner-city school in Leicester and Lead Teacher Educator at a secondary SCITT. She has been teaching for 11 years in a range of school contexts, has held a range of responsibilities and is currently enjoying working in a growing school as it approproaches Key Stage 4 for the first time. With a dual-discipline background in Drama and English, she is known for her passionate delivery and enthusiasm for playtexts and 19th century literature. She is also an Evidence Lead in Education with the Research Schools Network and is keenly interesting in Intial Teacher Training and mentoring. Most importantly, she is a mum to two lively children who have inherited her creativity and love of life. She tweets @mrsbrewtandcake@MrsBrewTandCake

Georgie Killip

Regional Advocate

York, North East

Georgie started her career in education teaching History of Art and working in pastoral care back in 2009. For the past 7 years, Georgie has taught English at a number of schools in North Yorkshire, and currently works at Harrogate Grammar School. She has had various roles and responsibilities over the years including running a successful MUN and debating club, being part of a Data and Tracking Team and Teaching and Learning Team, helping to organise school charity events, and coaching rowing. If not curled up with a good book, Georgie might be found on the river Ouse enjoying a bit of rowing herself, or out along the towpath running, or attempting to entertain her young daughter with glitter and arts and crafts stuff! @GKillip

Hannah Old

Regional Advocates

Stoke on Trent, Central West

Hetty Hughes

Regional Advocate

Bedford, Central West

Hetty Hughes joined the profession is 2015 as an English and Theatre Studies teacher and has experience as a Teaching and Learning Champion, subject mentor and examiner. Hetty’s most recent challenge is a PhD in English Literature (blood in Shakespeare!) which she is undertaking alongside teaching part-time. You can find her @HettyHughes tweeting all things Shakespeare and the early modern, dog walks and her baby girl.@HettyHughes

Holly Wimbush

Regional Advocate

Cheshire, North West

Holly is Head of KS4 Literature and Subject Leader of A Level Language and Literature at a secondary school in leafy Cheshire. She is the Networks Associate: Regional Provision for LitDrive. Holly is also a Professional Mentor and works closely with many different ITT providers across the North West to develop the next generation of practitioners. She has led numerous CPD sessions ranging from effective RM+F to BfL across the school as well as leading subject knowledge sessions for the faculty and has most recently spoken at the New Voices 2021 conference in London. Holly has a great passion for teaching, reading and can often be found at the rugby, theatre or a musical enjoying a Saturday matinee. She believes in the power of Litdrive to truly empower and inspire English teachers and cannot wait to work alongside a dynamic team from across Britain.@HWimbushEnglish

Jen Wilson

Regional Advocate

North East England

Jen is an English teacher turned Nurture teacher. After holding a range of leadership positions in mainstream education and becoming a Specialist Leader of Education, Jen moved to Alternative Provision where she joined SLT in a Pupil Referral Unit. Jen is currently on a career break and using this time to develop her own professional interests - including becoming a Regional Advocate for LitDrive! Passionate about KS2/3 transition, whole school literacy, and the power cross-phase, cross-sector working, Jen believes that collaboration is a powerful tool to empower teachers and share best practice.  When she isn't engaged in educational pursuits or browsing Twitter, Jen can be found enjoying the great outdoors and volunteering for her local cloth nappy library. @JenJayneWilson

Jennifer Dennison

Regional Advocate

West Essex

Jennifer is currently a Head of Department in a school in West Essex. Prior to this role, she has worked as a cross-trust Lead Practitioner and a Head of Year. As part of these roles she has worked across both secondary and primary phases and mentored a number of trainee and early career teachers, including those who previously taught internationally. Jennifer is particularly interested in creating a better balance for working parents, after returning to teaching post maternity leave.@jenniferhod2

Jo Tiplady

Regional Advocates

Hutton Cranswick, North East

Joanne has been teaching English for 20 years. She was previously Head of English before having her second child, when she moved to work part-time. For the past nine years Joanne worked at Beverley High School where she was literacy co-ordinator and research lead. She has presented on evidence-based CPD at a regional head teacher conference and has also written for the TES. In September Joanne begins a new role as Trust Director for Curriculum and Research for a local academy trust. This year she is presenting at researchED in London and also at researchED Rome.@MissJoT

Kate Hawley

Regional Advocate

Eccles, North West

Katie is an experienced teacher who has taught English in Salford for ten years and has a passion for all things Literature. After taking on various leadership roles over the years, including Second in English and Head of Careers, this is her third year as Head of Communication and Literacy in her current school. Katie is committed to finding out the best ways of improving the outcomes for disadvantaged students, which is where her passion for literacy stems from, and is a big believer in the importance of closing the word gap. Katie has mentored both trainee and newly qualified teachers and has also trained as a coach. @Mrs_H_Eng

Kate Thomas

Regional Advocate

Kettering, Central West

Kate has been teaching since 2007 in schools across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. She has been fortunate to teach Religious Studies and Media, but her true passion lies in teaching English. Kate has taught across a wide variety of exam boards and curriculum changes, enjoying the development and challenge at each turn. She loves her current mentoring role within her department as CPD never stops as there is always more to learn and share within teaching. @kbamrsthomas

Kirsty Rogerson

Regional Advocate

Wigan, North West

Kirsty is 23 years old and began teaching in 2018 once she passed her NQT year. She currently adores her job as Acting Assistant Head of English at the Deanery High school and Sixth form. Kirsty believes that to become a regional advocate for LitDrive is to support a fantastic cause to improve the teaching of our wonderful subject whilst still tackling our ever-growing workload issue. Kirsty teaches from years 7 right through to year 13 – enabling her to teach a whole breadth of creativity and knowledge that encompasses English. Her favourite areas to teach are poetry and Macbeth (particularly Lady Macbeth!). Kirsty can usually be found making resources, reading or pretending she’s in a one-woman musical. Kirsty is in full anticipation for the new opportunities this role will brings! She tweets @_krogg. @_krogg

Krisha Hendra

Regional Advocate

Swindon, South West

Krisha is an Assistant Principal with responsibility for whole school literacy and catch up curriculum as well as the Curriculum Leader for English at Swindon Academy, an incredible school, in Wiltshire. She is also an experienced GCSE English Language examiner as well as mum to two little ones, aged 2 and 4. She is passionate about closing the disadvantage gap by using research to improve teaching and learning and developing a knowledge rich-curriculum with effective reading and vocabulary instruction at its core.

Louise Murphy

Regional Advocate

covers Surrey

Louise Murphy is the Head of English and Literacy Lead at a mixed 11-18 comprehensive in Surrey. She is also an experience as a GCSE examiner for AQA. She teaches all year groups from year 7 to year 13, focusing on developing students’ ability to express their own opinions – whether about the texts they are studying or about issues in the world today. She is passionate about the educational experiences of disadvantaged students, and her work in literacy focuses predominantly on aiming to improve students’ life chances beyond the school gates.@lkm_eng

Lyndsey Dyer

Regional Advocate


Lyndsey has been teaching English at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 for 13 years. She is a former Head of English, Literacy and Reading Leader, Associate Assistant Principal, Strategy Leader, and has examined and moderated for various different examination boards. She has mentored both trainee and newly qualified teachers and is a graduate of Teaching Leaders (now Ambition Institute).  Having completed both NPQML and NPQSL, she knows that her true passion is in the classroom and in developing subject knowledge both in teachers and students and is committed to ensuring her classroom resources remain freely accessible to all.@realgingerella

Marcus Standforth

Regional Advocate

Essex, South East

Marcus is an English Teacher at a large comprehensive academy in East Essex, with a heart to see young people grow and flourish. As part of this, Marcus is responsible for setting homework to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired at KS3. He is also involved in the re-design of the curriculum for KS3, planning lessons as part of the change. As well as this, Marcus is a member of a working party implementing and monitoring the impact of a Reading Strategy across the trust. When launched, he will be delivering CPD to key staff based on the core components of reading. As part of the preparation, Marcus has reviewed the research and designed resources, processes and systems to put in place to promote progress.

Martine Ireland

Regional Advocate

Chester, North West

Martine is an experienced English teacher working in Chester, with responsibility for A Level Literature. She has mentored trainee teachers, is an examiner for AQA Literature GCSE and is currently working on a whole school project looking at CPD. Having recently returned to full-time work after a number of years part-time while her two daughters were small, Martine is passionate about work-life balance and has developed a real love for curriculum design. She is an avid and passionate reader, and can be found on Twitter at @meh50187, mainly talking about books.@meh50187

Mary Hind-Portley

Regional Advocate

Liverpool, North West

Mary Hind-Portley Is currently Assistant Subject Leader for English in Sefton, Merseyside. SHe has had an extensive and varied career as a teacher School Improvement Officer and Assistant Headteacher in a range of schools and local authorities in the North West. Mary is a determined and passsionatet leader, endeavouring to reduce inequalities through high-quality curriculum planning.and the development of subhect pedagogy.@Lit_liverbird

Matt Lynch

CPD Coordinator

Rochdale, North West

Matt oversees Regional Advocates in the North West region. Teacher of English with 23 years experience, having taught English and Media Studies at Key Stages 4 and 5. Worked as a Head of Faculty for 10 years, but relinquished that responsibility in 2015. Currently working part-time. Experience in delivery of training to aspiring middle leaders in the North West hub on behalf of the SSAT. @Mathew_Lynch44.

Mel Hilderley

Regional Advocate

Dover, South East

Mel is Deputy Director of English in a Kent high school. She’s been teaching for 10 years and is a Team Leader for Edexcel, examining both GCSE English Literature and Language and A Level. As part of her day job she’s the unofficial librarian for the CPD library which is run as a ‘speakeasy’ type affair from the cupboard at the back of her classroom. Verging on ‘obsessed’ with redesigning the curriculum with the department, she’s becoming somewhat lacking in a social life. However, she does enjoy arguing with the 4 year old who rules her house, the occasional beer and karate. @mrsh_eng

Melissa Boyd

Regional Advocate

Manchester, North West

Melissa Boyd is a teacher at a brand new school in east Manchester and is excited to have the chance to build an English departmemt from scratch. She came to teaching late, from lecturing at St Andrews University, joining Teach First in 2015. Her background as a historian and as a Latin Americanist bleed into her teaching of English. She’s passionate about developing subject knowledge both in teachers and students and committed to supporting diverse voices. She sees Litdrive as a tool that helps teachers achieve a better work/life balance, but more importantly, as a supportive community of people collaborating through a shared love of English. She can be found on Twitter @DrMBoyd@DrMBoyd

Natalie Pratt

Regional Advocate

Blackburn, North West

Having completed a Literature degree in 2002, and a PGCE in 2005, for fifteen years Natalie has been teaching in a school which has transitioned from an Independent Boys Grammar School into a co-ed Academy Free School Trust, experiencing a great many changes to teaching pedagogy along the way. Natalie has examined for a variety of examination boards over the last twelve years, whilst honing her own teaching skills in successfully running a bespoke, one to one, tuition business for pupils in need of support and challenge, alongside various roles in the English department. Her love of learning was rekindled after completing a Masters in Gothic Literature in 2016, and has subsequently sought out enriching CPD opportunities to better deliver the English curriculum in refreshing and innovative ways. Litdrive and the Team English movement on Twitter have been a complete inspiration to her and now she feels compelled and passionate about collaboratively working with some of the most exciting and awe-inspiring English teachers in the country.

Nicky Brookbanks-Parry

Regional Advocate

Chipping Campden, Central West

Nicky is Director of Learning for English & Media at a large 11-18 comprehensive school in the Cotswolds. She has been teaching English since 2012 and is passionate about curriculum design, retrieval practice and developing subject knowledge. As an ITT and NQT mentor, Nicky enjoys supporting and training teachers who are new to the profession. She is currently studying for an NPQML with a focus on closing the attainment gap between boys and girls within English. In her spare time, Nicky loves reading, travelling and researching her next holiday! @NickyBrookbanks

Nikki Ryden

Regional Advocate and Comms Associate (newsletter)

Northampton, Central West

Nikki is a lead practitioner at a wonderful school in Corby. She has 9 years of teaching experience in English and Psychology. Nikki has been an AQA language examiner for 8 years. Nikki has recently completed an MA in Education and is completing an apprenticeship in educational leadership.

Nikki Smith

Regional Advocate

Blackpool, North West

Nikki is an English teacher with 25 years of experience in teaching and leadership. Having been a HOD and assistant head teacher, she has found her past place as second in English with a T&L focus, helping to lead the school T&L group, working as an ELE for Blackpool Research School and pursuing her passion for all things academic.

Nina Elvin

Regional Advocate

Wisbech, South East

Nina trained as an English Teacher in 2016 after completing her MPhil in Education at the University of Cambridge. Teaching in a mixed comprehensive secondary school in rural Norfolk, she believes in research based teaching practices that promote a high-quality education for all. Having been introduced to @TeamEnglish and @Litdrive in the early stages of her career she is passionate about sharing expertise and experience to both develop subject knowledge and reduce workload, whilst continuously driving standards and practice. She has a particular interest in how work-life balance, workload and mental health affect teachers with long-term chronic illnesses, diseases or disabilities, and how collaboration of resources and experiences can make teaching more accessible for those living with these conditions. In her spare time she can be found reading, in the garden (weather dependent!) or spending time with her wonderful canine companions. @nina_elvin

Rachel Barnes

Regional Advocate

Rossendale Valley, North West

Rachel has been teaching for 11 years and is currently second in department and KS3 lead with responsibilities around curriculum development and teaching and learning. She is also the subject mentor for trainee teachers from MMU - a role which she relishes. With a passion for all things teaching and learning and the belief that all students deserve to be stretched and challenged - regardless of ability, Rachel has delivered a range of CPD sessions both in and outside of school, including LitDrive CPD in North Manchester. When she isn’t in the classroom or trawling through EduTwitter for inspiration, Rachel can be found immersed in a psychological thriller or spending time with her two very energetic nephews.@MrsRBxx

Rhys Denham

Regional Advocate

Leamington Spa, Central West

Rhys is Head of English at a small, rapidly growing comprehensive school in South Warwickshire, having moved across the country from the Black Country where he started his teaching career. Having become KS3 coordinator early in his career and then subsequently standing in as temporary HoD due to various circumstances, Rhys learnt quickly how the progessional can become overwhelming if not kept in check. Rhys specialised in behaviour management before deciding to focus heavily on teaching and learning. He has led internal and external CPD sessions focused on providing effective feedback, and constantly considers how best to drive down the workload of his staff whilst maintaining exceptionally high standards.@MrRDenham


Mentoring Associate

Rosie is an English Teacher and Second in Department at a secondary school in Norfolk. She is an experienced mentor and coach who thrives with supporting others as they progress through all stages of this wonderful career path of teaching, and is passionate about CPD, both leading and for her own personal development. Her prior MA research focused on oracy and reading comprehension and she has presented for UKLA with regards to this. She has recently completed an ASEL qualification and is also an examiner for English Literature.

Ruth Holder

Regional Advocate

Dorking, South East

Ruth is Head of English at Priory CofE School in Dorking, where she also oversees leadership of the whole school research hubs. Nearly twenty years of middle leadership experience have been spent working as a Head of Department and supporting/leading a variety of whole school projects. She has a particular interest in improving feedback and driving up teaching standards, (all while reducing workload). She is can often be found talking about using Twitter as a resource to anyone who will listen. Weekends are spent following her teenage son from one sporting event to another. @MrsRHEnglish

Sam Duffy

Regional Advocate

Sheffield, North East

Sam Duffy is an English teacher and Teaching and Learning Outreach Lead at an independent school in Sheffield. Sam is interested in supporting teachers connect and share subject knowledge. Outside of teaching, Sam is currently working on a YA novel inspired by Shakespeare.@mrsduffyenglish

Samantha Dickinson

Regional Advocate

Cwmbran, Wales

Samantha Dickinson read English Literature at Cardiff University and completed a Masters in Victorian Literature. Having taught for 16 years in different schools through a range of roles such as: Basic Skills Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator and KS3 lead; she is now a senior examiner Head of English and Lead Practitioner. As a mother of two young children she understands the importance of time and work life balance. She is passionate about literature and learning; she looks forward to sharing thoughts, research and ideas with fellow English teachers as a Regional Advocate and Mentor.@CroesyEnglish1

Sherish Osman

Regional Advocates

West London, South East

Stuart Pryke

CPD Coordinator

East Anglia (Suffolk)

Stuart is a Learning Leader in his sixth year of teaching at a rural school based in Suffolk. Having worked on teaching and learning in his department, Stuart has recently been given the opportunity to look at and review teaching and learning on a whole school level with his school’s leadership team. He is an absolute machine when it comes to effective resourcing, and the #teamenglish community are eternally grateful for what he has done to reduce workload. Stuart also oversees the Litdrive Facebook group. He didn’t write some of this bio himself.@SPryke2

Warren Tutt

Regional Advocate


Warren is a Head of English at a secondary school and sixth form in Norwich. Since starting his Teach First LDP in 2017, he has taught English and Media, and Film Studies in several schools across Norfolk. Recently completing an NPQML which explored the use of oracy in English classrooms, he is now working through an NPQSL and is an exam marker for English literature and media studies. Litdrive has helped develop his breadth of knowledge and resources for engaging students in all things English. It is his passion to increase the links between English lessons and the use of language in media and literary criticism in all key stages.

Zara Shah

Regional Advocate

Leeds, North East

Zara is the KS3 Coordinator at The Grammar School at Leeds and co-organiser @TLLeedsConf. She has a passionate interest in pedagogical approaches embedded in theory and practice. Zara has an MA in Teaching and has conducted a series of action research projects and case-studies on gender, metacognition and learning behaviours. Zara’s current NPQML project is the initiation of KS3 Assessment Books to improve outcomes. Zara is also a governor at an outstanding primary school and works in collaboration with a family of local schools, as well as schools abroad. In her spare time, she tries to parent two boys. @zssnas

Zena Chadwick

CPD Coordinator

Central west

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