Our Extended Team

Our amazing team are all fantastic English teachers. They share Litdrive’s purpose and projects at a local level with colleagues, departments and training providers.

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. 

Can’t see a Regional Advocate for your corner of the country? We are keen to expand our team, so if you think you would be interested in being an Advocate for Litdrive, drop us a line via the contact form; we would love to hear from you.

Zena ChadwickCPD Coordinator: W Central
Zena oversees Regional Advocates in the West Central region. Zena is Faculty Leader for English at a school in Staffordshire. She is also an experienced Team Leader for AQA, examining GCSE Literature. Zena is passionate about the development of teaching and learning and is constantly looking for new, exciting and effective ways to engage students in their learning. As a busy mum of four, she is determined to bring a better balance back to the teaching profession, allowing good teachers to do what they do best- teach and inspire. Zena can be found on Twitter @zena_chadwick.
Andy Sammons CPD Coordinator: North East
Andy oversees all Regional Advocates in the North East region. A Director of English in a large comprehensive in Wakefield, Andy has coordinated all of the Key Stages at some point, as well as having Lead Practitioner roles as well. His real passion is getting students to genuinely think for themselves about language, as well as improving understanding of Mental Health and Wellbeing in schools. His book- The Compassionate Teacher – is available via Amazon: give it a read! Find Andy on Twitter @andy_samm
Matt LynchCPD Coordinator: 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. Find Matt on Twitter @Mathew_Lynch44.
Abbie MannRegional Advocate: London
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
Chloe WoodhouseRegional Advocate: East Midlands (Derbyshire)
Chloe is the Learning Director for English at an all-through, culturally diverse, wonderful school called The Bemrose School in Derby. She is also an SLE for English and a PiXL associate. She has examined for Language and is incredibly passionate about all things Teaching and Learning! She loves attending conferences, reading as much as she can and loves to try out new resources and strategies to see what works for children in her school. Also a Marvel/DC geek at heart, often found on the dancefloor or out running! Find Chloe @AViewaskew.
Charlie PearsonRegional Advocate: Wiltshire
Charlie is an experienced head of faculty and whole school lead of literacy. She has spent the last two years, working towards her NPQSL project on ‘levelling up literacy’ across the curriculum. As head of drama as well, she is also interested in how the two subjects can work collaboratively to enhance learning. Having studied in America, France and Germany, Charlie is passionate about world literature and broadening the literary experiences of her students. Charlie is determined to blog in the next year and can be found at https://teachingtreats.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter as @cornishwelsh.
Craig Bonny-MeekingsRegional Advocate: Warwickshire
Craig is Director of English and Modern Foreign Languages at The George Eliot School in Nuneaton, which is part of The Midlands Academy Trust. He is passionate about all aspects of education, especially accessing achievement for all, irrespective of background or expectations. Craig is also a Senior Examiner for a key exam board. As an adoptive father of two, he has interests in LGBT+ issues in school as well as normalising alternative families. Balance and reducing workload are further passions which drive his love of LitDrive! Find Craig on Twitter @MrBonnyM.
Christine OwenRegional Advocate: Shropshire
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. She tweets @chrissieohh.
David AldersonRegional Advocate: East Midlands (Nottinghamshire)
David Alderson is the Head of English at All Saints’ in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He has been and teaching for the last 10 years and has taught in the North West and the East Midlands. In February 2019, he presented at the PiXL English conference discussing Knowledge in Action and his department’s Journey to a Knowledge Based Curriculum. Although somewhat clichéd, he is a lifelong learner. Currently, he is a novice strongman and father to a 2-year-old boy which has taught him that sleep deprivation and weightlifting produce different, but equally challenging, amounts of suffering. He can be found on Twitter @MrAldersonTeach and his blog can be found at https://mraldersonteach.blogspot.com/
Davina CanhamRegional Advocate: Northamptonshire
Over the course of 17 years of teaching, Davina has worked in schools both in the UK and abroad in the roles of Head of English and Literacy Director.
She has since become very focused on teaching and learning in her current role as Lead Practitioner for English Across the Academy. This year she presented a seminar at the first, hugely successful, Educating Northants on ‘Getting Grades 7-9 with the poetry anthology’ and she continues to nurture and coach colleagues in her own school. She juggles teaching and learning alongside spending time with her son and booking many holidays to appease her serious travel addiction. Find her on twitter @DeeCanEnglish
Emma SheppardRegional Advocate: Central and South West London
Following a degree in Comparative Literature and a year as a TA, Emma trained as an English teacher though Teach First in Watford. She spent two years teaching in the British International School, Ho Chi Minh before returning and training as a Lead Practitioner. She now holds responsibility for ITT and contributes to wider Teaching and Learning and CPD at her school and founded the MTPT Project in 2016 to empower teachers choosing to continue their CPD whilst on parental leave. Find Emma on Twitter @Comment_Ed.
Fe BrewerRegional Advocate: East Midlands (Leicestershire)
Fe has been teaching English (and occasionally Drama) for 9 years in schools in Leicestershire and Derbyshire. She’s undertaken various responsibilities with key stage 3 and 4 over the years and has mentored and delivered subject training to beginning teachers for the past 6. With a keen interest in research and teacher development, Fe looks forward to spreading the Litdrive message and helping others like her achieve a better work-life balance. Outside of her mega-geek teacher status, Fe enjoys spending time with her two children, walking through woodland and – repeatedly – reading The Hungry Caterpillar. She tweets @MrsBrewTandCake
Fiona RitsonRegional Advocate: East Anglia (Norfolk)
Over the last twenty years, Fiona has worked in various schools in challenging contexts gaining an understanding of the importance of student aspirations and parental engagement. She has been KS3 Lead, Whole school Literacy Manager and is now Head of English at Colchester High School. She has examined Alevel and GCSE, language and literature and is passionate about English, teaching and learning! She has written for TES, Teach Secondary, been featured in Schools Week, helped host #EngChatUK, blog, tweet, presented at TLT and rEDRubgy and this year is co-organising #TeamEnglishNationalConference 2019 in Peterborough. She is an avid reader and works far too hard! Find Fiona on Twitter @AlwaysLearnWeb
Helen TrisorioRegional Advocate: Lancashire
Helan has been teaching English since 2012, but prior to gaining her QTS she worked as a teaching assistant, specialising in hearing impairment and BSL, and then a HLTA. Since teaching English Helan has had numerous roles from accelerated reader coordinator, head of year, mentoring to delivering at CPD sessions on teaching and learning. Helan’s drive is very focused on engaging all students with their learning and helping them find their drive and talent. You can follow her on twitter @helanvictoria and her blog helanvictoria.wordpress.com, in addition to this, Helan set up a podcast this year in order to facilitate student learning; this can be found on englishrevision.podbean.com.
Joanne TipladyRegional Advocate: East Riding of Yorkshire
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 has worked at Beverley High School where she was Literacy Coordinator 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. She tweets at @MissJoT.
Kaley RileyRegional Advocate: Lincolnshire
Taking an alternative route into teaching, having previously taught abroad, Kaley immediately developed an avid interest in curriculum, and how to provide equity to students through that curriculum. Always eager to learn, as well as teach others, she is excited about stepping into a new role as HoD after working as a second in department for the most part of her teaching career. Find Kaley on Twitter @MrsRileyEng.
Kate McCabeCoaching Coordinator
Kate assists with the peer coaching programme, overseeing coaching pairings and ensuring that participants are matched for the year ahead to receive all the support they need. Kate is a Head of English working in a school in Oxford City. She is also part of the senior leadership with responsibility for Literacy & KS4 Exams and Progress. She is currently working on setting up a new whole school KS3 assessment policy, and because she has so much time on her hands, is due to start an MSc in Learning and Teaching at Oxford University in September. Kate has written posts for TES and blogs mainly about redesigning the curriculum at KS3 and teaching approaches for KS4 at www.gettingitrightsometimes.wordpress.com . Kate can also be found on Twitter – thinking things through as @evenbetterif
Laura RowlandsRegional Advocate: Hampshire (South coast)
Laura is a faculty leader for English and Literacy at a small school in Southampton which is on its journey to ‘good’. As the mum of a toddler, with another one on the way life is a constant juggling act and time is at a premium. In her department, LitDrive has been invaluable in driving their workload down and their standards up. She is passionate about improving the life chances of her students – but she knows the way to do this isn’t by working ourselves into the ground! Laura also handles our Instagram account @litdrive. Find Laura on Twitter @TillyTeacher.
Laura TsabetRegional Advocate: Dorset/New Forest
Laura is currently a Lead Practitioner for whole school teaching and learning at a Bournemouth based secondary school. Her role involves engaging with current research and working alongside teachers and students to develop teaching and learning across the academy. She also writes a monthly column for the TES and work as an examiner for GCSE English Literature. When she has a spare moment, she hosts a Twitter based chat called Talking Texts centred around the GCSE Literature text choices. When she’s not doing all these things, you’ll find her in the gym or relaxing at sea on her paddleboard! Find Laura on Twitter @lauratsabet.
Lyndsay BawdenRegional Advocate: N Lincolnshire
Lyndsay Bawden has been an English teacher for nineteen years, and is Trust-Wide English Lead working across eleven schools from London to Skegness; Lyndsay works with SLT and English Departments to provide bespoke CPD, mentoring and coaching, team-teaching, resourcing, and implementing and supporting with improvement strategies. She is also a Senior Examiner for GCSE English Literature, and provides focused CPD for a range of schools on behalf of exam boards. Lyndsay is a passionate advocate for women in education, flexible working opportunities for all, and LGBTQ+ rights. Lyndsay can be found on Twitter at @LyndsayBawden.
Mary Hind-Portley Regional Advocate: Merseyside, Resident Content Writer
Mary has worked in a number of schools in the North West as well as three local authorities as a School Improvement Officer for English. In addition, Mary was seconded for two years as Deputy Director of Liverpool’s ‘City of Readers’ project working across primary and secondary schools and a wider range of stakeholders to improve and celebrate the culture of reading for pleasure across the City. Mary has contributed to local and national conferences for English as well as once being a guest on BBC Breakfast TV discussing handwriting. Mary is also proud to support WomenEd and all women in education. Find Mary on Twitter @Lit_liverbird.
Melissa BoydRegional Advocate: South Manchester
Melissa Boyd is a teacher at an inner-city secondary in Manchester. She came to teaching late, from lecturing at St Andrews University, joining Teach First in 2015. 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. Melissa tweets @DrMBoyd.
Millie FrostRegional Advocate: West Hampshire / New Forest
Millie is Assistant Head of Department (with KS3 responsibility) at a secondary school in Hampshire. Prior to this, she spent three years volunteering for the police as a Special Constable and has worked in Children’s Services for the council. Through engaging with the edu-Twitter community, Millie has embraced designing and creating the best possible KS3 Curriculum for her school. In her free time, she can be found reading thrillers, in the gym, or wakeboarding near the New Forest. Her Twitter handle is @MissMFrost.
Mel HilderleyRegional Advocate: South East (East Kent)
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. You can find Mel on Twitter @mrsh_eng.
Navana HadleyRegional Advocate: Kent (East)
A teacher of English located in Kent. An advocate for myth-busting in the educational community who wants to champion research informed practice and help to deconstruct the notion that teacher-talk and direct instruction is wrong. A self-professed geek and fangirl of Research Ed conferences, curriculum design and knowledge at the heart of all learning who is excited to be part of a community that shares and designs resources to enable all teachers to have more time for professional development and personal growth. Find Navana on Twitter @HadleyNirvana.
Rhys DenhamSouth Warwickshire
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. Find Rhys on Twitter @MrRDenham.
Sam DuffyRegional Advocate: South Yorkshire
Sam Duffy is an English and Drama teacher at a school in Sheffield where she teaches across KS3 and KS4 as well as teaching A Level Language and A Level Literature. Sam is responsible for Digital Learning within her department and is currently carrying out a research project on vocabulary. Sam set up the first Team English TeachMeet in Sheffield and is particularly interested in empowering teachers to take a lead on subject-specific CPD. She blogs about her experiences at https://myenglishreflections1.blogspot.com/ and can be found on Twitter @MrsDuffyEnglish.
Siobhan Blunden-CurrieRegional Advocate: Devon/ North Cornwall
Siobhan has been teaching for over twenty years. She has worked in state and independent schools across all ages and abilities. Find Siobhan on Twitter @PlymColEnglish.
Stuart PrykeRegional Advocate: 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 and regularly tweets @SPryke2.
Zara ShahRegional Advocate: N Yorkshire
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. She tweets @zssnas.

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