Meet the teams:
Many of our team members who now work to create impactful tuition programmes with our school and education provider partners, have experience in the education sector, including work as tutors.
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Manchester Schools Partnership Manager
Phil has worked in the education and local authority sector since completing his teacher training at Leeds Trinity University in 1994. He has been a Headteacher, an Executive Headteacher, Head of the Virtual School for Looked After Children, and, most recently, Deputy Director of Children's Service for Leeds City Council. Phil has successfully led both primary and secondary schools and has worked for Multi Academy Trusts, Church, and Local Authority schools. He has served on several national boards and panels, most recently an advisory board for the Children's Commissioner for England concerned with exclusions and attendance. Phil has been Greater Manchester School Partnership Manager since March 2021.
Phil says: "I enjoy the challenge that working at Tutor Trust brings, working with multiple schools, local authorities, and dioceses to ensure that as many children and young people as possible get the benefit of working with our excellent tutors.
"Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family and our four cats! I also play a range of musical instruments and write, record, and perform songs and enjoy giving concerts around the Northwest."
Manchester Schools Manager
Alex joined Tutor Trust as a tutor in 2017. After graduating from The University of Manchester in 2019, he joined the team full-time as School Coordinator, and became Manchester Primary Schools Manager in February 2021. Alex also serves as a governor at a local primary school which provides resourced provision for children with ASD. Alex supports staff with wellbeing, literacy, and outreach within the community they serve.
Alex says: "During my time as a tutor, I worked with vulnerable learners who needed extra support to catch up on some lost learning. Being able to mentor them 1:1 was incredibly fulfilling and sparked my belief that Tutor Trust is an amazing agent for change within the city where I grew up. It’s this commitment to tackling educational inequality head-on that led me to join the team full-time. I enjoy belonging to a vibrant, inclusive, and passionate team of people, all connected by Tutor Trust’s mission.
"Over the past four years, I’ve been able to play a part in Tutor Trust’s rapid growth and I’m excited to see how we continue to innovate and grow our presence within the communities we serve."
Cliona joined Tutor Trust in 2017 as a Primary tutor in Leeds, whilst completing a degree in Childhood Studies at the University of Leeds. Working as a tutor Cliona realised that she was highly interested in mitigating inequalities children face, and this interest resulted in her completing the Graduate Diploma in Law. She hopes this will allow her to effectively advocate for children’s needs one day.
Cliona decided to continue her role as a tutor and joined the staff teams as a full-time secondary tutor in Manchester in September 2020. In January 2021 Cliona moved up once more, this time to the role of Secondary Schools Coordinator where she was able to enhance her expertise in partnership development and organisation set-up, actively advancing the Tutor Trust's objectives. In June 2022 she progressed to the role of Secondary Schools Manager and in February 2024 took on the new role of Fundraising Manager.
Cliona says: "I am enthusiastic about the prospect of continuing my journey with the charity. I am committed to using my expertise and passion to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students and contribute to the important mission set out by Tutor Trust."
MESME and Manchester Secondary Schools Coordinator
Kerys joined Tutor Trust in 2021 as a full-time secondary school tutor straight after graduating with a degree in English Language and English Literature from the University of Manchester. As a tutor, she was dedicated to helping and inspiring young people who had lost out on vital in-person teaching throughout the pandemic.
She joined the Manchester Secondary Schools Team after tutoring across KS3 and KS4, and in her role works on both secondary tuition programmes and MESME Maths Circles.
Kerys says: "I began working as a Secondary English Tutor in 2021 and Tutor Trust has played a large part in my career. I enjoy working with tutors and schools and I find great satisfaction in knowing that my efforts directly contribute to closing the education inequality gap for people in my community. Working at Tutor Trust allows me to continually grow both professionally and personally while making a meaningful impact on the lives of others.
"Part of my job is supporting the MESME Maths Circles. This is an excellent programme that challenges young mathematicians, and hearing feedback from the tutors and pupils is often a highlight for me. Alongside Coordinating, I organise the Tutor Trust Staff Book Club which has been going for over a year, I also embroider in my spare time, and I have studied abroad in Copenhagen."
Manchester Secondary Schools Coordinator
Jason first started working with us as a tutor in 2018 before working as a Tutoring Plus Full-Time Tutor, and most recently as a Manchester Secondary Coordinator. He is also the editor of our very own podcast, Tutorcast.
Jason says: "Growing up in Greater Manchester, I was aware of the inequalities around me at school and was able to help counteract this when I took on a tuition assignment at my old primary school. Although I decided I didn’t want to teach in a classroom environment, I still enjoy working with young people and am glad to be able to help people from working-class backgrounds achieve their full potential.
"Outside of work, I am a volunteer editor for a mediation charity. I also spend a lot of time in the studio practising guitar and am a bit of a photography enthusiast!"
Manchester Primary Schools Coordinator
Hannah joined Tutor Trust in May 2023 as a Manchester Primary Schools Coordinator. With a degree in Applied Performance (Community and Education) from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Hannah is passionate about equity and accessibility. Hannah has experience coordinating a team for a large charity and prior to working for Tutor Trust, worked in theatres and cchools exploring creative arts with vulnerable adults and young people.
Hannah says: "I enjoy bringing my knowledge, experience, and friendly Yorkshire accent into my role as Manchester Primary Schools Coordinator. Outside of work, I love having little adventures every day, that usually involve good food and nature!"
Manchester Schools Coordinator & Project Lead
Sammy joined Tutor Trust in the summer of 2021 as a Secondary English tutor whilst studying for her Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Manchester. A couple of weeks after she completed her degree, Sammy began working on a full-time tuition assignment at St Damian’s RC Science College, which was an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. She became a Primary Schools Coordinator in the Greater Manchester team. In February 2024, Sammy moved into the role of Project Lead within the Manchester Schools team, overseeing projects including Transition and Post-16. She is looking forward to playing an active role in diversifying our offer to reach even more children and young people in need of extra support.
Sammy says: "I have always been passionate about playing a role in minimising educational inequalities. One of my favourite things about my role is the fact I am making a difference to the lives of many young people in my local community who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the extra support Tutor Trust provides. This makes the job extremely fulfilling, and I am proud to be a part of this amazing organisation. I also enjoy working alongside our tutors to help them settle into their roles and boost their engagement, through organising social events and facilitating drop-ins.
"When I’m not coordinating tuition, I enjoy watching football and I co-host my own FC Halifax Town podcast! I also love to read, and I’m currently on the Tutor Trust Book Club committee, where we organise monthly meetings with our fellow office bookworms."
Manchester Secondary Schools Coordinator
Jessie Dawson, Manchester Secondary Schools Coordinator, Tutor Trust.
West Yorkshire Schools Partnership Manager
Sharon has more than two decades of experience in the education sector. A graduate of the Institute of Education at the University of London, she began her career by successfully coordinating the "Effective Provision of Pre-school Education" (EPPE) project in Inner London. This endeavour marked a significant milestone as the first major European longitudinal study of young children's development.
Early in her teaching journey, Sharon achieved the status of an Advanced Skills Teacher, opening doors to a role as a pedagogical mentor across schools in Bradford, Birmingham, and Manchester.
Sharon's leadership skillset led her to senior positions within Multi-Academy Trusts across the North of England. Here, she developed the effective use of the peer coaching model, with senior management teams across various educational settings.
During her tenure as a Link Tutor at Bradford College, Sharon nurtured and developed vital Initial Teacher Training school partnerships. Beyond this, she delivered presentations and training sessions on leadership to local education authorities. She joined us in July 2020 as the West Yorkshire Schools Partnership Manager.
Sharon says: "I am proud to be part of an organisation that cares deeply about improving life chances for children and young people in our communities. Having the opportunity to build and nurture partnerships with local schools and educational institutions aimed at identifying and supporting students who might otherwise be left behind due to various barriers is incredibly rewarding.
"My journey as a Schools Partnership Manager has solidified my belief in the power of education to transform lives and has given me a platform to contribute to a more equitable educational landscape."
West Yorkshire Schools Manager
Simon is an experienced Primary teacher and senior leader, joining Tutor Trust in August 2022 to continue his passion for enhancing the educational opportunities of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
After completing his teacher training, Simon took a teaching role in a Leeds school facing some of the biggest barriers to learning in the country. He stayed in this position for eight years, developed as Head of Maths, and went on to join the school's senior leadership team. This gave him valuable experience helping pupils and schools within the Trust to close the attainment gap and improve progress for the most disadvantaged pupils.
He further developed as an educational leader by completing the Teaching Leaders fellow programme for talented educational leaders. Simon is excited to be a part of the Tutor Trust team and is determined to use his skills to help young people overcome barriers to learning and reach their maximum potential.
West Yorkshire Schools Coordinator
Becky first discovered Tutor Trust while at university and spent two years during her BA (Hons) Linguistics degree as a part-time Secondary English tutor with us, working in many of our partner schools across Greater Manchester.
Becky re-joined our team as West Yorkshire Schools Coordinator in February 2023. She is thrilled to once again be working with Tutor Trust to help make a difference in the lives of young people in her hometown of Leeds.
Becky says: "Having the opportunity to support pupils with additional barriers to learning fuelled my passion for a more equitable, accessible, and holistic approach to education. I saw first-hand the impact that pupil-centred tuition can have on the confidence and attainment of pupils through tailored, individual support. As someone who is neurodivergent, this is incredibly important to me – every pupil learns differently, and it’s important for us to celebrate these differences and find new ways of doing things to make learning work for every child.
"It’s been wonderful to work full-time for a charity whose values so strongly align with my own. In September 2023, I became Chair of Tutor Trust’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Group. As part of the group, I hope to develop my continuous learning about ED&I, and help make changes which place equity at the heart of everything we do."
West Yorkshire Schools Administrator
Janet joined us in August 2023. Her background is in the education sector, where she worked for over 20 years as a teacher and teaching assistant. She has also worked in the charitable sector in various voluntary roles including wellbeing and admin.
Janet says: “I am excited to be able to support and enable the West Yorkshire team in delivering programmes which transcend socio-economic barriers and realise young people’s true potential. TutorTrust is a warm and welcoming place to be, where we hold in common a desire to transform the futures of young people.”
Merseyside Schools Partnership Manager
Steff joined Tutor Trust in 2018 as the first full-time member of staff for Merseyside. She had graduated from the University of Leeds the previous year with an MA in Race and Resistance and a BA in International History and Politics. During her studies, Steff was a part-time Secondary English and Primary tutor in Leeds. Seeing the impact small group intervention had on the pupils is why she joined Tutor Trust full-time.
Steff has worked in a variety of roles with us, including as Liverpool Schools Coordinator, Merseyside Schools Manager, and now as Merseyside Schools Partnership Manager, where she is responsible for operations across Merseyside. Steff is a member of Tutor Trust's digital working group as she is keen to be involved in driving the organisation forward into a digital future. Steff also sits on the E,D & I committee and participates in the Wellbeing group which includes being Mental Health First Responder trained and helping with staff wellbeing events. Outside of Tutor Trust, Steff is on the governing board of a large MAT school in Knowsley, the borough where she attended school.
Steff says: “I grew up in a community similar to those we work in, and my experience of school when I was growing up in Merseyside is a key reason why I became committed to working in the education sector and improving educational equality in the North-West. Tutor Trust allows me to do that, and I am privileged to work with such a committed team and amazing school partners, who share a common purpose in making education fairer.”
Merseyside Schools Manager
Aaron joined Tutor Trust in March 2021 as a part-time Secondary and English Tutor in Greater Manchester. He obtained a First-Class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2019, followed by a Distinction at Masters level in English Studies. From here, Aaron joined the office team as a Primary and Transition Coordinator in Manchester, running the Tutor Trust’s bespoke Transition Project. He has now moved into the role of Merseyside Schools Manager and is proud to be in a position where he can take a proactive role in tackling education inequality, ensuring every child receives a fair and fulfilling education.
Merseyside Schools Coordinator
Damola joined Tutor Trust in November 2023 as a Merseyside Schools Coordinator. Damola is a Political Science (Governance and Public Policy) graduate from the University of Manchester, with professional experience in administrative roles in higher education, charities, and the local authority. Damola also volunteered for Reach Out, an afterschool mentoring project empowering children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Prior to joining Tutor Trust, Damola worked as a social care advisor at Wirral Council, and as a children's support worker at Saheli.
Damola says: "My commitment lies in empowering vulnerable individuals and marginalised communities through educational initiatives, community work, and advocacy. I am excited to utilise my academic and professional knowledge and skills to support pupils with educational challenges. It is an honour to be a part of Tutor Trust and assist in transforming lives through tutoring."
Merseyside Schools Coordinator
Eva Coppell, Merseyside Schools Coordinator, Tutor Trust.
Director of Tutoring Plus and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
After graduating from Bangor University Jo began her career as a teacher of Chemistry. Jo has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership across Greater Manchester and Lancashire including Headship, with wide-ranging involvement in both mainstream and Alternative Provision settings.
Having worked in senior positions in both mainstream and Alternative Provision settings across Greater Manchester, Jo is well placed to lead and drive the quality of our tutoring programmes within our Tutoring Plus offer.
Jo is the Director of Tutoring Plus, which provides a bespoke service of one-to-one tutoring and other supportive interventions for children and young people with even greater barriers to overcome than their peers. This may include cared-for children, those at risk of exclusion, those excluded, and children and young people not attending school regularly.
Jo is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Jo says: "The Mission and Values of Tutor Trust align perfectly with my own and this is what drew me to working with Tutor Trust initially. However, this has strengthened and developed as we have grown. It is so rewarding to know that you are part of a team of like-minded colleagues all working together to make a difference to the lives of children and young people who need it most."
Penny Mitchell, Tutoring Plus Tuition Manager, Tutor Trust.
Penny Mitchell, Tutoring Plus Tuition Manager, Tutor Trust.
Tutoring Plus Coordinator
Imogen Hebbard, Tutoring Plus Coordinator, Tutor Trust.
Tutoring Plus Full-Time Tutor
Joining Tutor Trust while at Manchester Metropolitan University, Matt wanted to support his Education Studies degree with relevant and exciting work. After almost three years working as a Primary school tutor across Manchester and graduating from university, Matt loved the culture and ethos of Tutor Trust as well as the satisfaction of the positive impact of his work.
Matt works in the Tutoring Plus Team as a Full-Time Tutor and also helps out with coordinator responsibilities. He has also been involved in the AI tuition pilot.
Matt says: "Having joined the Tutor Trust in Autumn 2023, I have been so impressed at the atmosphere within the charity. Everyone is so kind and supportive and carries the charity’s ethos with them in everything they do. Whether working remotely or in the office, there is always a friendly face to help with anything you need, and this is something I remember from my time as a tutor too.
"I have always felt strongly about the ethos of Tutor Trust and I am so proud to be able to contribute to that further as a Full-Time Tutor while engaging in the many projects, pilot programmes, training, and learning and development sessions that the charity runs."
Tutoring Plus Full-Time Tutor
Alice joined The Tutor Trust as a part-time tutor in late 2020 alongside working in the heritage sector. She took on the role of Full-time Tutor in September 2022, working in primary and secondary schools across Greater Manchester.
Alice says: "I love working for a team which focuses on making a difference to young people who need it most. I am really enjoying the challenge of tailoring tuition sessions to learners of different ages and needs, from Primary to post-16 students. The chance to incorporate students' ambitions and interests means that every day is different and challenging.
"The focus on personal development and reflective practice have allowed me to develop my skills and encourage students to do the same. I am currently looking forward to incorporating a focus on mentoring into my tuition sessions, as well as supporting academic progress."
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