Education

Focus Areas

Team

Jennifer Allen - Programme Manager
Jennifer leads on projects related to apprenticeships, higher technical education, and building capacity in technical education research. Jennifer previously worked as a researcher for SKOPE (the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance) at the University of Oxford, where she completed her MSc in Education and her PhD in Education.

Jenifer Burden - Director of Programmes
Jenifer leads on a number of Gatsby’s programmes to support delivery of technical education. She has an interest in how local areas build coherent pathways for technical education informed by labour market intelligence. Jenifer taught for thirteen years and worked for the University of York and Association for Science Education. Prior to joining Gatsby she was inaugural Director of the National STEM Centre.

Agnes Donnelly - Graduate Communications Officer
Agnes works in the communications team that oversees Gatsby Education’s programmes. She works on various aspects of the Technicians Make it Happen campaign and supports other projects within the team. Prior to joining Gatsby, Agnes completed an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London.

Jenni French - Programme Manager
Jenni looks after a range of projects, particularly focussing on work to recruit and retain physics teachers. Jenni studied Physics with Astrophysics at Birmingham University and has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College. She worked at NESTA and the government-funded Science Year / Planet Science campaign before joining Gatsby.

Lauren Golding - Communications Officer
Lauren is a PR specialist on the Gatsby Education team, providing communications support for a range of projects including the Technicians Make it Happen campaign. Prior to joining Gatsby, she worked in corporate communications for organisations across the logistics, finance, cosmetics and food industries. Lauren read French with English at University King's College London, and tutors on a voluntary basis to address educational disadvantage in econmically deprived areas. 

Isobel Hogg - Project Officer
Isobel is on a part-time secondment from the Royal Society of Chemistry to lead projects in the Good Practical Science programme and to support policy work on science teacher recruitment and retention. Isobel studied natural sciences at university and taught in Japan after graduating. At the RSC she leads projects focused on chemistry teacher training.

Beth Jones - Programme Manager
Beth oversees a number of programmes within the Education team. Her current priorities include leading Gatsby’s work implementing Good Career Guidance and delivering key aspects of our 11-19 science education programme. Prior to joining Gatsby, Beth worked for several years running education projects for environmental charities.

Ginny Page - Director of Programmes
Ginny leads on Gatsby’s Practical Science in Schools and Higher Technical Education programmes. She is also responsible for Gatsby’s support for national STEM education initiatives. Ginny is interested in how policies become translated into practice in schools, and how technical education can improve social mobility. Prior to joining Gatsby, Ginny led science education programmes at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Society. 

Michelle Rea - Communications Manager
Michelle manages communications and PR for Gatsby Education and leads on the Technicians Make it Happen campaign. Her main interests are corporate communications and digital media. Prior to joining Gatsby, Michelle worked at the Local Government Association and the London Development Agency and began her career working on EU-funded peace and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland.

Faye Riley - Personal Assistant
Faye is the Personal Assistant to Nigel Thomas and the administrator for the Gatsby Education team. She is responsible for coordinating meetings, seminars and conferences, diary planning and grant management as well as supporting the Technicians Make it Happen campaign.

Daniel Sandford Smith - Director of Programmes 
Daniel has led on several projects designed to support the development of intermediate STEM skills including projects on technician registration, apprenticeships and technical qualifications. He has an interest in making better use of labour market information to shape technical education. Daniel taught for 10 years and worked for the Institute of Physics and the Association for Science Education before joining Gatsby. 

Jean Scrase - Programme Manager
Jean has managed projects that support the development of intermediate level STEM skills and technician registration and Gatsby’s Science Enhancement Programme. Her current priority is managing the development of occupational maps to support the DfE with the implementation of their technical education reforms. Prior to joining Gatsby, Jean worked for the Nuffield Foundation, was Head of Learning at Salisbury Healthcare Trust, co-directed 4Science and taught in Further Education for 10 years.

Nigel Thomas – Executive Director
Nigel leads Gatsby’s education and skills team, with overall responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery. He is also a non-executive director and trustee of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and the Engineers in Business Fellowship. Prior to joining Gatsby, Nigel worked for 10 years at the Royal Society, latterly as its Head of Science Communication & Education. 

Natasha Watkinson – Project Officer
Natasha works on Gatsby’s programmes supporting delivery of technical education, with a focus on local area capacity building and knowledge sharing. Prior to joining Gatsby she worked in grants management at the Wellcome Trust.