Education

Focus Areas

Team

Jennifer Allen - Programme Manager
Jennifer leads on projects related to apprenticeships and higher technical education. 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.

Kate Ford - Communications Officer
Kate works in the communications team that oversees Gatsby Education’s programmes. She manages various aspects of the Technicians Make it Happen campaign and leads on creative development. Prior to joining Gatsby Kate worked at BBSRC developing content that raised awareness about the importance of UK bioscience.

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.

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.

Hannah Stanwix - Project Officer
Hannah works on several of Gatsby's technical education programmes, including subject-specialist support for trainee teachers, mentoring and the further education workforce. She has a keen interest in data and leads on the annual Key Indicators in STEM Education publication. Hannah holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield and, prior to joining Gatsby, worked in science publishing.

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.