Education

Focus Areas

Team

Jennifer Allen - Programme Manager
Jennifer works 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
Jenifer is a Director of Programmes in the Education team. Prior to joining Gatsby Jenifer was inaugural Director of the National STEM Centre. Before this she worked at the Centre for Innovation and Research in Science Education at the University of York, with a focus on curriculum development, and the Association for Science Education. She studied Genetics & Cell Biology at the University of Manchester, and taught for 12 years in secondary schools in the North West of England. Currently Jenifer is working on projects to support the delivery of technical education in the further education and training sector and professional registration for IT technicians.

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
Faye is the Personal Assistant to the Gatsby Education team. She is responsible for coordinating meetings, seminars and conferences, diary planning and grant management. 

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
Jean is a Programme Manager in the Education team and is currently working on projects that support the development of intermediate level STEM skills and technician registration. Jean studied Applied Biology at Nottingham Trent University and taught in Further Education for ten years. She then co-directed a company supporting applied science and engineering education projects and was Head of Learning at Salisbury Healthcare Trust. More recently Jean has worked on curriculum and professional development projects for the Nuffield Foundation and Gatsby’s Science Enhancement Programme.

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.