Education

About

Team

Jenifer Burden, MBE - 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.

Robert Cremona - Project Officer 
Rob supports programmes including the implementation of Good Career Guidance and aspects of Gatsby's work in science and maths in schools. Prior to working at Gatsby, Rob worked in education policy and in the not-for-profit sector, most recently for the Prisoners' Education Trust.

Agnes Donnelly - 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 - Head of Teacher Supply
Jenni leads Gatsby’s work on teacher recruitment and retention. Her work particularly focusses on policy and research on the supply of physics teachers. She also leads the on-gallery work with the Science Museum, developing a new ‘Technicians’ gallery. Jenni has worked for more than 20 years in science education and prior to joining Gatsby worked for Nesta and other on other science education projects.

Beth Jones - Head of Career Programmes (currently on maternity leave)
Beth leads Gatsby’s team delivering the foundation's activity supporting Good Career Guidance. Her current priorities include policy, research and implementation work focussed on the Gatsby Benchmarks, use of data, parental engagement, and adult career guidance. Prior to joining Gatsby, Beth worked for several years running science education projects, including for community focussed organisations and environmental charities.

Laura Kane - Agency Projects Manager
Laura manages the delivery of some of Gatsby’s national communication campaigns. Her current priorities include the planning, development and evaluation of the Talking Futures campaign – a parent facing resource designed to encourage more regular and meaningful career conversations between parents and their children – and the Institutes of Technology campaign designed to support the growth of IoTs among leaners and employers. 

Jill Main - Digital Content Manager
Jill leads on the redevelopment of the Technicians Make it Happen website and works in partnership with the Science Museum to source and develop real-life engaging case study content, which will provide the backbone of the project. Prior to joining Gatsby, Jill has worked at an editorial level on several national newspapers and as a senior news producer for ITV.

Dominic Martinez - Senior Project Officer
Dominic works on Gatsby’s programmes supporting technical education reform, with a focus on strengthening the delivery of T-levels and building significant employer engagement with all aspects of technical education. Prior to joining Gatsby he worked in the North West of England with a number of Universities and in the further education sector.

Sophie Noble - Project Officer
Sophie’s focus is on Gatsby’s work strengthening higher technical education and supporting the Institutes of Technology. Prior to joining Gatsby, Sophie worked for the Salters’ Institute co-ordinating its science education programmes. 

Moji Okolo - Digital Project Manager
Moji leads on the redevelopment of the Technicians Make it Happen website and works in partnership with the Science Museum on delivery of the Digital Careers interactive at the Museum. Prior to joining Gatsby, Moji successfully delivered digital transformation and innovative projects for the British Red Cross in the UK and internationally.

Ginny Page - Director of Programmes
Ginny leads Gatsby’s work strengthening higher technical education in Further Education colleges and universities, and support for Institutes of Technology. She is also responsible for Gatsby’s support for national STEM education initiatives. Ginny is interested in how FE colleges in particular can play a powerful and distinctive role in higher technical education, and how this provision can improve social mobility and career development for adults. Prior to joining Gatsby, Ginny led science education programmes at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Society.

Michelle Rea - Head of Communications
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. 

Tom Shirt - Project Manager
Tom leads on a number of projects within the careers team. He is a strong advocate of technical education and has a background in the careers sector with a specific focus on digital events and employer engagement.

Lesley Thain – Head of Career Programmes (maternity cover)
Lesley is on secondment covering the role of Head of Career Programmes and joins us from her role as Head of Education, Quality and Commissioning at the Careers & Enterprise Company where she leads on the professional development of Careers Leaders, education stakeholder engagement and supporting the implementation of the Gatsby Benchmarks in schools and colleges.

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 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 – Senior Project Officer (currently on maternity leave)
Natasha works on Gatsby’s programmes supporting delivery of technical education reform, with a focus on provider readiness for delivery of T-levels, and employer engagement with technical education. Prior to joining Gatsby she worked in grants management at the Wellcome Trust.