About Emma Andrew

Emma Andrew has been a teacher for over ten years in primary schools in Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. She is now a teacher in East Lothian. Although most of this time has been spent as a class teacher across the range of stages, Emma has also been a peripatetic literacy and numeracy support teacher and a Curriculum Support Teacher, focusing on French and literacy. A life before teaching involved working in charity fundraising and marketing. Emma’s interest in professional enquiry, teacher agency and leadership has led to presenting at, and organising, enquiry and TeachMeet events in schools and universities. Her own experience of professional enquiry has encouraged her to seek more opportunities to share practice and make links with other teachers.

Emma has a Masters in Education in Children’s Literature and Literacies from the University of Glasgow. She has given feedback on BBC Scotland’s online literacy material, and had input into the book list for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

About Rosie Campbell

Rosie Campbell is primary school teacher with almost 20 years experience in Scottish education. She has taught a range of stages within primary and her present post is as a behaviour support teacher. This current role reflects her strong commitment to supporting the social and emotional needs of all pupils and promoting an inclusive approach. Rosie has always enjoyed taking a leadership stance to her practice within her own school and at a cluster level. This has included leading cluster work on areas such as Assessment is for Learning and Co-operative Learning as well as supporting probationers and recently qualified teachers to develop their own skills to become confident leaders of learning within their own classrooms. Rosie also has a strong belief in taking an active role in developing her own professional learning and has recently completed her Masters of Teaching at the University of Edinburgh.

About Jim Godfrey

Jim has worked in education for almost 20 years and is our advisor on finance matters. He has previously worked as a Director of Resources and Vice-Principal in a number of Further Education Colleges throughout the UK. As a qualified accountant with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, he is well versed in business systems and managing large and diverse teams.

About six years ago he set up his own company J M Godfrey Limited and has worked as an independent consultant since then. The variety of work appeals to Jim – he has helped organisations by carrying out independent reviews, enabled organisations to respond to a crisis and provided interim support as necessary. He currently supports SCEL by advising on its financial processes and providing regular management information.

Jim is passionate about education and particularly learning outdoors. When he is not in the office, he works as an outdoor instructor at Mountains of Adventure specialising in youth expeditions to remote destinations around the world. From deserts to mountains to rainforests, he claims to have the biggest classroom there is!

About Christine Forde

Christine Forde is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow. Before retiring, she held a personal chair in Leadership and Professional Learning in the School of Education. A key area of Professor Forde’s research and teaching is leadership and teacher development and she has written extensively on leadership, change management, professional learning and teacher learning. Her other area of research is in equality in education and she is currently part of an international research project on social justice leadership. She publishes regularly in academic journals in these areas. Professor Forde was a member of the Task Group established to undertake preliminary work in a revised headship preparation programme and then was part of the SCEL’s Design Group developing Into Headship programme. More recently she has been working with SCEL on a consultancy programme with the Centre for School Leadership in Ireland looking at building leadership capacity across educational systems.

During her career Professor Forde had a wide portfolio of teaching particularly in designing and delivering practice-based masters programmes for serving teachers and school leaders including teacher leadership and middle leadership. A particular area was headship preparation and Professor Forde was part of the development team for the Scottish Qualification for Headship, SQH Flexible Routes and was a member of the research team the National Flexible Route to Headship Evaluation and the Recruitment and Retention of Headteachers in Scotland.This current work with SCEL builds on an important part of Professor Forde’s work with policy communities to develop policy, strategies and programmes related to leadership and professional. She was involved in a range of working groups for the Scottish Government, A Framework for Educational Leadership in Scotland, the General Teaching Council Scotland, Professional Standards; and for the Scottish Educational Leadership College on headship preparation programmes.

Professor Forde is an experienced academic leader having previously held the post of Head of Department for Educational Studies and served as the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the School of Education. She was involved in the University quality assurance programme reviewing teaching and learning for different subjects. and on the University’s Human Resource Committee. Within the School of Education was a member of the School Executive and the School Research Committee. Prior to her retirement Professor Forde was a Senate Assessor, serving as a staff governor on the University Court.

About Alison Arnott

Alison Arnot is a multi-award winning communications director who has delivered a range of impactful internal and external strategic communications campaigns for the public and private sectors.

Beginning her career in financial services communications before joining companies in the rail, aviation and education sectors, she has a strong record of achievement in senior roles leading media relations, internal communications, crisis management and public affairs.

Alison now leads her own small consultancy working with clients in sectors including education, training, business, insurance and the arts across the UK.

She is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner and Fellow, a CIPR trainer and has an MSc in Public Relations from the University of Stirling.