The EMC’s Board of Trustees is its main governing body. It sets the charity`s strategic aims and makes sure funds are spent wisely. Each of our trustees has made an outstanding contribution to the field of education, journalism or research:

Fran Abrams
Fran is an education journalist and author who has worked for many organisations including the Sunday Times, the Independent and the BBC, where she regularly presented File on Four. Fran was the Chief Executive of EMC from 2016 – 2021 and is currently a Managing Trustee.

Mandy Garner
Mandy is a journalist and communications officer. She is commentaries editor of University World News and was formerly features editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. She is currently communications officer at the University of Cambridge and has freelanced for other universities and for the Russell Group. She has worked for the BBC, Community Care and for the writers’ organisation International PEN on threats to freedom of expression.

Professor Rose Luckin
Rose is Chair of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab. She has been developing and writing about the learning sciences, educational technology and Artificial Intelligence in education for over 20 years and is director of EDUCATE, a London hub for Educational Technology Start Ups, researchers and educators.

Dr Andrew Morris
Andrew is an education consultant and honorary associate professor at the UCL Institute of Education, specialising in the use of evidence across research, policy and practice. He was formerly Director of the National Educational Research Forum (NERF) in England and Director of Development at City and Islington College.

Ian Nash
Ian is an independent education journalist and media consultant focussing on Further and Adult Education. He was formerly Assistant Editor at the Times Education Supplement, where he created FE Focus.

Anne Nicholls
Anne has spent more than 30 years working in public relations and journalism, specialising in education. She has worked as a head of communications for two university colleges, two major education research organisations and was City & Guilds’ first press officer. She currently works as a freelance PR consultant and writer.

Jessica Shepherd
Jessica is a PR and communications consultant who specialises in the education sector. She has her own education communications consultancy, Sparrowhawk Communications. Jessica works with Multi-Academy Trusts, education technology companies, schools in both the state and independent sector and universities, among others. 

Jessica spent almost 10 years at the Guardian, mostly as Education Correspondent, but also as one of the News Editors. She has worked at a senior level in communications for an agency of the Home Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and has been the Head of Communications and Campaigns for a national youth charity, as well as Head of Communications (Education and Student Affairs) for University College London.

Harriet Swain
Harriet is a journalist specialising in higher education. She has written about education for Research Professional News, Times Higher Education, The Guardian and Independent and teaches journalism at City, University of London.

Jim Turner

Jim is a retired corporate accountant and treasurer who has worked in businesses across a diversity of fields including car manufacture, engineering & construction, los adjusting, business interruption settlement and valuable cargo logistics.

Jim has experience of working in large corporates, small management buy-outs and family run businesses at various levels, including chief financial officer as part of the senior management team.

Professor Samantha Twiselton, OBE
Sam is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University where she specialises in teacher education and curriculum development. Sam is a Vice President to the Chartered College of Teaching and has been involved in influencing Government policy on teacher education.

Steve Whitley
Steve has worked for several decades in EdTech, within local education authorities, commercial organisations and ultimately with his own company EdTech Consulting. He was previously Commercial Director of the  British Education Suppliers Association and is a managing trustee at EMC. 

Caroline Wright
Caroline is Director General of BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association and serves on a range of Government and sector advisory boards. She is a school governor in London and is a motivational speaker for schools and young people.

Our Patrons

Andrew AdonisLabour Peer
Former education minister
John DunfordFormer General Secretary of ASCL
Greg DykeFormer Director-General of the BBC
Judith JuddFormer editor of TES and
Education Editor of the Independent
Sue LittlemoreFormer CEO EMC and
BBC education correspondent
Estelle MorrisFounding Patron. Labour Peer
Former Secretary of State for Education
Nick PearceProfessor, Director, Institute for Policy Research,
University of Bath
David PuttnamLabour peer
Film Producer, Chairman of Atticus Education
Andreas SchleicherDirector for Education and Skills, OECD
Gillian ShephardConservative Peer
Former Secretary of State for Education
Phil WillisLiberal Democrat Peer
Chair, National Plan for Sport and Recreation


Wendy BerlinerWriter, Author & Journalist
Sir Jon ColesCEO, United Learning
Professor Joelle FanghanelPro Vice-Chancellor, University of West London
Sam FriedmanSenior Fellow at Institute for Government
Jonathan HaslamDirector, Institute for Effective Education
Professor Steve HigginsProfessor of Education, Durham University
Dame Alison PeacockCEO, Chartered College of Teaching
Professor Judy SebbaProfessor of Education, Rees Centre,
University of Oxford
Professor Anna VignolesProfessor of Education, University of Cambridge
Dr Emma WisbyHead of Policy and Public Affairs,
UCL Institute of Education

Contact EMC

Address19 Waterloo Park, Station Road, Leiston, Suffolk. IP16 4GW UK
Telephone+44 (0) 7939 262 001