People

Gary Walker

Treasurer
Gary spent 30 years in retail management, before becoming a carer for his son 4 years ago, who has complex additional needs. He's the local authority governor for a mainstream junior school and is running to become a councillor in Gosport in 2018. Gary passionately believe that, with the correct encouragement, all children can succeed. 

Calvin Robinson

Director of Communications

Calvin is Director of Computing & IT Strategy across three schools in North West London, where he manages the IT infrastructure as well as teaching secondary Computer Science.

Ella Barrett

Ella is a recent geography graduate and is currently a secondary geography PGCE student at the University of Cambridge. She is particularly interested in how GIS can be used within the geography curriculum.

Jonathan Gullis

Jonathan works as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham and is also his school's union representative for the NASUWT. He currently teaches Citizenship, Politics, Sociology and Philosophy & Ethics.

Steve Mastin

Chairman
Steve Mastin is the Chairman of the Conservative Education Society for 2017-18. He was Head of History at a state secondary school in Cambridge for 17 years and is now history subject specialist for the Inspiration Trust, a multi-academy trust in Norfolk. He is passionate about a knowledge rich curriculum for all pupils regardless of ability or social background, empowering each one of them to become part of the cultural discourse that pupils from privileged backgrounds take for granted. He trains history teachers for the University of Cambridge and has worked for the Ministries of Education in Singapore and Kazakhstan to train their history teachers. He has advised the Department of Education about the history curriculum, enjoys rugby and running and his favourite city is Lucca in Italy.

Vernon De Maynard​​​​​​​

Vice-Chairman
​​​​​​​Vernon De Maynard’s background is as a mental health professional. His passion for reducing the inequalities within education arose whilst working as a school governor and teaching English as foreign language.

Ed Clarke

Policy, Publications and Research Officer
​​​​​​​Ed Clarke is Head of Classics at Highfield School in Hampshire and the author of Variatio: A Scholarship Latin Course. A campaigner for traditional knowledge-based teaching, Ed is the editor of the SATIPS Classics broadsheet, writes for the TES and The Spectator and tweets at @ClarkesLatin

Jonathan Porter

Secretary
Jonathan is Head of Humanities at Michaela Community School - a free school doing things differently. His interests include history, religion, politics, and the philosophy of education.

Jack Hickey​​​​​​​

Primary Education Spokesperson

Jack Hickey is the Chairman of the City of Leicester Conservatives. Jack is also a primary school teacher in the multi-cultural city of Leicester. He was selected as one of DMU's inspirational students in 2015 for his work during his 3 years as an undergraduate in education studies. In the past, he has raised with the Secretary of State for Education the need to redress the balance of male teachers and role models in primary education.