People

Alex Sayer

Parliamentary Adviser

Alex graduated from dedicated Teacher Training College Bishop Grossesteste in 2014 and gained many insights into the system throughout her PGCE year. Homeschooling was her research topic and her specialist subject is History.

She is a parent governor at her daughter's primary school.

She has been active in the party for fifteen years.

She currently offers one-to-one support to children in the care system whilst studying for an MA in Journalism.

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. 

Ella Barrett

Committee Member

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

Secretary

Jonathan currently works as a Head of Year with responsibility for whole school attendance in Birmingham. After completing his PGCE in 2012 from the Institute of Education, Jonathan has worked at inner city schools in London and Birmingham. He has also spent two years as a School Union Representative for the NASUWT.

Jonathan is passionate about increasing political literacy in schools and embedding a community focused culture within them. He also feels that more needs to be done to modernise alternative provision in order to narrow the gap and equip students for life outside of education. He has also written for Conservative Home about education policy.

You can follow Jonathan on Twitter via @JEGullis and he uses the hashtag #ToryTeacher. 

James Kearney

Director of Communications

James recently graduated from Durham University with a First in English Literature and History and has begun a SCITT course in Lincolnshire. As the Director of Communications, he is responsible for the society’s website and publicity.

John Bald

Chairman

John is a literacy and languages specialist, and former Ofsted lead inspector. In addition to over 150 articles for the Times Educational Supplement and Guardian, he has written two books on the teaching of reading and spelling. He writes on education for Conservative Home, and on www.johnbald.typepad.com.  

Steve Mastin

Vice-President

Steve Mastin was previously the Chairman of the Conservative Education Society. 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.

Ed Clarke

Vice-Chairman
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 Classics Advisor to the Independent Association of Prep Schools. He has written for the TES, The Spectator andThe i, and tweets at @ClarkesLatin.

Jonathan Porter

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.