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About Us

EMLC is a socially entrepreneurial charity dedicated to positively improving the lives of young people by improving the standard of leadership throughout the education sector. Established in 2002, we are the longest serving and most well respected provider of assessment of National Professional Qualifications. We pride ourselves that the support we offer to schools is always tailored to your particular needs.

Our long-standing partnership with the Department for Education has enabled us to play a crucial role in shaping the current provision for aspiring leaders so that it is relevant and impactful, making sure that participants have the tools and expertise to lead outstanding schools.

Through the delivery of NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL we support those wanting to further their knowledge and understanding at every point of their career; Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership; Headship; and Executive Leadership. In addition, we offer a supplementary range of high quality and effective development opportunities.

Our vast experience means that we are also the industry benchmark for assessing participants against leadership competencies, and have delivered assessment nationally on behalf of the National College for Teaching and Leadership since 2008. At all levels of qualifications we are the recognised experts, from registration through to moderation and feedback.

The EMLC team, from senior management through to our expert facilitators, is built of people who have dedicated their careers to furthering the improvement of young people’s education. Their unparalleled experience and dedication to excellence ensures quality of delivery across all our contributions to school improvement, whether by direct support or development of leaders.

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Our Approach

As a SME our business model is based on extensive use of partnerships and networks for information and delivery. EMLC supports teams, schools, MATs, and organisations to develop capacity from inside rather than through lengthy periods of external intervention. Our projects work towards leaving the necessary expertise with our partners to continue their work – in other words sustainability. At the beginning of a project we work with our customers to carry out capacity and capability audits to support them to identify those that will be able to lead into the future. As part of the process we help individuals and teams to develop the necessary skills to continue to improve after our involvement in the project.

Our Staff

Chief Executive – Jan Marshall

Jan went through the traditional route to Headship, first as a class teacher then a Deputy Head. She was then a Local Authority Advisor for a short while.

Following this in 2003 Jan saw an opportunity to set up a Social Enterprise linked to her passion for ensuring disadvantaged children are entitled to have the very best educational opportunities. This became the charity known as EMLC. A commercial organisation (Third Wave Enterprises) was later added to the structure so that all sections of the education community could be catered for without the restriction of EMLC’s charitable objects. In 2012 EMLC established a multi academy trust with Jan becoming the CEO of all three organisations.

Jan has extensive experience of both the set up and running of new businesses. In addition she has great credibility in the educational sector in which the organisation works. She has managed the finances of three separate companies, and with her Finance Director has simplified complex financial structures.

Managing Director – Kerry Batten

Kerry is an experienced managing director with a broad experience base, within both the commercial and public sector, alongside a detailed understanding of the educational environment. An expert in sales and marketing with a proven record of accomplishment growing organisations, building, leading and motivating teams to reach targets. Used to managing multi-faceted budgets and operations. She has successfully secured and led teams to deliver large-scale contracts and multiple smaller projects side by side.

Kerry is very much focused on spotting talent and developing it. She is both aspirational and inspirational at the same time as having strong organisational skills. She is able to motivate people to get the very best from them.

Finance Director – Gina Tucker

Gina is the Finance Director of EMLC, providing leadership to the Board’s Finance and Accounting strategy. Gina is responsible for optimising the company’s financial performance and strategic position, and works in partnership with colleagues to create and develop new income streams for the charity.

Gina is a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Directors, and has experience in manufacturing, oil and gas as well as ten years working in the Not for Profit Sector. She joined EMLC in 2013 and became Finance Director in 2016.

Most recently, Gina completed a four year secondment as Chief Financial Officer of a multi academy trust, of which EMLC was the sponsor. The organisation had seven constituent academies, many of which were in educationally and financially challenging circumstances upon joining the trust. Gina led on the finances, developing the financial expertise of the Principals and financial teams, both in the schools and at head office, developed financial policies and internal controls, and built the financial reserves of the trust in order that it could become financially self-reliant and ultimately move away from the sponsor to become a stand-alone academy trust.

Associate Director – Keith Marshall OBE

Keith is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London. His early career was as an Electrical Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy, specialising in conventional submarines. Leaving the Royal Navy, he worked as a systems engineer in a defence contract company before joining the Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB). At the EITB Keith led the team that developed the early engineering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). He was part of the team that transformed the EITB from a statutory to a non-statutory organisation. Keith’s next position was as part of the team that set up the Training Standards Council (TSC) the first organisation to inspect the quality of non-Further Education College work-based training providers. As a Senior Inspector he scheduled and led inspections. When the TSC joined with the Further Education inspectorate to form the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI), widening its remit to cover all work-based training, Keith became Director of Inspection with responsibility for Planning. On leaving the ALI Keith was appointed CEO of SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering covering Electrotechnical, heating and ventilation, plumbing, refrigeration and air-conditioning. He set the organisation up and ran it for ten years, leaving in September 2013.

Keith has an honours degree in electrical engineering and is a Fellow of the IET. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2008 for services to vocational training and in 2013 was awarded Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute.

Keith now works part time for EMLC, the leadership charity, in the role of associate Director which he has held since 2014. He is responsible for all areas of compliance and contributes to identification and writing of bids. He also maintains his contribution to apprenticeships through his work as an independent consultant.

Assessment Centre Manager- Liz Pearson

Liz Pearson is the Head of Assessment for EMLC, and has been a member of staff since 2005. She has significant experience in designing assessment systems and processes and materials which are robust, rigorous and transparent.

Liz began in the education sector as a teacher and then headteacher before transferring those skills and joining EMLC. Since becoming Head of Assessment in 2008 Liz has managed the NCTL Programmes for Graduation Assessment and the Final Assessment of the ‘legacy’ NPQs, and now manages the assessment for the DfE reformed NPQ programmes.

PA to CEO & Executive – Alison Parkinson

Alison has supported the EMLC team of Executive Directors since 2014. Her role is very demanding and varies greatly from day to day – it includes producing Board meeting packs and facilitating Board meetings, managing diaries, running the building efficiently, and meeting and greeting clients. She is the professional face of the business and often the first contact many customers have with EMLC. As well as building relationships and servicing client needs, Alison’s accommodating nature suits the varied and often hectic nature of the role.

Alison has previously worked for a large IT company as a contracts controller, relocating from the Midlands to Hertfordshire to support a large team of engineers. Alison then spent five years in the Gas and Electricity sector.

Alison took a short career break to raise her family before returning to work in the education sector in 2004, and the experience and knowledge gained has helped with her role with EMLC.

Company Secretary and Finance Assistant – Sheila Cowley

Sheila Cowley has been the Company Secretary and Finance Assistant for EMLC since 2013 and spent five years on a part time secondment as Company Secretary for a multi academy trust, of which EMLC was sponsor. Sheila assisted in the formal separation of EMLC from the trust, ensuring both organisations met all their legal and statutory compliance requirements.

Sheila has many years’ experience of bookkeeping and administration in a wide variety of industries. This included twenty years as a Director of an employment company supplying both temporary and permanent staff in Bedford, Stevenage and Harlow areas, and as Company Secretary for over eighteen years for a company that undertook multi-million pound Design and Build and New Build projects for the commercial sector.

Senior Accountant – Aiden Coatsworth

Aiden is a former National Management Apprentice of the Year nominee for a FTSE 100 organisation and is a Part Qualified ACCA Student.

He joined EMLC in 2014 in his first financial role since graduating from University with a BA Hons in Accounting and has progressed through the organisation to his current role of Senior Accountant. Aiden’s skills and experience include budget setting, forecasting and management reporting.

Aiden has also gained an in-depth knowledge of the education sector through his secondment with a multi academy trust and has assisted on the conversion of several schools to academies. In this role he managed the day to day finances of seven schools and the head office, and successfully ran the year end and audit processes each year.

Manager – Samantha Hutchins

Sam was a founder employee of EMLC, joining during the start-up of the organisation in 2003. She has developed a wealth of skills and her roles have included direct customer contact, contract negotiation, sales and marketing, and planning and co-ordinating delivery of training programmes.

Sam was seconded to the charity’s commercial arm Third Wave for ten years and is now involved in researching and managing exciting new programmes for EMLC. She has a creative talent and develops a lot of the organisations marketing and delivery documents, and website content.

Customer Services Manager – Kelly Marshall

Kelly joined EMLC in 2008 having previously worked for the NHS as a Human Resources Administrator. She was seconded to the company’s commercial arm Third Wave for ten years, and gained strong administration experience.

Kelly now manages two main areas: the delivery of training and development programmes and sales and marketing. Kelly has a wealth of experience within customer services and puts the customer in the heart of everything that she does.

Senior Programme Administrator – Loren Cooper

Loren joined EMLC in 2009 as an administrator and has progressed to Senior Programme Administrator. Her role involves dealing with programme participants, arranging the assessment of their paperwork submissions, and planning and arranging the face to face interviews for headteachers for their final assessment.

Loren has developed the process used for the ‘legacy’ NPQs so that it is also fit for purpose for the reformed NPQs which replaced them. As well as the assessments, she has transferred her skills to arranging the delivery of the training for the reformed NPQs.

Programme Administrator – Hayley Coatsworth

Hayley has an in-depth knowledge of the NPQ programmes having joined EMLC in 2014. She graduated from University with a BA Honours in Education Studies and has since gone on to complete her PRINCE2 Practitioner Qualification in Project Management.

Hayley administers the assessment process for the legacy NPQs as well as the reformed NPQs which are taking their place. She also performs research and data projects as part of the sales and marketing for the organisation.


Rob Briscoe – Chair of Trustees

Rob has a wealth of experience and skills developed in the education sector over many years. This includes teaching in primary and secondary schools, senior management positions in schools and local authorities, Ofsted inspection, senior roles for the Department for Education (DfE), as well as working internationally and with the private sector.

Since 2008 Rob has worked as an independent education consultant across a range of organisations. His skills and knowledge are called upon regularly in his continued role as an expert adviser to the DfE, which have included the London Challenge, the Greater Manchester Challenge and since 2011 the Academies Programme.

Rob has been a Trustee of EMLC since 2014, and Chair since 2017.

Andy Chew – Trustee and Chair of Finance and Human Resources Committee

Andy has extensive leadership experience in the IT Software and Services sectors, having held a broad range of senior executive management positions in the UK, USA and Europe.
For the past 6 years, he has been a Managing Director in Cisco UK and Ireland leading all Sales and Technical Specialist functions as well as heading up Innovation.

Andy is passionate about attracting, retaining and developing world-class talent and building winning teams through 21st Century leadership models such as Conscious Leadership and Relationship System Intelligence.

As a member of the Cisco UKI Managing Board he works closely with major Partners and Customers and represents the company in a range of external bodies. In leading Cisco’s Innovation function, he spearheads several broader initiatives including collaborative research, startup incubation and acceleration and eco-system development.

Realising the potential of technology to solve important business and societal challenges, much of his focus is on encouraging take up of careers in the industry, fostering links between the tech sector and education, looking at ways of addressing the digital divide, and mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs. He holds a number of external Non-Exec positions related to these interests.

Before joining Cisco, he spent 7 years at Siemens Enterprise Communications where he held various international leadership roles, including heading up global Unified Communications business management.

Andy holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is a Fellow of the Sloan School of Management.

Andy became a Trustee of EMLC in 2016 and Chair of Finance and Human Resources Committee in 2017.

Richard Moyse – Trustee

Richard trained at Dartmouth Naval College and spent time in the Royal Navy. He went on to higher education and read Business Studies.

Whilst looking for a career, post higher education, Richard went to work in the office of a wine company. After a few months he was offered a sales role selling wine to hotels and restaurants; he spent over fifteen years buying and selling wine.

Alongside this Richard wrote and taught a wine course at Adult Education level, then managed sales teams working for wine companies, regional breweries and then cider.
He currently works for a cider company managing their corporate relations, trade and media PR, sponsorships, charity work and generally the voice of the business.

Richard became a governor and then Chair of Governors taking a comprehensive school through the process to become an Academy.

Richard became a Trustee in 2016.

Jackie Adams – Trustee

Jackie has extensive experience in the Human Resources function. After 30 years in the corporate world, with her last role as HR Director (UK Corporate) for Johnson Matthey, a FTSE100 company which is a global leader in sustainable technologies, she has recently set up her own HR consultancy and executive coaching business.

Having come from a family of teachers, she has developed a passion for education and specifically developing leadership skills within them; a place where her family upbringing and HR skills converge.

She has been a school governor within 2 local schools over a period of 15 years and is a trustee (and currently the Chair) of the board of a large multi academy trust of schools based in Surrey.

She holds a BA (Hons) from Roehampton University and a Masters in Employment Law & Employee Relations. She is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, and a member of the British Psychological Society.

Jackie became a Trustee in 2016.

Jacqui Rothery – Trustee

Jacqui Rothery is an education consultant, former headteacher and inspector. She has held senior leadership posts in secondary schools in the north of England and in her final year of headship was seconded to Ofsted. Following this, she worked as an education advisor supporting headteachers, a trainer of aspiring headteachers, an Ofsted inspector and as a regional lead advisor for an academy trust.

Recently Jacqui has qualified as an Executive Coach and Mentor. She works with schools, academies and academy trusts as a coach and consultant, committed to helping leaders to further secure the best outcomes throughout their organisations, enjoy leading and engender purposeful, fulfilling learning.

She holds a BA (Hons) in English, a Masters in Management of Change (Education), ILM level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring and is a member of the International Society of Qualified Coaches (ISQC).

Jacqui’s key values include: integrity, openness, professionalism and respect.

Jacqui became a Trustee in 2018.