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TEAM Members


Frank Lord

Chair of TEAM Education Trust

Frank’s experience covers serving on more than 14 National and Regional boards across the voluntary, public and private sectors. These have included the board of the BBC Corporation where Frank steered education policy. Frank’s early career was shaped in the retail sector working through to become a Group Managing Director for a large automotive business and is now retained by major motor manufactures as an independent director for their retail networks.

His main passion is people, particularly the development of people to help them reach their full potential and deal with whatever barriers stop them from realising this. Frank has received national recognition for the work he has done including invitations to Downing Street and giving evidence at select committees.

Today Frank is still building businesses and helping people and as Executive Chairman of the Babington Group, he built a National Apprenticeship and Employability business supporting over 4,000 Apprentices and 2,000 unemployed people, working with nearly 2,000 employers.

Other interests Frank has developed include leading a spin out of an Education Business Partnership from the public sector as its Chairman, it now is working with over 1100 STEM Ambassadors carrying out voluntary work in schools to help and inspire young people. Frank is Chairman of First Steps, a national eating disorder charity recently recognised with a Queens Award, Vice Chair of the Skills and Employment Board of D2N2, Board Director for The Northern College, a leading residential specialist college (Grade 1 Ofsted), and Strategy Advisor to Changing Lives, a National Charity for the vulnerable, with over 500 staff.

As a Samaritan volunteer and trainer for many years Frank feels privileged to be working with people who have one common factor of wanting to reach out and make a real difference to others in a time of crisis.

MSc Management Studies, City & Guilds 7307 Teaching Qualification, Certified Coach.
Fellowships of: Institute of Directors, CIPD, RSA, CMI and IMI
Freeman of the City of London, and member of RSA Innovative Education Network.


Stuart Ayres

Member, TEAM Education Trust

Stuart has worked within the civil aerospace industry at Rolls-Royce for over 7 years with a range of experiences in business and project management, this includes analysing project financial health, dealing with enterprise resource planning systems and providing guidance on budget management and load capacity planning. This is supported by a BA Hons Degree in Business Management and more recently the Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7) awarded by the Association for Project Managers (APM), which he will be shortly formally associated with.

Stuart has recently started working as an integrated project team lead responsible for delivering tools in time for building a development engine. This involves ensuring adequate design definition is provided to a team of tool designers and manufacturing engineers, enabling tool specifications to be written for releasing to an external design and make supply chain. Managing a cross-functional team from various parts of the organisation requires effective communication and sufficient key performance indicators to keep on plan.

Prior to this role he was a business controller for numerous civil aerospace engine projects, providing financial analysis and management information to the projects executive teams to aid decision making. This included forecasting with comparisons to business case, managing financial accruals, consolidating resource request for load capacity planning and general guidance and support to multiple layers of the organisation. Combined with his project management experiences he has a vast array of experience in how to effectively forecast and manage projects to ensure objectives are achieved.

Stuart has also been involved in volunteering activities supporting local communities including being a group leader for Derby Toc-H Children’s Camp which provides a summer holiday for children that need it most. He has also been involved with some STEM (Science Technology Education & Maths) activities whilst part of a graduate community project team which provided oversight to the generation of a standard school syllabus for horticultural modules. These experiences have given him a better appreciation of how catering for individual needs can support children progressing through their education and aid in socialising to build important friendships.


Su Kinney

Member, TEAM Education Trust

Su Kinney has worked in the Education Recruitment industry for over 20 years. Specialising in the SEND Sector for the last 10 years. Working within the private sector whilst providing to the public sector gives her a unique and rounded approach to providing services to schools and education provisions.

Currently Su heads up a Regional branch network, managing and developing business, implementing strategic business plans and managing internal staff. Su has strong management & people skills. Delivering business outcomes within a dynamic fast paced environment.

Through this work Su has developed Partnerships with Multi Academy Trusts, schools and alternative provisions across the UK. Creating and implementing cost effective HR solutions. Supporting schools and provisions with bespoke pupil centric staffing.

Over Su’s career she has developed and implemented strategic direction & delivery of SEN implementation plans. Initiated change through performance management over a branch network covering 26 locations across the UK.

Recently she has re-marketed a brand and has developed a training package for SEND & Intervention within the mainstream sector. Providing internal staff with critical understanding and knowledge around funding, revenue streams and client demands.


Professor Gill Richards

Member, TEAM Education Trust

Professor Gill Richards is Emeritus Professor of Special Education, Equity and Inclusion at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Prior to this, she was a teacher, working for 21 years in mainstream schools and specialist education. Her recent research includes: a government project on teachers’ workload; a project on the impact of teachers’ action research in schools; a longitudinal study of the aspirations and achievements of girls living in an area of severe deprivation. She currently teaches on the National Award for SENCOs, supervises PhDs, and supports schools with developing their own research culture.

Gill has been a project leader for government funded SEN projects in UK schools and a European Erasmus project on behaviour management in Greece with teachers. She received education travel study awards from Canada and Japan, and while in Japan, met with the Education Minister and his department to discuss developments in inclusive education and the role of SENCOs.

Gill holds postgraduate course examiner roles in three UK universities and is the Distinguished Professor External Expert for the promotion of Professors in 5 Greek universities. She has been the External Adviser (by invitation) for the validation of 24 postgraduate/special education university courses in UK and one in Saudi Arabia. She is a reviewer for national/international research proposals, journal articles and new book proposals for Routledge, Macmillan, Open University and Sage publishers.

Examples of her recent publications include:
• Richards, G. (2018) Working Class Girls, Education and Post-Industrial Britain. Aspirations and Reality in an Ex-coalmining Community, London: Palgrave Macmillan
• Richards, G., Symeonidou, S. and Livaniou, E. (2018) ‘Designing a successful international course: what can we learn from students’ experiences?’ in Tsiligris, V. and Lawton, W. Exporting Transnational Education. Institutional Practice, Policy and National Goals, London: Palgrave Macmillan
• Kisanga, S. and Richards, G. (2018) Teaching pedagogies in Tanzanian inclusive education settings: Do they respond to diverse needs? Voices from students with visual impairments, British Journal of Visual Impairment
• Richards, G. and Armstrong, F. (eds) (2016) Teaching and Learning in diverse and Inclusive Classrooms. Key issues for new teachers, Abingdon: Routledge (2nd Edition)
• Richards, G. and Armstrong, F. (eds) (2016) Key issues for teaching assistants. Working in in diverse and Inclusive Classrooms. Key issues for new teachers, Abingdon: Routledge (2nd Edition)
• Richards, G. (2015) ‘What is known is limited’. The intersectional experiences of young people from special education and minority ethnic backgrounds’. Race Equality Teaching Vol 33 (2):10-16


Jenny Connick


Jenny’s career has spanned over 40 years including being an International HR Director for Siemens Business Services and founding Talentino in 2011– now considered a thought leader in SEND and early career development in Special Schools in England. Her full CV can be found on LinkedIn; https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-connick-frsa-2571985/

Talentino has afforded Jenny the privilege to work with over 50 Special Schools across England and really understand what the enablers and barriers are to improving life outcomes after school for students with SEND, and in particular learning difficulties. Under the banner of Talentino, Jenny has sought to influence the careers landscape at a national level politically and has recently been appointed as the SEND lead for the national Careers and Enterprise Company.

Jenny has stewarded Talentino to win places on many Social Enterprise programmes, most recently graduating from the Barclays Scale Up programme at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

In 2017, Jenny was rewarded for her services to Education by being invited to the Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. She is entrepreneurial, creative and passionate in everything she tackles bringing energy, enthusiasm and a sense of humour. Jenny is also a Governor at The Avenue Special School in Reading and previously at Brookfields Special School.