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Governance Advisers

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Jeremy Bird is an inspirational and visionary school improvement consultant. He has a passion for education with an excellent track record of supporting school leaders. He is a dynamic, pro-active leader and coach, empowering staff at all levels to take ownership using coaching, training and mentoring. A natural communicator, Jeremy has proven ability in building cohesive teams to achieve challenging targets.


Jeremy served as a headteacher in two primary schools prior to becoming a consultant.


Jeremy can offer support in the following areas: Coaching school leaders and governors in primary and special schools; Inducting newly appointed leaders and teachers; Facilitating professional discussion and development in a range of middle, senior and headteacher leadership activities; Supporting leaders in developing the rationale, implementation and evaluation of their curriculum; Challenging leaders in their self-evaluation of school effectiveness.

Jeremy Bird
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Diana Choulerton has 25 years’ experience working in education as a teacher, leader and inspector. Diana worked as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from 2014 to 2017. During this time Diana has developed a wide range of experience and high level of skill related to inspection and education improvement. This included leading inspections and monitoring visits of primary and secondary schools as well as SEND area inspections. Whilst working as an HMI she also took on the role of Ofsted National Lead for Design and Technology.  Prior to joining Ofsted she worked as a senior advisor for a local authority leading on 14 to 19 strategy.  Diana also has 13 years’ previous experience working in secondary schools holding middle and senior leadership responsibilities in that time.

Diana offers insight, support and advice for leaders in primary and secondary schools and local authorities on all aspects of education improvement. Specific areas of expertise include; change management, monitoring and evaluation, development planning, curriculum and assessment, teaching pedagogy, SEND reform implementation and 14-19 strategy.  Diana also remains passionate about D&T education and welcome opportunities to utilise my expertise in the subject.

Diana Choulerton
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James Coyle delivers school leadership training, coaching and mentoring in areas such as performance management, teaching and learning, leadership, and data analysis for improvement.
His school improvement experience includes: Ofsted and s48 Lead Inspector; Designated National Leader of Governance (NCSL); Approved Additional Support Governor (HSIP); Teacher Trainer; Chair in Harrow Primary and Secondary Schools over a 20 year period; Professional Development programme for Governors HSIP and Best Practice Network (BPN); Assessment of teachers for ITT, QTS and PGCE; Assessment systems for students learning.
Impact of work undertaken to support school improvement: Board member Harrow School Improvement Partnership since 2011; School Improvement Adviser Brent Secondary Schools; Chair of GB at outstanding Harrow school – Ofsted 2014; Completed school improvement interventions across London and SE following Ofsted RI referral to the National College and HSIP; Endorsed audits and action plans for improvement in teaching and learning, designed to drive up rates of progress, narrow the gap between learners and develop school leaders; Successful tutor to trainee teachers on behalf of the University of Buckingham.

James Coyle
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Lynne Evans is able to provide support and advice for governors, with specific emphasis on turning around their governing bodies and providing the best possible support for their schools.

Lynne was appointed Chair of Governors at St Johns CE Primary School (N20) November 2015 after becoming a governor for the first time in December 2014.  During her first year of office, Lynne proactively sought information and learned about school governance with the primary aim of being the very best that she could be in this important voluntary role. 

In the first year, the governing board oversaw the appointment of a new Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and whole school restructure and a rapid school improvement. The second year in office, Lynne led the governors through a successful OFSTED and SIAMS review.

Lynne is passionate about effective governance and has worked hard to ensure that the right skills are on her own governing body, that best practice is resolutely followed, there is always a cohesive Governor Action Plan in place and that an excellent relationship is in place with the Senior Leadership Team, built on robust challenge, trust and respect.

Lynne Evans
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Margaret Julia Goodchild is a highly experienced educational consultant with over 20 years’ experience of leading school inspections. She is experienced in inspecting and supporting nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and PRUs, and undertaking quality assurance work for inspection service providers. She has wide cross-phase teaching and advisory experience and was a Senior Lecturer in Education at Middlesex University with a national role in SEN and EAL. She has been an External Adviser for the Performance Management of Headteachers, and an Advanced Skills Teacher assessor. She is a published writer of EYFS materials for parents and practitioners and of school self-evaluation materials. She has particular expertise in relation to special educational needs and alternative provision and is currently Hertfordshire Improvement Partner for 16 special schools and pupil referral units. She is a fully trained counsellor as well as being an educationalist. Margaret is able to provide the following services to schools: school improvement reviews focusing on whole school effectiveness or aspects of provision chosen by the school; governance reviews; early years’ reviews; headteacher appraisal; coaching for senior and middle leaders; support for school leaders in improving teaching and learning, including through joint lesson observations, and in the use of self-evaluation for continuous school improvement.

Margaret Julia Goodchild
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Michael Larkin is an independent educational consultant with experience teaching in a variety of secondary and primary schools. He has considerable experience as a headteacher in London and in Milton Keynes. Michael’s leadership was consistently judged as outstanding. Michael has an excellent track record both as a headteacher and as a school improvement consultant. Schools appreciate the level of insight, which enables them to address their improvement agenda in a rapid and sustainable manner. Michael is friendly, funny, personable and incredibly organised and makes sure excellence and providing an exemplary service is at the heart of all of his work with colleagues in schools. Michael lives in Barnet and is keen to work with schools to support the best outcomes for pupils in Barnet.  Michael is passionate about ethical leadership. Michael can offer support in the following areas, including strategic school improvement;  leadership development through coaching and mentoring; developing ethos and critically reflective practice of all staff; headteacher appraisal; school self evaluation; through strengthening leadership at all levels;  improving teaching and learning; using drama techniques in all subjects; building an outstanding computing curriculum; governance training and reviews;  curriculum review and development; safeguarding, including audits.

Michael Larkin
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Helen Morrison is currently a Learning Network Inspector for Barnet Local Authority and a School Inspector. Helen was previously headteacher of a large Primary in Barnet.  During her time at the school, Helen has led the school successfully through two Ofsted Inspections, the last inspection team judging the school as Outstanding. Helen has a particular interest in effective leadership structures and enjoys supporting schools to identify and plan for school improvement. Helen has direct experience of leading major change and  has led on the amalgamation of two schools as well as experience of leading major building projects, including school expansion. Helen's Ofsted work enables her to have an up to date understanding of what Oustanding school effectiveness looks like. She enjoys supporting schools in their drive to achieve and maintain this across all aspects of school life.

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Miranda Perry has held senior positions in the primary, secondary and advisory education sector. She has considerable experience as a lead Ofsted inspector for primary and secondary schools. She works as an education consultant for government research trials, as a school improvement partner for local authorities and with schools who want to develop 'beyond outstanding'.  She runs a range of courses and workshops for BPSI on, for example, effective self-evaluation and school improvement planning, interpreting RoL and impactful interventions.
Her qualifications include NPQH, a research MA in public sector change, Diplomas in Counselling, and Change Management.
Miranda can offer the following support: SEF and SIP writing; data analysis, use of data, and interpretation of RoL; school reviews, headteacher appraisal; impactful interventions and feedback, effective work scrutiny; effective monitoring of teaching and learning; improving progress of groups; 'beyond outstanding'.

Miranda Perry
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Penny Rabiger was a primary and secondary school teacher for 12 years. Since 2007, she has been supporting school leadership, working with social enterprises and charities. She was Director of Business Development and one of the founding team that set up The Key for School Leaders, Head of Membership at Challenge Partners, and Director of Engagement at the Finnish edtech resource, Lyfta.

Penny is a long-serving school governor and MAT trustee. She is a co-founder and trustee of The BAMEed Network, member of the Haringey BAME achievement group, an NFER associate, and a coach for the Leeds Beckett University Antiracist Schools Award. She is a PhD candidate researching antiracism, school leadership and governance.

Penny can offer support and challenge:

  • Strengthening governance (Recruitment, induction, succession, EDI & antiracism, BAME achievement, strategic planning, governance reviews)

  • Race and antiracism (Racial literacy, strategic planning  and whole-school antiracist strategy, understanding inherent bias, cultural capital & the curriculum, diverse recruitment, retention and staff development)

  • Coaching for success (Strength-based support for leaders)

  • INSET, CPD and conference curation (Sourcing & engaging diverse speakers, impactful workshop delivery, end-to-end design, delivery & debrief of CPD and conferences)

  • Project management (Research, focus groups, strategic planning and bringing ideas & initiatives to fruition)

Penny Rabiger
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Bronwen Tumani is a NLG (National Leader of Governance) and provides support for Chairs and Governing Bodies in a range of different circumstances. She is currently Chair of Governors at Foulds Primary School in High Barnet, which was judged Outstanding by OFSTED in all categories in May 2013. Bronwen has a strong background in governance, having held various leadership roles for over 15 years in the Ministry of Justice. Between 2010-2014 she was a Non-Executive Director for the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust, where she served on the Governance & Risk Management, and Audit Committees. During this time she participated in a number of Board level Homicide Inquiries and an organisational wide Governance Review. Bronwen is also highly experienced in recruitment and works for the Judicial Appointments Commission recruiting judges and tribunal members for courts and tribunals. Bronwen can assist with all matters relating to governance including conducting Governance Reviews; providing support for new Chairs of Governors and training for Governing Bodies; advising on Headteacher recruitment and helping Governors prepare for OFSTED.

Bronwen Tumani
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Michael has extensive experience as a headteacher working in London schools, including ten years leading a school in Barnet. He is a qualified and experienced coach working in the educational and business sectors. His two most recent headships were in all through schools and working across primary and secondary is a particular area of Michael’s expertise.

Michael can offer support in all aspects of educational leadership and specialises in the following areas:

  • leadership coaching

  • student coaching

  • strategic development

  • curriculum design

  • developing school culture

Michael Whitworth
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Malcolm is a highly motivated and successful educational consultant, trainer, and coach with a strong track record of leading and transforming schools.


He is a Lead Ofsted Inspector with the Qualification for School Inspectors gained through Middlesex University and Tribal in July 2015. He has worked for both Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE), as an Ofsted Inspector and an Educational Adviser respectively, since 2015. He is a Consultant School Improvement Partner for Haringey Education Partnership and also for a number of other authorities and multi academy trusts across the country.  Malcolm therefore has considerable experience of working directly with schools and supporting them in the raising of standards. During a long career in education, he has nearly twenty years of experience as a headteacher of three different schools, two of which were in particularly challenging circumstances.  He is an EMCC Accredited Coach.  Malcolm is also a self-employed school leader, adviser and consultant and the managing director of LeadingSchs2Success Ltd., an educational consultancy company. He is passionate about education and its ability to enable children to achieve beyond their dreams.


Malcolm offers a wide range of services for schools including headteacher, senior and middle leadership development, subject area audits, whole school reviews, SEND reviews, reading development and training for governors.

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