About us

Our Staff

The Alliance for Learning is proud to employ a team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals:

Lisa Fathers

Director of Development, Partnerships & Teaching School Hubs / Bright Futures Educational Trust Executive Team

Lisa is the Director of Development, Partnerships and Teaching School Hubs and part of the Executive Team at Bright Futures Educational Trust, a Multi Academy Trust in the North West. She has had over 20 years’ experience in education, both as a teacher and in a variety of senior leadership positions including Associate Headteacher and Co-Principal.

Lisa is now an executive leader, serving on the Executive Leadership Team for Bright Futures. She also provides strategic leadership for the Bright Futures Development Network, which includes two large scale Teaching School Hubs, a Maths Hub, a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and the Alliance for Learning which provides school and teacher development across the region. Lisa co-leads school improvement work for the Trust as well as leading on Communications and Development.

Her particular areas of expertise and passion are change leadership, coaching theory and practice, wellbeing and partnership working. Lisa has coached and supported leaders at all levels and leads on partnership working for the Trust, working alongside organisations such as Teach First, Ambition Institute, the Youth Sport Trust, the Chartered College, and Mental Health First Aid England. She represents Education on the Greater Manchester Reform Board and the executive level Strategic Health and Wellbeing Board and has many Governance roles such as Co-Chair for Greater Manchester’s Mental Health in Education Board and the Chair for the national Well Schools Board.

Lisa is also part of the national training team for Mental Health First Aid England.  She was instrumental in the highly successful and ground-breaking Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools Programme and is a Fellow at the Chartered College of Teaching. Lisa is a champion of collaboration and whole system working across Greater Manchester, the wider North West region and nationally.

Eleanor Davidson

Deputy Director of Teaching School Hub ECT/ITT Manchester/Stockport (SCITT Director)

Eleanor Davidson is the Deputy Director of Teaching School Hub; she holds strategic policy oversight for the Early Career Framework (ECF) and Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Eleanor also has strategic oversight of the Manchester/Stockport Teaching School Hub as well as continuing the hold the position of SCITT Director.

Eleanor has a breadth of teaching and leadership experience spanning a twenty-year career within the education sector across a variety of age phases, schools, and institutions. Eleanor has over fourteen years of teaching experience within the secondary sector and over six years of leadership experience within Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Eleanor has held a number of positions including Assistant Vice Principal, Assistant Headteacher. Eleanor has a wide range of leadership experience in recruiting, training, and supporting trainee teachers and Early Career Teachers, both within Edge Hill University, as well as within the SCITT. Eleanor has taken a lead on quality assurance across the vast and diverse ITT and ECT partnership for a number of years, she was also part of the ECF early roll out across Greater Manchester.

At Edge Hill University Eleanor held the position of Assistant Head of Department (School Based Training) within the primary sector and before this role she was the Director of the Future Teachers Programme; a programme designed to support Newly Qualified Teachers.

Eleanor’s research interest is very much linked to the impact and effectiveness of the Pupil Premium funding. Schools in challenging circumstances quickly became Eleanor’s research focus and the use of Pupil Premium and the ‘closing the gap’ agenda became the focus for her Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PG CERT HE) for which she was awarded a Distinction. Eleanor is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jayne Carmichael

Deputy Director of Teaching School Hub NPQs/CPD, Trafford/Salford

Jayne’s teaching and leadership experience spans a 25-year career within the education sector across a variety of roles and responsibilities.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience within the primary sector having held school-based senior leadership posts as well as a trust-level executive leadership post. Her areas of expertise lie within teaching and learning, Continuous Professional Development (CPD), Initial Teacher Training (ITT), assessment and Early Years. 

During her time as a Senior Leader, Jayne led the school’s application to become a cohort 1 Teaching School.  Assuming the role of Teaching School Lead, Jayne expanded the outreach work of the Teaching School where she fulfilled the roles of a Specialist Lead Education (SLE), ITT/School Direct Lead, National Professional Qualification (NPQ) facilitator and CPD programme delivery lead.  Jayne created and developed the school’s School Direct programme where she was accountable for recruitment and marketing, development of programme content/school-based training sessions and trainee placements. She took on the role of the lead school in visits to placement schools (lesson observations and mentor support) as well as managing relationships with Higher Education Institution (HEI) providers.

Jayne now has strategic oversight for NPQs across the Bright Futures Teaching School Hub areas and manages the Teaching School Hub KPIs for both Trafford and Salford. Jayne is responsible for the commercial CPD offer at the Alliance for Learning which includes various projects. She works closely with the Director of Development, Partnerships & Teaching School Hubs alongside another Deputy Hub Director.

Simon Mazumder

NW1 Maths Hub Lead


Simon joined AGGS in 2006 working as Head of Maths (now one of the top 3 outstanding Maths departments nationally), and as an LEA Maths Advisor. He is a Maths SLE and a Core Maths lead, and has led on many national strategies and school improvement projects. He has lectured for the Open University and worked on ITT and ITE programmes.

Simon ran the Maths Education Strategy Hub for 3 years, before it became the NW1 Maths Hub, which he now leads. He also acts as consultant for the Manchester Schools Alliance and is the CPD Lead in primary, secondary and tertiary Maths.

Alliance for Learning
Cavendish Road, Bowdon
Altrincham WA14 2NL
Proud to part of the Bright Futures Education Trust