The GEC Founders
Nicole is a mum of 3 (including b/g twins) and an award winning digital education specialist.
Nicole has taught new technologies in the education sector (from Early Years to adults) since the start of the century. Her work today is based on supporting educational settings to become inclusive and digitally literate. She works with a range of national and international charities and organisations to achieve this. She was awarded a place on the EdTech50 (2018) as one of the leading pioneers in the UK EdTech sector. Nicole believes that it is time for equality to be the ‘new normal’, in the media, in education, in business and at home. @nicoleponsford
A mum of 3 and award winning Director in Technology.
Cat studied science throughout her education culminating in a degree in Physiological sciences. From there she went straight into Technology where she's worked ever since, now as Director of Product and advocate of women in Technology and STEM.
It wasn’t until she became an employer that Cat realised there was such a problem with gender equality, specifically in STEM, but it was when she became a mother that she realised that she had a personal responsibility to change things. @catwildman2000
The GEC Steering Group
Meet The GEC Steering Group. The Steering Group is made up of people with particular skills, expertise and experience who will help shape The GEC strategy.
Please contact us if you would like to be a member.
Graham Andre is a primary school teacher working on the Isle of Wight.
Most recently Graham was seen working with his class on the (now BAFTA nominated!) BBC2 documentary ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free’. Through this documentary he has been invited to speak on national TV and live events to talk about its impact.
He has always worked in the education sector, starting as a teaching assistant and having various roles before doing a part-time degree and completing his GTP six years ago.
Sophie de Albuquerque
Sophie de Albuquerque is a writer and editor based in London. Starting out at an agency, she went on to become JustGiving’s content editor, and now works as a freelance copywriter with businesses and charities. She has helped rewrite websites for Cancer Research UK, The National Autistic Society and MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
As a parent, she started researching and gathering children’s books that support gender equality, to share with other parents, carers and teachers.
Dr Jo Kandola
Dr Jo Kandola is a business psychologist and MCIPD professional with extensive experience in the areas of diversity and unconscious bias. Jo is the founder of The Bias Gym, a business that applies scientific research to help diminish bias within organisations. She has particular expertise on the subject of gender bias and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book on this subject - 'The Invention of Difference: The story of gender bias at work'. Her PhD involved research looking at implicit and explicit gender attitudes and whether these are predictive of workplace gender discrimination.
David is an internationally-known freelance consultant and researcher on gender equality, masculinities and fatherhood, offering strategic support, training and leadership coaching to statutory and third sector service providers.
He is now a consultant for the Good Lad Initiative, after being National Director and overseeing the merging of Great Men and IMAGINE projects into GLI. In the past, David co-founded the Fatherhood Institute, the UK's fatherhood think tank and was Chief Executive of the White Ribbon Campaign.
James Millar is a journalist, author, podcaster and feminist.
He started the @GenderDiary Twitter account with his partner, Ros Ball, charting all the tiny ways their son and daughter were treated differently because of their sex. That led to The Gender Agenda, published July 2017 by Jessica Kingsley Publishing.
His second book, Dads Don’t Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting will be published in autumn this year by Ortega Press.
A mum of 3 and Deputy Head Teacher of a large primary school in Northumberland.
Caroline has been teaching for over 20 years and specialises in literacy. She is currently completing a masters degree in Leading in Education. She is involved with both @WomenEd and @WomenEdNW
Over recent years she has become increasingly concerned about the gender disparity in education and the impact this will continue to have on future generations unless we make a change.
Dr Lauren Spinner
I am a Research Associate in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent. I am primarily interested in children’s gender development and the effect of socialising agents, such as parents and the media, on children’s gender stereotypes and toy preferences. I have also explored interventions to reduce children’s gender stereotypic attitudes via exposure to gender counter-stereotypic models. I am currently working with fellow steering group member Jordan Day to evaluate the impact of gender neutral teaching lessons on primary school children’s gender stereotypes. I am also working with the ‘Parenting Science Gang’ and campaign group ‘Let Toys be Toys’ to explore the effect of gender stereotypic and counter-stereotypic books on children’s gender stereotypes. I am excited and honoured to be part of the GEC initiative which provides a wonderful way for organisations and families alike to commit to achieving gender equality.
Gillian is a parent, Speech and Language Therapist and Senior Lecturer. She has extensive experience of working with individuals with communication needs and is particularly interested in the way that role models, environments and opportunities can shape the attitudes and behaviours of young people.
Having been bombarded by gender-specific marketing since becoming a parent (suggestions of gender-reveal parties, princesses vs. pirates and pink or blue everything), she is keen to explore an alternative route and is therefore excited to be part of the GEC initiative.
Jordan has been teaching for 13 years and is a dad to 4 year old twins. Working alongside psychology researchers from the University of Kent Jordan led a pilot program for ‘Gender Neutral Teaching’ across 10 classes which is being rolled out across the school.
Jordan believes passionately that every child, regardless of their biology or background, should be able to follow their dreams and realise their potential, and that it is down to us to smash all barriers (including gender stereotypes) that stand in their way.
We are thrilled to announce our GEC Advocates - all experts in their fields and passionate about gender equality. If you would like to collaborate and get involved, please just get in touch!
Mal is an education consultant specialising in leadership development, coaching in schools and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).
Mal supports educational leaders to create a self-sustaining culture of professional development and is a Regional Leader for WomenEdSE and the Dorset Advocate for the MaternityCPD Project & a Healthy Toolkit Advocate.
Chris Lawson is a primary school teacher in the North-West. Chris has undertaken research into how under stereotypes can impact upon a child's self-esteem and their levels of anger. He is also interested in how technology has impacted upon children abilities to articulate their feelings.
Chris believes that children cannot learn without feeling good about who they are - this is central to his teaching. "Teachers and the school as a whole can be those key individuals who help children to believe the can do anything and that they should aim high, #smashing stereotypes that hold them back as they go!"
Andrew Caffrey is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and the Regional Director for EdTechTeam in the UK.
A former Assistant Headteacher, Geography Teacher and SLE at a large UK Secondary School. Andrew received an Inspirational Educator Award from the Worshipful Company of Educators in 2016. Occasionally he builds something useful for other teachers, such as the popular Add to Google Classroom Chrome Extension and Feedback Sheet. When not doing something with technology Andrew is also the UK Volunteer Head of Compliance at The Scout Association.
Jonny is the founder & UK Managing Director of WonderHub, a free online platform to help schools and parents discover and review education technology. His vision of the sector is one where educators can quickly make informed decisions on which technology could help improve their schools, and which is the best value.
As well as running WonderHub, Jonny is a co-opted governor for Upton Cross Primary School and the Grants & Website Manager for Indigo Volunteers.
The GEC was introduced to Jonny following his video series about women in education. He has written about what men can do to support female founders, following his refusal of a conference speaking slot due to the lack of female representation.
Alan is the author of sixty books for children.
His stories and plays have been on BBC Radio and published for use in schools.
A former TV scriptwriter, whose work was BAFTA nominated, Alan now spends his time writing zany stories for young readers. His 'Porridge the Tartan Cat' books are written with gender equality in mind.
Kiran 'Sunray' Satti
Kiran is a Primary Teacher and English Leader. She has a Masters in Teaching Studies, specifically the power of dialogic spaces and has taught in Tanzania.
Kiran is passionate about empowering young girls to move beyond equating their worth to appearance but to strength of character and their values.
She is a Womened Regional Leader, who focuses on the power of literature to empower young girls and boys to be their best version, negating from preconceived notions of gender and breaking the mould.
We are who we are - Kiran believes celebrating uniqueness is a must if gender equality and equity will crystallise into reality.
Catherine has taught science in mainstream secondary schools in the U.K. for 12 years. In 2012, her school introduced iPad 1:1 with students, which she supported as lead digital practitioner, overseeing teaching and learning with 1:1 devices across the school and becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator, class of 2015.
Catherine now works part time as an Assistant Headteacher, supporting more effective use of the technology available. In addition, she works with a local app developer, for an iOS classroom workflow app. Catherine is (obviously) part of our #GECFutures Project.
Catherine has a keen interest in the role of gender in both school and day-to-day life. Of particular interest is the role of unconscious bias in the perpetuation of gender stereotypes in schools and society, and what teachers can do to recognise and tackle this.
James Cain was the editor at Innovate My School... until he emigrated to New Zealand! Now a bonafide Aucklander, James is keen to continue supporting teachers and school leaders from across the world, while also championing equality for all genders and sexualities.
James has known GEC cofounder Nic for years, and has had the pleasure of collaborating with her as a guest author on many occasions.
He is a lover of film and music, and tries to get round to his ever-growing pile of books when possible.
Helen is a mermaid haired mum of one, a Communications Manager for a sport National Governing Body by day and a fitness blogger by night.
Chairperson of the Women’s National Council with the British Tenpin Bowling Association and the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Bassetlaw, Helen is passionate about gender equality, especially in sport and politics.
Pran Patel is an Assistant Principal in a secondary school, with over 14 years of teaching experience. He regards himself as a staunch feminist and is committed to bringing about not just gender equity but equity for all.
A mental health and BAME advocate he recently featured in a BBC documentary ‘Why Teaching is making me ill’ and Buzzfeed article ‘Black teachers are leaving the profession due to racism’.
As a self professed Outward Facing Leader (and author of an upcoming book by the same name), Pran's ethos can be summed up as, ‘We are not leaders in our schools and classrooms but leaders in our profession’.
Greg is Vice Principal: Learning Technologies & Curriculum at The de Ferrers Academy, an Apple Distinguished School. He is responsible for the 1:1 iPad programme, digital strategy, online safety, ICT integration into the curriculum and the Apple Regional Training Centre, as well as overseeing iPad strategy across The de Ferrers Trust. He is an Apple Education Trainer and Apple Distinguished Educator.
Greg has published several books and regularly speaks at international events on STEM, educational technology and leadership.
He is an Astrophysics graduate and Physics teacher; in 2015, he was awarded Salters-Horners A Level Physics award for his work as Head of Physics at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls.
Founder, GoBubble and eCadets Henry’s digital citizenship crusade has taken him from being a Police Sergeant, to creating the multi-award winning eCadet education programme (that has reached more than 1m children) and onto creating GoBubble… a safe social media for children (that’s free for schools).
Henry is committed to equality in schools, in businesses and in the home. "For example, our MD is female and as a team we are 75% female. I believe gender equality is a fantastic opportunity to help businesses succeed".
As an international speaker, Henry has worked with educators in America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia to help them cultivate digital citizenship.