Sapere Logo

Alison Allsopp

National Training Manager,

As SAPERE’s National Training Manager, Alison’s role involves:

  • Quality assurance of SAPERE courses and training‚Äč
  • Trainer support and development
  • Liaison, support and advice to SAPERE Going for Gold Schools
  • Monitoring of the SAPERE School Award application process, including Gold Award visits

Alison came to P4C through her role as a teacher and manager in primary education over many years. She also works part-time as a registered SAPERE trainer providing school INSET, Level 1, 2A and 2B training and support to teachers. Both her SAPERE role and P4C experience is informed through  her regular P4C practice with children in the classroom and many years of leading whole school P4C at Alverstoke C of E Junior school, Gosport, Hampshire, now a SAPERE P4C Gold Award School. She continues to work alongside teachers, planning P4C sessions and providing advice and support to help schools develop and sustain P4C practice, across the south and recently overseas in International schools in Doha and Shanghai.

Mary Boullin

Operations and Events Manager,

As SAPERE’s Operations and Events Manager, Mary’s role involves:

  • Responsibility for office management, including recruitment, health and safety and HR support.
  • Managing and coordinating events, including our annual conference and trainers’ days.
  • Leading and managing the Administrative team.
  • Acting as Company Secretary. 

Prior to joining SAPERE, Mary worked as a Fundraiser for 10 years, working for a number of charities including Helen & Douglas House hospice in Oxford. Mary is a keen gardener, baker and mediocre sewer and also enjoys long walks with her Cairn terrier.

Lizzy Lewis

SAPERE Partnerships and Content Manager,

As SAPERE's Partnerships and Content Manager, Lizzy's role involves:

  • Working with SAPERE partner organisations and providing representation for SAPERE at meetings and events
  • Managing SAPERE’s partnerships with Initial Teacher Training (ITT) institutions
  • Managing the content of all SAPERE’s materials; courses, resources and input and oversight of publicity materials that represents SAPERE and Philosophy for Children
  • Managing the development SAPERE’s international work

Lizzy Lewis is an international speaker, consultant and writer, specializing in Philosophy for Children (P4C). Formerly a primary school teacher, school governor then teacher trainer, Lizzy is a registered SAPERE Trainer, Partner of A Level Philosophy and Secretary of ICPIC (The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children). She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Philosophy and English, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and Masters Degree in Education. Lizzy has published and presented articles on P4C, and co-edited Philosophy for Children through the Secondary Curriculum, Continuum (2012). She has co-written chapters in Philosophy for Children: Theories and praxis in teacher education and The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children (2017). Lizzy is a Director of Thinking Space, on the Advisory Board for BRILA Youth Projects, Associate of the Philosophy in Education Project and member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB).

Amelia Foster


As CEO, Amelia’s role requires her to take responsibility for the general management of SAPERE and the implementation of its strategic plan, reporting to the Board of Trustees and working with staff and trustees. In particular, this involves:

  • Strategy development, ensuring that all decisions and actions are in the interests of SAPERE’s beneficiaries
  • Organisational oversight and planning, including maintaining a culture that reflects SAPERE’s core values
  • Overall financial management of the Charity
  • Oversight of sales, marketing and public relations
  • Fundraising
  • Project Management
  • Staff management.  

Formerly a secondary teacher in London, Amelia worked at the National Literacy Trust for four years developing reading for pleasure initiatives. In 2006, she became Director of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre where she worked for nearly 9 years. Amelia was CEO of Oxford University Student Union for two years, before joining SAPERE in late 2016

Kathryn Puncher

Administrative Officer,

As one of SAPERE’s Administrative Officers, Kathryn’s role involves:

  • Being one of the first points of contact in the SAPERE office.
  • Responsibility for Independent, ITT, INSET and projects course bookings.
  • Supporting administration of SAPERE events.
  • Dealing with School Awards. 

Kathryn worked for many years in business schools organising their events. In 2012, after a career break, she joined SAPERE on a part time basis overseeing the administration of course registers, certificates, handbooks and school awards. Beyond SAPERE Kathryn enjoys running, reading and keeping up with family life.

Karen Salt

Administrative Officer

As one of SAPERE’s Administrative Officers, Karen’s role involves:


  • Being one of the first points of contact in the SAPERE office.
  • Responsibility for SAPERE Open course bookings.
  • Supporting administration of SAPERE events.  

Karen’s career path has taken many turns over the years; Laboratory Trainee at Harwell, Drawing Office Tracer, mum of two, Assistant Catering Manager and most recently 11 years administration in NHS Mental Health. Karen joined SAPERE in July 2016 after coming to help through an agency and the rest, as they say, is history. Outside of work, Karen enjoys gardening, walking, making homemade chutneys, jams and wine.

Jen Simpson

Assistant National Training Manager

Jen supports the day to day running of the training provision and Awards process. Jen started her career as a Primary teacher though has been involved with Global Learning development in schools since 2006. Her love of P4C began in 2007 and has trained to Level 2. Her role at SAPERE is part time as she also works as the Global Learning Programme Local Advisor for Cheshire and Merseyside. Her academic research includes teacher training in P4C, developing social justice mindsets and is currently working on ‘Participatory Pedagogy’ for classroom practice. When there is spare time it is spent chasing after her two girls, baking low-protein meals and reading the BBC History magazine.

Anne Churchill Stone

Financial Accountant,

As SAPERE’s Financial Accountant, Anne’s role includes

  • Preparing regular Management Accounts
  • Maintaining bank accounts
  • Overseeing financial processes 

Having graduated with a degree in Statistics, Anne worked for some years for The Post Office in various roles including retail network management and finance. Having qualified as a management accountant (ACMA) Anne took a career break during which she was treasurer for the charity Down’s Syndrome Oxford and the local Pre-School. As well as a busy family life organising five children, Anne spends time pursuing her singing studies, performing, singing and playing music locally and co-editing the village newsletter

Sue Sweetland

Finance Officer,

 As SAPERE’s Finance Officer, Sue’s role includes

  • Processing of the transactions of the charity,
  • Ensuring that the accounting records of the charity are accurate and complete.
  • Preparing and paying supplier invoices
  • Preparing and paying staff payroll
  • Monitoring and reconciling SAPERE's bank accounts
  • Issuing INSET and Going for Gold contracts to schools
  • Monitoring training undertaken at Going for Gold Schools

Sue joined SAPERE in 2011 with a wide experience in finance, contracting and administration. She has worked in both the Private and Public sectors including the NHS, NCH & PACT and more recently for the Oxfordshire LEA. Sue is currently our Finance Officer and is responsible for the financial processes of the charity and the administration of school contracts.

Thomasin Silk

Finance Assistant

As SAPERE’s Finance Assistant, Thomasin’s role involves:


  • Assisting the Finance Officer with processing the transactions of the charity
  • Ensuring that the accounting records of the charity are accurate and complete
  • Handling all general account queries

Thomasin joined SAPERE in 2017 and supports the Finance Officer in the processing of SAPERE’s transactions. Her role includes raising sales invoices, recording incoming payments and processing supplier invoices.