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Alison Allsopp

National Training Manager, alisonallsopp@sapere.org.uk

Alison is SAPERE's national training manager responsible for trainer development and quality assurance across all our training and support services. Alison manages the trainer pathway and mentoring process of those who wish to become SAPERE trainers.  She plans and leads the programme for the induction of new trainers as well as overseeing   the programme for trainer CPD days. Her SAPERE role includes reviewing the SAPERE school award applications and visiting schools aspiring to the Gold Award. This involves liaison, support and advice for those schools signed up to SAPERE’s Going for Gold programme. In addition to her SAPERE role, Alison is a SAPERE Level 1 & 2 trainer with many years of experience in Primary Education. She provides SAPERE training, P4C coaching and teaching support in the classroom to help schools implement a whole school approach. Alison has recently led her own school, Alverstoke C of E Junior School in Gosport, Hampshire, successfully to achieve the SAPERE Gold Award.

Amelia Foster

CEO, amelia@sapere.org.uk

 

When I first met Liz Jones, Chair of SAPERE’s Trustee Board, at my interview for the post of CEO, she told me that through P4C, ‘we want to change the world’. That resonated hugely with me, having spent a career in education (in its various forms) and particularly because I have a passionate interest in working to mitigate the impact of social disadvantage on educational achievement and therefore life chances. I believe that philosophical enquiry is an essential tool for modern life, where social media is the leading source of news for young people and through which their lives are played out. Being able to question the all-pervasive media, and to tolerate and learn from difference are crucial life skills for the digitally native, and I am very excited to become a part of something that not only promises much but, most importantly, delivers it. I cannot wait to help SAPERE grow.


Amelia studied English Literature and Language at Worcester College, Oxford, and then went on to take a Secondary English PGCE at Oxford University Department of Educational Studies. Two years in an inner city North London comprehensive filled her with the conviction of the transformative power of reading, and she then worked at the National Literacy Trust for four years on reading for pleasure initiatives, which included writing handbooks and delivering training on innovative whole-school approaches to reading. In 2006, she became Director of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre where she worked for nearly 9 years. During that time, the Museum won best Small Visitor Attraction in England and redeveloped one of the galleries by putting Roald Dahl’s Writing Hut, painstakingly moved piece-by-piece and reinstalled, at its heart. In 2014, she become CEO of Oxford University Student Union, whence she will join SAPERE.


Bob House

Executive Director, bobhouse@sapere.org.uk

Bob House was CEO of SAPERE from 2012 to 2016 and now, as Executive Director, Bob has a focus on promoting P4C to schools, fundraising and building partnerships. He builds on his experience as strategic adviser to SAPERE since 2011, focusing on development and implementation of the strategic plan, fundraising and project planning, partnership development and general management support. He was formerly Treasurer and Secretary of Home-Start Camden since 2009. Home-Start supports families with children under 5 through a programme of volunteer home visits in the borough of Camden. Bob has acted as a mentor to Princes Trust young business people for the last 10 years, as well as providing part time support to head office on fund-raising in the technology sector. In other charity work he has acted as representative for a corporate sponsor of a VSO branch in Nottingham and of a social enterprise in Glasgow. Bob has 30 years’ experience in the business sector in line management and strategic consulting positions.

Lizzy Lewis

Development Manager, lizzylewis@sapere.org.uk

As Development Manager, Lizzy leads developments particularly with SAPERE resources, collaborations and partnerships. Initially a primary school teacher, school governor then teacher trainer, Lizzy Lewis is a UK based consultant and speaker, specializing in Philosophy for Children (P4C). Her current roles include P4C school training (as a registered SAPERE Trainer), Development Manager for SAPERE (UK charity promoting P4C), Partner of A Level Philosophy and Secretary of ICPIC (The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children). Lizzy has published articles in this field and co-edited Philosophy for Children through the Secondary Curriculum, Continuum, 2012. Lizzy is a Director of Thinking Space, on the Advisory Board for BRILA Youth Projects and Associate of the Philosophy in Education Project.

Kathryn Puncher

Administrative Officer, kathrynpuncher@sapere.org.uk

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 karensalt@sapere.org.uk

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 after coming to help out through an agency and the rest, as they say, is history. Outside of work Karen enjoys gardening, walking, making homemade chutneys, jams and wine. 

 

Anne Churchill Stone

Financial Accountant, annechurchillstone@sapere.org.uk

Anne initially took a degree in Statistics and then went on to train as Management Accountant whilst with The Post Office and became an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 2003. Anne has worked as a voluntary trustee, secretary and treasurer of the charity Downs Syndrome Oxford and as treasurer and then chair of trustees at a local Pre-School.  Beyond finance Anne combines her singing studies and performances  with a busy home life and village activities.

Leona Sweetland

Administrative Officer, leonasweetland@sapere.org.uk

Leona joined SAPERE in 2015 after completing her Undergraduate degree in Law, and works on a part-time basis while studying for her Masters degree in Accounting. Leona currently works for both the Executive Director and Development Manager on specific projects including streamlining SAPERE procedures to accommodate the charity's recent growth. She is also involved in marketing, course administration and logistics and is responsible for the SAPERE Moodle facilities and delegate and trainer enquiries.

Sue Sweetland

Finance Officer, suesweetland@sapere.org.uk

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 Secondary Department. Sue is currently our Finance Officer and is responsible for the financial processes of the charity and the administration of school & trainer contracts.