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Alison Allsopp

National Training Manager,

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.

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.


Amelia Foster



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.

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

Formerly a primary school teacher, school governor then teacher trainer, Lizzy Lewis is a UK based consultant and speaker, specializing in Philosophy for Children (P4C). 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).

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

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. 


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,

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.

Sue Sweetland

Finance Officer,

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.

Thomasin Silk

Finance Assistant

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.