Meet the team

Simon Mazumder

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, the Manchester Teaching Schools Alliance and is the CPD lead in primary, secondary and tertiary Maths.


Stephanie Gill

Maths Hub Senior Leadership Link

Stephanie is Principal at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, a first cohort Teaching School and part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust. Following a degree in natural sciences and her PGCE, she taught mathematics for a number of years in a variety of schools both at home and abroad, leading mathematics departments at St Edward’s School in Oxford and The Latymer School in Enfield. She subsequently became Head of Sixth Form and then Director of Studies at The Queen’s School in Chester, before taking up her previous role as Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) at West Kirby Grammar School. Stephanie is Senior Lead for the North West One Maths Hub and continues to teach mathematics on a weekly basis.


Kate Griffin

Maths Hub Administrator

Kate joined the Maths Hub in October 2019 having worked for over 9 years in primary schools, providing class room based support and specialist pupil interventions. Prior to working in education, she held various marketing and administration roles in the IT sector.

As part of the Maths Hub Administration team, Kate is responsible for the administration and coordination of the Maths Hub programmes, with a particular focus on marketing and communications.


Liz Wright

Maths Hub Administrator

Liz joined the Maths Hub in September 2019 having previously worked at one of the ‘Big Four’ professional financial services firms in a project management role on UK and international external audits.

As part of the Maths Hub Administration team, Liz is responsible for the administration and coordination of the Maths Hub programmes, with a particular focus on finance.


Nicola Blatchly-Lewis

Early Years Lead

Nicola is an experienced primary and early years teacher. She was strategic lead for early years and childcare for a number of years in a London Borough, supporting quality improvement across schools and PVI sector. She has been involved in early years since 1992. Nicola was the lead on early years and children’s centres during the development of SureStart. in primary schools in Gloucestershire and she has lived and worked in the Middle East and Kazakhstan working on curriculum development and teacher training. She is an experienced trainer skilled in EYFS, child development, brain development with an interest in early language development. Nicola undertook the EYP status in 2008 and has qualifications in leadership and management. Nicola has a number of years experience leading Early Years profile moderation in London as part of her role supporting school improvement and has a proven track record of improving outcomes. Nicola is also a qualified Ofsted Early Years Inspector.


Imogen Furlong

Assistant Maths Hub Lead in Primary

Imogen has helped to drive change through implementing Teaching for Mastery and has worked with a number of schools to develop their approach and pedagogical practice. In addition to her role as Assistant Maths Hub lead, Imogen is currently a Teaching for Mastery Specialist and runs workgroups on mathematical subject knowledge for teachers and teaching assistants.

Imogen joined NW1 Maths Hub four years ago as a Teaching for Mastery Specialist. Prior to this she completed her MaST in 2011 and has been a maths subject leader at three different schools, including her current school in Cheshire, where she is also a Specialist Leader of Education.


Fiona Hagsharfi

Assistant Maths Hub Lead in Primary

Fiona joined St Mary’s in 2004 and is Deputy Head Teacher. She has supported many schools as a Specialist Leader of Education and is also a designated Local Leader of Maths Education. In addition to her role as Assistant Maths Hub lead, Fiona is currently a Teaching for Mastery Specialist and supports other Mastery Specialists with their Teacher Research Groups. Fiona has a wealth of experience is developing lesson study, both as internal professional development for staff at St Mary’s and in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.


Neil Kelsall

Assistant Maths Hub Lead - Primary Coordinator Oldham & Rochdale

Neil originally trained in secondary mathematics before transitioning into primary where he now works a Specialist Leader of Education through the Oasis Innovation Teaching School Alliance and the Maths Hub. He holds a headship qualification (NPQH), a Masters in Educational Leadership and supports a range of schools at various levels.

Neil has led teams of examiners, developed curriculums and written questions for a variety of mathematical companies. He is also passionate about educational technology and has reviewed educational apps, supported the pedagogical and technical development as well as software testing.


Marisa Bartoli

Assistant Maths Hub Lead in Secondary

Marisa joined CHHS in 2001 as an assistant KS3 coordinator for Mathematics. She has since covered several roles including that of Subject Leader for Maths (leading the department through the latest two outstanding Ofsted inspections for the school) and is now the Director of Mathematics for the Laurus Trust.

She is a Maths SLE and has lead on several school improvement projects (KS1-5). She has an extensive experience as subject mentor and is responsible for the maths pedagogy for the SCITT programme at the Altius Alliance. Marisa is a mastery lead for the NW1 Hub and currently supporting MMU to deliver the training around RME project funded by the EEF.


Alison Heathcock

Assistant Maths Hub Lead in Secondary

Alison joined Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in 2004 having previously worked at schools in London and Cheshire. In 2016, Alison was appointed Head of Mathematics and joined NW1 Maths Hub as a teaching for mastery specialist. Since becoming a designated SLE in 2014, she has worked on various deployments around Cheshire and Manchester. Alison is also a Challenge Partners lead, KS5 lead and has NCETM accredited PD Secondary lead status. She is currently Assistant Maths Hub Lead and Secondary Mastery lead for NW1 Maths Hub.


Mike Thompson

Level 3 Lead

Mike is an SLE, Maths teacher and post holder with responsibility for the data and intervention within the maths department at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. He has experience of teaching A level maths and will be teaching Core Maths from September 2020. Mike has also successfully ran the GCSE Challenging Topics Work Group for the past two years.