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Meet the team

Simon Mazumder

Maths Hub Lead

Simon joined Bright Futures in 2006 working as Head of Maths at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. Simon is now part of the trust central team and has a raft of experience ranging from being an LA Maths Advisor, being a senior maths SLE, a Core Maths lead, and has led on many national strategies and school improvement projects. Simon 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. Simon is one of the Senior Team across Bright Futures Development Network which includes the Maths Hub, two Teaching School Hubs, a SCITT and a commercial CPD offer.

Roz Harrison

Maths Hub Coordinator

Roz joined the NW1 Maths Hub in January 2022, having worked internally at the Alliance for Learning for 3 years as the CPD Coordinator.

Prior to working within the Bright Futures Development Network, Roz worked as a Teaching Assistant in a range of independent and inner city schools, and worked as a school administrator and secretary. This combination of internal experience, along with being classroom based, brings a good understanding of the day to day challenges and responsibilities teachers have.

As part of the Maths Hub Coordination team, Roz is responsible for the coordination of the Maths Hub programmes, with a particular focus on marketing, social media and communications.

Liz Wright

Maths Hub Co-ordinator

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 co-ordination of the Maths Hub programmes, with a particular focus on finance. Liz oversees our financial reporting, and plays a key role in managing Maths Hub budgets, along with day to day co-ordination of our programmes and events.

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.

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

Post 16 Lead

Mike is an SLE, Maths teacher and post holder with responsibility for assessment within the Maths department at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. He has experience of teaching A level Maths and Core Maths. Mike has also successfully ran the GCSE Challenging Topics Work Group prior to his work in Post 16.

Lisa Fathers

Maths Hub Senior Leadership Link

Lisa is the Director of Development, Partnerships and Teaching School Hubs and part of the Executive Team at Bright Futures. Lisa has had over 20 years experience in education, both as a teacher and in a variety of senior leadership positions including Associate Headteacher and Co-Principal.

Now an Executive Leader, Lisa provides strategic leadership for Bright Futures Development Network which includes two large scale Teaching School Hubs, NW1 Maths Hub, a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and the Alliance for Learning providing Professional Development and training for the region. Lisa’s portfolio also includes School Improvement work and she leads this internally and beyond the trust alongside having strategic oversight for Marketing and Communications for the trust.

Lisa’s particular areas of expertise and passion are in change leadership, coaching theory and practice, wellbeing and partnership working. Lisa currently coaches several Headteachers and she leads on partnership working for the trust collaborating with local, regional and national policy makers. Lisa represents Education on the Mayor’s Greater Manchester Reform Board and is part of the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership Executive Board.