Our Staff

The Alliance for Learning is proud to employ a team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals:

Lisa Fathers

Director of Teaching School & PartnershipsGLOVE AFL SHOT _201

Lisa Fathers BA (Hons) is Director of Teaching School & Partnerships.  The Teaching School lead school where Lisa is based is Altrincham Grammar School for Girls: the top performing school in the North West and part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) where our vision is to create a world class education within our academies to enable every young person to realise their full potential and in particular, their full academic potential.

Lisa is a very experienced senior leader and this includes various roles including being a Deputy Headteacher and an Associate Headteacher.

Lisa and her team are striving to ensure that the Teaching School continues to be one of the most successful nationally. This includes providing professional and leadership development of the highest calibre, the development of a school-led Initial Teacher Training system through the provision of the Alliance for Learning SCITT and engaging in cutting edge research and development. Lisa particularly enjoys talent spotting and developing both leadership and teaching and learning potential through coaching. Lisa oversees our SLE team in their school to school work and is an experienced system leader herself.

Lisa has a particular passion and expertise in mental Health and wellbeing, Lisa represents secondary schools on the Greater Manchester Strategic Health and Wellbeing Board and is currently a Headteacher Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust and Co-Chairs the Strategic Headteacher Alliance in Greater Manchester for physical activity, PE and school sport. Lisa is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor with Mental Health England. Lisa is a sought after key note speaker on all things related to health and wellbeing.

As part of Lisa’s role she is represents BFET on the Blackpool School Improvement Board and the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership. Lisa also enjoys established partnerships with Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP), Ambition School Leadership, the Princes Teaching Institute (PTI) and Challenge Partners; Lisa is integral to these partnerships at a strategic level.


Kal Hodgson – SCITT Director & Assistant Vice Principal of AGGS

Kal started his career teaching Maths in 1995 at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and has since taught in a variety of different schools (single sex, mixed, independent, comprehensive, grammar), in a range of roles, including Head of Maths and Head of Sixth Form.

He joined AGGS as Assistant Vice Principal in 2013, and focusses mainly on Initial Teacher Training. He is Director of the Alliance for Learning SCITT, which opened its doors to trainees in September 2015. He also coordinates research projects across the alliance and leads on NQT induction and training.


Claire Critchley – Operations Lead

Claire joined the Alliance for Learning in 2015, bringing with her a wealth of experience from the commercial and education sector. Claire has worked for Bolton Council and The Burnden Group Plc where she had a lead role in the Marketing and PR Team, following this Claire worked on marketing communications and events for a successful girls school.

Claire is passionate about social media and school engagement and is really looking forward to bringing the marketing, communications and operational work of the Teaching School together to drive things forward.

Diane Pullen – CPD Manager

Diane’s background is in Client Services and Project Management. Diane has worked as Account Manager for CPM, the UK’s number one field marketing agency and at Granby Marketing Services where she was an Account Director on the Senior Management Team and responsible for the strategic development and profitability of the Business Unit and her client portfolio.

Diane joined AGGS in 2004 and now works as our CPD Manager where is responsible for the day to day management of the training room and provides support for the professional and leadership development strands, which involves marketing, liaison with educational agencies and training delegates, preparation of training resources and evaluation reports.


Hilary Langmead-Jones – SCITT Manager

Prior to joining AGGS in 2011, Hilary worked as Operations Manager for an international language business, with particular responsibility for marketing in France. She later became involved in the organisation of Nursery Inspector training courses for Ofsted.

As SCITT Manager, Hilary has responsibility for marketing and co-ordinating the SCITT programme, assisting with school to school support and leads on the Schools University Partnership Initiative, a collaboration with the University of Manchester which aims to bring cutting edge research out of the lecture theatre and into the classroom. She is a qualified Mindfulness teacher and has completed the BFET Higher Level Leadership Coaching Skills programme.


GLOVE AFL SHOT _076Christine Sorensen – SCITT Administrator

Christine joined the Alliance For Learning SCITT in September 2017.  She has worked in administration and support roles in the Telecommunications, NHS and Banking sectors.  Christine provides strong administration support to the management and leadership of the Alliance for Leaning SCITT.


Simon Mazumder – NW1 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.


Sarah Ludlam – Maths Hub Administrator

Sarah joined the NW1 Maths Hub in October 2016.  Sarah brings to the role strong organisational and project management skills gained in a variety of sectors including banking and construction.

Sarah will be the first point of contact for the NW1 Maths Hub and is looking forward to building upon the Hub’s current successes.