Our Team

Grow Core Team

Allan McLean

Schools Adviser & Grow Education Partners Director

Helen Ridding

Schools Adviser and Grow Education Partners Assistant Director

Jack Cracknell


Leadership Trainers

Graham Marriner

Graham is the Senior LDBS Adviser and works with primary schools in the west of the Diocese of London. He was previously a successful Headteacher of a Church of England primary school in Richmond and has been a facilitator on NCSL training courses. Since joining the LDBS Graham has been a key member of our leadership training programme and is an expert in school improvement and leadership matters.

Allan McLean

Allan is the Director of Grow Education Partners. He has worked as a successful Headteacher in Enfield, and as an LDBS adviser. He is also currently the Headteacher of a Church of England primary school in Camden. Allan is an experienced trainer and is a trained inspector of Anglican schools. He provides support and training to governors and senior leaders in relation to the SIAMS inspection framework.

Mark Newton

Mark joined the LDBS advisory team in September 2016. He was the Headteacher of an outstanding school in Hounslow. Mark is skilled in coaching and mentoring. He is able to work closely with School Leaders and Governors on all aspects of School Improvement and will be delivering sessions on the Preparation for Senior Leadership course.

Helen Ridding

Helen is an LDBS adviser in central London and is also Assistant Director of Grow Education Partners. She was previously a successful Headteacher of a Church of England primary school in Westminster. Helen is an experienced trainer and independent safeguarding consultant. She is also an Ofsted inspector who leads Section 8 inspections. She supports schools across the Diocese in these areas.

Mary Thorne

Mary is a new adviser to the LDBS team. She was previously the Headteacher of a school in Camden which was graded ’Outstanding’ by OFSTED in 2014. She is an experienced trainer of Middle Leaders, both in the UK and abroad and will continue to deliver the new Middle Leaders course for Grow this year.

Safeguarding Trainers

Mary Rebelo

Mary is a Technology and Computing Consultant who has recently been working with the London Borough of Camden on developing e-safety resources, policies and posters and is part of the e-safety subgroup on their safeguarding children board. She is an accredited CEOP (Child Exploration and Online Protection Agency) Ambassador. She has delivered e-safety training to schools and centres across the country and runs parents meetings and e-safety and cyberbullying assemblies to students in many local schools.

Lynne Rigg

For 8 years Lynne worked as a Safeguarding Adviser within the Education Sector advising Designated Safeguarding Leads and representing Education on the Local Safeguarding Children’s’ Board (LSCB) and other Multi-agency forums. She has extensive training experience in both the health and education sectors and is an accredited NSPCC trainer. She has also worked independently for Camden and Gloucester LSCBs.

Mathematics Trainers

Gareth Metcalfe

Gareth is a classroom teacher and Director of the maths educational consultancy company ‘I See Maths’. He has developed an outstanding reputation for providing inspiring, practical training for developing a mastery maths curriculum. Gareth has written a range of high-interest maths resources for challenging and engaging learners, allowing children to enjoy rich, engaging mathematical experiences.

EYFS Trainers

Judith Olivier

Judith is an experienced Early Years specialist. She has been a EYFS Lead advisor for a Local Authority, has worked as lead on Early Years NQT training programmes and is an accredited EYFS moderator. As a consultant she supports and challenges schools in delivering high quality teaching and learning across EYFS. Judith is also an Ofsted inspector.

Literacy Trainers

Alison Kelly

Alison has worked for many years with student teachers and teachers in all areas of literacy. She has extensive experience of running training sessions which bring together subject knowledge with practical and interactive teaching ideas. She has worked with both international schools and schools in this country supporting the teaching and learning of systematic synthetic phonics. As a consultant for Osborne Publishing, she has been involved with their extensive Young Reading series which includes phonic readers and decodable books that map onto Letters and Sounds. Alison is passionate about all aspects of children’s literature and the importance of promoting a reading classroom in which the reading teacher is all important. She has a particular interest in poetry which has been the focus of her recent publications.

Eleanor Martlew

Eleanor Martlew has over 20 years’ experience teaching in secondary and primary schools, with a particular focus on English, Literacy across the Curriculum and working with EAL pupils. Eleanor worked as a Secondary English Consultant before moving into primary education. She has worked alongside teachers and senior leaders in schools to improve teaching and learning and outcomes for pupils, providing specialist English training, targeted support and coaching. Eleanor’s training offers practical and effective ideas for immediate use and impact in the classroom.

Science Trainers

Naomi Hiscock

Naomi began her teaching career with responsibility for maths and science and worked for SETPOINT delivering science and technology workshops for children across East London. Subsequently, she took on the role of Primary Science Consultant in the London Borough of Hackney. Naomi now works for the Science Learning Centre London as a trainer, delivering INSET both at the centre, based in the Institute of Education, and also for their outreach programme. She recently led a year-long project for the London Borough of Camden that increased higher order thinking in science lessons.