Ems joined the team as NRICH Director in 2015, following her previous role leading one of the country's largest Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programmes. Ems has taught mathematics across the key stages, from Early Years to A Level Further Mathematics, and has worked in a variety of settings including a hospital school. Her previous roles include supporting schools as a Leading Mathematics
Teacher, local authority consultant and as a Chartered Mathematics Teacher. Ems has taught mathematics education on both BEd and PGCE teacher programmes and she is currently working on her PhD thesis which addresses how we can improve our support for pupils learning calculation skills.
Liz graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then enjoyed eight months living on an island in Lake Malawi attempting to teach English, Music and PE to local children. Following a PGCE, Liz was a primary school teacher in north London before joining the NRICH team. Her role as Primary Coordinator involves working as part of a team to develop primary-level materials for the
website and to run associated teacher professional development. Liz is a member of the joint MA ATM primary expert group.
Having used NRICH for 20 years as a teacher and an adviser, Alison was thrilled to join the team in March 2017. Alison taught mathematics from EYFS to KS3 before becoming a mathematics adviser. Previous roles include teaching on the PGCE mathematics programme at The University of Cambridge, being an external examiner for The University of Manchester and a consultant for Cambridge
International Examinations. Alison is the current chair of the primary ATM/MA group.
Having completed her thesis on the attitudes and perceptions of pupils towards their mathematics lessons, her current research is focused on children's reasoning skills across mathematics and science.
Alison is currently responsible for the primary NRICH role, usually covered by Liz Woodham, who is on maternity leave, focusing mainly on the development of the website.
Unix Systems Admin
Owen joined the NRICH team in June 2002. He primarily deals with the technical development of the NRICH website and administration of our servers.
Prior to NRICH Owen worked for a Cambridge software development and hosting company. Owen's early career found him working as a sound engineer and building kit cars.