About NRICH: Meet the Team

Ems Lord
NRICH Director

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 Woodham
Primary Coordinator

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.

A.L. BorthwickAlison Borthwick
Primary Coordinator

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.


Charlie Gilderdale
Charlie Gilderdale
Secondary Coordinator
Charlie has taught mathematics in three local secondary schools, including a stint as a Head of Department. During the last 25 years he has worked at the University of Cambridge, initially in the Faculty of Education training new secondary mathematics teachers, and more recently as a member of the Millennium Mathematics Project, contributing to the NRICH website and working in schools with students and teachers. His recent work has focussed on problem solving and on creating opportunities for learning mathematics through exploration and discussion. He has developed resources for secondary teachers which aim to enrich the secondary school curriculum and resources for secondary students which challenge them to think mathematically.

Bernard Bagnall
Bernard Bagnall
Primary Teacher Associate
Bernard has been teaching in Primary Schools since the early sixties and became the Mathematics Advisory teacher in Suffolk in the eighties. Since leaving full time teaching he has worked part time in Teacher Training and has run many courses for able pupils. He has a passion for investigational mathematics and started Bernard's Bag on the NRICH site. Bernard is now an author for NRICH, helping Liz to develop the primary material.

Alison Kiddle
Alison Kiddle
Secondary Teacher Associate
Alison graduated with a degree in maths from Cambridge and became a teacher to share her view that maths can be useful, beautiful and a great deal of fun. After a five year period in schools in Peterborough and Hertfordshire, converting young people to her views about maths, Alison joined the NRICH team in January 2009. Her main focus is developing Stage 4 material, and she works closely with Charlie to create strong links between Stage 3/4 and Stage 4/5. She also works on the STEP Support programme and is particularly interested in how to help students become better problem-solvers.

Frances WatsonFran Watson
Primary Professional Development Coordinator

Fran joined the NRICH team in 2013 and since October 2015 has been the Primary PD coordinator.  
Originally trained as an engineer, she has taught maths to pupils in lower, primary, middle, secondary and upper schools. She loved being an AST for 7 years, sharing her enthusiasm for all things mathematical and supporting teachers to develop mathematical thinking opportunities for their learners. She now travels wherever NRICH is known and invited, running PD for teachers and workshops for children.

Becky WarrenBecky Warren
NRICH Roadshow Coordinator

Becky is the NRICH Roadshow Coordinator. Before coming to work at NRICH she was a secondary school maths teacher. Having trained at Kings College London she taught at a school in London for a few years before deciding to have a change of scenery. She moved to Vienna where she continued teaching maths at an international school.
The parts of maths that Becky likes best are the puzzles and games, and throughout her teaching career she has run several maths clubs that focussed on these elements. She hopes that through the Roadshow she will be able to share the joy with a wider audience.

Owen SmithOwen Smith
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.