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.


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 20 years he has been working 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. Charlie has co-ordinated the STIMULUS peer assisted learning project and has acted as a consultant to the HeyMath! project since its inception.

Mike Pearson
Mike Pearson
Head of Technical Dept
Mike graduated from Cambridge with a maths degree, and then decided to be a teacher. He taught maths in Netherhall School, Cambridge. However, he was led astray from this noble calling by the exciting prospect of developing microprocessor controllers for washing machines and train sets. Further relapses followed, until in 1983, Mike found himself with the unlikely job title of European Marketing Program Manager for Board and Networking Products for Texas Instruments. Ever onwards and upwards, Mike programmed his way, via a project to paint Volvo 340s (thirteen layers of paint and they still go rusty!) to... to... a very pleasant career as a sculptor, shepherd, and dad. And although once again he wandered from the good life, lured by the riches to be gained in analysing the impact of the internet on Deutsche Telekom and BT networks, Mike is now safely building web sites.


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 with Charlie and Steve to create strong links between Stage 3/4 and Stage 4/5.

Frances WatsonFran Watson
Primary Professional Development Coordinator

Fran joined the NRICH team in 2013 but from October 2015 will be taking up a new role as the Primary PD coordinator.  
Originally trained as an engineer, she has taught maths to pupils in middle, primary, secondary, upper and lower schools, and will continue to run MMP mathematical paper-folding workshops for ages 4-16. She loved being an AST for 7 years, working with teachers to foster a love of, and enthusiasm for, developing mathematical thinkers and looks forward to doing so again in her new role, whilst also being a part-time teacher again.

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.