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.
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
challenge them to think mathematically.
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.
Secondary Teacher Associate
After studying maths at Cambridge University, Alison taught for five years in the East of England, trying (and occasionally succeeding) to convince young people that maths can be useful, beautiful and a great deal of fun.
Alison joined the NRICH team in January 2009 and focusses mainly on developing Stage 4 material, as well as working closely with Charlie to create strong links between Stage 3/4 and Stage 4/5. Alison is particularly interested in how to help students become better problem solvers.
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
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.
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.
Dr Sue Gifford
Sue works with training and practising teachers at the University of Roehampton. Previously a London primary teacher, she researches early years mathematics education and children with mathematics difficulties. She is chair of the British Society for Research into the Learning of Mathematics, is a founding member of the Early Childhood Maths Group as well as being early years advisor for NRICH.
Her publications include Teaching mathematics 3 to 5: developing learning in the Foundation Stage and the Nuffield project ‘Making Numbers: using manipulatives in the teaching of arithmetic’. She is currently working with teachers on developing pattern awareness with three to five year olds.