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Alison Allsopp, National Training Manager

Alison is responsible for:

  • Quality assurance of SAPERE courses and training‚Äč
  • Trainer support and development
  • Liaison with and support and advice for SAPERE Going for Gold Schools
  • Monitoring of the SAPERE School Award application process, including Gold Award visits

Alison came to P4C through her role as a teacher and manager in primary education over many years. She also works part-time as a registered SAPERE trainer providing school INSET, Level 1, 2A and 2B training and support to teachers. Both her SAPERE role and P4C experience is informed through her regular P4C practice with children in the classroom and many years of leading whole school P4C at Alverstoke C of E Junior School in Gosport, Hampshire, now a SAPERE P4C Gold Award School. She continues to work alongside teachers, planning P4C sessions and providing advice and support to help schools develop and sustain P4C practice, across the south and recently overseas in international schools in Doha and Shanghai.

Mary Boullin, Operations and Events Manager

Mary is responsible for:

  • Operational matters, including recruitment, health and safety, and HR support
  • Managing SAPERE events, including our annual conference and trainers’ days
  • Leading the administrative team

She is also Company Secretary. Prior to joining SAPERE, Mary was a fundraiser for 10 years, working for a number of charities including Helen & Douglas House Hospice in Oxford. 

Rebecca Durrant, Sales and Marketing Officer

Rebecca’s role involves:

  • Engaging with potential customers, including headteachers, schools and multi-academy trusts, to establish interest in P4C
  • Responding to sales enquiries and other requests from schools
  • Managing marketing campaigns and ongoing customer relationships
  • Drafting marketing materials
  • Supporting communications work

Rebecca joined SAPERE in 2018 from the charity Family Links, where she held a number of roles including Marketing Coordinator, Training Manager, Head of Operations, and, latterly, Emotional Health at Work Development Lead.

Amelia Foster, CEO

Amelia is responsible for the implementation of SAPERE's strategic plan, reporting to the Board of Trustees and working with staff and trustees. In particular, this involves:

  • Strategy development, ensuring that all decisions and actions are in the interests of SAPERE’s beneficiaries
  • Organisational oversight and planning, including maintaining a culture that reflects SAPERE’s core values
  • Overall financial management of the charity
  • Oversight of sales, marketing and public relations
  • Fundraising
  • Project management
  • Staff management

Formerly a secondary teacher in London, Amelia worked at the National Literacy Trust for four years, where she developed reading for pleasure initiatives. She was Director of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre for nine years from 2006 and CEO of Oxford University Student Union for two years before joining SAPERE in late 2016.

Naghza Khokhar, Accountant 

Naghza is responsible for SAPERE’s financial reporting and compliance and for supporting the delivery of the strategic plan. This involves: 

  • Preparing reports, including monthly management accounts
  • Assisting the Chief Executive to deliver SAPERE’s financial strategy
  • Ensuring SAPERE complies with all financial accounting and reporting requirements
  • Delivering effective and efficient financial processes and controls
  • Safeguarding SAPERE’s assets through continuous risk management.

She has held various senior finance roles within a number of UK and international companies and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She also acts as Treasurer for a small charity funding initiatives for a local primary school.

Lizzy Lewis, Partnerships Manager

Lizzy is responsible for:

  • Working with other organisations to develop and support SAPERE's many partnerships
  • Representing SAPERE at meetings and events
  • Co-managing, with the training team, SAPERE’s Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme

She is an international speaker, consultant and writer in Philosophy for Children (P4C). A former primary school teacher, school governor and teacher trainer, Lizzy is a registered SAPERE Trainer, Partner of A Level Philosophy and former President (2013-2015) and Secretary (2015-2017) of ICPIC (The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children). Lizzy has published and presented articles on P4C, and co-edited Philosophy for Children through the Secondary Curriculum (Continuum, 2012). She has co-written chapters in Philosophy for Children: Theories and praxis in teacher education and The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children (2017). Lizzy serves on the Advisory Board for BRILA Youth Projects, is an Associate of the Philosophy in Education Project and a Values Based Education Specialist Consultant in P4C. Lizzy has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and English, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and a Masters in Education.


Karen Salt, Administrative Officer

As one of SAPERE’s Administrative Officers, Karen’s role involves:


  • Being one of the first points of contact in the SAPERE office
  • Responsibility for SAPERE Open course bookings
  • Supporting administration of SAPERE events  

After initially working for SAPERE on an agency contract, Karen joined us fully in July 2016. Prior to that, she worked for eleven years in administration in an NHS Mental Health Trust and has also worked as a laboratory trainee, a drawing office tracer and as an assistant catering manager. 


Thomasin Silk, Finance Assistant

Thomasin’s role involves:


  • Assisting with the processing of transactions, including raising sales invoices, recording payments and processing invoices
  • Ensuring that our accounting records are accurate and complete
  • Handling all general account queries
  • Raising sales invoices, recording paymners and processing invoices

She joined SAPERE in 2017. 


Jen Simpson, Assistant National Training Manager

Jen’s role involves:

  • Supporting the management of our training provision
  • Supporting the recruitment and development of our trainers, including quality assurance
  • Leading on the SAPERE Awards scheme

Jen started her career as a primary teacher before moving into teacher training. With the Cheshire Global Development Education Centre, she focused on developing global learning in schools. This work led to a role as local adviser for the Global Learning Programme from 2013 until 2017. Her academic research includes teacher training in P4C, developing social justice mindsets (2017) and developing a ‘Participatory Pedagogy’ for classroom practice. Her love of P4C began in 2007, both in her own classes and in engaging teachers across her region. She has trained to SAPERE Level 3 and continues to develop her practice with pupils in a school for which she is also a co-opted Governor.

Sue Sweetland, Contracts Manager

 As SAPERE’s Finance Officer, Sue’s role includes

  • Processing of transactions
  • Ensuring that accounting records are accurate and complete
  • Preparing and paying supplier invoices
  • Preparing and paying staff payroll
  • Monitoring and reconciling SAPERE's bank accounts
  • Issuing INSET and Going for Gold contracts to schools
  • Monitoring training undertaken at Going for Gold Schools

Sue joined SAPERE in 2011 with wide experience in finance, contracting and administration. She has worked in both the private and public sectors including the NHS, NCH & PACT and more recently for the Oxfordshire LEA.

Clare Woodcock, Communications Manager 

Clare's role involves:

  • Delivering SAPERE's communications with internal and external audiences, including trainers, members, teachers, schools, and the wider education community
  • Developing SAPERE's digital presence, including the website and social media channels
  • Handling media enquiries and developing SAPERE's media profile

Clare joined SAPERE in 2018 from the University of Oxford where she worked on media relations, public and stakeholder relations, internal communications and digital communications.