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Alison Allsopp

National Training Manager

As National Training Manager, Alison’s role involves:

  • Quality assurance of SAPERE courses and training‚Äč
  • Trainer support and development
  • Liaison, support and advice to 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

As Operations and Events Manager, Mary’s role involves:

  • Responsibility for office management, including recruitment, health and safety and HR support
  • Managing and coordinating events, including our annual conference and trainers’ days
  • Leading and managing the Administrative team
  • Acting as Company Secretary

Prior to joining SAPERE, Mary worked as a fundraiser for 10 years, working for a number of charities including Helen & Douglas House Hospice in Oxford. Mary is a keen gardener, baker and mediocre sewer and also enjoys long walks with her Cairn terrier.

Amelia Foster


As CEO, Amelia is responsible for the general management of SAPERE and for the implementation of its 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 developing reading for pleasure initiatives. In 2006 she became Director of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre where she worked for nearly 9 years. Amelia was CEO of Oxford University Student Union for two years before joining SAPERE in late 2016.

Naghza Khokhar


As Accountant, Naghza is responsible for SAPERE’s financial reporting and compliance, and 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 

Previously, Naghza 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 and Content Manager

As Partnerships and Content Manager, Lizzy's role involves:

  • Working with SAPERE partner organisations and providing representation for SAPERE at meetings and events
  • Managing SAPERE’s partnerships with Initial Teacher Training (ITT) institutions
  • Managing the content of all SAPERE’s materials; courses, resources and input and oversight of publicity materials that represents SAPERE and Philosophy for Children
  • Managing the development SAPERE’s international work

Lizzy Lewis is an international speaker, consultant and writer, specialising in Philosophy for Children (P4C). Formerly a primary school teacher, school governor then teacher trainer, Lizzy is a registered SAPERE Trainer, Partner of A Level Philosophy and previously President (2013-2015) and Secretary (2015-2017) of ICPIC (The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children). She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Philosophy and English, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and Masters Degree in Education. 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 member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB).

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  

Karen joined SAPERE in July 2016 after working for us on an agency contract. 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

As SAPERE’s Finance Assistant, Thomasin’s role involves:


  • Assisting the Finance Officer with processing the transactions of the charity
  • Ensuring that the accounting records of the charity are accurate and complete
  • Handling all general account queries

Thomasin joined SAPERE in 2017 and supports the Finance Officer in the processing of SAPERE’s transactions. Her role includes raising sales invoices, recording incoming payments and processing supplier invoices.

Jen Simpson

Assistant National Training Manager

As Assistant National Training Manager, Jen’s role involves:

  • Support the management of the training provision
  • Support trainer recruitment and development including quality assurance
  • Lead on the SAPERE Awards scheme

Jen started her career as a primary teacher before moving into teacher training around Global Learning in schools with Cheshire DEC from 2006 which led to a role as Local Advisor 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 with her own classes and engaging teachers across her region.  Jen has trained to Level 3 and continues to develop her practice with pupils in a school for which she is also a co-opted Governor.


Sue Sweetland

Finance Officer

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

  • Processing of the transactions of the charity,
  • Ensuring that the accounting records of the charity 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 a 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. Sue is currently our Finance Officer and is responsible for the financial processes of the charity and the administration of school contracts.

Clare Woodcock

Communications Manager, 

As SAPERE's 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.