MEAB Board

Michael Gibson – Chair
Felicity Marrian
Sarah Rowledge
Anne-Marie True
Martin Bradley – MSA Chair (ex-officio)

Report Monitoring Group
Barbara Isaacs – Chief Education Officer
Michele Dows-Miller – Accreditation Officer
Martin Bradley – MSA Chair (ex-officio)

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson has had a number of roles in higher education, including: Head of Initial Teacher Training and Head and Professor of Education at Kingston University, BED Induction Coordinator, College Publicity Co-ordinator, Transport Officer, School Experience Co-ordinator, Faculty of Education Course Timetabler, member of the University Research Committee (10 years), University Quality Assurance Committee (20 years) and Academic Board (30 years) as well as acting as an External Examiner for History in many institutions and for BEd, BA and MA courses in several institutions.

He has also written and published over fifty books, mostly studies of historical periods (some on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a number on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries), peoples (including four books on the Vikings, three on the Native Americans, two on the Crusaders and two on Japan and the Samurai), and historical figures (e.g. Peter the Great; Charles II; Gandhi and Nehru; Tito). In addition to these he has produced socio-economic studies of unemployment and poverty as well as a number of titles on science subjects (e.g. studies of the flora and fauna of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas) and a variety of articles for  Teaching History  and  Environmental Studies.

Currently he is: the Chair of the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB); acting as Quality Assurance Officer for the Wandsworth SCITT, supervising a considerable number of primary and secondary GTP and OTT trainees and still interviews and assesses large numbers of GTP candidates; and is employed on a freelance basis to provide INSET and quality assurance advice.

Martin Bradley

Dr Bradley began his career as a primary school teacher in Bexley and lectured in early years education in Liverpool before joining Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) in 1984. As an HMI inspector,  he was the national link with Montessori education for over 20 years, initially working with the training colleges to develop National Vocational Qualifications and more recently promoting inspectors’ awareness of Montessori work. He has also inspected several Montessori schools and is currently the National Chairman of the Montessori Schools Association.

He is a former national chair of the Association of Advisers for the Under Fives and of the Tutors of Advanced Courses for Early Years. He also served on the UK Child Care Committee of the Save the Children Fund in the early 1980s.

Between 2000 and 2003 Dr Bradley was seconded to manage the DfES Early Excellence Programme, with responsibility for identifying and developing 107 centres providing childcare and education for under fives and integrated with related services such as health. Earlier, in his research and in a book, he examined policy-making across education, social services, health and the private/voluntary sectors in Liverpool and nationally.

As an HMI,  he led inspections and surveys and liaised with a wide variety of organisations, agencies and government departments. He held national responsibility for early years inspections in schools and for early years teacher training.

Dr Bradley, who is married with an adult son and daughter, lists local history, travel and gardening among his hobbies.

Felicity Marrian

Born in South Africa, Felicity has been teaching Montessori for over 30 years having done her training at St Nicholas. She owns and runs two Montessori schools in Kensington, London. She has two daughters, both teachers. She is a Trustee of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity.

Sarah Rowledge

In April 1999 Sarah Rowledge, MSA Primary Chair, opened Absolute Angels Montessori Nursery, with the grand total of three children. There are currently over 100 children on role, with provision for children from six months to 11 years. Soaring High Montessori School opened in September 2007. Having her own nursery, and adhering to the Montessori ethos and philosophies as closely as possible, has only furthered Sarah’s belief that it is the most amazing foundation for any child to have.

Over the past few years she has become more involved at a national level and was: MSA Chair for the primary sector; was the Project Manager for implementing the Montessori approach to education in the state school Gorton Mount Primary; trained the staff in another state Montessori school, Stebbing, Essex; and is a trainer for Effective Language Use across the UK. There are now many settings, both Montessori and state registered that have adopted the strategies demonstrated, with positive feedback, and changes in children’s behaviour.

Anne-Marie True

Anne-Marie True trained at St Nicholas Montessori College and has been the Principal/Proprietor of the Barnes Montessori Nursery since September 1987. In 2012 she obtained her BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and went on to complete her Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). She was awarded Montessorian of the Year in 2011.

As a committed Montessorian she has also been a member of the Montessori Centenary Committee and MEYF co-ordinator (London region). She is currently on the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) and the MCI Montessori Examinations Board.

Anne-Marie was one of the founder members of Save Our Nurseries. She was a Schools Forum Representative for the PVI sector (Richmond) and the Diocesan Representative of the Education Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the Borough of Richmond upon Thames. She was a school governor for both a boys prep school in Kingston and a local primary state school in Richmond for many years.

Anne-Marie takes an interest in local activities and attends many courses. She is a trustee of a Catholic Charitable Trust. She is married with three grown up children.