Michael Gibson – Chair
Report Monitoring Group
Barbara Isaacs – Chief Education Officer
Michele Dows-Miller – Accreditation Officer
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.
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.
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 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.