Who's Who

The Centre's team of staff include:

Lizzie Swaffield, Centre Manager
Dr Russell Grigg, Executive Head of Research
Dr Alex Southern, Research Associate
Henna Nisa, Policy and Research Assistant
Jessica Pitman, Postgraduate Research Student
Angie Rekers, Postgraduate Research Student

In addition there are a number of high profile visiting professors associated with the Centre, as well as associates who we work with as required to bring expertise in their specific field.

Visiting Academics:

Professor David Hopkins
David Hopkins is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he held the inaugural HSBC iNet Chair in International Leadership. He is currently Director of Education for the Bright Tribe Trust and a Trustee of Outward Bound and the new charity Adventure Learning Schools. David holds visiting professorships at the Catholic University of Santiago, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Universities of Cumbria, Edinburgh, Melbourne and consults internationally on school reform.

Professor Alan Dyson
Alan Dyson is Professor of Education at the University of Manchester where he co-directs the Centre for Equity in Education and also leads work on education in urban contexts. He was formerly professor of Special Needs Education and Director of the Special Needs Education Research Centre at the University of Newcastle. He has worked in universities since 1988 and prior to that, he worked as a teacher.

Professor Chris Chapman
Chris Chapman was appointed Chair of Educational Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow in January 2013 and in November 2013 was appointed Director of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow. Prior to this he was Professor of Education at the University of Manchester and previously held academic and research posts at the universities of Nottingham and Warwick. Chris’s research interests focus on the interaction between educational policy and practice, specifically in relation to the improvement of educational outcomes in disadvantaged settings. The recurring themes in Chris’s research are leadership, accountability, collaboration, equity, professional learning and organisational/system reform.

Professor Alma Harris 
Alma Harris is a Senior Professional Adviser at the Welsh Government. She has previously held professorial positions at the Institutes of Education within the University of London and the University of Warwick. She has also held academic positions at the University of Bath, Open University and Nottingham University since completing her PHD. Prior to this, she worked within business development at the Welsh Development Agency and taught in a number of challenging secondary schools in Wales.

Professor David Reynolds
David Reynolds is Senior Policy Advisor for the Dept. of Education and Skills at Welsh Government and Professor of Educational Effectiveness at the University of Southampton. He was involved in developing the study and practice of “school effectiveness” and “school improvement”. He is also currently a visiting professor at the Universities of Cyprus and Malaysia and has held a number of professorial positions at other universities in the UK and abroad.

Professor Danny Saunders
Danny Saunders is Emeritus Professor at the University of South Wales and since retiring in 2012 he has engaged in consultancy through D M Saunders Education. His responsibilities over 18 years as the Head of the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CeLL) included managing three broad on and off-campus widening access initiatives and programmes.

Professor Dave Adamson
Most recently, Dave Adamson held the position of Chief Executive of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales (CREW). Before this, he was the director of the Centre for Regeneration and Sustainable Communities. He has undertaken practice-based research for over 20 years and has worked with a number of different partners in Wales and the UK including the Welsh Government, local authorities, police authorities, housing associations and third sector organisations.

Professor Iram Siraj
Iram Siraj has been an academic and researcher for over 25 years holding positions at the University of Warwick and the University of London. Her research interests include the impact of home learning, staff training, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment on young children's learning and development, particularly those children and families from vulnerable backgrounds. She has also lectured in over 30 countries, co-authored over 60 books and published research reports, journal articles and chapters in scholarly texts.

Dr Victoria Winkler 
Victoria Winkler is the director of the Bevan Foundation and has contributed to public policy in Wales whilst working in senior roles at the Welsh Local Government Association and Mid Glamorgan County Council. She has written about, researched and advised government and the media on issues concerning poverty, regeneration and equalities.