Our Trainers

Dr Rennie May

Kim May

Julie McGee

Director, Trainer and Consultant

Director, Trainer and Consultant

Trainer and Consultant

I have worked previously in Durham County Council, ICI in the UK and overseas and for Durham University. I have extensive experience in business development and management roles, including 7 years as business manager of a UK wide professional services operation, managing over 140 training and consultancy staff. I have worked in a senior position in a Local Authority Education Department.


I was a senior member of the team responsible for starting the new Durham College at Stockton-on-Tees, working with a range of small businesses in the area. I went on to the role of Director of the Durham Careers Services and was a member of the University Senior Management Team. I built and managed the ICI Americas Technical Services Operation for three years, and managed ICIs Advanced Materials European Technical Services team.

I have worked as a project and operations manager in the community and education sectors for 15 years with extensive experience of fund raising, bid-writing and operational strategies. I  manage one of the most successful community support operations in Middlesbrough and have links with the community and voluntary sector throughout the north east.


 As Learning Centre Project Manager with Redcar and Cleveland Learning Partnership  I developed eight village learning centres across the East Cleveland area and as Deputy Neighbourhood Manager with Stockton Borough Council I implemented the Neighbourhood Regeneration Management Delivery Plan.


I have also worked as the Economic Development Manager at Five Lamps and as Education Adviser for County Durham TEC  working in partnership with educational institutions throughout the County to raise achievement levels.


I also worked as the Small Business Enterprise Officer  in the Small Firms Service. I have qualifications in Management Studies.

Julie has worked in education for over 35 years, as a senior leader in a local authority, teacher, trainer, school governor and social worker.


She has a vast experience of working with schools supporting them with the development of policies and procedures, including managing medication in schools.


Julie is a highly skilled trainer and participants speak with enthusiasm about her courses.


‘This is the best course that I have done on managing medication in schools.’


‘I learned so much working with Julie and now feel confident to develop and implement our school policy.

Carole Goodchild

Lynn Fraser

Teresa Todd

Trainer and Consultant

Trainer and Consultant

Trainer and Consultant

Carole has been an independent educational consultant since August 2005 and working as EYFS Regional Adviser for the Primary Strategy until March 2011. She is currently a School Improvement Partner for 10 schools in the North East and a mentor in the region for the National Professional Qualification for Children’s Centre Managers. Carole is Ofsted trained and a Leading Aspect Verifier.


As a Primary Adviser in a Local Authority she was responsible for the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Other aspects of this work included working with Head Teachers and staff on a variety of issues including Performance Management, School Improvement, Target Setting and preparation for Ofsted She is currently a governor of an Infant School. Prior to this Carole was the Head teacher of a large successful infant school and delivered training for the local authority.


Carole has written national training materials, materials for e-learning and written and presented research papers internationally. She has also contributed towards a number of publications on Geography.

As a qualified teacher for over 20 years and a highly successful trainer and consultant for over a decade, Lynn has worked extensively in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 and is committed to providing high quality learning experiences for children and staff, both in the maintained sector, and in private, voluntary and independent early years settings.


Her previous role as an Early Years Consultant in Birmingham and Cumbria, and subsequently in a freelance capacity in her own training company, has given her experience of advising, monitoring, and training a wide range of early years providers and school-based staff.


She has worked with head teachers, governors, teachers, managers and other early years practitioners and her primary aim is to enable all those with involvement in early years provision to be self-reflective and to inspire them to provide the very best care and education for children.

Teresa Todd is an independent early year’s consultant and trainer with over thirty five years’ experience of working in schools, settings, adult education, local authority and a national organisation. Teresa is currently an Additional Inspector for Ofsted for the PVI sector.


Her experience includes teaching in all key stages in a variety of schools and leading a large nursery in an inner city area. She spent ten years in adult education where she was head of centre and developed innovative work with parents and local schools.


She held a senior early year’s position in a local authority and was responsible for the implementation of many major early years’ initiatives and training across all sectors. She has spent the last three years working for a national organisation where she contributed to the writing of early year’s materials, training and supported local authorities with the early year’s agenda.


Marie Kilgallon

Sue Monypenny

Davina Smith

Trainer and Consultant

Trainer and Consultant

Trainer and Consultant

Marie was Regional Adviser for Communication, Language and Literacy Development (CLLD) for the National Strategies in the North East and North Yorkshire from 2008 to 2011; and has a successful track record in leading developments to improve practice and standards in schools.


She has extensive leadership experience as a Deputy Head in the Middle East, as a Primary Strategy Consultant, CLLD Consultant and KS 1 Moderation Manager. As a lead teacher for the Inclusion Development Service in Redcar and Cleveland she implemented targeted intervention programmes for schools and as a Reading Recovery Teacher she delivered training in Early Literacy.


A skilled trainer of adults, Marie has delivered numerous courses to professionals. Her extensive knowledge, experience and passion for the teaching of reading and the crucial importance of phonics, inspires and empowers excellent classroom practice.

Sue Monypenny is an independent early years and primary literacy consultant with a considerable experience working as an early years and primary teacher, in a senior role in school improvement for a local authority and for the last four years as Regional Adviser for Communication, Language and Literacy Development (CLLD) with the National Strategies.


Sue has worked with early years and primary teachers, school leadership teams and LA consultants across Yorkshire and Humberside to improve the quality of learning and teaching in language development, reading, writing and systematic synthetic phonics.


She has considerable experience of school improvement working with Education Leeds and then as part of the Primary Leadership team planning and delivering leadership and literacy programmes, training and consultancy to schools. Sue led the work of a team of consultants developing creative approaches to literacy teaching.


She has contributed to national materials on the teaching of early reading and systematic synthetic phonics. She has in depth knowledge into the teaching of early literacy and a strong commitment to ensuring all children have access to high quality teaching to enable them to make a successful start to reading.

Davina is an outstanding independent education trainer and consultant.  She works with teachers throughout the North-East supporting them to develop their pedagogy in all aspects of Early Years, transition and Primary Science.


She believes in putting children at the centre.  She is passionate about giving children the best start in their education and believes strongly in learning through play to develop independence. She is also committed to the development of personal well-being and resilience so that individuals can reach their true potential and cope with life’s stresses.


Davina is a former Local Authority Adviser and has taught throughout the primary school phase as a classroom teacher, EYFS leader and subject co-ordinator.  She is also a Reiki Master Practitioner.


Anne Robbins

Michelle Cundall

Trainer and Consultant

Trainer and Consultant

Since qualifying as an Early Years teacher, Anne has worked for many years within Early Years as a teacher, Children’s Centre Manager with QTS, and most recently as an LA Early Years Consultant including QT support in different Children Centres.  She has a passion for high quality Early Years practice and has a record of outstanding training and in-house support including working alongside practitioners. She has recognised expertise in the development of role play scenarios with children, including children’s dramatic ideas and developing storytelling and narratives with young children.


Her main areas of expertise are:


  • Schematic and Child Development
  • Developing and maintaining Enabling Environments to support children’s independence
  • Adult and child led learning, including planning with children
  • Developing and supporting high quality play
  • Supporting practitioners to become reflective and creative practitioners.
  • How children think and learn in the Early Years
  • Emerging Literacy
  • The Philosophy and Pedagogy of the Reggio Emilia Centres Developing Creativity


Anne has been involved in a wide range of early years projects, including support for early years in a large urban Primary School, training for an outstanding Pre School to support the development of quality Early Years practice, management of an outstanding Pre School, and training for a large day nursery chain.

Michelle is an independent Adviser specialising in Early Years and Primary Literacy.

For the past 13 years she has worked at Local Authority and National level, as a Lead Primary Consultant and Adviser in the North West of England and across Yorkshire and Humberside. Michelle is an experienced Early Years and Primary teacher, with Senior Leadership expertise across a variety of schools and settings, and a qualified ‘First Steps’ Tutor in Oracy, Reading and Writing.


She believes that teachers and schools benefit most when consultancy is  professional and approachable, where opinions are valued, future actions agreed and supported, with a practical hands-on approach. In her experience, and with evidence from schools over the past decade, this approach has been one of the most successful models, when working alongside children, teachers, school leaders, governors and parents.


Her strength is her ability to work with a variety of schools, to develop early literacy skills in the Foundation Stage through Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2. This includes enriching learning environments to improve speaking , listening, reading and writing opportunities; the application of phonics in reading and writing; motivating young readers and writers; transition through year groups and Key Stages; Subject Leader professional development, plus much more.


For example, as an expert facilitator, Michelle led a project of 36 schools on ‘Everybody Writes’, a Book Trust, National Literacy Trust and Dfe partnership. This highly successful two year process developed expert teachers in writing who then became  Ambassadors of ‘Everybody Writes’. They then worked with partner schools to lead them through the process of creating exciting, whole school writing communities and lasting legacies. Read more here.


Michelle can offer a personalised programme of professional development for individuals, whole schools and groups of schools.


Who Are ESP

Courses For


ESP is a One Awards Accredited Training Centre providing high quality professional services mainly to schools and child care settings across the UK.

ESP offers a full range of outstanding, innovative professional training and related services founded on an internationally recognized and proven reputation for excellence and success.

  • Early Years
  • Local Authority
  • Nursery
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Special Schools

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