Our team

The BTP team includes great volunteers and our Advisory Group.

Dr Sheila Macdonald - Executive Director


Sheila is a qualified and experienced ESOL tutor, social worker, garden designer and and researcher (BA Hons (Social Administration), CQSW, CertTesol, EdD).
She is committed to building partnerships with families and across disciplines to offer the most effective and creative teaching and learning practices. She has written and taught on equality issues for over 20 years. 

Mel Cooke - Non Executive Director


Melanie is a researcher and lecturer in Applied Linguistics and ESOL at King’s College, London. She has almost 30 years of experience in English Language Teaching, both in the UK and overseas. She is interested in the social, cultural and political aspects of language education and in innovatory approaches to teaching. She is the co-author (with James Simpson) of ESOL: A Critical Guide (OUP 2008).

Sarah Christie - Non Executive Director


Sarah is a senior academic researcher specialising in work with parents and families. Her key interests lie in the exploration of activities which aim to enhance the life chances of individuals and families who may be at risk of social exclusion, with a focus on the cross section between individual psychology and education and health systems. Sarah currently works in a university research centre dedicated to work involving children, families and communities and has undertaken a range of local, national and international research and evaluation projects.

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