Members of NSEAD Staff

Michele Gregson - General Secretary

Michele Gregson is General Secretary and CEO of the National Society for Education in Art and Design – the trade union, professional body and learned…

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Sophie Leach - Deputy General Secretary

As Deputy General Secretary at The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) Sophie leads on policy and research.

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Ged Gast - Trade Union Case Worker

Ged has worked in education since the late 70’s, as a teacher and subject leader and as adviser, inspector and consultant. Ged has been a caseworker for…

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Seán Taylor - Principal Trade Union Case Worker

Seán has been an active Trade Unionist since 2001 when he first became a school rep and has held elected positions both locally, regionally and nationally.…

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Diane Quinn - Programmes and Partnerships Manager

Diane develops and delivers events and training programmes that respond to the needs of art educators across the UK. Working in collaboration with members,…

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Kirstie Millar - Communications Manager

Kirstie’s role is to communicate with members and promote NSEAD’s mission to art educators.

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Rayvenn Shaleigha D'Clark - Big Landscape Project Manager

Rayvenn Shaleigha D'Clark is currently contributing to the development of The Big Landscape toolkit and guidance materials.

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Pat Burnell - NSEAD Administrator

Pat has been with NSEAD since 1997 and is one of two office staff that can help you with your general and membership enquiries.

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Chloe Rowles - NSEAD Administrator

Chloe has been with NSEAD since 2016, and takes care of finance and membership.

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Council 2024

General Council

  • Abbie Cairns (Adult Education/ Higher Education) 
  • Frances Akinde (SEND/cross Phase)
  • Kevin Dalton-Johnson  (cross phase/research)
  • Professor Ron George (HE, co-opt)
  • Zenab Buthan (primary)
  • Toby Savile (further education)
  • Faye Lorente Shyllon  (cross-phase/SEND)
  • Lucy Kennedy  (cultural sector, co-opt)
  • Lynne Calland (Artist Teacher)
  • Kathryn Tindale (Artist Teacher)
  • Dr Steven Berryman (secondary) Vice President 2022-24
  • Anne-Marie Moss (secondary/ECT)
  • Dianne Minicucci (secondary)
  • Suzy Tutchell (primary/ITE)
  • Dr Emma Sutton (secondary)
  • Vanessa Heron (secondary)


Ged Gast (Trade Union and Big Landscape).

Tina Scahill, NSEAD member

NSEAD Fellows (1989 - Present)


  • Dr John Steers
  • David Vaughan
  • Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn
  • David Jones
  • Margaret Yeomans OBE
  • Peter E R Moore
  • Dr Stuart MacDonald
  • John Childs
  • William Kirby
  • Prof Dennis Atkinson
  • Rachid Rkaina
  • Michele Kitto
  • Dr Rachel Mason
  • Andrew Mutter
  • John O’Neill
  • Anne-Marie Quinn
  • Jeffrey Lloyd
  • Ian Middleton
  • John Bowden
  • Susan Coles
  • John Swift
  • Ged Gast
  • Prof Nick Stanley
  • Dr Peter Gregory
  • Alastair Laing
  • Lesley Butterworth
  • Peter Jones
  • Prof Jeff Adams
  • Glen Coutts
  • Prof Richard Hickman
  • Vivienne Reiss
  • Dr Rachel Payne

NSEAD Patrons

The Society is proud to have the patronage of:

  • Professor Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Sir John and Lady Frances Sorrell
  • Sir Nicholas Serota
  • Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE
  • Bob & Roberta Smith RA OBE
  • Cornelia Parker RA OBE
  • Keith Brymer Jones
  • Dr Janina Ramirez

Contact us:

Postal Address: NSEAD, 3 Masons Wharf, Potley Lane, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9FY

Phone: +44(0)1225 810134


Or you can use our Contact Us form.

See also

Why join?

Membership of NSEAD offers comprehensive workplace protection, wide-ranging support for better practice and inspiration for every learner.

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Member benefits

Find out about all the benefits of being part of our professional learning community.

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Health Insurance discounts for NSEAD members with HMCA

NSEAD has agreed with HMCA to offer discounted rates for medical plans. HMCA only arrange medical plans for membership groups and can offer up to a 40%…

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For Individuals - Trade Union and Professional Associate

For all education professionals in any phase or setting.

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For Students and ECTs

We have attractive membership offers for trainee and early career teachers.

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For Institutions and Organisations

Memberships that support and inspire art education teams.

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The NSEAD Member Assistance Programme (MAP)

The NSEAD MAP is a confidential benefit designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work…

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Member Portal

A new place for you to manage your membership

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Join our national professional learning community of art and design educators who are protected, supported and inspired by NSEAD

New members:To join NSEAD, visit our new Member Portal here.Or learn more about NSEAD member benefits here. Existing members: Find out how to…

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Join Course facilitator Kevin Dalton-Johnson for this workshop on criticality, exploring the capacity and ability to read, write, think, and speak…

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Context and Terminology

Join course facilitator Rayvenn D’Clark to investigate the importance of using correct context and terminology throughout your curriculum and teaching.…

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Unconscious Bias

Join course facilitator Rayvenn D’Clark to explore how you support yourself and your colleagues to have potentially challenging conversations about unconscious…

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Diversity and Belonging

Join course facilitators Marlene Wylie and Clare Stanhope to address how your curriculum includes artists, makers and designers from a range of ethnically…

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