MEET THE TEAM

Here at The Educational Coach, our team are expertly delivering coaching programmes to develop teachers and leaders to reach their highest potential.

JULIE KEYES

Founder and Lead Coach

Julie is no stranger to the world of education, with over fifteen years of first-hand experience in teaching. Her passionate work ethic and professional approach are evident in her impressive career achievements. As Head of Humanities at Marlborough College Malaysia, she spearheaded internal CPD programmes and coached and mentored staff, alongside her roles as Head of Geography, Boarding House Tutor, and Form Tutor. On her return to England, Julie took on the position of Deputy Head and Director of Studies. Julie excelled in the management of staff whilst maintaining a valued role on the teaching team. Upon leaving the classroom, Julie consulted with many schools and organisations both in and out of education. She held the role of Trustee with a large MAT, and created and developed a module on parent partnerships for Discovery Education and NAHT. Julie has worked on leadership programmes for large law firms and corporate organisations, including Baker Mackenzie, Reed Smith, Nestle and Mastercard. Combining her wealth of experience in education with her accreditation in coaching, Julie founded The Educational Coach. She has built a comprehensive team of coaches, delivering programmes for NQTs through to senior management. Julie is proud to showcase The HELP Coaching Method: a model she designed and delivers to schools around the country. She is the founder of The Educational Consultant, a sister company specialising in idea development and educational consultation services.

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JONATHAN CARROLL

Associate Coach

With 36 years of teaching under his belt, including 25 years as Head or Deputy Head, Jonathan Carroll is well-versed in the requirements of teachers and the demands placed upon those in educational settings. Currently Director of Education at PSB, Jonathan offers support, training, and guidance to over 35 member schools in the UK and overseas, developing a skills-based framework for learning. As a qualified Level 3 Coach and Mentor, Jonathan draws on his wealth of knowledge and expertise to mentor newly appointed Headteachers, supporting them through a wide range of initial challenges. Jonathan is a current ISI Team Inspector and a Governor and Chairman of the Education Committee at Bishopsgate School. Outside of work, he enjoys time with his family, participating in skiing, sailing, and active, outdoor holidays.

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LINDSAY CUNNINGHAM

Associate Coach

Lindsay is an experienced and impactful leader with over 25 years of teaching experience, including 10 years in educational leadership. She is committed to making a positive difference through innovative thinking and has a strong belief in the transformative power of coaching to unlock potential and thinking in her clients. Lindsay is an Associate Executive Coach with an accreditation from the Academy of Executive Coaching.

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NIC TAYLOR

Associate Coach

Nicola began her career as a teacher of geography, before moving on to positions in middle and senior leadership. She has completed two Headships and a post as Executive Principal, where she expertly led two secondary schools. Nicola has also worked as Education Director for a small Multi-Academy Trust, working on internal improvements alongside external projects with partners in the broader educational field. Most recently, she has held the position of Interim CEO for the Trust. Her passion and expertise lie in leadership development and improvement in teaching. Nicola has enhanced her practical experience with a strong commitment to her own professional development, continuing her education by completing an MA in Effective Education and an NPQH, whilst also becoming a student member of the Association for Coaching.

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CAMILLA WHITNEY-THOMAS

Associate Coach

Starting her career as a biology teacher, Camilla quickly progressed to Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Head, and finally, Deputy Head of Outreach at a selective school in Shropshire. Camilla stepped back from teaching in 2019 to start her own consultancy, allowing her to relocate closer to her family in Herefordshire. During this time, she completed her NLP practitioner qualification and worked with a number of schools and clients. Camilla’s subject specialism is science, and as a keen biologist, she has worked with primary schools to provide bespoke training for the science curriculum. Her coaching style is flexible and she prides herself on the feedback received from clients. Camilla enjoys the outdoors and despite living in a landlocked county she is a keen sailor and has taken part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

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KELLY KANE

Associate Coach (in training)

With ten years of experience in the private school sector, Kelly has undertaken several middle leadership roles alongside her teaching specialisms in English and Drama. She has overseen whole school revamps and the writing of new PSHE curriculums whilst engaging in her passion for pastoral care. It is perhaps no surprise that her compassion for the welfare of her students and staff has led her to coaching. Kelly is delighted to combine her educational skills and coaching experience in her new role at The Educational Coach, working with those who share passionately the same ethos as herself.

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JULIA KNIGHT-BENNETT

Head of Details

Julia is our organisational queen and provides administrative support to the team at The Educational Coach. She is also a teacher with nearly twenty years of experience and fully understands the demands of the educational sector. Before Julia began her teaching career, she worked in various offices, from a telecoms company to a local brewery. Julia is the administrator for Cornwall County Choirs, and she now teaches part-time alongside her work with The Educational Coach.  

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BUFFY GODOLPHIN

People Person

With her natural ability to build trust and encourage creativity, Buffy Godolphin is our People Person. Ensuring incomparable strength within the team, as well as building and maintaining positive relationships amongst our schools and coachees, Buffy’s role is a vital one.

 

She holds a degree in English Literature and Sociology, and has a background in adult social care, customer service and education - including 10 years of experience in secondary and primary schools, with a specialism in SEN.

Buffy currently works with Teaching Personnel, in short and long-term placements, whilst maintaining her role at The Educational Coach.

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LAURA KEYES

Wordsmith in Residence

Laura is a freelance content writer and copywriter living in Newquay, Cornwall. Starting out in Pharmacy, Laura had a career switch when looking for a more creative role. Having written for a diverse range of brands and companies, from startups to household names, Laura is excited to join the world of coaching with The Educational Coach team.

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