Address: Association for Citizenship Teaching, The Rain Cloud Victoria, 76 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PD
The ACT team
The team at ACT have a wealth of specialist citizenship, education and managment experience and are dedicated to developing high quality citizenship education and supporting ACT members. Staff work closely with our Council of Teachers, Editorial team for our journal, 'Teaching Citizenship' and our Board of Trustees.
Liz Moorse Chief Executive
Liz leads the Charity, working with our Board and Teacher Council and overseeing key programmes including the Five Nations Network in the UK and Ireland. Liz has worked in education for over twenty years and led the development of Citizenship as a new curriculum subject in previous roles for central government at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Liz is also Chair of the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship, a member of the Industry Advisory Board to the University of Westminster and the UK representative to the Council of Europe Education Policy Network on Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights.
Zoe Baker, Lead Secondary Adviser
Zoe works part time to lead our work to develop regional teacher networks with our Teaching Ambassadors and providing high quality CPD courses and programmes. Zoe is an experienced Citizenship and History Teacher currently working at a secondary school in Kent. She has had various roles with Awarding Organisations on GCSE Citizenship Studies and worked with Initial Teacher Education Institutions to support trainee Citizenship Teachers. Zoe is also a Holocaust Education Ambassador with the Holocaust Education Trust.
Camilla Bell-Davies, Membership and Events Coordinator
Camilla joined in 2019 and coordinates events, membership and our communications work. She has a background in teaching English abroad with the British Council in Beijing, and has worked in an educational Publishing house. Camilla coordinated the school participation at Philosophy festival How the Lights Get In, and previously worked at Intelligence Squared debates forum and the Chalke Valley History festival in Dorset.
ACT Board of Trustees
Scott Harrison (Chair of Trustees)
Scott was a teacher of history and politics, LEA adviser, Chief Examiner (history) and textbook author before becoming an HMI in 1990. Scott represented Ofsted on the Citizenship Advisory Group chaired by Professor (Sir) Bernard Crick and was the specialist adviser for citizenship at Ofsted until his retirement in 2009. He was responsible for the inspection survey of citizenship in schools and also for inspection of citizenship initial teacher education and continuing professional development. He now works as an education consultant. Scott joined the ACT Board of Trustees in 2013.
Rob Pope (Vice Chair of Trustees)
Rob has extensive experience of post-16 education as a teacher and manager and in national staff training and curriculum development roles. For seven years he was Development Manager for the Post-16 Citizenship Support Programme. Prior to that Rob taught sociology and citizenship studies at Richmond-upon-Thames College, where he was also Head of Department and managed a pilot programme on active citizenship. Rob is a founder and director of Active Citizens FE, a new support network for staff involved with citizenship education, social action and learner voice in post-16 education. Rob joined the ACT Board of Trustees in 2013.
Gordon Mattocks (Treasurer)
Gordon is a retired CIPFA qualified accountant, who specialised in public sector finance, internal audit and risk management. He currently sits on the boards of a women’s college, a housing association and the housing internal audit trade association. Gordon also sits on the audit committees of another housing association and the trade association for midwives. He represents the housing sector on the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy technical Audit Panel. Gordon became a trustee and treasurer for ACT in 2012.
Marcus is Head of School of Education, Midwifery and Social Work at Kingston University London and a member of the University’s Senior Leadership Group. He has strategic responsibility for all areas of the School’s work, including its course portfolio, research and its partnerships with schools, government and industry. He is a former London secondary school teacher of history, politics and citizenship and led one of the first discrete citizenship departments in England. He has been a member of two subject expert panels for national curriculum citizenship and led a three year exemplification of standards in citizenship project for QCDA. From 2007-2013, he led a Citizenship PGCE at London Metropolitan University. Marcus continues to write and research in the subject area. Marcus joined the ACT Board of Trustees in 2019.
Sarah has worked in a range of public sector roles ranging from legal aid policy to leading the team responsible for including citizenship education in the National Curriculum. Since then she has worked on a wide range of education policies such as examination reforms, school building projects and vocational education. For the last five years Sarah has worked at the Cabinet Office. She was recently seconded as Director of Strategy and Governance at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. She is currently Director Devolved Administrations, NHS Test and Trace. Sarah has job shared for over ten years and supports flexible working. She is a primary school governor. Sarah joined the ACT Board of Trustees in 2019.
Helen has more than 25 years' experience in editorial and senior leadership roles at the BBC, including 10 setting up and leading BBC News School Report – a journalism project involving half of UK secondary schools. She has also worked for two MPs, was a local councillor in London and has led two youth charities – one as Chair and the other as Managing Director. Helen joined the ACT Board of Trustees in 2017.
Helen Blachford, Chair of ACT Council
Helen is an experienced teacher and is currently the Curriculum Leader for Citizenship and PSHE at Priory School, a large secondary school in Southsea, Hampshire. In addition she has responsibility for Pupil Voice and Pupil Leadership. Helen initially trained as a secondary teacher in Business Education but has been involved in Citizenship education for over 20 years. She has been a committed member of ACT Council since 2012 and has helped to plan the ACT national conference, written articles for the journal and worked on curriculum briefings to support teachers and Citizenship professionals with the new National Curriculum. Helen is also a member of the Expert Subject Group for Citizenship and has contributed to the Five Nations Network as a country expert for England. Helen became Chair of ACT Council in 2015. ACT Council comprises teachers and educators who are vonluteers that help us shape and deliver our work. Helen joined the Board in June 2020.
Hans Svennevig, Vice Chair ACT Council and Co-Editor of Teaching Citizenship
Hans is Senior Teaching Fellow in Citizenship Education and Subject Leader Citizenship PGCE at UCL Institute of Education. Previously while delivering teacher training he led and managed several degree courses within a FE/HE setting. Hans was trained in Citizenship Education and has taught a range of secondary subjects including Citizenship GCSE and A-Levels in Citizenship and Politics. He has been a Head of Citizenship in a school in Luton and a large London FE College. Hans has also worked in the third sector creating and developing educational resources, teacher training and student workshops. Hans is involved in numerous projects to promote citizenship values across different teaching sectors. He has been a member of ACT Council since 2014 and became Vice Chair in 2017. In 2018 he became co-editor of ACT journal 'Teaching Citizenship'. Hans joined the ACT Board in June 2020.
ACT Journal Editorial Board
Lee Jerome, Lead Editor of Teaching Citizenship and Chair of ACT HE network
Lee is Associate Professor in Education at Middlesex University. Lee trained as secondary teacher in Social Studies and taught History and Sociology for several years before moving to the HE sector, where he taught on PGCE programmes, as well as a variety of CPD & MA courses. Lee has been involved with ACT since it began in 2001 and served on the Board of Trustees and was Chair of Council until April 2013. Lee is co-editor of the ACT journal 'Teaching Citizenship'.
Hans Svennevig, Co-Editor of Teaching Citizenship
David Kerr Co-Editor of Teaching Citizenship
David is Head of Intial Teacher Education at the University of Reading. He was previously a Programme Director of Research at the National Foundation for Educational Research where he led the 10 year longitudinal study on Citizenship in England and its impact. He has previously been an adviser to the DFE, worked internationally on research projects including the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study, and has written extensively on Citizenship education. He became Co-Editor of the ACT journal 'Teaching Citizenship' in 2018.
ACT Teaching Ambassadors
Ambassadors work in regional hubs to support citizenship teachers locally.