David Puttnam first became well known as an Academy Award winning film producer. In 1997, he retired from the film industry to join the then Secretary of State, David Blunkett M.P., at the Department for Education, and became Labour life peer, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate. He subsequently served as chairman of the Education Standards Task Force and then the General Teaching Council for England. In 1998, he founded the National Teaching Awards. David was knighted in 2005 and has been Deputy Chairman of Channel Four since the same year. He was the founding chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. In 2002, he became the UK President of UNICEF. David Puttnam expresses himself very proud to have been a close friend of Steve Sinnott and very pleased now to be associated with the Foundation as its patron.
Mary Sinnott is a founding Director of the Steve Sinnott Foundation. Mary, like Steve, is a native Liverpudlian; she began her career as a primary teacher in Preston in 1991 upon encouragement from Steve.
Following Steve’s death, together with the other founding Directors Graham & Jerry, she wanted Steve’s legacy in striving to ensure that all children everywhere could access a quality education to continue. So the Steve Sinnott Foundation came into being.
Mary is mother to Stephen & Kate, and proud Nana to Isabella, Robbie and Freddie. Much of her time is divided between her family and the Foundation. She also enjoys reading, trying to draw and travelling with friends.
Graham developed the original concept of the Steve Sinnott Foundation and is a founding Director. He had a long career as Senior Solicitor at the National Union of Teachers, working closely with Steve. They were good friends.
Graham now writes on education law and politics and is a member of the UK education policy pressure group, New Visions for Education. He is also a trustee of the National Education Museum. If he finds spare time, he reads, travels and enjoys ski-ing.
Ema is Campaign Manager of the Send My Friend to School coalition, of which the Steve Sinnott Foundation is a member. The coalition, the UK arm of the Global Campaign for Education, brings together young people, politicians, teachers, civil society and the media in joint campaigning to demand quality education for all children across the globe. Ema is passionate about campaigning for social justice, especially the achievement of SDG 4, and about working with young people. She joined the Foundation as a Trustee/Director in October 2018
Ann has worked in a variety of roles at an operational and strategic level in the public and charity sector for over 25 years. Ann has a special interest in the provision of quality holistic education and supporting the development of people and communities, especially women and girls. Ann has worked internationally as a volunteer and consultant and was proud to be an Olympic torch bearer in the 2012 Olympics, having been nominated for her charity work.
Ann enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Billy Jean is Project Manager for the Foundation’s Learning Resource Centre in Haiti. He was born in 1988 in Port-au-Prince. At the age of 3 years, due to difficult family circumstances he joined the NPH (Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos) family. This is a non profit organisation which takes care of orphans and disadvantaged children in the Caribbean and Latin America. Now he is in law school working towards a Masters Degree in International Law. He is still involved with NPH, volunteering and carrying out leadership tasks.
Bill Jean enjoys travelling. He has travelled to the USA to work as a volunteer at a YMCA summer camp. In 2013 he was awarded the Made a Difference award at YMCA Deer Valley Family Camp and in 2016 won the Big Heart award at Camp Soles.
His aspiration for the future is to stay involved in humanitarian work to give children a second chance in their lives as he had himself. He also wants to contribute to changing the situation of his country by making a difference in the lives of people through education. He says that he is proud to be part of the Steve Sinnott Foundation team in Haiti.
Consultant – Education Team
Penny is a consultant member of the Steve Sinnott Foundation’s Education Team. After eighteen years as a primary headteacher of two schools, she became an independent education consultant, an associate of Cambridge University’s ‘Leadership for Learning’ network, a specialist in performance management and a personal and professional coach. With other education team members she wrote the Educating for Education guidelines adopted by the Foundation to support its work. Penny has had several articles published. Committed to supporting working mothers, she has run a support group for thirty years and co-authored the book, ‘Spinning Plates’.
Consultant – Education Team
Will Thomas makes up part of the Steve Sinnott Foundations Education Team as a consultant specialising in training and coaching. He is the director of Vision for Learning Ltd, a published author in the fields of coaching and leadership and works with people to support their development.
Will’s passion for positive change is infectious and evident from the first time you meet him. His training and coaching is described as “gently challenging the comfort zones and enthusing people to achieve new levels of professional performance”. He is a trustee of Manisha UK and works with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supporting young people to develop expedition skills.
Consultant – Education Team
Nicky is an education consultant. With Mary Sinnott and Penny Clayton, she co-authored the Educating for Education guidelines which the Foundation has adopted to support its work. Nicky is a member of the Thank Goodness It’s Monday (TGIM) group.