Role of the EMTSA Strategic Group

The group was established in 2015 and was initially a development from the planning group of the first regional conference. 

The purpose of the group is to:

  • ‘Add value’ to the work of EMTSA.
  • Provide a regionally representative decision making infrastructure, to utilise existing and secure additional resources for collaborative delivery.
  • Build on a shared moral purpose and capitalise on collaboration, benefitting from economies of scale.
  • Help to provide clarity and sustainability and to facilitate regional and local ‘join up’ to enable us to make a meaningful and sustainable impact on outcomes for learners.
  • Ensure that improvement areas are effectively and strategically identified and that the right and timely support is given in areas where it is needed most.
  • Provide a forum to exchange strategic and operational expertise and share learning.
  • Achieve an infrastructure of enduring social capital.
  • Enable the delivery of a framework of quality assurance, peer review, challenge and support and provide an accountability infrastructure.
  • Develop mechanisms for demonstrating impact and securing financial support to support strategically identified priorities. 
  • Design new ways of working and explore practicalities for future delivery.
  • Provide an infrastructure for networking with other stakeholders and stakeholder networks e.g. RSC , Ofsted, and EMSIG etc.

Group membership

Membership of the group is limited to two representatives from each mini-region (LA area) plus the Regional TSC representative, EMTSA Network representative, Regional Strategy Co-ordinator and EMTSA Business Partner. The Regional Strategy Co-ordinator and Business Partner are role commissioned by EMTSA.

The two representatives, usually a head teacher and TSA Director, bring the consensus opinion of the TSAs in their mini-region and share any actions or updates from the meetings.


Mini region

Adrian Taylor Derby City
Wendy Colebourne Derby City
Jan Pierce Derbyshire
Sue Farr Derbyshire
Jackie Gair Leicester City
Rhian Richardson Leicester City
Inderjit Sandhu Leicestershire
James Brown Leicestershire
Mandi Collins Leicestershire
Helen Barker Lincolnshire
Kath Carter Lincolnshire
Matt Lawrence Nottingham
Rebecca Meredith Nottingham
Sarah Heesom Nottingham
Frazer Mitchell Nottinghamshire
Mary-Alice Lloyd Nottinghamshire
Dave Cotton Nottinghamshire
Paul Goodman Nottinghamshire
Karen Muir Rutland
Oliver Teasel Rutland
Rob Gooding Rutland
Stuart Williams Rutland
Other members: Org:
Chris Wheatley TSC Regional Rep
Helen Joy EMTSA Network 
Kate McKenna Strategy Co-ordinator 
Lynn Slinger EMTSA Network 
Mark Lambell Business Support
Peter Chilvers Business Support 

Group activities and terms of reference 

 The group has engaged in a number of activities since its formation in 2015. These include:

EMTSA Strategic Group Plan 2016/17


East Midlands Teaching Schools - Vision Statement