Tony Badger

Tony Badger has been President of the Historical Association since May 2017. He is Professor of American History at Northumbria University. He previously taught at Newcastle University from 1971 to 1991 and is Emeritus Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. He has written extensively on the New Deal and the modern American South and has recently completed a biography of Al Gore, Sr. In his role as President he has spoken at almost 30 HA branches.

Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of numerous books on the subject, most recently The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin, one of the 2019 Biographies of the Year for The Times; the book has attracted international attention with invitations to Jaipur, Dubai, Istanbul and Washington DC. Earlier titles included Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (2009), The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christendom (2007) and The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople (2004); his works are also widely translated. Phillips has presented many radio and television programmes including The Cross and the Crescent (History Channel) and The Road From Christ to Constantine (PBS). He is also the co-editor, with Professor Benjamin Kedar, of the academic journal Crusades.

Christine Counsell

Christine Counsell is a consultant specialising in supporting schools, partnerships, Trusts and Teaching Schools in curriculum and teacher development. After her early career holding teaching and leadership positions in state schools in Gloucestershire and Bristol, Christine worked as local authority adviser in primary and secondary schools, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge with responsibility for the history PGCE and, most recently, as Director of Education of a MAT serving areas of acute disadvantage in East Anglia. Alongside this she has worked as adviser, trainer and speaker, for scholars, teachers, leaders and policy-makers, both nationally and internationally, specialising in the teaching of history in post-conflict zones. Christine has published and edited numerous textbooks, academic books and articles, and is editor of Teaching History. In 2016 she served on the DfE Workload Solutions group and from 2017-19 she served on the Ofsted Curriculum Advisory Group. Christine has recently joined the David Ross Education Trust as Trustee. She recently trained all HMI in the basic principles of the new Ofsted inspection framework.

Ronald Hutton

Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol (August 1996 to date). Prior to this he was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, before serving as Lecturer and then Reader in History at Bristol (1981–96). He is also the historian and prehistorian on the Board of Trustees that runs English Heritage, and chair of the Blue Plaques Panel. Since the 1980s he has been involved in the writing and presentation of documentaries for various television channels. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales and the British Academy. His many published works include The Stations of the Sun: a history of the ritual year in Britain (1996); The Triumph of the Moon: a history of modern pagan witchcraft (1999); Blood and Mistletoe: the history of the Druids in Britain (2009); and Pagan Britain (2013).


Glenn Carter

Glenn is a primary school teacher, history lead, Primary Committee member and freelance trainer of history. He provides primary history support for Education Durham and has worked with a number of companies to bring history to the forefront of the curriculum.

Karen Doull

Karin Doull is a principal lecturer in Primary History at the University of Roehampton. She is a member of the primary committee and the editorial board of Primary History. Karin is also an HA Charted Teacher of History. Karin is interested in all aspects of primary history seeking to promote enquiry based learning with a focus on using primary evidence to engage interest. She works primarily with adult learners trying to induct student teachers into the delights and excitement of primary history. She is also interested in role of CPD in supporting subject leaders to develop confidence in themselves and their leadership potential.

Bev Forrest

One of only 3 primary teachers to have gained the award of Chartered Teacher of History, Bev is an experienced primary teacher trainer and works with a number of institutions across the country. She has a long standing relationship with the HA and is Chair of the Primary Committee. She organises the Yorkshire History forum on behalf of the HA and is a primary Quality Mark assessor. Bev regularly delivers CPD and writes for a number of publications including Primary History. Bev is the author of the Rising Stars History schemes of work and also Digging up History: Archaeology in the Primary School. She is an Honorary Fellow of the HA.

Rob Nixon

I’ve been teaching for 7 years and been history coordinator for 6 of them. I have had a passion for history since a child and have always wanted to pass on that joy for learning to children at my school and the community. My school achieved the gold quality mark in 2019 and I have experienced two ofsteds as a history coordinator, having spoken at length with them about curriculum design and application. I am also a member of the History Association Primary committee.

Kerry Somers

In teaching primary history, we want our young historians to develop their enquiry skills, learn to analyse and use evidence to make their own judgements about the past and appreciate that there is always a different perspective. History is a subject where creativity can thrive and flourish and this workshop will introduce you to a range of activities, following the Hampshire approach to enquiry, which you can ‘take away’ and use to inspire your own little historians.

Chris Trevor

Chris was a practising teacher from Y1 to Y6 and Cheshire County Adviser for History, Geography and Creative Curriculum. She set up her own Primary Education Consultancy business 10 years ago and supports schools across the country, designing bespoke curriculums, providing 1-1 planning support and leading staff meetings and INSET days. She co-presents 10000 years BC prehistoric workshops with her husband. She trains students and supports Stockport and Trafford Subject Leaders termly. A member of the HA Primary Committee, she presents the Becoming an effective Subject Leader and Practical Approaches to Primary History Courses on behalf of the HA.

Alf Wilkinson

Alf taught history for many years, and worked for the HA as their Education Manager 1999-2016. He has published several books, and is an experienced provider of CPD, both online and face-to-face. Until recently he was part of the Editorial Team for ‘Primary History.’ He authored a series of Primary texts for Collins, published in autumn 2019. Now retired, Alf spends his time cooking and gardening, and walking up mountains slowly!

Tracey Wire

Tracey Wire is a senior lecturer in primary education at the University of Gloucestershire, specialising in teaching history, English and PSHE. She has taught history in secondary schools and at Sheffield University as PhD student, before moving into primary education. Tracey worked as both a KS1 and KS2 teacher and as a history subject lead before taking up her current role in initial teacher education. She regularly undertakes CPD with primary teachers and has recently co-authored, with Kate Thomson, a book chapter on developing higher order thinking through historical enquiry in the primary classroom.


Lynne Adams

I have been a Head of History for several years at a rural comprehensive school in the Forest of Dean. Curriculum has become a passion of mine in allowing our students to study all the best bits of history. I work with a fantastic team and am hoping to be able to share lots of our ideas at this conference. When I’m not teaching, I take up ridiculous physical challenges like Ultra Marathons and travel whenever and wherever I can.

David Brown

David Brown is the Curriculum Manager for Modern History at the Sixth Form College Farnborough. He has taught and examined A Level History for the last 11 years and has authored several A Level textbooks on Italian and German modern history.

Geraint Brown

Geraint has been teaching history at Cottenham Village College since the last millennium. He is currently Senior Assistant Principal with responsibility for curriculum and assessment.

Elizabeth Carr

Elizabeth Carr is Head of History at Presdales School, (11-18 comprehensive), in Ware, Hertfordshire and a mentor with the University of Cambridge PGCE Partnership. She has published articles in the Historical Association’s journal Teaching History, including ‘How Victorian were the Victorians?’ and ‘Using Timelines in Assessment’ (with Christine Counsell). Elizabeth has undertaken research in medieval history, and contributed to the Historical Association publication Exploring and Teaching Medieval History, edited by Ian Dawson. She is a passionate advocate for the power of medieval history to excite and inspire, and to provide the foundations for students’ understanding of later periods.

Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll is a history teacher at Esher Sixth Form College, Thames Ditton, Surrey. He is also a PhD candidate at the Institute of Education, UCL researching literacy in history curriculum design and an Associate Editor for Teaching History.

Hannah Cusworth

Hannah Cusworth is Subject Leader of History at a school in south east London. She has a particular interest in teaching black British history.

Selena Daly

Selena Daly is a Lecturer in Modern European History, focusing on modern Italy. Her monograph, Italian Futurism and the First World War was published by University of Toronto Press in 2016 and was one of five non-fiction books in English nominated for The Bridge Book Prize 2017. She was previously an Assistant Professor at University College Dublin and a Fulbright Scholar at University of California, Santa Barbara. Alongside her research, she is particularly interested in supporting students as they transition from A-Level to university study and in encouraging more BME students to pursue degrees in history.

Alex Ford

Alex Ford is lead tutor on the PGCE History course at Leeds Trinity University and an SHP Fellow. Prior to 2016, he was head of a large and successful history department in Leeds.  Alex has written the “Making of America” textbook for OCR History B and works extensively with schools teaching the American West.

Katie Hall

Katie Hall studied for her BA and MA in History at the University of York before going on to complete a PGCE in History education at Cambridge. Following this she taught History and Politics in a state comprehensive in North Yorkshire for a decade. Since leaving teaching Katie has continued to work in the History education community as a textbook author, resource developer and senior examiner. In 2019 she became an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association and has presented at history teaching conferences including the HA and SHP.

Richard Kennett

Richard Kennett is an Assistant Head from Bristol and teaches in two schools in the city. He is a trustee of the Historical Association and sits on the secondary committee as well as being a SHP fellow. Rich regularly provides training and workshops for both organisations. He has written a number of textbooks for secondary schools.

Rachel Lewin

Rachel Lewin is Academy Lead for Quality of Education and Head of History at Five Islands Academy on the Isles of Scilly.

Ruth Lingard

Ruth Lingard lives and works in York. She is a Head of History at Millthorpe School, a PGCE Tutor at the University of York and the co-ordinator of YorkClio, the network for history teachers in York. Ruth is also a member of the HA Secondary Commitee.

Paula Lobo

Paula Lobo (née Worth) has been teaching history for ten years in both the state and independent sector. She is an associate editor for the journal Teaching History and currently teaches history at Bristol Grammar School, where she is also responsibility for the Key Stage 3 history curriculum. For the academic year 2019-2020, Paula is working as a University Lecturer on the PGCE (History) course at the University of Bristol.

Madeleine Marvin

I graduated from university with a degree in History and Politics in 1989, and after a brief spell working abroad, starting teaching in the UK in 1994. I am currently Department Leader for History and Politics at a large, mixed comprehensive in Cheshire, having previously been an EPQ co-ordinator, International Schools Lead, and a pastoral middle leader. Whilst I have enjoyed a range of differing roles during my career, what has remained constant is my love of history, and I am as passionate about it today as I was when I first began teaching.

Steve Mastin

Steve Mastin has worked for 20 years in schools across England, as a head of history, and then as a senior curriculum specialist across primary and secondary schools in a large multi-academy trust. In several countries, Steve has helped train teachers for the University of Cambridge and several international Ministries of Education, been an examiner with a leading UK exam board, and supported curriculum development. He has advised the UK Department of Education on the history curriculum, assessment and exam reform. He is now an education consultant specialising in curriculum design, resourcing and implementation, teacher training, and developing senior leaders in schools.

Helen McCord

Helen joined the centre in September 2019. Prior to this she had been a teacher of history for 16 years at an upper school in Bedfordshire. In addition to teaching Helen held various responsibilities here, including Head of History and Head of PSHE and Citizenship. For 12 years she also worked as a mentor and subject leader for Bedfordshire SCITT training partnership, working closely with PGCE trainees and colleagues across a number of schools in the area. Following the completion of the Historical Association Fellowship course ‘The Cold War in the classroom’ Helen became a teaching fellow of the Historical Association and more recently achieved the status of Chartered Teacher of History, also with the Historical Association.

Andrew Payne

Andrew Payne is Head of Education and Outreach at The National Archives where he leads on services for schools, teachers, families, young people and communities. As a former history teacher, trainer and resource developer he combines all of his previous experience to open up one of the great archival collections in the world and make it accessible for new audiences through innovative approaches to teaching with original documents. Andrew holds a degree in Medieval & Modern History, a PGCE for secondary History and IT, a Masters in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Historical Association.

Helen Snelson

Helen is the Chair of the HA’s Secondary Committee and a Chartered History Teacher. Her main role these days is running the History PGCE at the University of York. She was a classroom history teacher for 20 years and is also been a regular presenter and writer for HA, SHP and EuroClio.

Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne is Head of History at Colston’s Girls’ School, Bristol and has been teaching history for 17 years. She has recently participated in the Historical Association Teaching Fellowship on Britain and Transatlantic Slavery.

Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh has been involved in History education for over 30 years as teacher, textbook author, trainer and examiner. He is Associate Vice President of the Historical Association. Ben is well known in History education for his textbooks and his interest in helping students to think like historians through authentic use of original sources and meaningful engagement with differing interpretations of History.


Arthur Burns

Arthur Burns is professor of Modern British History at King’s College London, Academic Director of the Georgian Papers Programme (, chair of the HA Higher Education Committee, and a former Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society. He has published extensively on religion in modern Britain and later Hanoverian Britain, and has been involved in several large-scale digital history projects. He has a long-standing commitment to engagement with schools and the public. His TV appearances include George III: The Genius of the Mad King (2017), and his current projects include a new study of the king’s madness.

David Paterson

David Paterson was formerly Head of History at King Edward VI College Nuneaton. He has written several articles for George Eliot Review on historical aspects of George Eliot’s novels and in 2019 published Fair Seed-Time, Robert Evans, Francis Newdigate and the Making of George Eliot.
He has been a member of the Historical Association since 1970 and a member of Nuneaton Branch for most of that time, being Branch Chairman since 1990. He has written several articles for The Historian and is also on the Executive Committee of the Warwickshire Local History Society.


Victoria Crooks

Victoria is an experienced history and humanities teacher who has been working as a teacher educator since 2013. She is subject lead and admissions tutor for the Secondary History PGCE/ SD PGCE at the University of Nottingham. She is interested in the relationship between teacher educators and how school-based mentors can be supported in their mentoring of training of teachers. She aims to work with her mentoring team to develop inspiring history teachers who will enthuse and excite young people about the past and the discipline of history.

Kate Hawkey

Coordinates the secondary history PGCE programme at University of Bristol.

Dave Ingledew

David Ingledew is Head of Secondary ITE and Lecturer in History Education at the University of Hertfordshire.

Laura London

Beyond Behaviour: Injecting your observation with subject specificity
Despite the complexity involved in developing an incisive and supportive mentoring relationship, observing other teachers is a skill few receive training in. Moving beyond a consideration of behaviour to reflect on the historical rationale and focus of a lesson can be a real challenge. In this seminar we will explore strategies and approaches mentors can adopt to take a more historically focused approach to observation and to frame feedback related not just to pupils’ learning in general but their historical learning in particular.

Michael Maddison

Michael Maddison is an educational consultant. He provides advice and guidance, leads reviews and undertakes training in relation to both history and school improvement. He also undertakes some inspection work for Ofsted. From 2006-2015 he was an HMI and from 2008-15 he acted as Ofsted’s National Lead for history. Prior to that he worked in schools teaching history and politics and he has also been a senior examiner and moderator in history at GCSE and A Level. He is Associate Vice President of the Historical Association (having served as the association’s Deputy President), a director and judge for the Heritage Education Trust, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Ali Messer

I was a secondary school History teacher for nearly 20 years and have worked in teacher education since 2003, as History tutor and for the last few years, as Head of Secondary Initial Teacher Education at the University of Roehampton. I also maintain a Facebook page for HTEN:

I am keen to work with the HA and with colleagues in schools to help new teachers make a good start. In age of Twitter, mentors of History teachers have a new role to play, enabling their new colleagues to find a sensible subject specific path through a thicket of research-based ideas; this is the focus for my session with Dean Smart

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