Our Team

DavidDirector of Training & Support Alliance

David Struthers

David has been the Director of SETSA since 2012 and leads the SETSA team. As well as overseeing the general alliance work he has led the Science Learning Partnership since 2014 and the Computing Hub since

Administration Team


Emma Emmerton, Project OfficerImg 20201123 142343 01

Emma manages the Science Learning Partnership for Southend, Essex & Thurrock.

Sarah BSarah Burns, SLP Administrator

Sarah provides administrative support for Science Learning Partnership for Southend, Essex & Thurrock.



Nicola StaldiNicola Staldi, Project Officer

Nicola manages the Computing Hub for London & Essex.

Emma Lowne, AdministratorEmma Lowne

Emma manages the NQT Development Programme; SLE Recruitment & Training; Leader Training Programmes; Subject Network Groups; Sport England Programme and other non-science training programmes.


WIN 20200511 09 40 11 Pro (2)James Gardner, Computing Hub Subject Lead

James has been the Head of Computer Science at Westcliff High School for Girls for the past 7 years. He has overseen the transition from ICT to the new GCSE  and A-Level specification. He has been teaching ICT and Computer Science for more than 12 years, in both the Primary and Secondary Sector.

He has facilitated CPD and challenged staff in the school to find new and innovative ways to use the technology within their planning and delivery of lessons. He has also worked with staff to help them find more efficient ways of delivering content to students. He is an accredited Facilitator for NCCE and is the Computing Hub Subject Lead for the London and Essex Computing Hub.

Matt kingMatt King, Lead Teacher for the SLP Biology Specialism

Matt is the lead teacher for the Biology specialism that SETSA gained in 2021. He is also Head of Biology at Westcliff High School for Girls, a STEM facilitator and a finalist for the 2021 Royal Society of Biology - Biology Teacher of the Year.  Matt has over 12 years teaching experience.


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