Meet the Team

Find out more about the Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub leadership team:

Emma Rennison

Maths Hub Senior Leadership Link & Executive Director of the Outwood Institute of Education (OIE)

Emma is the Executive Director of the Outwood Institute of Education (OIE), the trust’s Teaching School Alliance. The trust has six designated teaching schools who lead an alliance of over 80 schools, from within the trust and beyond, to recruit, retain and develop teachers.

Prior to her current role, Emma started working at Outwood Grange Academy in 2006 as a Teacher of English in her NQT year and worked leading academy’s training school, prior to the academy securing teaching school status and launching the OIE. She has a Masters in Teaching and Learning and is a designated Specialist Leader of Education.


Kathryn Greenhalgh

Maths Hub Lead and Executive Director of Maths, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Kathryn has been leading the YHMathsHub for three years, represents the region on the Maths Hub Council and co-leads one of the National Projects. She visited Shanghai in 2014 and came back bursting with ideas of how to improve the way maths is taught and how to improve outcomes for pupils.

Her 10 years’ experience leading the maths across a large and successful Trust, while continuing to teach whenever possible, means that her passion for improving maths across the region is demonstrated in the practical sense every day.


Charlotte Thornton

Assistant Maths Hub Lead (Kirklees) and Associate Director

Charlotte has been a Mastery Specialist Lead at the YHMathsHub for two years and works with Primary Mastery Specialists. She has also spent three years as Work Group Lead for the National Collaborative Projects on Mathematical Reasoning and Year 5-8 transition.

She has had 4 years experience as a Head of Maths in Lancashire before becoming an Associate Director of Maths for a large Academies Trust. Her belief has always been that if you give students "the why" in Maths it often leads to greater success and enjoyment so she has been delighted to work with YHMathsHub which really drills into the depth of students' understanding.

Karen Hill

Assistant Maths Hub Lead (Hull)

Karen has been a Mastery Specialist at the YHMathsHub for two years and now leads a second Network Collaborative Project, Mastery Readiness. She has worked at a large inner city primary school in Hull for 17 years, worked as an Assistant Head and is now a Lead Practitioner for Maths across her Trust.

Karen visited Shanghai in 2017 and was amazed at the skills of the Chinese teachers to craft lessons which enable students to gain deep and sustainable understanding. She has since shared ideas learnt from her experiences through hosting Chinese teachers at her school and running large Open Classroom events, through her own teaching and by leading Work Groups.


Nicola Fareham

Secondary Mastery Specialist Lead and Associate Director

Nicola has been involved with the YHMathsHub for three years, initially on the Post 16 participation project and since then she has been developing mastery at KS3 by running Open Classrooms across the region. She visited Shanghai in 2015 and has since then been a championing teaching for mastery.

Nicola has been a Head of Maths for 6 years and currently works as an Associate Director supporting Heads of Maths to develop their leadership and teaching and learning in their department. Her hands on approach means she is able to demonstrate teaching for mastery on a day to day basis as well as share what she has learned through various training courses run through the Maths Hub.


Suzanne Coxon

Teaching for Mastery Lead

Suzanne has a wide experience of teaching in a number of primary schools and now works as deputy head at Parkside, a large primary school in Goole.

Suzanne visited Shanghai in 2014 where her passion for effective maths teaching was further ignited. Suzanne has trained as a teaching for mastery specialist with the NCETM; she is seconded to the YHMathsHub as a teaching for mastery lead supporting other TfM specialists.


Sharon Farrow

Level 3 Lead and Head of Department, Outwood Academy Adwick

Sharon has recently been appointed as our Level 3 Lead for Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub. She has over 10 years’ experience as a KS5 coordinator and has been employed for the last 5 years as Lead teacher and KS5 Coordinator for a large Academies Trust. She constantly supports improvements in Level 3 Maths teaching not only within her department but also within Doncaster Schools. Sharon is in her 4th year as Chair of Doncaster HoDs Maths Network Group and is passionate about engaging with other colleagues to work collaboratively on improving maths education and ensuring this impacts on raising standards and transforming the lives of the young people in our schools. Sharon thoroughly enjoys supporting the personal development of colleagues to fulfil their own personal aspirations and ultimately maximise the life chances of the children they teach.


Liz Featherstone

Same Day Intervention Project Lead

Liz is leading the Same Day Intervention Project, picking up the role from Ben McGarry. The project expanded from 6 participating schools in its first year, to 19 schools in its third year. Liz is an Assistant Principal in the region and has implemented SDI in her own school and seen the benefits first hand.


Olivia Bennett

Administrative Officer

Olivia is based at the Outwood Institute of Education in Doncaster and works closely with the Maths Hub leadership team and local schools. Olivia manages all events run by the Maths Hub ensuring that all delegates receive regular reminders and details of their training, as well as collating resources and feedback forms for facilitators, as well as setting up rooms and overseeing the timings of the day. In her spare time, Olivia is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology.