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Meet Our Board

Alison Rendle

Alison brings to our board her experience of working in the wider education system and her knowledge of the inner workings of Changing Chances.

  • Co-founder of Changing Chances CIC.
  • Local authority head of education service, working with schools and colleges across East Sussex.
  • Secondary school senior leader.
  • Qualified and experienced leadership coach and coaching supervisor.

Kit Messenger CEO

Kit brings to our board her lifetime’s experience of primary education and leadership and her knowledge of the inner workings of Changing Chances.

  • Co-founder of Changing Chances CIC.
  • Primary school headteacher.
  • Tutor in School of Education at the University of Sussex.

Joanne Bartlett

Joanne brings to our board her experience and perspective as a younger person who has recently completed her education and training.

  • Recent lived experience of the education system.
  • Receptionist at a special school.

Joanne Calladine-Evans

Joanne brings to our board a wide range of expertise, drawing on a lifelong career in education.

  • Programme leader at University College London, Centre for Education Leadership.
  • Secondary school leader.
  • Director of a Teaching School Alliance.
  • Founder and executive director of a company supporting schools and their leaders.

Dr Anna Churcher-Clarke

Anna brings to our board her experience as a clinical psychologist working therapeutically with children, adolescents and their families.

  • Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University College London (UCL).
  • Former Lead in Child Sexual Abuse NHS CAMHS Service, and Clinical Psychologist in various CAMHS teams.
  • Trained in investigative interviewing with vulnerable children and adolescents within the criminal justice system.
  • Provider of Clinical Supervision, consultation and training to professionals.

Claire Rivers

Claire brings to our board her experience of primary education over 47 years – as teacher and then headteacher.

  • Director of a Teaching School Alliance and chair of collaborative networks of schools.
  • Facilitator for the National Professional Qualifications since 2013.
  • Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Justine Smith

Justine brings to our board her experience as a journalist and PR professional and as a kinship carer.

  • Editorial director at Backgrounders, a Brighton-based operation offering professional, ethical, responsible journalism and PR.
  • Reported from more than 25 countries as a national newspaper staffer and freelance.
  • Worked in PR, specialising in government contracts, AI and social media, building brand identity and followings.