We would like two provide you with some insight into the Trustees overseeing TACTYC and the link below will take you to their contact information should you wish to connect with any of them. Here is the current list of TACTYC Trustees and their roles.
Wendy Scott – President of TACTYC. I am a Froebel trained early years teacher with eighteen years’ experience in a range of settings, including rural and inner city schools, and the private and voluntary sectors.
Dr Karen Boardman – Chair of TACTYC I am the Head of Early Years Education at Edge Hill University. I have been working in the field of early years education since I was 16 years old! Initially, I began my early years career as an NNEB and managed Private Day Nursery and Local Authority settings. I later trained as a early years teacher, working in a variety of schools in nursery, reception and Y1 classes where language, literacy and communication became my passion. As a Senior Leader I was able to develop this passion and continue this emphasis and support, particularly with under-threes. This is the focus of my current research interest. I am an active member of many early years organisations and particularly enjoy the focus of advocacy and lobbying which is at the heart of TACTYC’s work. I have been a member of TACTYC for a number of years now and I feel very excited to work alongside such ‘stars’ in ECEC, as an TACTYC Trustee. I have recently been elected and appointed Chair of TACTYC from June 2020 onwards, taking over the mantle from the wonderful Nancy Stewart. I am looking forward to supporting TACTYC in this role and hope to encourage many other colleagues to join us at TACTYC to advocate and support the ECEC sector.
Dr. Sharon Curtis – Vice-Chair of TACTYC I am also the founder of Emosi and Centre Manager of Ellesmere Children’s Centre, founder of Emosi, Sheffield’s only purpose built transcultural therapy centre aimed at giving children with emotional and behavioral challenges the very best start in life. Emosi is a safe place where children can engage in creative therapies and a place for families and children to work together to develop positive lasting relationships. Young children are navigating difficult emotions particularly since the start of the pandemic. Trancultural therapeutic services have been developed to acknowledge nuanced differences and to define the need to provide a service for the unique child. My personal interest is ensuring that we promote anti racist ways of working in the early years including the promotion of cultural competencies. Inclusive of issues of race and by recognising and celebrating that we are different! I completed my doctorate in 2014 exploring black women leaders in early years education. I am particularly passionate about those who do lead and use their cultural insights effectively.
Viki Veale – TACTYC Trustee and Membership Director After training as a teacher at St Mary’s University, Twickenham I spent 20 years working with children and their families in a wide range of settings including Primary schools, Sure Start Centres, Play Groups and Home-based Child Care. My doctoral research acknowledges the challenges those who work with the youngest children face in gaining the recognition and respect they deserve. In my current role as a Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education at the same university where my journey began, I am able to encourage those already working with young children and those who wish to do so, to gain qualifications which prepare them for professional practice and give them the academic confidence to defend the play based, child centred relational pedagogy that defines ECEC. It is a privilege to be Membership Director and Trustee of TACTYC, an organisation committed to advocacy and lobbying for young children and those who work with them.
Angela Scollan – TACTYC Trustee I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Education Studies at Middlesex University. Previously, she has worked as a Manager, Teacher and Foundation Degree Coordinator in a Further Education College. It is here her interest in professional progression for mature students employed across the early years sector evolved whilst researching assessment literacy, student feedback and professional identity. In 2010, Angela opened her own training company, ‘Emerald Early Years and Education’, offering bespoke training and CPD to promote high-quality, sustainable, and reflective early years leadership and provision. Since the early 1990s, Angela has worked directly with and for children positioning her practice within a transdisciplinary approach and as a rights-based advocate. Her teaching philosophy, research and writing focus on the child first. Angela has recently completed the EU Erasmus+ project, ‘SHARMED’, observing how facilitation and the use of digital resources encourage shared memories and dialogue in 48 primary and secondary schools in Italy, Germany and England.
Rod Parker-Rees – TACTYC Trustee and Editor in Chief I trained as a nursery teacher and worked in nursery and reception in Bristol before joining Plymouth University (initially at the Rolle campus in Exmouth) where I helped to set up and run Early Years specialist programmes in the Bed and PGCE and a BA Early Childhood Studies programme. I joined TACTYC’s executive committee in 1997 and became an editor of ‘Early Years’ in 1998. Since then I have had the privilege of working with some inspirational colleagues, including Marian Whitehead, Geva Blenkin, Liz Brooker, Pam Oberhuemer, Jan Georgeson, Arianna Lazzari, Carmen Dalli, Linda Mitchell and Michelle Neuman. The journal has grown from two issues per year with nearly all UK papers to a fully international journal, listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index, and with five issues and about 200,000 downloads per year. I retired in 2017 but continue to keep in touch through work as an external examiner and as a member of the board of TACTYC. After I retired I was finally able to complete my PhD and I now really appreciate having time to keep up with the tasks associated with being Editor-in-Chief of Early Years – and even having some spare time for cycling and woodworking!
Dr. Elizabeth Carruthers – TACTYC Trustee Elizabeth is Scottish and bilingual; English is her second language. She is a researcher and author who is an advocate for teachers as researchers. Elizabeth was executive head of Redcliffe Nursery School and National Teaching School in Bristol for twelve years. Here she developed a centre where teachers and practitioners were research active. This included working with Bath Spa University to develop ‘easy to reach’ Masters Degree Programmes for early years teachers and practitioners. She has also worked as a teacher in primary and nursery schools for over thirty years in London, the South-West of England and Louisville, Kentucky. Elizabeth’s research interests are early mathematics, teachers as researchers and early years leadership. She has written extensively over the last thirty-five years in both academic and professional journals and chapters in books. She has co-authored three books. Her work on children’s mathematical graphics along with her co-author Maulfry Worthington was recognised by the English Department of Education, Williams Review of Early Years and Primary Mathematics. She is proud to announce the recent birth of her first grandchild who is absolutely delightful and she is enjoying every minute she can with him.
Dr. Eva Mikuska – TACTYC Trustee At the beginning of the Yugoslavian war, I came to live in the UK in 1992. After working in various early years settings for more than a decade, I have joined University of Chichester in 2010. Currently, I am a senior lecturer at the Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences department. My work seeks to broaden current views on early childhood education and care (ECEC) in England and beyond, with the aims to produce a more generative, ethical, and political way to enact ECEC. My research interest focuses on exploring the role of emotion in professional practices, gender discourses in the ECEC field and ethnic minority rights.
Lewis Fogarty – TACTYC Trustee I am the director of a small group of nurseries in Berkshire and lead the MA Education programme at Brunel University specialising in leadership and management. My EdD research brings these areas together and is focused on developing a new understanding of leadership in the early years sector.
As well as this I am a proud (and exhausted) dad of 2 young boys which has made my motivation for improving the sector all the more urgent and opened my eyes even wider to the challenging reality of developing those in their precious early years.
I look forward to continuing to live, learn and develop all things early years and help to make the sector a better place for children and staff to be and feel both the knowledge and experience I can bring to my role as a TACTYC trustee will help do this.