Gerri McAndrew OBE
Gerri qualified as a social worker and worked in four Inner London Boroughs as a practitioner and Assistant Director of Social Services, specialising in children’s services. Following eight years as Chief Executive of the Fostering Network, she joined Buttle UK as Chief Executive in 2003.
Gerri is currently a Governor of James Allen's Girls School and has previously held positions as Trustee and Chair of children’s charities, including End Child Poverty and the International Foster Care Organisation.
In addition, Gerri has been an Adviser on a number of Government working groups throughout the UK.
Senior Management Team
Olu Alake - Director of Grant Programmes & Project Development
Alan Knowles - Director of Finance & Administration
Richard Barron - Director of Fundraising & Marketing
Chief Executive's Office
Rachael Benjamin - Assistant to the Chief Executive & Senior Management Team
Grant Programmes & Project Development
Chris Mullane - Grants Development Manager
Andrew Walters - Grants Development Officer (School Fees)
Rosario Piazza - Impact & Evaluation Manager
John Hamilton - Grants Development Officer
Keeley Mudd - Grants Development Officer
Gari Sparling - Grants Development Officer
Beth McIvor - Grants Development Officer
Diane Smith - Grants Development & Operations Administrator
Richard Ruston - Fundraising & Marketing Assistant
Chris Davis - Trust Fundraising Officer
Chair of Trustees
Professor Caroline Gipps
Caroline was appointed Chair of Buttle UK in March 2016, following four years as a trustee.
Caroline is Visiting Professor at the UCL/Institute of Education and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wolverhampton, where she was the Vice Chancellor until her retirement in 2011. In 1999 she became Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kingston University, with responsibility for the academic profile and student support. Before this she was in charge of research strategy at the Institute of Education as Dean of Research, taking the institution to the top grade in the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise.
Trained as a psychometrician and primary school teacher Caroline has had a distinguished career as a social scientist focussing on assessment and its role in schooling, leading to new theories of educational assessment. She is an internationally recognised scholar in this field and is experienced in the evaluation of programmes and initiatives, as well as the issue of impact.
Awards/recognition include : Nuffield Research Fellow, President of the British Educational Research Association, four times an ESRC grant holder, member of the Athenaeum, Academician of the ACSS, Honorary Doctorate Bristol University, twice elected to the Board of Universities UK (the Vice Chancellors' association) and numerous advisory/consultative roles over the years both in the UK and overseas; a founder member of the Women Vice Chancellors' dining club, the Nuffield Assessment Seminar group, and the BERA Policy task group on Assessment.
As an academic and researcher Caroline has published widely. Four books of note are
* 'Assessment: a Teachers' Guide to the Issues' (1990) was reprinted twice and went to two further editions (these with co author Gordon Stobart).
* 'A Fair Test? Assessment, Achievement and Equity' (1994) with Patricia Murphy won a prize for best educational book of that year.
* 'Beyond Testing: Towards a Theory of Educational Assessment' (1994) was translated into Japanese in 2001, and in 2012 was re-released as a Routledge Education Classic.
* 'What Makes a Good Primary School Teacher? Expert Classroom Strategies' (2000) with Bet McCallum and Eleanore Hargreaves, was also re-released as a Routledge Classic in 2016.
Caroline has been on a wide range of Boards including schools and academies, a Science Park, a Technology Transfer Corridor, two urban development companies, and research units and charities. She is currently on the Board of Kingston University where she is Chair of the Academic Governance Committee.
Board of Trustees
Keith Mullins - Independent advisor
The Chances for Children Campaign Board
Jill Dinsmore - (Chair)
Christina Sorensen Lötter
Professor Caroline Gipps - Chair of Trustees, Buttle UK
Gerri McAndrew OBE - Chief Executive, Buttle UK
Richard Barron - Director of Fundraising & Marketing, Buttle UK