Committee Members


Chair: Angela Jenkins Angela Jenkins has extensive experience in English education and school improvement having worked as an adviser in three different local authorities and two multi-academy trusts in the last 25 years. She has worked across the primary and secondary phases as an English specialist teacher and as a school/trust leader.

Since 2018, Angela has worked as an independent consultant, providing specialist advice and support for the development of exceptional English curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in mainly primary settings. She is the Moderation Manager for two local authorities, has worked as a Lead Moderator at KS2 for over a decade and has been an external moderator/deputy standards team leader on behalf of the STA.

She is thrilled to be a member of the Opening Doors team and is co-author of the latest book in the series, Opening Doors to Ambitious Primary English. Angela is also an experienced leader of an OU/UKLA Teachers Reading Group. She is currently chair of the National Association of Advisers in English (NAAE).

Vice Chair: Nicola Martin Nicola is the Senior Consultant for Primary English and Literacy at Lancashire Primary Development Service (LPDS).  She has a valued reputation for supporting a wide range of schools in Lancashire and the North West.  Nicola leads a team of consultants who deliver CPD courses and support a wide range of schools via tailored packages of support. She is currently the Lead Moderator in Lancashire for KS1 and KS2,  and also specialises in raising standards in phonics, reading and writing across the primary phase.
Treasurer: Ruth Baker-Leask Ruth is an independent education consultant at Minerva Learning, formerly a primary headteacher and local authority English Consultant. She is also the Vice Chair of the English Expert Subject Advisory Group (ESAG).



Twitter: @RuthBakerLeask

Abigail Steel Abigail Steel is an education consultant, trainer and author specialising in English language and literacy. She has been published many times. Her collection of works includes several literacy programmes and teaching resources, standardised assessments, children’s books, reading schemes and magazine articles. Abigail is an active committee member of the National Association of Advisors in English (NAAE) and also of the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction (IFERI).


Twitter: @abigail_steel

Babita Ginda Having worked in secondary schools as a teacher of English, KS4/ KS5 lead and Lead Practitioner, I am now a Senior Lecturer for PGCE English at Birmingham City University. My work has been focused on developing teaching and learning to ensure students reach their potential at all levels of study. I have also undertaken work as an examiner for English literature to develop an understanding of assessment nationally. In my current role as PGCE tutor for English, which I began at the University of Wolverhampton, I am responsible for supporting student-teachers’ knowledge of subject pedagogy through theory and school-based experience. I am also studying for a PhD focusing on the role and identity of POC teachers of secondary English.
Debbie Haynes Profile photo of Debbie Haynes Debbie has taught and subsequently advised on English for over 32 years. She is now subject leader for Secondary ITE English at Wolverhampton University.


Rebecca Kennedy Rebecca Kennedy is an independent English consultant. She has a range of experience teaching and supporting primary schools and multi-academy trusts across the sector. Rebecca works as an associate consultant with the Open University’s Reading for Pleasure team, and she is a reviewer for Just Imagine.  Her professional interests are children’s reading and writing and children’s literature.  She has contributed to several United Kingdom Literacy Association publications.

Threads: @rebeccakennedy39