Advisory Board Members

Mrs Gillian Winter – Chair
Curriculum, Pastoral and Safeguarding

Gillian Winter is an experienced school leader and teacher with 40 years’ experience covering all age groups from nursery to adults in the UK and Japan. Her specialist teaching subjects are Religious Studies and Philosophy.
Gillian’s educational philosophy has always been to reach academic achievement through outstanding teaching and learning, with systematic monitoring alongside effective pastoral care to ensure pupil and student well-being. Gillian’s most recent roles have been as Head of Year at Withington Girls’ School Manchester, Assistant Head, Pupil and Student Development and Assistant Head (Sixth Form) at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. She latterly became the designer and founding Principal of Connell Sixth Form College in East Manchester.
Gillian now runs her own Educational Consultancy and she enjoys working on a variety of educational projects. She is also Chair of Governors of the Bury Grammar Schools, a family of 5 independent schools, both single sex and co-ed.
She is passionate about improving the lives of children and so she is proud to work as a Trustee with Wood Street Mission and Mynshull’s Educational Foundation which help children and families in need, in Manchester and Salford.


Dr Andrew Lee – Member
Organisational Development, HR and International Education

Andrew Lee has recently grown two education consulting businesses based in Dubai. BBD and SEED Education have provided support to open new schools and to improve school performance in the UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Prior to consulting in education, Andrew was Global HR Director for Gems Education, one of the world’s largest providers of private education. Gems was a former client of the Center for High Performance, a Chicago based consulting practice which specialises in research and training in creating high-performance environments, where Andrew was President. He also served as Senior Vice President of Capital Values International for four years in the Middle East and Australia, helping to launch and grow a global real estate and education support brand.
Andrew was a board member of the UNITE Group, one of the UK’s top 200 businesses, and chairman of a high-tech biometrics firm in England. He was a senior consultant in the Alexander Corporation, the UK’s leading coaching and OD consulting practice.
Andrew holds Masters degrees in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management and a doctorate in Organisational Change and is Adjunct Professor at Booth Business School at the University of Chicago, London Campus.


Dr Teresa Pinheiro – Member
STEM and Higher Education

Teresa JT Pinheiro graduated in Chemistry/Biochemistry in 1985, at the Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), where she also carried out an MSc in Cellular Biology (1989). She then came to Oxford University for her doctorate with Professor Anthony Watts in the Biochemistry Department to work on Biophysics of proteins in membranes and obtained her DPhil in 1993.
After postdoctoral research positions in Oxford and Warwick Universities, in 1995 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which launched her University career in the UK. Most of her academic career was developed at Warwick University with short spells in the US. She led research on the topics of protein folding and misfolding in human diseases, with a particular focus on brain degeneration. With industrial partners, she also led projects on biosensor technology and instrument developments for biological applications. She has published over 50 academic papers in refereed scientific journals and has delivered many invited lectures at conferences and academic institutions in the UK and abroad. In 2015 she took early retirement from academia to explore new ventures and is currently an Honorary Associate Professor at Warwick University.


Dr Sami Ahmed – Member
STEM, Engineering and Business

Sami Ahmed is the managing director of Smart Technology Ltd, a high technology company producing smart materials and special machinery for the steel industry. He has been a visiting professor in Principles of Engineering Designs at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK since 1994.
He has led and participated in collaborative research projects funded by the EU and the UK government and is the author of a number of technical papers presented at major conferences and published in leading journals including a number of patents (European and USA). He works closely with universities and research institutions in the UK and worldwide on research projects in STEM, specifically in the field of engineering.
In addition to his professional engineering interests, Sami was non-executive Director of Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust from 2005-2008. He is currently Regional Secretary of Coventry and Warwickshire Federation of Small Businesses and is CEO of Right Start Foundation International, a UK registered charity working in education and empowerment of ethnic minorities in the UK. Additionally, he is Trustee and Treasurer of two local charities: The Olton Project and Gates of Life.


The National Mathematics and Science College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is our aim that all students fulfil their potential.