If you need support
ATL values the contribution of its representatives enormously, and makes a wide range of support available.
In addition to resources, there is always someone to contact if you have a particular problem or query.
Ongoing individual support and advice
Branches: representatives will receive support and local information from their local branch secretaries, and invitations to attend meetings and share experiences with other reps and members in their locality. You can get contact details from the 'find my branch' drop-down menu on the bottom right-hand side column of this website.
General enquiries/legal advice: for all general enquiries or to speak to a member advisor on a legal or professional matter, call ATL's London office, tel: 020 7930 6441 or via email.
Membership enquiries: for information regarding member details, membership lists, membership categories, subscription rates and payment methods, call ATL's membership department, tel: 020 7782 1600 or contact them via our email contact form. Remember that new members can join ATL by telephone (tel: 0845 057 7000).
ATL helpline: don't forget the out-of-office-hours helpline. For details see our Need help now? section.
Meet our national officials
ATL's national officials provide specific advice and support for education professionals in independent schools and for support staff.
Meet the organising team
If you want any advice on your role as a rep, or are interested in getting more involved, ATL's organising team works in the field to support and help members, reps and branches.
If you would like to contact any of the organising team, you can email them using our email contact form.
Collette Bradford, national organiser
Collette's key responsibility is to lead, line manage and support ATL's organising team, recruitment assistants and field based resources. She has developed the union's centre of excellence with regard to organising and recruitment, and has been instrumental in developing ATL's member facing campaigning elements as well as the union's student and newly qualified recruitment strategy, supporting the activity of the ATL Future Steering Group and managing a series of summer seminars and events for new professionals.
Katherine Fry, senior organiser, Northern Region
Katherine has responsibility for branches and managing organising resources in the Northern Region, covering the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside. As well as organising and delivering reps training, she leads on organising work in academies and supporting academy reps with bespoke training. Katherine helps branches become more in touch with their members, and has developed new communications and networks for branches and Northern Region reps.
Richard Marshall, Organiser
Richard Marshall works with Katherine Fry in the Northern Region. Richard leads on the recruitment and development of ATL student and newly qualified members in the region, delivers student reps training and supports ATL Future networks. Richard also identifies and supports reps in their workplace campaigns. Richard has a keen interest in new professionals, having experienced being a new teacher himself, and works with the national organiser to deliver the ATL Future communications and steering group formal meetings.
Karl English, senior organiser (Midlands)
Karl supports ATL branches and manages organising resources in the Midlands region. He also delivers training and mentoring for ATL reps. Karl has particular responsibility for organising reps in independent schools, working with colleagues on independent sector campaigns and contributing to the independent sector conference. Karl works with the area associations and helps branches in the Midlands to improve their communication with members and encourages a member-led approach to organising branch activities across the region.
Helen Martin, senior organiser (South West)
Helen works with ATL branches and manages organising resources in the South West region. Helen develops events, communications and organises activity for ATL members and reps together with branches in the area. Helen helps branches to prioritise their resources effectively and delivers training for ATL reps. Helen has a special interest in organising around health & safety and equality issues with ATL colleagues.
Doreen Stenner, organiser (South West)
Doreen was previously an ATL member for over 20 years and now works as an organiser with Helen Martin in the south west. Doreen has a particular passion for supporting members who are new to the profession, and delivers events and lectures for student and NQ members. Doreen also recruits and mentors new workplace reps regularly visiting schools and colleges to encourage membership growth and support ATL organisation.
Jacinta Phillips, acting senior organiser (London and the South East)
Jacinta has responsibility for London and South East Branches and manages organising resources in the region. She supports branches to organise campaigns and development activities for members and reps. She also works with ATL members to revitalise a number of branches in the area and delivers training for ATL reps. Jacinta regularly visits schools and colleges to meet with ATL members face to face and has an interest in developing organising activities for aspiring leaders.
Duncan Woodhead, organiser (London and the South East)
Duncan works with Jacinta Phillips in the London and South East Region. Duncan identifies and develops school and college reps during his face to face visits and encourages members to get involved with ATL. He organises surveys, campaigns and events to support members with their workplace issues. Duncan also delivers the recruitment and organisation of student and newly qualified teachers in the region, including the ATL Future network as part of London Wide and delivers training and mentoring for active student reps.
Natalie Swan, trainee organiser (London and the South East)
Natalie is ATLs second TUC Academy Organisers for 2012 and also works with Jacinta Phillips in the London and South East Region. Natalies main focus will be working on the recruitment and organisation of student and newly qualified members, mentoring student reps in their activity and campaigns along with co-delivering a programme of ATL Future activity in the region.
Mary Hajistassi, senior organiser (North West)
Mary works across branches in the North West region and manages organising resources and campaigns in the area for membership growth. Mary supports branches to build networks and relationships with each other and develops branch plans and recruitment and organising activities regionally. She also delivers training and topical events for reps and members. Mary has an interest in organising those ATL members who work on supply and leads on organising resources with colleagues focussed on post 16 members.
Jon-Leigh Pritchard, organiser (North West)
Jon-Leigh works with Mary Hajistassi in the north west region regularly visiting schools and colleagues to identify and support workplace reps. Jon-Leigh delivers a robust programme of student and NQ recruitment activity with colleagues in the area and he has also been successful in building relationships with ITT providers. Jon-Leigh trains and supports student reps and organises a range of ATL Future activity and network events for new professionals.
Demelza Vasco-Kisimisi, organising team administrator
Demelza is the key point of contact for the organising team and provides administrative support for their activities. She also liaises with branches on newsletters, events and promotional materials, arranges student recruitment events and lectures in London, and ensures the NQ summer seminars run smoothly for members.
Michael Higgins, organiser/caseworker (Scotland)
Michael's key responsibility is organising members in the independent sector, which includes developing and supporting a vibrant reps and activists network in Scotland. Michael also has responsibility for student and newly qualified organisation and recruitment activity, key elements of which are organising ATL Future events, improving communications, conducting surveys and developing an active ATL Future forum in Scotland. Michael also delivers casework support for ATL members.
Theresa Devenney, ATL Northern Ireland
Theresa works with Alastair Donaghy and leads on the student and NQ recruitment and organising activity in Northern Ireland, as well as developing and mentoring the ATL Future network and delivering workshops and events for new professionals. Theresa works on the Northern Ireland newsletter, Frontline, organises the annual lecture and delivers case work support for members.