The Education Media Centre is a small charity registered in 2013. It owes its existence to the time, experience, expertise, generosity, advice and goodwill of many volunteers.
Joint Chief Executive
Fran began reporting on education for the Birmingham Post and Mail in 1988, and went on to be Education Correspondent of the Sunday Times, the Sunday Correspondent, the Sunday Telegraph and the Independent. She later worked as Westminster Correspondent of the Independent. For the past 15 years she has been part of the reporting team on BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme as well as writing articles on education for The Guardian and a range of other publications. Her five published books include two on education: Seven Kings, published by Atlantic Books in 2006, and Learning to Fail, published by Routledge in 2010.
Joint Chief Executive
Wendy is an award-winning education journalist initially coming to London to report for the TES which she subsequently edited. She’s been education correspondent of the Guardian, a news editor there and most recently head of its 17 online professional networks – including the Teacher Network, Higher Education Network and Guardian Students. The team won Content Team of the Year in the 2016 British Media Awards. She’s also worked at the Independent where she set up and edited a weekly education section and higher education magazines and in Dubai where she was the first parental engagement director for GEMS Education. She has co-authored, with Professor Deborah Eyre, a book for parents on high performance learning, rooted in educational research, to be published in July 2017.
Cathy Farmer is the press officer for the EMC. She has spent much of the past twenty years working for BBC News. As a World Affairs producer, she covered many of the major events of the past two decades both in the UK and overseas, working alongside the BBC’s senior correspondents and reporters. She produced many live events, features and documentaries for the BBC World Service, Radio 4 and 5Live. She has been a governor of two schools for the past 10 years, leading on SEN and curriculum issues.