Core Team

Our people have a track record of working across the education sector. As senior leaders in schools, colleges, academies and local government, we have a wealth of expertise of working in partnership to make a real impact on achievement. Our people have significant experience of working with research and data to drive improvement. All of them have extensive backgrounds in the education sector, bringing leadership skills combined with a robust knowledge of what drives improvement.

We work with schools, academies, sixth forms, further education colleges, consortia and local authorities – always bringing our commitment to making a difference and our networks of good practice spanning the education sector linking schools, post-16 and higher education.


Jan McLucas, Chief Executive

Jan is involved in a wide variety of activities from marketing to developing strategic partnerships with other organisations.

Jan has a background in education since 1983, ranging from teaching to senior operational roles within education charities. As a School Improvement Consultant she established the first Playing for Success Study support centre at a non-league football club in 2001, providing informal study support for 100s of young people.

For several years Jan led the operational delivery of several national programmes contracts including; Fast Track Teaching, New Secondary Curriculum and Learning Outside the Classroom.

Outside of work Jan is a Chair of Governors at secondary school, a keen gardener and enjoys travelling to different countries.


Jessica Webb, Data and Research Lead

Jessica has a background in education having worked as a primary school teacher since graduating in 2009. Her experiences teaching at a school in an army town with a high percentage of children from military families led her to a Masters’ degree in the Psychology of Education, with the aim of conducting quantitative research into the impacts of the peripatetic military lifestyle, and parental deployment on children’s learning and development. Having developed an interest in research and data analysis, Jessica’s career took a different direction, and before joining Learning Plus UK as an Education Data Analyst , she worked as a Researcher on test development, surveys and data collections.

Recently, Jessica has become a member of the National Pupil Database (NPD) steering panel. This group has been created by the DfE in order to gain advice and support from users, with the aim of understanding issues and developing solutions.

Outside of work, Jessica likes to keep active with hula hooping, cycling and the gym. She is also a keen flute player with a local amateur orchestra.


Chris Fort, Data and IT Systems Developer

Having spent the past six years in the pension industry, carrying out data migrations, analysis, cleansing and database administration, Chris joined Learning Plus UK in August 2013 as an Education Data Analyst in order to manage the increasingly large data sets held by the organisation, and assist in all data-centred matters. With a BA and MA in Philosophy, he has strong analytical and evaluative skills, and a firm grounding in critical thinking.

Beyond the office, Chris is a keen cricketer, having been a life-long member of a local village club, and musician, spending a lot of his free time making noise and running a small recording studio with friends just outside Reading.


Donna Roberts, Office Manager

Donna has a number of years’ experience working in a Customer Support environment within the commercial industry. More recently, she worked with a national charity where she managed the Supporter Care Team, where standards for excellence in customer service, and robust and efficient working practices were expected, and consistently achieved. Donna's previous experience now holds her in good stead for making sure that Learning Plus UK is able to offer the highest quality of service to all its members and clients.

Donna's personal interests are skiing, travelling, gardening and reading.


Camilla Antrobus, Professional Associate

Camilla has 29 years' experience of working in schools, local government and the private sector. She has extensive experience of supporting secondary schools and much of her school improvement work is based on supporting senior and middle leaders to improve outcomes for students. Camilla has a keen interest in professional development and has contributed to a number of national and international education conferences. She also has considerable experience as a facilitator for the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Outside of her professional interests, Camilla is keen on live music and enjoys travelling to different countries.


Ian Crawford, Professional Associate

Ian graduated with a 2:1 (Special Hons) in History at the University of Birmingham. He has enjoyed senior roles in Sixth Form education in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

More recently Ian has worked as a Curriculum Adviser in Sandwell and Cumbria leading on area wide education projects.

Ian is a Chartered Educational Assessor and is currently working on a number of Projects around STEM and Prisons. Ian is Prince 2 qualified and is a Business Subject Expert with OFQUAL.

Ian has significant experience in assessment and is currently working with AQA, Edexcel and CIE. He is a Moderator with the Project and PSE qualifications. Ian is also a Scrutineer, Reviser and Principal Examiner with A Level Law and the Business Diploma. He is currently working on the development of a new WBL qualification.


David Smith, Professional Associate

David has worked for a variety of national and regional support and development bodies focused on 14+ education development. After qualifying as a teacher David has worked in schools, FE and HE sectors and is currently an Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of London.

As well as teaching David has also held leadership roles in FE and on national educational development programmes. He has provided international consultancy support for overseas centres building their vocational curriculum in Higher Education in Greece; Libya; Oman and Syria.

David is a committed philhellene and maintains and active interest in Greek language and culture.


Mary Rowland, Professional Associate

Mary is a highly motivated leader with 30+ years experience working in public education at secondary, further education and local authority levels. Currently an associate with Learning Plus UK specialising in raising standards in the 16-19 sector both in London and nationally.

She has successfully delivered projects commissioned by DfE and London Regional Planning Group. Mary has a natural ability to translate data into coherent and practical improvement strategies and action plans.

Extremely efficient organiser and presenter at conferences, networks and workshops and always ensures best practice is shared as broadly as possible.

Both a natural leader and team player.


Derek Wiles, Professional Associate

After a teaching career with varied and extensive senior leadership experience, Derek joined the Civil Service working in a variety of government agencies in senior strategic and operational roles. He has been an Ofsted inspector for 15 years and was seconded to HMI for two years.

More recently Derek was Head of Secondary Academies with oversight of a number of large academies. He worked with senior and middle leaders as well as governors to bring about sustained improvement in achievement through the development of high quality teaching and management. He is currently employed by a number of academy trusts to help improve their quality of teaching and learning.