The EAF and CAIM

Education Advisory Forum (EAF)

The EAF comprises highly experienced and qualified representatives from across the educational and inspection sectors, including from the independent schools associations, their schools and academia.  It acts as a stimulus for high-quality strategic thinking to inform the continuous development of ISI’s inspection services and delivery of its educational mission, in particular:

  • by providing in-depth knowledge, skills and understanding of education and inspection to inform discussion and debate; and
  • by providing advice, guidance and recommendations to the ISI Board.

The forum is co-chaired by Simon Camby and ISI’s Deputy Chief Inspectors, Richard Johnson and Rhiannon Williams. 

Current members of the EAF are:

Dr Angie Cook 

Dr Angie Cook is a former science teacher at primary and secondary level in the maintained sector, and also worked on SEN at local authority level. She spent many years as an Ofsted inspector, working for Cambridge Education, and has a wealth of experience in educational consultancy and inspection overseas, including with education ministries and groups of schools.

Dr Pamela Edmonds

Dr Pamela Edmonds is the Head of The Hampshire School Chelsea, a governor of a prep school, a member of the Board of the Association of Governing Bodies (AGBIS) and a member of Independent Schools Association (ISA). She has previous experience as a Head and over 25 years’ involvement in the senior leadership of 3-18 day and boarding schools in the UK and Asia.  She was a member of the IAPS Education Committee and served on the Essex Safeguarding Children Board.  Pamela started her career teaching mathematics and P.E. in the 11-18 maintained sector, in independent schools in England and international schools in Spain, Japan, Thailand and Singapore. Pamela is an ISI inspector.

David Gajadharsingh

David Gajadharsingh is Academic and Pastoral Principal at the Royal Ballet School, London.  His experience includes Head at Bedstone College, a co-ed boarding school in Shropshire and working in both co-ed and single-sex in the independent and maintained sectors.  He has been a longstanding member of the Futures Group of the Society of Heads and is an ISI team inspector.

Emma Hattersley

Emma was appointed Head at Godolphin School in January 2014, an HMC boarding and day school for girls aged 3-18.  She ran a co-educational day house and then a girls’ boarding house at Canford School and then spent four years as Deputy Head Pastoral at Sherborne Girls.  Emma has also been an examiner for OCR and the ABRSM and a school governor at a prep school.  She currently serves on the HMC committee and is an inspector for ISI. 

Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Head of the Senior School at Moreton Hall, a boarding school in Shropshire (HMC, GSA and Society of Heads).  She has extensive experience of all aspects of school life and previous roles have included Senior Housemistress, Deputy Head (Academic) and she has been a Designated Safeguarding Lead for nearly twenty years.  She is a serving Team and Compliance Inspector, Governor of a GSA School and in her spare time enjoys adjudicating poetry competitions in Prep Schools.

Dr David James

Dr David James is Deputy Head Academic at Bryanston School, an HMC boarding school in Dorset. He has previously worked in a number of high profile public schools including Wellington College, and was seconded to the DfE to work on an independent/state schools partnership project. David is a team inspector for ISI and has also published widely, contributing regularly to the TES and has recently co-edited a book on the challenges facing the independent sector.

Alison Shakespeare

Alison Shakespeare is Bursar of the Perse School Cambridge.  She is an experienced school bursar working in large 3-18 day schools, as well as a qualified Chartered Accountant.  She is a Compliance Team Inspector for ISI and has previously served on the Boards of the ISC and the ISBA.

Maxine Shaw

Maxine Shaw is Head of St Paul’s Junior School, and a member of the whole school executive team.  She’s an early years specialist, and an experienced prep and pre-prep school head. Maxine is also an ISI team inspector and a governor of two maintained schools, one primary and one secondary.  She has previously been a member of the IAPS education committee and the NAHT primary committee.


The EAF includes two co-opted members:  

Dr David Godfrey

Dr. David Godfrey is a lecturer at UCL Institute of Education, and programme leader for the MA Educational Leadership.  Ex-co-director of the Centre for Educational Evaluation and Accountability, David is an advocate of research-informed practice in education, his projects and publications centering particularly on: research-engaged schools, school peer review, inspection systems and lesson study.  He was also a Lead Inspector for educational oversight of private further education for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  In July 2017, David was acknowledged in the Oxford Review of Education as one of the best new educational researchers in the UK.

Heather Pearson

Heather was a Police Officer with North Yorkshire Police for 30 years and retired as Detective Superintendent, Head of Safeguarding and Criminal Investigations Departments.  Upon retiring from the Police, Heather has undertaken criminal and safeguarding case reviews, worked as a Manager for a Domestic Abuse Service and for the last four years has undertaken the role of Safeguarding Unit Manager for Children and Young People’s Service with North Yorkshire County Council.  In the latter role Heather has responsibility for the management of the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) Services.  Heather is current Chair of the NYSCP Multi Agency Child Exploitation (MACE) Strategic Group and Inter-Board Network (IBN) Group. 


The Cross Association Inspection Meeting (CAIM):

The purpose of CAIM is to support the Chief Inspector-Chief Executive and the Board in the continuous development of our inspection services. The forum will draw on the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding of education and inspection in order to inform discussion and debate.

It is chaired by ISI’s Deputy Chief Inspectors and attended by ISI’s Head of Delivery, Head of Legal and Policy and the Communications Manager.

It has one attendee from each of the following associations:

  • The Independent Schools’ Council,
  • The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference
  • The Girls’ School Association
  • The Society of Heads
  • The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools
  • The Independent Schools Association
  • The Boarding Schools Association
  • The Independent Schools’ Bursars Association.