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BERA Council and Committees

BERA Council is supported by a number of standing committees and steering groups who are tasked with actioning the decisions of BERA Council.

BERA Council is made up of the following:

The President who is elected for a period of two years as President, and two years as Vice-President on either side of their presidency.

The Vice-President. who is elected for a period of two years as President, and two years as Vice-President on either side of their presidency.

The Treasurer works with the Executive Director in ensuring that the Association is financially compliant with all responsibilities pertaining to Companies House, Charity Commission and HMRC. The Treasurer’s role is important in helping to set and guide a long term financial strategy, and mitigating any financial risks posed to the Association.

Elected members: Each year, the Association invites members to consider standing for an elected position to the Council: there are up to twelve positions available and six co-opted vacancies for specific responsibilities. Once elected to Council, successful applicants also take on the responsibilities of acting as a Trustee of the Association. Elected members are encouraged to choose a standing committee for which they feel they could bring their skills and expertise to, these are:

Each committee has specific authority to manage various activities of the Association as delegated by BERA Council and the strategic priorities set by Council. Each standing committee has a Committee Chair, who reports back to the General Purposes Committee, formally the officers. 

If you would be interested in joining BERA Council, please email

BERA Council

Dominic Wyse, Professor

BERA President at UCL, Institute of Education

Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the University College London (UCL), Institute of Education (IOE), and Head of the Department of Learning and Leadership. Dominic is current President of the British...

Gary McCulloch, Professor

BERA Past-President at UCL, Institute of Education

Gary McCulloch is the inaugural Brian Simon Professor of the History of Education at the founding director of the International Centre for Historical research in Education at UCL Institute of Education.  He was (2017-2019) the president of the...

Sean Hayes

BERA Treasurer at Hounslow County Council

Sean Hayes is a longstanding senior local government manager and team leader as well as being an educational researcher, data analyst and statistician. He has experience in doing research and writing research papers. Over 30 years experience in...

Gerry Czernisawski, Professor

Professor of Education/Research Degrees Leader at University of East London

Gerry Czerniawski runs the doctoral programmes (PhD and Professional Doctorate in Education) at Cass and teaches on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses.  In addition to his role as a researcher, author and teacher educator he is the Chair of...

Mhairi Beaton, Dr

BERA Conference & Events Chair at Leeds Beckett University

Mhairi Beaton is Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University. After completing a Bachelor of Education at University of Edinburgh, Mhairi worked as a primary school teacher in...

Gabrielle Ivinson, Professor

Manchester Metropolitan University

Gabrielle Ivinson's primary research involves developing creative methodologies to engage communities and vulnerable young people and children living in post industrial areas (rural and urban) in times of austerity politics. Gabrielle is...

Erica Joslyn, Professor

University of East Anglia

Erica Joslyn is Dean of the School of Psychology and Education at the University of Suffolk. Erica holds undergraduate and masters degrees in Social Policy and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the University of Birmingham in the UK. She...

John Leach, Professor

Leeds Trinity University

John Leach is a Higher Education Lecturer in the Institute of Childhood and Education at Leeds Trinity University. He has previously held senior leadership roles at the Universities of Sheffield Hallam, Leeds and Hull. John has had significant...

Ruth Boyask, Dr

Auckland University of Technology

Ruth Boyask:  Public education emerged as a response to wider social processes such as industrialisation and democratisation, the force of which have subsided through cultural, economic and technological change. Public education presently is...

Megan Crawford, Professor

Coventry University

Megan Crawford has significant experience in HE as a leader and academic at a senior level, and her work is keenly focused on emotion, leadership and the relationships between research and practice in schools and HE. Megan has worked in school,...

Gary Beauchamp, Professor

Associate Dean: Research at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Gary Beauchamp is Associate Dean (Research) for the School of Education and Social Policy and Professor of Education. After many years working as a primary school teacher, Gary moved into higher education as a lecturer at Swansea University. He...

Ros McLellan, Professor

Cambridge University

Ros McLellan taught psychology and mathematics in the secondary schooling sector for a number of years before joining the Faculty. Her background is in psychology and she is a graduate member of the British Psychology Society. She has always been...

Richard Race, Dr

Roehampton University

Dr. Richard Race is Senior Lecturer in Education within the School of Education at Roehampton University. His most recent monograph, Multiculturalism and Education was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Richard has also edited Advancing...

Oliver Hooper, Dr

Teaching Associate at Loughborough University

Oliver Hooper graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 with a first class BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. Subsequently, he remained at the University to undertake a PhD within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences....

Marlon Moncrieffe, Dr

University of Brighton

Marlon Moncrieffe taught in Primary Schools from 1999 to 2013 as Head of PE; Head of English and Head of Mathematics. He was also Deputy-Headteacher leading on curriculum, monitoring and assessment. His doctoral research focused on advancing...

Vivienne Baumfield, Professor

Professor of Professional Learning at University of Exeter

Vivienne Baumfiled is Professor of Professional Learning in the Graduate School of Education and co-leader of the Centre for Research in Professional Learning. She is interested in the interaction of research, policy and practice when...

Kevin Smith, Dr

Cardiff University

Kevin Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Education in the School of Social Sciences. His research interests include curriculum theory, critical pedagogy and cultural studies. He is also committed to developing capacity for educational research...

Morag Redford, Professor

University of the Highlands and Islands

Morag Redford is Professor of Teacher Education in the University of the Highlands and Islands, where she has led the  the development of  initial and continuing teacher education programmes since 2014. The University now provides a  range...