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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 Leadership Committee, formally the officers. 

If you would be interested in joining BERA Council, please email secretariat@bera.ac.uk

BERA Council

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Vivienne Baumfield, Professor

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Dominic Wyse, Professor

Professor of Early Childhood & Primary Education, Founding Director Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years) at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

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Sean Hayes, Mr

Education Consultant, Researcher & Charity Trustee at N/A

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Diana Burton, Professor

Professor of Education at University of Wolverhampton

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Gerry Czerniawski, Professor

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Mhairi Beaton, Professor

Professor at Leeds Beckett University

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Ros McLellan, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Cambridge

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Richard Race, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Roehampton

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Marlon Moncrieffe, Dr

Principal Lecturer at University of Brighton

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Morag Redford, Professor

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Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Professor

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Sarah Seleznyov, Mrs

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Alison Fox, Dr

Senior Lecturer at The Open University

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Yuwei Xu, Dr

Assistant Professor at University of Nottingham

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Sally Power, Professor

Professor at Cardiff University

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Paul Miller, Professor

Director, Institute for Educational & Social Equity at Institute for Educational & Social Equity

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Barbara Skinner, Dr

Senior Lecturer in TESOL at Ulster University

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Mabel Encinas, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University

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Sin-Wang Chong, Dr

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at University of Edinburgh

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