We believe that with appropriate support and perseverance, everyone can be numerate…

National Numeracy is an independent charity that focuses on adults and children with low levels of numeracy. We aim to challenge prevailing attitudes, influence public policy and research, identify and promote effective approaches to improving numeracy. Where possible, we will work in partnership with others to achieve these aims.

Founded in 2012, the work of National Numeracy will be carried out in collaboration with, and support from, key partner organisations and funders. We are a small team applying our expertise and passion for the issue to address the frequently neglected yet essential role of numeracy in our everyday lives…

Who are we?

Chief Executive
Mike Ellicock

Mike has put resilience, grit and a growth mindset into practice across a range of domains. In sport, he represented Great Britain as an oarsman and a triathlete. In the military, he commissioned into The Parachute Regiment and led his platoon in a hostage rescue in Sierra Leone and in the invasion of Iraq. In business he gained an MBA and spent an informative two years working in the City before joining Numicon, the innovative maths teaching approach, as Managing Director in March 2008. Supported by a brilliant team, the company grew rapidly and was sold to Oxford University Press in 2010.

At Numicon Mike witnessed first-hand the transformational power of effective maths learning; many children using the Numicon approach as part of Every Child Counts made over 20 months gain in ‘maths age’ over a 12 week intervention. Keen to make an impact beyond primary, Mike chaired a steering group to identify the best way to bring an unrelenting spotlight onto the importance of numeracy for individuals and for the UK as a whole – and National Numeracy launched as a charity in March 2012. With the launch of the National Numeracy Challenge in March 2014, the research collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team and the incorporation of National Mathematics Partnership into National Numeracy, Mike believes that we now have a real opportunity to start to tackle the biggest single education and skills issue facing the UK.

Mike is married with three young daughters and is a governor of a local primary school. As a recent (not to be repeated!) test of grit, he ran a marathon with a 40lbs pack in 3h25 to break the Guinness World Record by 16min and in doing so raised over £30k for the Parachute Regiment Charity.

David Frost CBE DL

David Frost spent his career working with, and representing the interests of business. Between 2002 and 2011 he was Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce. Since retiring from the BCC he has concentrated on charitable activities in the field of Education, Enterprise and Employability. He is Chairman of the voulnteering charity, Vinspired; Chairman of Take Charge which seeks to bring coherence to Enterprise Education in schools and an Ambassador for the Studio Schools Trust. He is also Chairman of the National Network of Local Enterprise Partnerships and of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education.

His interest in this field has been forged from his 30 years spent in the West Midlands where he has seen first hand the impact that poor education and skills have both on individuals and communities.

John Griffith-Jones

John became Chairman of the new Financial Conduct Authority in April 2013. He previously joined the FSA Board as a Non-executive Director and Deputy Chairman on 1 September 2012. Before this appointment, he was Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG UK and Joint Chairman of KPMG Europe. He had worked with KPMG since 1975, initially in audit and then in corporate finance. John has been Chairman of the Every Child a Chance Trust, is a trustee of National Numeracy and a member of the advisory board of the Cambridge Judge Business School. John is a graduate of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

National Numeracy Solutions

Lead Consultant
Lynn Churchman

Lynn spent her teaching career in challenging and diverse environments, working with the full age spectrum (from early years to adult education) and attainment range (from early counting through to Further Mathematics at A and AS level). Following Senior Inspection and Advisory roles in local authorities, she moved on to senior national roles as Principal Manager of the Mathematics team at QCA, and then as Lead HMI for Mathematics with Ofsted.

Having spent more than 30 years working at every level in mathematics education, Lynn remains passionate both about the subject and the capacity of people to learn it successfully. Lynn set up National Mathematics Partnership in 2006, when she left her role with Ofsted, to share her cumulative knowledge and expertise about how to raise achievement in mathematics. Since then, NMP has grown into the largest dedicated mathematics improvement organisation working nationally and is now part of National Numeracy Solutions.


Di Hatchett

Di is an expert in early intervention in literacy and mathematics and in the leadership of inclusion and effective support for children most at risk of not achieving their potential. Her extensive career in primary education has spanned over 40 years, including twelve years as a head teacher, service as Senior Director for inclusion and achievement with the National Strategies, and, since 2008, as Director of the Every Child a Chance Trust, leading the development and national roll out of the highly successful Every Child a Reader and Every Child Counts programmes. Di’s field of expertise is the development of high-quality approaches to intervention for children who struggle with the development of core skills in literacy and/or mathematics.

Wendy Jones

Wendy is a freelance writer and communications specialist with a background in journalism and broadcasting. A former BBC education correspondent and Today programme reporter/presenter, Wendy has also worked both as the BBC’s Deputy Secretary and as Head of Education Policy where she developed a particular interest in adult skills. She has been a trustee of several charities and a complaints panel lay chair for the NHS.

Belinda Vernon

Belinda is a non-executive advisor to charities and for-profit organisations that want to achieve a social impact. Before becoming a trustee of National Numeracy Belinda was a Co-Director of the research and consulting team at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC). She developed NPC’s methodology for analysing charities, and lead NPC’s work to boost the quality of charity trusteeship. Belinda managed NPC’s research into numeracy which resulted in the initiative to set up National Numeracy. Belinda is also a member of the Investment Committee for Nesta’s Impact Investment Fund.

Belinda previously worked as an equity analyst for Credit Suisse, a management consultant for Coopers & Lybrand, and a mechanical engineer for Shell.

Lord Claus Moser

Lord Moser was Professor of Social Statistics at LSE until 1967, Head of Government Statistics from 1967 to 1978, Deputy Chairman of N.M.Rothschild from 1978 to 1984, and has since undertaken key roles within Oxford University, Keele University, the Open University of Israel. Previously a Statistical Adviser to the Robbins Committee on Higher Education, the National Commission on Education, and Chairman of the Basic Skills Agency where he produced a report in 1999 on literacy and numeracy. As a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation, Lord Moser commissioned the ‘Count me in’ Report by New Philanthropy Capital that eventually led to the creation of National Numeracy

Chris Rhodes

Chris is Executive Director, Group Product and Marketing, of Nationwide Building Society. Chris joined Nationwide in April 2009 from Abbey Santander, where he was director of retail distribution for Alliance and Leicester (A&L).Chris’ responsibilities include Nationwide’s product range, its commercial activities, consumer finance, customer experience and customer strategy & marketing. Chris has spent 20 years working in the financial services sector and his previous positions include deputy managing director of Girobank and retail operations director of A&L. In 2003 he was appointed as managing director retail banking for the entire A&L Group. In 2007 Chris moved to become group finance director, a role he held until the merger with Santander in 2008.


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