Meet the team

Mike Ellicock

Chief Executive

Mike’s background is in business, education, the Army and sport. From 2008 to 2010, he was managing director of the innovative maths education business Numicon, now run by Oxford University Press. He chaired the steering group from which National Numeracy arose and was appointed as the charity’s founding Chief Executive.

Previous to this, Mike was an international sportsman and an officer in the Parachute Regiment. On leaving the Paras, he gained an MBA from Cranfield and spent two years working in the City. He has been a primary school governor and is a volunteer Adult Maths tutor at Sussex Downs College. He currently holds a Guinness World Record for fastest marathon carrying a 20lbs pack (2 hours 56 minutes).

Mike leads the team at National Numeracy's Lewes office.

Partnerships Team

Sally Hilton

National Relationship Manager

Sally works closely with employers in the UK to put a spotlight on the issue surrounding numeracy in the workplace.

Working across sectors such as the NHS, retail and hospitality, she helps them explore attitudes to numeracy amongst managers and employees and the impact this has both on productivity and career progression.


Ben Perkins

Ben Perkins

Partner Support Coordinator

Ben works with employers including NHS trusts and other organisations across the country to support them with numeracy initiatives. He helps them to run successful projects by delivering workshops, co-ordinating workplace numeracy campaigns and supporting our partners.  

He has a degree in geography and a diploma in journalism, along with experience within another charitable organisation.


Oscar Brennecke-Dunn

Oscar Brennecke-Dunn 

Project Support Assistant

Oscar sits within the partnership team where he works to support numeracy campaigning and training throughout our health and social care partners.  

As well as a politics degree, he brings with him experience from the international development sector and a keen interest in theatre. 



Projects Team

Paul Milner Project Manager

Paul Milner

Development Manager

Paul has managed the development and launch of the Essentials of Numeracy and the National Numeracy Challenge; he now oversees the project team working on the different development projects within National Numeracy.

Paul has a degree in Mathematics and over 20 years’ business management experience, including roles in buying, marketing and project management.


Anna Purcell

Project Manager

Anna co-ordinates and manages projects for National Numeracy. Her work includes development and delivery projects, work with the education and health sectors, and managing the charity’s trading arm.

She has a degree in English and a masters in children’s literature. Her previous experience encompasses roles in the FE sector, in communications and in online retail of education resources.


Maurice Tse-Leon Digital Engagement Manager

Maurice Tse-Leon

Digital Engagement Manager

Maurice’s role is focused on engaging working people with National Numeracy’s online learning tools and reaching new audiences through digital channels. 

He has a degree in evolutionary biology and a masters in ecology. He has worked on digital communications within the third sector for 6 years, with an emphasis on education.  

paul foss data analyst

Paul Foss

Data Analyst

Paul provides data analysis in all aspects of the organisation, from Challenge statistics, educational projects and numeracy reviews, to surveys, working with external partners and helping to inform marketing strategy.

He is also a freelance data analyst with over 20 years experience in the private sector, with a background in teaching secondary school maths for 6 years.


Shanya Supramaniyam

Data Analyst Intern

Shanya has a degree in Biomedical Sciences and has gone on to become a co-investigator of a scientific PhD thesis. She is a committee member of MMO UK, volunteering to improve educational and healthcare standards for children in Sri Lanka.

Shanya’s role is to provide support to the data analysis aspect of the organisation.

Cloe Ofori

Cloe Ofori

Communications Assistant

Cloe’s role is to provide support to the Communications and Marketing & Partnership teams. She works primarily on National Numeracy’s case studies and the planning of National Numeracy Day.

Cloe has a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, spent time studying in France and Colombia and has volunteered for several arts charities.


Communications Team

Rachel Malic

Communications & Marketing Manager

Rachel helps to change public attitudes towards numeracy and raise its profile among policy makers. She organises the bi-annual Numeracy Forum, handles media enquiries and works on communications campaigns.

She is an accredited PR practitioner and member of the CIPR. She has previously worked within an FE College, the Skills Funding Agency and Education and Training Foundation. 


Stevie Robinson Marketing and Partnership Manager

Stevie Robinson

Marketing and Partnership Manager

Stevie's role is to develop and deliver strategies that raise the profile and awareness of National Numeracy, with a focus on promoting the National Numeracy Challenge to partner organisations and the general public. 


Kayla Fuller

Kayla Fuller

Digital Communications Coordinator

Kayla is responsible for taking care of our online presence through social media, creating written content, maintaining our website and informing/implementing our marketing strategies.

She has a degree in English and her background is in third-sector digital communications. She also worked on the Snailspace campaign for Martlets in Brighton.

Operations & Finance

Emily Kramers

Operations Manager

Emily oversees the finance and HR functions as well as general office management. She also works with the team on funding bids and is responsible for reporting to funders.

She has an editorial background including working in educational publishing.

Diane Hume

Diane Hume

Financial Controller

Diane oversees all aspects of finance and banking. She is a qualified Certified Accountant with extensive experience in accountancy practices and medium-sized organisations.

For the past 12 years Diane has worked specifically within Charities and Community Interest Companies within the fields of education and personal development.


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Abbi Hartfree

Executive Assistant

Abbi is executive assistant to the CEO, as well as providing project and schools support. Abbi also works alongside the comms team as events co-ordinator, and assists in our national campaign work.

She completed her education in the Caribbean and was also awarded Eastbourne & Wealden YMCA 2016 Volunteer of the Year.