Meet The Team 2017-04-06T15:39:31+00:00
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Denise Yates - Chief Executive

Denise has been with Potential Plus UK for 11 years and its Chief Executive for 8 years. As well as leading the organisation, Denise is responsible for raising the profile of children with high learning potential. She works with both parents and schools to ensure that the needs of HLP children are recognised and met.

Denise has over thirty years’ experience in the education and training field, working with a variety of issues including ex-offenders, children with moderate learning difficulties and in inner-city areas working with young people at risk of offending. She has also run a successful management consultancy, working with a range of different organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

A Cambridge economist, with further qualifications in psychology, mental health, marketing and fundraising, Denise is currently, amongst other things, a school Governor, a Fellow of the RSA, a Trustee of The Potential Trust, a non-executive Director of The Wey Education Schools Trust which is interested in exploring different models of education and a founder member of GT Voice, the UK network for organisations and individuals interested in supporting children and young people with high learning potential.

In her free time, Denise enjoys taking part in online courses, reading science fiction, writing and going to the theatre.

Julie Taplin - Deputy Chief Executive

Julie is the Deputy Chief Executive for Potential Plus UK with specific responsibilities for Membership, Professional Development and Events. In addition to supporting the Chief Executive, her role encompasses a wide range of duties, including working with schools and organisations to meet the needs and further the support for high potential learners. Julie has worked in the third sector for over 16 years. Following university she worked for a multi-national company in Germany and England, latterly in Product Management and Marketing. Julie is currently Chair of North West Gifted and Talented.

As the parent of a now adult child with high learning potential, she has a lot of empathy and understanding with the issues that can arise in both the education and general welfare of these young people.

Outside of work, Julie enjoys swimming and travelling.

Rebecca Howell - Senior Education Consultant

Rebecca manages our assessment service and advice services. She is also involved in professional development and parent workshops, advice sheets and publications. In addition, she has founded and runs our social media presence and online communities. Her background is in educational research and school leadership support. Rebecca is currently a Director in a secondary academy, holding an additional responsibility for inclusion.

She is the parent of three children with high learning potential, two of whom have additional learning needs as well.

In her free time, Rebecca likes travelling, reading, hiking and theatre-going.

Tracy Morsbach - Finance and Office Manager

Tracy is responsible for the day-to-day finances of the organisation and office management. Tracy was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She qualified as a primary school teacher through UNISA in 2008 and taught in a school in South Africa until she came to the UK in December 2011.

Outside of work, Tracy enjoys reading, cooking, baking, walking her dog and cycling.

Zuleika Gilby - Activities Coordinator

Zuleika joined Potential Plus in November 2016 and is coordinating the organisation’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations. Zuleika graduated in June 2016 from the University of Cambridge where she studied French. On her year abroad, she spent a year studying in Lyon and loved it. Zuleika is also a freelance tutor and runs a bespoke bakery business from her kitchen. In her spare time, Zuleika goes to art galleries and watches Scandi-Noir.

Holly Smith - Administration Assistant

Holly joined the organisation in January 2016 for a weekly work experience placement. In September 2016 she was taken on as an apprentice administration assistant and she is keen on developing her general office skills and event management.

Outside of work, Holly has her own pony and enjoys socialising with friends.

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