A Division of Learning Skills Research Foundation


The Maths Anxiety Trust aims to eliminate anxiety about Maths

About the Trust


The Maths Anxiety Trust is a division of The Learning Skills Research Foundation It is an independent, not for profit organisation with no political affiliations, whose target is to eliminate Maths Anxiety in Britain. The Trust has 4 aims:


  • To define and explain Maths Anxiety and alert people to its existence.
  • To enable people with Maths Anxiety to achieve their potential in education, working with parents and teachers.
  • To enable people with Maths Anxiety to achieve their potential in the workplace.
  • To help prevent poverty and increase social mobility with the confidence that comes from knowledge of and ease with everyday maths


Maths Anxiety Trust is privately funded.  The Committee is made up of volunteers.



Shirley Conran OBE,  Hon Fellow UCL, formed The Maths Anxiety Trust in 2018 to ask questions, get answers and press for action.  Shirley is the best-selling author of many books including Superwomanand Lace.  She is the former womans editor on The Observer and the Daily Mail;   Founder of The Work Life Balance Trust.  She has been a  maths researcher and writer since 2004; Founder of Maths Action 2009.


Shirley Conran
Founder Dame Shirley Conran DBE

Professor Margaret Brown OBE

President and Mathematics Advisor
Former Chair of the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK; former adviser to The Department of Education on the maths curriculum; Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education at King’s College London; Co-Chair Mathsworld uk
Keith Pledger

Mathematics Advisor
Former Chair of Examiners at Edexcel, best-selling author of maths textbooks.
Jerry Jarvis

Former MD Edexcel and BTEC

Caroline Shott

CEO of Maths Anxiety Trust, Founder & CEO of Learning Skills Research Foundation and the educational thinktank, Learnus.
Joel Cadbury

CE Longshot
Jeremy Dudman-Jones

Assistant Headmaster, Greenford High School.  Founder member of Learnus
Janet Fitch

Design writer, Director of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Dr Thomas Hunt

Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Derby and lead of the University's Mathematics Anxiety Research Group (MARG)
Jacqui Graham

Publishing professional, publicist - independent.  Former Group Publicity Director for publisher Pan Macmillan
Dr Anne Murray-Hudson

Former Head teacher of Langley Park School for Girls from 2011-2018, Founder of Langley Park Academies Trust, has extensive senior leadership experience, including 14 years' headship, taught in a range of schools including in Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Lambeth. She holds the National Professional Qualification in Headship as well as a PhD in Education. Her expertise includes teacher training and school inspection.
Lindsay Nicholson MBE

Astrophysicist, former Editor-in-Chief Good Housekeeping magazine
Helen Whitten

Accredited coach, mediator, facilitator, writer and poet, Founder and MD of Positiveworks, 1992-2016, a company providing personal development programmes, and facilitation services

Peter York

CE of Social Research Unit (SRU Marketing) author, broadcaster, journalist, Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London
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House of Lords

Baroness (Elizabeth) Berridge

A founding member of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Baroness Nicky Morgan

Former Secretary of State for Education from 2014 to 2016 and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 2019 to 2020.

Lord (David) Willetts FRS
Politician and academic. A former Minister of State for Universities and Science 2010 – July 2014

Distinguished Supporters

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE

Professor of Organisational Psychology & Health, University of Manchester, President of the CIPD, The Professional Body for Human Resources and President of the British Academy of Management

Professor Dame Celia Hoyles OBE

Chair of Mathematics Education, UCL IOE, Maths Anxiety pioneer, ex-government Maths Czar

Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Former Head Teacher, CEO Chartered College of Teaching.

Professor Derek Bell

Director of educational think tank, Learnus and Adviser to The Learning Skills Foundation
Professor Mike Askew

Writer of maths textbooks, former Professor of Mathematics Education at Kings College, London; President Elect of the Mathematical Association

Associate Professor Sue Johnston-Wilder

UK authority on Maths Anxiety

Dr Samantha Callan

Anthropologist, Political Adviser

Dr Liz Miles, B.Eng, MBA, FIMMM, FHEA

Network Coordinator of the UNESCO UNITWIN in Humanitarian Engineering, Principal Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering, Policy Fellow at the Department for Education

Professor Alice Onion

Former adviser to the Dept of Education on the maths curriculum

Steve Parsons

Head teacher of Langley Park Boys’ School


National Numeracy
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Chartered College of Teaching
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