Professor Lynn Newton worked in primary schools in the north of England, initially as a teacher and then as an advisory teacher for science and design-technology. She moved into higher education for over two decades ago as a lecturer in primary education. After working at Newcastle University, she joined Durham University to lead the specialist primary science degree programme. She now holds a Chair in Education at Durham. Her research interests focus on effective communication, particularly the use of questions to promote causal understanding and thinking, and related strategies that enhance learning in science. Her recent work has been in the area of creative thinking and productive thought (see for example, Creativity for a New Curriculum: 5-11 (Routledge, 2012) or From Teaching for Creative Thinking to Teaching for Productive Thought (ICIE, 2013). She has published over a dozen books and over 100 research articles and papers, and spoken at a number of conferences. Having served a 5 year term of office as Head of Department in the School of Education, Lynn returned from research leave to take on the role of Divisional Director of Initial Teacher Training in the School of Education.