Our team

Our Trust structure includes our Executive Leadership Team, Central Team and Improvement Champions. These team members are able to support the development of our school’s effectiveness within their areas of expertise. They work with our school staff within a framework of decisive collaboration. Openness, trust, mutual respect, honesty and humility are key to our approach. 

The Executive Leadership Team comprises our CEO, all school Headteachers, the Director of School Effectiveness and Head of Inclusion and Safeguarding. This team work closely to agree the strategic direction of the Trust.   

The Central Team works closely with the CEO and Executive Leader to ensure central services support the smooth running of our schools, enabling our Headteachers to focus on teaching and learning.

We have identified Specialist Learning Experts, with proven expertise in specific areas. These colleagues support school improvement across the Trust and may undertake school to school deployments beyond our own schools.

Additionally, Senior Leaders (Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Inclusion Leads) each hold specified areas of responsibility and work as Improvement Champions across the Trust. This development of expertise in specific areas (for example, Equalities and Digital Strategy) brings benefits to all leaders as we are able to share skills and offer high quality support and challenge across our schools in these specialist areas. Our leaders are not expected to have a detailed knowledge of everything!

The Executive Leadership Team comprises our Trust Leader (CEO/NLE), Executive Leader and Head of Inclusion and Safeguarding. This team works closely to agree the strategic direction of the Trust and works in close partnership with the Headteachers from all of our schools.

Executive Leadership

Lyssy Bolton

Lindsay Palmer
Executive Leader

Emma Larkham
Headteacher, Castle Mead School

Karen Austin
Headteacher, River Mead School

Mark Stenton
Headteacher, The Mead Primary School

Trust Central Team

Kerry Thain
SBM, The Mead Primary School

Gina Shanahan
CFO / SBM, River Mead School

Mel Jacob
SBM, Castle Mead School

Kyra Ings
Business & Comms Officer

Stuart Tate
Estates Manager

Emma Harrold
Clerk to Academy Advisor Groups

Specialist Learning Experts / Improvement Champions

Sarah Penny

Emma Larkham

Louise Harrison

Becs Millard

Theo Gaines
Early Years

Emma Lewis

Leanne Cunningham

Fay Perdicchia
Maths (NCETM Accredited PD Lead)

Lucie O’Leary

Lisa Penfold

Gaby Simons