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 comprises our School Business Managers and our Business and Communications Officer. They work closely with the CEO and Director of School Effectiveness to ensure the 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
CEO / NLE

Lindsay Palmer
Executive Leader

Kirsty Jamieson
Head of Inclusion & Safeguarding

Karen Austin
Headteacher, River Mead School

Mark Stenton
Headteacher, The Mead Primary School

Emma Larkham
Headteacher, Castle Mead School

Trust Central Team

Kerry Thain
SBM, The Mead Primary School

Gina Shanahan
CFO / SBM, River Mead School

Sheila Pedler
SBM, Castle Mead School

Mel Jacob
SBM, Castle Mead School

Kyra Ings
Business & Comms Officer

Specialist Learning Experts / Impovement Champions

Sarah Penny
Art

Emma Larkham
Assessment

Louise Harrison
Behaviour

Becs Millard
Curriculum

Theo Gaines
Early Years

Emma Holton
English

Leanne Cunningham
English

Lucie O’Leary
Phonics

Polly Marsh
SEND

Lisa Penfold
SEND

Gaby Simons
SEND

Kirsty Jamieson
SEND and SEMH

Leading SENCOs

Kirsty Jamieson
The Mead Academy Trust

Polly Marsh
Castle Mead School

Karen Mearns
St Michael’s Aldbourne

Dr Sarah Couzens
The Mead Trust

Amy Brownsword
St Osmund’s

Ann Law
Hilmarton

Bethany Maidment
Southbroom St James

Debbie Harris
St Andrew’s, Laverstock