Meet the Team

We intend to keep our Executive Team small, to provide high level direction and support but to leave key responsibilities at a school level. Members of the team work to support capacity building in our academies and to broker academy-level expertise in school to school support.

Lynne Harrowell


Chief Executive

Lynne Harrowell

Taught in secondary, secondary special and primary schools with four headships over twenty years in challenging inner-city areas. Repeatedly praised by Ofsted. Local Leader of Education, mentor and NCSL Primary Executive Headship graduate.

Amanda Daoud


Chief Operating Officer

Amanda Daoud

Five years’ innovative work at school and MAT level after managing £20m budgets as Local Authority Head of Education External Finance: school finance, procurement, contract management, project management (Prince2 Practitioner). Holds the Advanced Diploma in School Business Management (ADSBM).

Beth Dilnot-Smith


Consultant Headteacher

Beth Dilnot-Smith

NPQH; EYFS specialist including provision for 2+yr olds; Lead Teacher across LAs for EYFS moderation/audit; LA trainer for Early Year practitioners; Leading Parent Partnerships Award.

Brendan Plunkett


Consultant Headteacher

Brendan Plunkett

NPQH. Interim Headteacher roles undertaken in four LAs; expertise in assessment and technology infrastructure to support teaching and learning; lead for E-Safety.

Clare Reynolds


Consultant Headteacher

Clare Reynolds

NPQH. Interim Headteacher roles undertaken in 2 Las; Member of Board of Assessors, Forest Independent Primary Collegiate; executive mentor; expertise in student teachers and NQT support.

Kevin Reynolds


Consultant Headteacher

Kevin Reynolds

NPQML; NPQH; Master of Teaching (MTeach), IoE; member of Pearson Edexcel ‘User Acceptance Panel’ that ensures robustness of KS2 SATs; expertise in ICT curriculum, infrastructure and procurement.

Rachel Turner


Learning Environment Manager

Rachel Turner

Delivering staff training and support on the school environment, indoors and outdoors, to maximise learning.

Claire Keefe


Executive School Business Manager

Claire Keefe

16 years’ experience in business management roles, building capacity for improvement and effecting change. Currently undertaking the ADSBM.

Nicole Davy


Senior Leader for Initial Teacher Training

Nicole Davy

Assistant Head & Senior Leader in Initial Teacher Training, NPQSL. Expertise in Teaching and Learning, Teacher Education and CPL.

Lisa Collison


Director of HR

Lisa Collison

Experienced HR professional with extensive private, academy, MAT and public sector experience. An experienced governor of both primary and secondary schools.

Irena Karapetyan


Governance Manager

Irena Karapetyan

Holder of a law degree from LSE and a qualified solicitor. Trust Company Secretary.

Ellie Metcalf


Consultant Deputy Head

Ellie Metcalf

Assistant Headteacher & Lead Practitioner, NASENCO 2015. Currently studying for a Masters in special and inclusive education. Expertise in teaching and learning.

Jo Open


SEND Consultant

Jo Open

NPQH, NASENCO, Urban Leaders Programme graduate. Specialist in SEND and safeguarding; attendance lead. Trustee with a special education MAT.