Our Trustees

Sheryl Cardwell:  Sheryl, as Business Manager, successfully guided her school through its academy conversion process and onto establish an Academy Trust, employing her skills in financial management, HR, Health & Safety, procurement and contract management. Sheryl holds the DBSM and a degree in Business Management. Sheryl is also a Member of Lime Trust. 

Sheryl has been appointed by the DfE as a School Resource Management Adviser, [SRMA] after a rigorous selection process by the Institute of School Business Leaders, [ISBL] on behalf of the DfE. SRMAs are deployed by the ESFA as part of a proactive strategy to assist Trusts with financial difficulties.

Chris Cole: Chair of the board and a headteacher for ten years, Chris is a winner of many awards, including Education Champion of the Year, Windrush 2003 and UBS – Teacher of the Year 2007. He has taught on the Institute of Education’s course ‘Investing in Diversity’, training and supporting Headteachers. He has worked with over 300 schools with all designations (governors, staff and other agencies), developing learning strategies, raising attainment and preparing for inspections. He has led and facilitated the raising of attainment to high levels in KS1 and KS2. He has helped to raise finance for schools and has managed capital works in various institutions.

Bernie McDonnell: Bernie brings significant management experience gained in leading public sector and commercial bodies, including Thomas Cook and British Airways. For the last ten years, he has worked in organisations including Papworth Trust who support people with disabilities to improve their employment prospects. Bernie also has school governance experience in Peterborough.

Sam Curtis

Sam is a cloud software expert specialising in Customer Relationship Management, Finance, Budgeting and HR solutions. She is currently CEO & Founder of SECloud Solutions. She was previously Business Development and Operations Director at School Business Services Ltd (SBS) and a member of its Board, guiding the company through two accreditations of ISO14001 and ISO27001 and the subsequent re-accreditation to both standards. She directly line managed the senior leadership team, providing valued coaching, mentoring and development support, with primary responsibility for the day to day running of the UK business and its 75 staff members. Sam holds the CIPFA Level 7 Advanced Professional Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership, Education.

Lisa Murphy

Lisa is a primary education specialist with a SEND focus whose most recent post was as an Area Manager in the Education, Health and Care Planning Team in Hackney, working with pupils and families in the primary, secondary and special sectors. She has over thirty years’ work experience in education and twenty years’ experience as a school governor. Educated at University College Dublin, Lisa was previously National Director of Action Group for Irish Youth, liaising with the Irish and UK governments. She is currently working with the Lemn Sissay Foundation on the National Steering Group for their ‘The Christmas Dinner’ project.