Our Trustees

Lawrence Bate: A senior manager in industry with a background in sales and marketing, Lawrence is currently a senior manager at a major care home provider. He brings experience of team leadership, planning processes and communication with multiple stakeholders. Eight years’ experience of school governance.

Sheryl Cardwell:  Sheryl as Business Manager successfully guided her school through its academy conversion process and on to 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.

Chris Cole:  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 working with all designations (governors, staff and other agencies), developing learning strategies, raising attainment and preparing for inspections. He has lead and facilitated in the raising of attainment to high levels in KS1 and KS2. He has helped to raised finance for schools and has managed capital works in various institutions.

Lisa Collison: Lisa is an experienced HR professional with extensive private, academy, MAT and public sector experience. She is an experienced governor of both primary and secondary schools.

Amanda Daoud (COO): 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).

Natasha Graham: Natasha is Executive Director in a theatre company that works with disabled and non-disabled actors using the arts as a tool for social engagement. She brings her executive and charity experience to the Trust, and her governance experience with Lime Trust in London.

Lynne Harrowell (CEO): 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.

Marcus Orlovsky: Marcus qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross, later rising to become Managing Director at Ernst & Young and at Stanhope Properties developed Broadgate and Stockley Park Business Park. He has visited schools and colleges in over 50 countries and gives his time pro bono as an inspirational speaker.