Helen Barge – Project Management - 

Helen is an experienced business professional with a record of delivering sustainable value through the alignment of needs of stakeholders at all levels within an organisation. She has extensive experience in international IT outsourcing and shared services, with a specialism in project management. Helen is experienced in building and leading high performance teams within and across organisations. She currently works with small and medium sized enterprises to deliver risk assurance, change management, governance, portfolio and programme management services. Helen has a broad understanding of business processes and corresponding legislation including TUPE, Data Privacy, HR and the Bribery Act. In her current role Helen runs a risk and project management company who specialise in providing governance, risk and compliance skills to SME’s. Her company works with organisations to achieve certification to British and International Standards eg.  Cyber-essentials. IASME, ISO9001, BS7499. Helen has an interest in education and has some experience of Free School bids and setting up Academies.


Sue Crosson – Higher Education Director - 

Sue was a Primary teacher for 20 years teaching across Key Stage 1 and 2. She is currently Associate Tutor, Teaching Fellow and Senior Teaching Fellow at WIE/CPE University of Warwick. She has extensive experience of Initial Teacher Education, including, undergraduate, Teach First, School Direct and PGCE Core programmes. She currently delivers modules on Leading and teaching and Professional Studies. Sue is also actively involved in assessing and supporting trainees on placements, developing mentors and supporting colleagues.  Sue also leads CPE initiatives relating to safeguarding children and young people, including management of trainees’ compliance with safeguarding regulations.

Sue has detailed knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the current primary and early years teaching and learning landscape, including current research in teaching and learning and the Ofsted framework. 

In addition to her professional role, Sue has been Chair of Board of Trustees of charity based in Rugby for the last two years, following 5 years participation in governance of the charity via the Board.


Philip Davis – Legal -

Philip is a Law graduate and a qualified non-practicing barrister. He is an experienced chartered secretary with experience working in a number of listed companies and large professional services firms. Philip is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and in 2014 became an Apprentice of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Philip currently works for Marks & Clerk LLP. Philip’s current principal responsibilities are: working as Partnership Secretary to an international intellectual property firm, include drafting and reviewing legal agreements and minutes, monitoring risk and governance issues across the Firm, managing projects and ensuring Firm wide compliance with legal and regulatory rules (i.e. Data Protection).  This includes advocacy and drafting, impartiality and communicating with people at all business levels.

Philip also sits on the MAT Board as Legal Director and Vice Chair.


Stewart Jardine – Business -

Stewart is an experienced company director. He has worked in a variety of learning and skills focussed organisations. Stewart has experience developing and implementing business strategy and policy and leading the development and quality assurance of new learning programmes. Stewart’s responsibilities have included budget setting and management, recruitment, project management, managing bid processes from government funding agencies and negotiating the resulting contracts with those agencies.

His most recent employment as Director of Operations for Pearson Education included the development, implementation and quality assurance of franchised international qualifications. This project involved significant change management and reduction in costs to ensure that a quality product was provided efficiently, whilst maintaining profitability.

Stewart is currently a self-employed Education Management Consultant and has a range of experience working with a variety of organisations with a focus on auditing business processes, particularly those relating to HR and CPD, and implementing process improvements to improve quality and reduce costs.

Stewart also sits on the MAT Board as Chair and Business Director.


Mike Soley – Safeguarding Director -

Mike has been a uniformed police officer for 28 years.  He has wide ranging experience as a law trainer, operational supervisor, tactical commander and more recently as national training manager, setting strategy and direction for specialist multi-agency responders across the UK.  Mike has a broad range of transferable skills including a good understanding of operational, tactical and strategic command issues and direction, people management and conflict resolution at all levels.

Mike is also an experienced school governor and academy trustee including roles as vice chair and chair of the governors and an academy trust strategic board.  Mike has taken a pivotal role in the conversion process from maintained school to academy status in primary schools and is familiar with the legislation and process as well as managing the impact within the academy and seeking to maximise academy freedoms. Mike has valuable experience in holding schools to account educationally and financially as a trustee.


Laura Howard - Finance -

Laura is an experienced Chartered Accountant and the Chief Operating Officer and Bursar of Bilton Grange Preparatory School. Laura was previously the Director of Finance at Epsom College. She has developed a clear insight into the education sector through her employed work, her previous role as Governor and Trustee of the Beacon School in Surrey and her role as a Trustee of the Transforming Lives Educational Trust.  Laura has extensive experience in budget preparation, cost management, budget monitoring and change management. She has significant experience in preparing and presenting reports for many senior stakeholders such as school Governors, bankers and insurers. She has well-developed people management and leadership skills acquired through the various roles that she has undertaken within her career.


Joyce James –

Joyce has worked in primary education for almost 30 years. First of all as a primary school teacher before promotion to Deputy and then Headteacher. Joyce was Headteacher of a primary school in Rugby for approximately ten years.

During this time she was seconded to the National College of School Leadership as a Regional Leader and also supported the Local Authority in a similar role.

Subsequently Joyce worked full time for Warwickshire Education Authority as the County Adviser for Leadership. A post held for 5 years. In 2010 Joyce set up her own business, Heads & Support Service Ltd. supporting primary and Infant Headteachers across Warwickshire. Approximately, half of the primary and infant schools in Warwickshire have been supported in one way or another by Joyce over the past 7 years, including supporting the Headteacher Appraisal Process in many schools.

Joyce brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise Transforming Lives Educational Trust.