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.


Lois Reed – Secondary Director and Accounting Officer - 

Secondary Director and Accounting Officer

Lois Reed has worked in 5 secondary schools across city and county schools, leading departmental and pastoral teams.

In 1999 she joined her first senior leadership team as the only woman and was determined to become a positive role model to raise aspirations for the girls in the school.

In 2002 she was appointed as Deputy Head leading on the submission of bids for additional funding to raising standards in the school and the community.  She also led on HR and staffing.

In 2007 she became a registered Ofsted inspector and was appointed as Head Designate and this experience has influenced her commitment to strategic succession planning and career development for staff within the school.

Appointed Head of a large comprehensive school from 2008, the school has taken on many new challenges.  2011 saw the conversion to academy status and MFL department graded as outstanding by Ofsted.  In 2011 Lois became a Local Leader of Education, and Ashlawn became a partner school for Initial Teacher Training.  In 2013 she acquired National Leader of Education status and the school became a National Support School as well as being graded by Ofsted as outstanding in all areas.

In 2014 the school was assigned as a Teaching School and Lois became an accredited Pupil Premium Assessor.


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.