Lois Reed –  Acting Chief Executive Officer and Accounting OfficerReedl@tlet.org.uk 

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.


James Higham – Head Teacher Henry Hinde Infant School – HighamJ@tlet.org.uk

James has been Head Teacher at Henry Hinde Infant School for four years. During that time the school has established itself as a successful single status academy (since 2012) with demonstrably high impact on standards for all pupils. Under his leadership, the school’s results have improved to significantly above national average in all core subjects from an on entry baseline of below national average. Attainment in foundation subjects and in the Phonics Screening Check has also increased significantly over the past four years and is now consistently above national average.

As the Head Teacher of the first converter primary academy in Warwickshire, James has first-hand expertise of non-centralised service provision and of the relevant administrative and business management structures that make academies successful.

The school’s current board of governance is structured in a way that mirrors that of Trustees within a MAT and includes a strategic board that sets the direction of the school and holds sub-committees to account. As the creator and a member of this board, James has an effective working knowledge of multi-layered governance and its impact on overall school performance.

In addition, James is chairperson for a local cluster of infant, junior and primary schools that provide school-to-school support, and has led a range of initiatives to support improvement across these schools. James has also been a trustee for a local charity based organisation for the past five years. These experiences to date have provided him with a wide range of transferable skills in relation to strategic vision, procedural thinking, professional support and challenge.


Tracey Burns - burnst@tlet.org.uk

As Executive Assistant, Tracey fulfils the dual role of clerk to the Board of Trustees and PA to the headteacher of Ashlawn School.

Tracey is experienced in matters of educational governance and regulatory compliance, having served secondary and primary school local governing bodies across Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.