REAch2 Leadership

REAch2 Non-Executive Trustees

Jeremy King


Jeremy King is the Chair of REAch2 Trust Board and CEO & Founder of Attest, a technology startup based in London.

Before starting Attest, Jeremy guided many large companies on strategy, operations, governance, decision-making and organisation during his 9 years with McKinsey & Company, where he worked across U.K., U.S., Australia and over 20 other countries.

Jeremy holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and was originally a scientist, focusing on genetics and ecology. Jeremy has been involved in several startups in the U.S. and U.K., and along with his role as a Trustee at REAch2, he is also an Advisory Board member at Founders4Schools.

Jeremy King REAch2 Non-Executive Trustee

Gavin Robert


Gavin is Vice Chair of REAch2 Trust Board and has been a Regional Ambassador on the Board of REAch2 North Central since September 2015.

Gavin is a senior consultant with boutique competition law firm Euclid Law, and a Panel Member of the UK Competition & Markets Authority where he decides complex merger, market and antitrust cases. Gavin also teaches competition law at Cambridge University as part of a Masters programme.

Gavin was previously a partner for 14 years with the international law firm Linklaters, specialising in competition law and regulation, with many years’ experience advising senior executives and the boards of leading global companies and financial institutions on compliance and managing risk.

Gavin has an enduring commitment to social mobility, diversity and inclusion. He was one of a small number of partners on Linklaters’ first global diversity committee, and is also a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation.

Gavin Robert REAch2 Non-Executive Trustee

Michael Peters


Michael is currently a Director of Camber Consulting and a successful former Director of Education and Head of Children’s Services with 30 years’ experience working within both public and private sectors.

With a background in education, Michael has managed public sector organisations with over 800 staff and budgets in excess of £300m. He has successfully worked on establishing new unitary authorities and has led organisations to successful inspection outcomes and achievement of major contracts. He has successful experience in leading and supporting change and implementation of performance and commercialisation of education and children’s services.

Michael has significant knowledge of a range of education authorities and systems across the country from large unitary and two tier authorities to the small unitary and academy chains.
He has a range of successful senior level interim leadership roles including leading the development of Learning & Children’s Services for several unitary and county councils. He has worked with national government on extended service and leading projects on personalisation in education and public services.

Michael is a former Director of Educational Services for York City Council and former Executive Director of Education of Lambeth Council. Michael was also Head of Service for Children’s Services for Cornwall Council and was an adviser to government on raising levels of achievement for ethnic minorities and extended service schools.

REAch2 Non-Executive Trustee

Tony Gilbey


Tony Gilbey is a Managing Director at HSBC.  He is Global Head of HSBC’s Capital Goods and Automotive team, serving large corporates, and has been in banking for over 20 years.

Tony is a qualified Chartered Accountant and worked for Coopers & Lybrand (part of PWC) for 7 years in the UK and Switzerland.

Tony Gilbey REAch2 Non-Executive Trustee

Victoria Pigott


Victoria Pigott was a Trustee of REAch2 Essex Academy Trust before it became REAch2 Academy Trust. Victoria is a partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Victoria is a commercial litigator acting for a wide variety of clients including high profile and high net worth individuals, corporations, families and family offices, advising on complex commercial cases, including director and shareholder disputes as well as partnership issues, general contractual matters and extradition.

Victoria is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association.

Victoria Pigott REAch2 Non-Executive Trustee

Chris Kane


Chris Kane is a Chartered Surveyor and founder of Six-ideas who assist clients in using property and technology as catalysts for organisational and cultural innovation and change.  He also serves as a Non-Executive Director for NHS Property Services and for Network Homes.

Chris has a wealth of experience in managing Corporate Real Estate and major construction projects having worked at the BBC, the Walt Disney Company and JLL.  He holds an MBA from Henley Business School, A BSc from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Project Management.

Chris Kane REAch2 Non-Executive Trustee

Colin Powell


Colin is the Director of Education for the Southwark Diocese Board of Education. He became Director of Education in September 2013. He was previously Assistant Director, specialising in school effectiveness.

Colin has a vast amount of experience in the education system, working as a Primary Adviser, School Improvement Partner, Section 48 Inspector, National Strategy Consultant Leader and a Local Authority Inspector. Colin also has ten years of experience as a Head Teacher, taking a school to ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. He has taught in both community and Church of England schools after graduating from University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Music.

He has experience of developing and delivering a range of training programmes around leadership, school effectiveness, governance and teaching and learning.

Dr Louise Askew


Dr. Louise Askew is a Trustee of REAch2 Ltd and Chair of Governors of Eastbrook Academy in West Sussex. Louise has been a professional translator and interpreter working between English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian for such organisations as the UN (the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague) and NATO (the HQ of the Stabilisation Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina). In Sarajevo she set up and ran the force’s translation and interpretation service, which consisted of 40 staff located in several places throughout Bosnia and Croatia.

Louise has a first degree in Serbo-Croat Language and Literature from London University and an MA in European Political Economy. In 2011, Louise was awarded a PhD on the language policy of international organisations in Bosnia since 1995 from the University of Nottingham. As part of her research she investigated language-related issues in the education system in Bosnia and in one chapter of her thesis she examines the ways in which language is used in schools to segregate pupils.

Since October 2012 Louise has been Chair of Governors at Eastbrook Primary School in West Sussex. In this role she reorganised the governing body, led the recruitment process for a new Head teacher and was instrumental in the restructuring of the school’s staff prior to the school becoming an academy in September 2013.

Dr Louise Askew REAch2 Non-Executive Trustee

Clive Rockingham


Clive Rockingham is a Chartered Safety and Environmental professional with over 25 years of international experience in consulting, corporate, operational and regulatory fields.  Previously European Safety Director with a large US-based environmental consultancy,  Clive has grown and led UK and international teams across both Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental disciplines, and has provided task, facility, corporate and strategic risk management advice to a wide range of industrial, commercial, legal, financial and technology-based clients.

In 2012, Clive established his own international consultancy, providing specialist occupational health and safety risk expertise and advice to support business leaders and their investors.  He has worked extensively across the EU, USA, Former Soviet Union, South Asia and Africa, and has provided expert witness evidence in both criminal trials and at Public Inquiry.

In addition to being a Trustee for REAch2 where he also sits on the Risk and Audit Committee, Clive is a Co-opted Governor for a leading autistic school in Birmingham, where he chairs the school’s Health, Safety and Buildings Committee.

REAch2 Leadership Team

Sir Steve Lancashire


Steve has been involved in primary education for thirty years and as a Headteacher for the past twenty years, most recently as Executive Headteacher of Hillyfield Primary Academy. Hillyfield is a double outstanding school and REAch2 was founded on its success.

Steve is a National Leader of Education and has been a lead adviser for the department for Education, taking the lead in supporting schools to move from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.

As the founder and Chief Executive of REAch2, one of the largest and most successful primary academy trusts in the country, Steve seeks to establish a family of schools that share his passion and drive to secure the best possible outcomes for primary aged children and to ensure that primary education has a strong national voice. Ensuring there is enough capacity in the education system to enhance existing good schools and to tackle the issue facing failing schools is at the heart of Steve’s vision so that all young people have access to an exceptional education.

Steve was Knighted for services to education in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2016.

Sir Steve Lancashire

Cathie Paine


Appointed in 1998 to her first headship in a large and socially deprived school in “special measures”, Catherine was at the time the youngest headteacher in England and led the school to become “Good” in just four terms. Shaped by this, Cathie retains her passion for enabling children to flourish in an environment of outstanding practice.

Until February 2013 Cathie was Executive Headteacher of three primary schools – Mount Street Academy, Lincoln Carlton Academy and Saxilby Church of England Primary School; the national reputation of Mount Street Academy as a twice “outstanding” school and Cathie’s work across the country as a National Leader of Education has led to visits by numerous school leaders, national educational academics and DfE officials. In 2012, Mount Street became Lincolnshire’s first Teaching School.

Cathie’s headship career spanned 15 years across three key stages and schools in a variety of challenging circumstances across the 3-11 age range. As Deputy CEO of REAch2, Cathie’s vision is the belief that school leadership at its heart is about transforming lives. Cathie joined REAch2 at the end of 2012 as its first employee when there were only four schools in the Trust; it remains an honour for her to assist each school in its transformation and lead the growing team that support this process.

Cathie Paine

Katherine Alexander


Katherine is a qualified Accountant with over 17 years experience in the private sector.

Starting out in the builders merchant and home improvement sector for the BSS Group PLC, working across numerous departments which provided the grounding for her career in Finance.

Moving into the software industry, where she worked for 10 years, Katherine has held many posts across a wide range of small and medium companies. A core aspect of the role was ensuring that systems and processes were in place, compliance with statutory requirements along with forecasted projections for three to five years.

Supporting the CEO and MD, Katherine has been heavily involved in the purchase and sale of 3 business, supporting the shareholders across all aspects of financial and business due diligence.

Leading the senior leadership team of the organisations, profitability, cashflow and financial sustainability were achieved which resulted in some of the companies being sold to larger corporates.

Roles undertaken to date include Company Secretary, Head of Human Resources and Finance Director, Payroll Manager for – Investmaster & Indigo (London) Limited (Acquired by Dion in 2012), Cadis Software (Acquired by Markit in 2012), Purple Reporting and TDA Recruitment.

As Chief Operating Officer for the Trust, Katherine brings business skills to the public sector along with the ability to lead and manage a team. Joining REAch2 in 2014, Katherine supports the academies and the Trust across all aspects of Finance and Business process.

Katherine Alexander

Gary Bennell, Head of Coaching and Mentoring
Gary Bennell
Head of Coaching and Mentoring

Ian Carnwell Estates Director
Ian Carnwell
Estates Director

Margaret Clarke, Improvement, Innovation and Strategy Manager
Margaret Clarke
Head of Training and Development

Tim Culpin Deputy Director of Education
Tim Culpin
Director of Education

Lee Francis Head of Projects
Lee Francis
Head of Projects

Amy Hanson-Reed Head of Communications
Amy Hanson-Reed
Head of Communications

Sue Northend, Director of HR
Sue Northend
Director of HR

Steve Wilkinson Head of IT
Steve Wilkinson
Head of IT

Gill Ellyard Regional Director of Education - North Central
Gill Ellyard
Regional Director of Education
North Central

Simon Wood Regional Director of Education – East Anglia
Simon Wood
Regional Director of Education – East Anglia

Andrew Rigby, Regional Director - South Central
Andrew Rigby
Regional Director – South Central