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 teaches competition law at Cambridge University as part of a Masters programme. Gavin was previously a Panel Member of the UK Competition & Markets Authority, where he decided complex merger, market and antitrust cases, for five years until March 2018.

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

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.

Teresa Beach


Teresa Beach was appointed as a Trustee for REAch2 in 2018 and is a member of the HR Committee and the Risk and Audit Committee.

She joined Jardine Lloyd Thompson in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer of their employee benefits business and is now the Managing Director for JLT’s specialist pensions technology business.

A Chartered Civil Engineer by profession, her career has developed to embrace leadership roles in insurance, engineering and consultancy businesses where she specialises in organisational transformation and operational improvement.

Teresa chaired the governing body for an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ primary school in Oxfordshire from 2008 to 2015.  In 2018, Teresa was appointed as a Non-Executive Director for the Hackney New School Trust.

Ralph Kugler


Ralph Kugler is Chairman of Cognita, the global schools group, with 70 schools worldwide.  He is Chairman of Williams Lea Tag, the global marketing services and communications business. He is Chairman of Headbox, an online marketplace for booking inspiring business event spaces.  Ralph is also independent non-executive director on the board of Keter Group, the outdoor and indoor furniture Company.

Ralph is a Board Trustee of REAch2. He is Chairman of Leeds University Business School’s International Advisory Board; and Board Trustee for Khula, a charity based in Zululand South Africa helping to improve the educational prospects for some of the poorest and most underprivileged rural children.

Earlier, Ralph was at Unilever for over 25 years, latterly as an Executive Director on the main boards of Unilever plc and Unilever.  He has lived and worked in the U.K., South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand and Belgium.

Ralph has also been a main board non-executive director at Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), and Board Advisor at Mars Incorporated, the global leaders in petcare and confectionary.

Wade Newmark


Wade is an owner and operator of 3 care homes in the UK who look after close to 100 residents in Devon and Sussex. He has over 30 years’ experience as both an investor and advisor in a wide range of Asset Backed businesses from Transportation to Specialty Infrastructure and Real Estate. He has owned and operated care homes since 2005 with his first foray into Germany.

Wade has considerable experience in bridging the gap between government and private enterprise and how to ensure the right resources are deployed where they are most effective. His experience both in the City and as an investor in care, brings a keen awareness as well as experience in ensuring all stakeholders are accounted for and protected within a framework of rigorous corporate governance and compliance Wade holds an MBA from the Wharton School, USA and a BA from Oxford University.

Jonathan Lewis


Jonathan started in Local Government at Cambridgeshire Council as graduate trainee in 1999 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2003 working across Social Care and Children’s Services.  Jonathan joined Peterborough City Council in 2007 as Assistant Director Resources for Children’s Service, delivering an ambitious £190 million schools capital programme to support the rapidly growing population in the city and commissioning services. In 2011, he added the challenge of leading the education department and Peterborough was the most improved Ofsted authority in 2013/14 and was judged by Ofsted in March 2014 as having an effective school improvement service – only the second authority nationally to receive a positive outcome in this type of inspection at first inspection. 

He moved to Northamptonshire in 2015 as Assistant Director – Education before moving to the Department for Education in August 2016 as Deputy Director for the Regional School Commissioner for the East of England and North East London.  He led on intervention in underperforming schools across the region.  In February 2018, he took up the exciting new role of leading Education across both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – overseeing 350 schools and a combined budget of around £1bn.  He has been a strong advocate of the work that Family Voice has done in the city since its establishment.    

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

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

Tim Culpin Deputy Director of Education
Tim Culpin
Regional Director – West Midlands and Director of Education Strategy and Development

Lee Francis Head of Projects
Lee Francis
Head of Programme Management

Sue Northend, Director of HR
Sue Northend
Director of HR

Gill Ellyard Regional Director of Education - North Central
Gill Ellyard
Regional Director – North Central and Director of Education Policy and Pupils

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