REAch2 Leadership

REAch2 Non-Executive Trustees

Peter Little

TRUSTEE

Peter Little is a Trustee and Chair of REAch2 Ltd. Peter is an active investor helping companies grow by supporting them with operational experience across the spectrum of management, marketing and finance; the objective being the creation and subsequent realisation of shareholder value.

A particular focus in financial technology has seen leadership roles and subsequent exits in Braid (acquired in 1999 by Mercator and then IBM) Whitaker Garnier providing a hedge fund CRM system acquired in 2006 by Pertrac in the US, City Networks acquired by Broadridge (NYSE:BR) in 2010, Singularity acquired by Kofax (NYSE:KFX) in 2011, Investmaster acquired by Dion in 2012, and Cadis Software acquired by Markit in 2012.

Peter has interests and plays an active role in Dovetail Software (www.dovetailsystems.com) a bank payments system provider, and is Chairman of Firefly (www.fireflyeducation.com), a US and European provider of technical training classes.

Peter is also a Patron of the Prince’s Trust.

Dr Louise Askew

TRUSTEE

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.

Clare Walsh

TRUSTEE

Clare Walsh is a Trustee of REAch2 Ltd. Clare is one of the founders of Metia media http://www.metia.com . With over 30 years’ experience in the financial technology sector Clare has developed deep and wide ranging relationships with many of the key influencers within this industry, including journalists, analysts, vendors and market participants. Prior to her retirement from Metia she headed up the global Influence teams within the group as well taking a leading role in the company’s business development activities.

Before founding Metia, Clare’s experience includes heading up the European marketing communications function for Digital Equipment Company’s specialist financial services practice based in London. Her role there was to develop market leading financial services campaigns that could be leveraged by the 17 participating Digital offices throughout Europe. Before that Clare spent nearly seven years as head of marketing and PR at Arbat, one of the early providers of wholesale banking solutions.

Since her retirement Clare has invested in new software business. She also provides business advisory/mentoring services to a number of financial technology firms. Most recently she was invited to be the chairperson of a newly formed biofuels company.

Colin Powell

TRUSTEE

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.

Jeremy King

TRUSTEE

Jeremy King is the 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.

Mark Taylor

TRUSTEE

Mark is an Education Head in the Financial Services industry with focus on regulatory compliance. His strategic responsibilities concern the identification and development of global education solutions in response to key risks.

His previous roles within Lloyds Bank, Standard Bank and HSBC have focussed on corporate governance and regulatory requirements. He has held a range of different posts including Head of Compliance, Head of Secretariat and Money Laundering Compliance Officer.

Michael Peters

TRUSTEE

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.

Tony Gilbey

TRUSTEE

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.

Victoria Pigott

TRUSTEE

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.

REAch2 Leadership Team

Sir Steve Lancashire

Chief Executive

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.

Cathie Paine

DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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.

Dean Ashton

BUSINESS AND POLICY DIRECTOR

Dean was part of the small team that established REAch2 Academy Trust along with its founder, Sir Steve Lancashire. Dean was responsible for establishing and developing the business infrastructure and governance structure for the Trust from its inception with one academy in 2012 to becoming a 52 academy MAT by 2016. Based on the successful development of REAch2 Academy Trust, Dean established the business model for the launch of a new Trust, Reach4 Academy Trust in 2015. Reach4 is a primary and secondary Trust established as part of the northern education fund initiative to tackle educational underperformance in parts of the Midlands and North of England.

Dean’s roots are firmly in education. After graduating in medical biochemistry at Royal Holloway College and a PGCE at the London University Institute of Education, Dean began his career as a secondary science teacher and progressed to become a Head of Science, Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher in schools in West Sussex, Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. During this time he was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Dean was recruited from school leadership to Local Education Authority leadership in Cornwall as an Assistant Director of Education and then Deputy Director of Education before becoming the Corporate Director of Children’s Services. In this role he was responsible for a £500million annual budget and the leadership of: 283 schools; alternative education provisions; special educational needs; family services; youth services; and children’s social services including adoption and fostering services. During this time he was awarded a Masters Degree in Education from Exeter University.

Dean has held several Trusteeships and Directorships including: Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Youth Justice Board; Chair of the South West Grid for Learning; Chair of the Cornwall Children and Young People’s Partnership; Chair of the Cornwall Local Safeguarding Children Board; Trustee of Aspire Academy Trust; Trustee of REAch2 Academy Trust; Governor of Sandy Hill Academy in St Austell; Chair of the Local Governors Transition Board of Minerva Academy in Westminster.

Katherine Alexander

FINANCE DIRECTOR

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 Finance Director 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.

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
Deputy Director of Education and Interim Regional Director

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

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

Beverley Martin Regional Director of Education – currently covering the West Midlands
Beverley Gates
Regional Director of Education – currently covering the West Midlands

Anna Thompson Head of Governance and Policy
Anna Thompson
Head of Governance and Policy

Steve Wilkinson Head of IT
Steve Wilkinson
Head of IT

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