Our Team

The TLET Executive, Board and Trustees are experts within relevant professions who are values driven and whose overriding concern is the strengthening of communities through its pupils, students and staff.

School improvement is a primary focus of the trust. We believe that improvement is caused through a balance of accountability and professional development. Rigorous accountability measures are set for all schools in the chain with defined minimum progress targets and progress towards these being measured regularly via a Raising Achievement Board.

Executive

James Higham

Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

James has worked in education throughout his professional career in schools across England. He is a former Head Teacher with experience of establishing and leading successful academies with demonstrably high impact on standards for all pupils. Under his leadership, academy results have improved to significantly above national average against all benchmarks.

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.

James is an accredited Local Leader of Education and works across three Local Authorities to support school leadership development and school performance. Until recently, James was chairperson for a local cluster of 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.

These experiences to date have provided him with a wide range of transferable skills in relation to strategic vision, operational performance, procedural thinking, professional support and challenge.

ceo@tlet.org.uk

Marc Goodey

Chief Financial Officer

Marc is an experienced and versatile accountant and leader having worked in the private sector, the public sector and with charitable organisations. He is a Business Studies graduate and fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

In Marc’s more recent role prior to joint TLET, he focused on bringing a more structured approach to strategy development, strategic management and change. He has extensive experience in all areas of Finance, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Budgeting, Forecasting, Payroll and Cost Management.

Having worked in the past in the Further Education sector Marc has a particular affinity to Education. As well as his extensive fiscal knowledge and skills he brings an abundance of enthusiasm to the Trust.

cfo@tlet.org.uk

Alice Wright

Business, Operations and Estates Manager

Alice has worked in the maintenance and estates field for seven years and in her previous role worked for a large MAT across five schools. Her experience in this role covered legislation, health and safety and reactive and preventative maintenance, as well as large scale building projects.

Alice is enthusiastic about the role of school buildings as productive learning environments. She is keen to put her experience into practice across the trust and work toward making each building, practical, safe, well presented and well preserved for current and future generations of students.

operations@tlet.org.uk

Directors

Stewart Jardine

Chair

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.

Jardines@tlet.org.uk

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.

Sue is the Safeguarding Trustee.

Crossons@tlet.org.uk

Philip Davis

Legal

Philip is a skilled chartered secretary and a non-practicing barrister with experience working in a number of listed companies and other international private limited companies.

Philip currently works for St Modwen Properties PLC as their Assistant Company Secretary and his principal responsibilities include meeting preparation, drafting minutes, reviewing legal agreements and advising on governance issues like ‘Board effectiveness’, ‘risk management’ and the general regulatory environment. His role involves a high level of impartiality, a broad understanding of multiple business functions and communicating with various stakeholders including directors, external advisors and internal management/staff.

Philip is an associate member of the Chartered Governance Institute, a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and in 2017 became a Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Davisp@tlet.org.uk

Nichola Watson

Trustee

Nichola is a board level Chief Executive with a demonstrable history working in the non-for-profit sector.

Skilled in Ethics, change management, negotiation, business planning, communication and governance. As a strategic thinker, she enjoys various voluntary governance roles within the education sector.

Nichola is a strong leadership professional with a degree in Politics/Law and educated to Post Graduate level. Nichola has recently been awarded an Advanced membership of the Institute of Directors.

Nichola was recently a governor at a primary school (non-MAT) and was the chair of the standards committee.

Watsonn@tlet.org.uk

Guy French

Trustee

Guy has extensive experience as a leader in strategy development and change delivery, especially in mergers and recovery situations across the financial services sector. Having worked at Executive and Director roles, he has developed skills including strategy development, investment appraisal, programme delivery, assessing business performance and marketing. He also has extensive experience of the design and management of governance, control and management systems, as well as operational improvement and organisation design.

Before his current role at Coventry Building Society, he was the Strategy Director at an insurance mutual, responsible for strategy, brand, communications and the society’s social impact foundation. Guy started his career at Barclays; ending his time there running global lending operations for the Wealth division. After two years at Northern Rock as part of the turnaround team, Guy undertook a range of consultant and interim roles supporting High Street banks including the Co-operative Bank and RBS.

Guy is passionate about the value of education being married to a teacher and having three grown-up children, two of whom have become secondary school teachers. Guy is also a Local Area Board member at Quest Academy in Rugby where he is the Safeguarding Governor. He has lived in the Rugby area for 25 years and is Chair of his parish council where he is working with others to encourage greater community participation.

Frenchg@tlet.org.uk

Vikki Armeson

Trustee

I am a Senior Teaching Fellow, at the University of Warwick, on the Secondary ITE PGCE course, and am the subject lead for Modern Foreign Languages and responsible for the Secondary Assessment Only programme.

I deliver and teach as a member of the teaching team on the Secondary ITE PGCE School Direct programme and have a background in secondary MFL teaching and learning. In addition to being a subject lead, my role includes the planning, delivery, evaluation and assessment of the course within the Reflective Practice module. I supervise the work and development of individual trainee teachers as well as contributing to the recruitment and application process.
I am also a qualified experienced secondary school teacher and prior to working in ITE I worked for 18 years as a secondary MFL teacher in different parts of the country; Lincolnshire, Essex and Warwickshire.

Inclusivity in teaching and learning is a strong belief of mine alongside developing strong relationships both professionally and personally. I also believe that individuals can learn a great deal from listening to others and their experiences. I am also interested in EAL and ‘planning for learning’ from a trainee teacher perspective and am currently studying for a MA in Education alongside my full-time role.

Armesonv@tlet.org.uk

Johanne Thomas

Trustee

Johanne is an experienced communications and marketing professional of over 15 years, working predominantly within housing and regeneration industry, across both the public and private sector.

With a degree in Public Relations with Law, Johanne has overseen communications on some of the Midlands' largest housing and regeneration projects when working for the government's Homes England agency, and prior to that led the communications and engagement team for the government's New Deal for Communities programme in North East Coventry, where she also set up the regions first communications social enterprise.

Now with strategic land developer Urban&Civic, Joh leads the engagement of local business partners and communities in the development of Rugby's urban extension Houlton, as well as overseeing the communications, communities and partnerships function across several of the business's portfolio of largescale sites.

Johanne is also a Director on the Houlton Multi Academy Trust, which runs the new St Gabriel's Academy in Rugby.

Members

Philip Davis

Legal

Philip is a skilled chartered secretary and a non-practicing barrister with experience working in a number of listed companies and other international private limited companies.

Philip currently works for St Modwen Properties PLC as their Assistant Company Secretary and his principal responsibilities include meeting preparation, drafting minutes, reviewing legal agreements and advising on governance issues like ‘Board effectiveness’, ‘risk management’ and the general regulatory environment. His role involves a high level of impartiality, a broad understanding of multiple business functions and communicating with various stakeholders including directors, external advisors and internal management/staff.

Philip is an associate member of the Chartered Governance Institute, a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and in 2017 became a Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Davisp@tlet.org.uk

Laura Howard

Education Finance and Strategy

Laura is an experienced Chartered Accountant and independent Finance and Strategy Consultant servicing the Education sector. Laura has held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Bursar of Bilton Grange Preparatory School, prior to which she was the Director of Finance at Epsom College.

Laura has developed a clear insight into the education sector through her employed work, her previous roles as Governor and Trustee of the Beacon School in Surrey and 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.

Howardl@tlet.org.uk

Stewart Jardine

Chair

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.

Jardines@tlet.org.uk

Gift Matinyarare

Finance

Gift is an experienced charted accountant. Gift is currently a senior financial analyst for the Aster Group, a social enterprises not for profit organisation. He has previously worked as a financial analyst in an international engineering company and an international bank. Gift also has experience training accountants and financial analysts in a further education college and has also worked as a financial administrator in Local Government.

Gift’s skills set includes: data mining and analytics, budget formulation management and control, cash management, month end processes, preparation of balance sheet, income statements and cash flows and maintenance review and control of business processes.

Alongside his paid employment Gift is an experienced Charity Trustee for a Faith based organisation. He has previously also acted as Secretary and Treasurer for the Board of Trustees.

Matig@tlet.org.uk

Nigel Snook

Business/Educational Strategist

Nigel Snook was the former Chief Executive of Education Development International which was formed by the merger in December 2002 of GOAL plc and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board. Acquired by Pearson in 2011, EDI was among the top Awarding Organisations of vocational education in the UK and high stakes international exams.

Working closely with the Board of Directors Nigel was responsible for all aspects of EDI’s business strategy including that of compliance with its obligations as a public company.

Previously Nigel was Chief Executive of Lantra Trust which operates the Sector Skills Council for environmental and land-based industries. Whilst at Lantra Nigel Chaired Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership working with the local Connexions Services and Next Step contract for the West Midlands.

Nigel began his career with the Department of Employment and subsequently worked for the Manpower Services Commission for 12 years in a range of local, regional and national roles involved with vocational education and training. For two years he was Private Secretary to Sir Bryan Nicholson, the MSC Chairman and headed up the MSC’s largest area office operation covering Birmingham and Solihull.

Nigel is an MBA and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Society of Arts and brings a wealth of experience in the management of publicly funded institutions and relationship with the Regulators.

Snookn@tlet.org.uk