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

Acting Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer, Head Teacher Henry Hinde Infant School

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.

HighamJ@tlet.org.uk

Tracey Burns

Executive Assistant

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.

burnst@tlet.org.uk

Directors

Helen Barge

Project Management

Helen is an experienced business professional with a record of delivering sustainable value through the alignment of needs of stakeholders at all levels within an organisation. She has extensive experience in international IT outsourcing and shared services, with a specialism in project management. Helen is experienced in building and leading high performance teams within and across organisations. She currently works with small and medium sized enterprises to deliver risk assurance, change management, governance, portfolio and programme management services. Helen has a broad understanding of business processes and corresponding legislation including TUPE, Data Privacy, HR and the Bribery Act. In her current role Helen runs a risk and project management company who specialise in providing governance, risk and compliance skills to SME’s. Her company works with organisations to achieve certification to British and International Standards eg. Cyber-essentials. IASME, ISO9001, BS7499. Helen has an interest in education and has some experience of Free School bids and setting up Academies.

Bargeh@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.

Crossons@tlet.org.uk

Philip Davis

Legal

Philip is a Law graduate and a qualified non-practicing barrister. He is an experienced chartered secretary with experience working in a number of listed companies and large professional services firms. Philip is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and in 2014 became an Apprentice of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Philip currently works for Marks & Clerk LLP. Philip’s current principal responsibilities are: working as Partnership Secretary to an international intellectual property firm, include drafting and reviewing legal agreements and minutes, monitoring risk and governance issues across the Firm, managing projects and ensuring Firm wide compliance with legal and regulatory rules (i.e. Data Protection). This includes advocacy and drafting, impartiality and communicating with people at all business levels.

Philip also sits on the MAT Board as Legal Director and Vice Chair.

Davisp@tlet.org.uk

Stewart Jardine

Business

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

Mike Soley

Safeguarding Director

Mike has been a uniformed police officer for 28 years. He has wide ranging experience as a law trainer, operational supervisor, tactical commander and more recently as national training manager, setting strategy and direction for specialist multi-agency responders across the UK. Mike has a broad range of transferable skills including a good understanding of operational, tactical and strategic command issues and direction, people management and conflict resolution at all levels.

Mike is also an experienced school governor and academy trustee including roles as vice chair and chair of the governors and an academy trust strategic board. Mike has taken a pivotal role in the conversion process from maintained school to academy status in primary schools and is familiar with the legislation and process as well as managing the impact within the academy and seeking to maximise academy freedoms. Mike has valuable experience in holding schools to account educationally and financially as a trustee.

Soleym@tlet.org.uk

Joyce James

Primary Education & Teaching Performance

Joyce has worked in primary education for almost 30 years. First of all as a primary school teacher before promotion to Deputy and then Headteacher. Joyce was Headteacher of a primary school in Rugby for approximately ten years.

During this time she was seconded to the National College of School Leadership as a Regional Leader and also supported the Local Authority in a similar role.

Subsequently Joyce worked full time for Warwickshire Education Authority as the County Adviser for Leadership. A post held for 5 years. In 2010 Joyce set up her own business, Heads & Support Service Ltd. supporting primary and Infant Headteachers across Warwickshire. Approximately, half of the primary and infant schools in Warwickshire have been supported in one way or another by Joyce over the past 7 years, including supporting the Headteacher Appraisal Process in many schools.

Joyce brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise Transforming Lives Educational Trust.

Jamesj@tlet.org.uk

Members

Philip Davis

Legal

Philip is a Law graduate and a qualified non-practicing barrister. He is an experienced chartered secretary with experience working in a number of listed companies and large professional services firms. Philip is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and in 2014 became an Apprentice of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Philip currently works for Marks & Clerk LLP. Philip’s current principal responsibilities are: working as Partnership Secretary to an international intellectual property firm, include drafting and reviewing legal agreements and minutes, monitoring risk and governance issues across the Firm, managing projects and ensuring Firm wide compliance with legal and regulatory rules (i.e. Data Protection). This includes advocacy and drafting, impartiality and communicating with people at all business levels.

Philip also sits on the MAT Board as Legal Director and Vice Chair.

Davisp@tlet.org.uk

Stewart Jardine

Business

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

Chris Cade

Community

Chris was appointed as Rugby Borough Council’s nominated Director of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) in April 2017 and has been re-elected for a further term.

He was elected to serve as a Councillor for Bilton Ward on Rugby Borough Council in 2014. This followed a long career in management with J Sainsbury covering Retail, Trading, Marketing, and Proposition Development.

Chris is currently Chair of Rugby Borough Council’s Licensing and Safety Committee, he is an appointed Trustee of the Bilton Charities.

Chris is a member of the Trust, Integrity and Ethics Committee for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, and in his spare time is Chair of Warwickshire Neighborhood Watch Association.

Cadec@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