Without exception, everyone at TLET is deeply committed to the very highest outcomes, regardless of their role, recognising the strength of collective contribution and effort.
Our academy leaders, driven by exceptional Principals, focus relentlessly on pupils and their outcomes, with everything else as peripheral. They are restless in their leadership, seeking ever better ways to improve in a culture of success. Put simply, they do what it takes to make the difference.
Central team leaders, motivated by an inspiring Executive, lead high performing teams who add value to our academies by providing the environment in which others thrive. They unburden academy leaders, enabling them to keep the main thing, the main thing – pupil outcomes.
Our teachers are highly effective in the classroom, both in the uncompromising quality of their teaching and in the perceptive and individualised attention they give to pupils and students. They are passionate about the subjects they teach and dedicated to the children in their care. Our teachers are carefully recruited and expertly supported to make sure they, like our pupils, are always at the top of their game.
TLET Support Staff
Our support staff are the backbone of our organisation and are specialists in their areas of responsibility. Like our teachers, they are well-trained and highly effective at ensuring the smooth operation of our Trust day in, day out.
Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer
James is an innovative and inspiring leader who has worked in education throughout his professional career in schools across England. He is a former Head Teacher, establishing and leading successful academies with demonstrably high impact on standards for all pupils. As a result, he has first-hand expertise of the relevant administrative, operational and leadership structures that make academies successful.
In addition to his leadership of our Trust, James is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and works across three Local Authorities to support school leadership development and school performance.
James is passionate about the transformative power of education and leads our Trust with a singular focus on providing children and young people with the very best.
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 joining 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.
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.
Chair of Trust Board
Stewart is a founding member of Transforming Lives Educational Trust. An experienced company director, having worked in and across a variety of learning and skills focused organisations developing and implementing business strategy and policy, and in the development and quality assurance of new learning programmes.
Stewart’s responsibilities have included:
• Business P&L and full budgetary management
• Setting and driving financial and operational KPIs
• Management and oversight of business HR and QA compliance
• Delivering multi-million pound transnational skills development projects
• Managing/negotiating government funded contracts (UK-wide)
• Direct management and delivery of technology infrastructure and innovative online learning provision and assessment platforms.
His most recent employment as Director of Operations for Pearson Education extended to the development, implementation and quality assurance of regulated franchised international qualifications.
Stewart is currently a self-employed Education Management Consultant majoring on quality assurance and business process improvement through business preparedness and implementation of the business, environmental, and occupational health and safety management standards of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.
Sue was a Primary teacher for 20 years teaching across Key Stage 1 and 2. The latter part of her professional career was as an 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.
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 five years participation in governance of the charity via the Board.
Sue is the Safeguarding Trustee.
Nichola is a board-level Chief Executive with a demonstrable history working in the not-for-profit sector.
Skilled in membership development, change management, strategic development and business operations. Nichola enjoys various voluntary roles alongside her membership of the Transforming Lives Educational Trust.
Nichola is a strong-leadership professional with a degree in Politics and EU Policy/Law, educated to postgraduate level, and currently working towards her Executive MBA.
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.
Vikki is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, on the Secondary ITE PGCE course, and is the subject lead for Modern Foreign Languages, with responsibility for the Secondary Assessment Only programme.
Vikki delivers and teaches as a member of the teaching team on the Secondary ITE PGCE School Direct programme and has a background in secondary MFL teaching and learning. In addition to being a subject lead, her role includes the planning, delivery, evaluation and assessment of the course within the Professional Enquiry module. She supervises the work and development of individual trainee teachers as well as contributing to the recruitment and application process.
Vikki is a qualified and experienced secondary school teacher and, prior to working in ITE, worked for 18 years as a secondary MFL teacher in different parts of the country: Lincolnshire, Essex and Warwickshire.
Vikki holds a strong belief in inclusivity in teaching and learning, alongside developing strong professional and personal relationships. Vikki also believes that individuals can learn a great deal from listening to others and their experiences. Vikki has interests in EAL and ‘planning for learning’ from a trainee teacher perspective and has just completed her MA in Education, alongside her full-time role.
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.
Craig comes from a varied background in education, having held a number of senior leadership roles including Associate Principal. His most recent position was as a Trust-Wide Vice Principal for a large multi-academy trust. In this role, Craig was responsible for pastoral care, safeguarding and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Prior to that, as a senior education consultant for the NSPCC, he delivered safeguarding training and bespoke consultancy.
Craig is now the Director of Client Services for Satis Education, providing recruitment and consultancy services for the education sector.
Mark is deeply experienced in applying his project management, commercial, financial, legal and regulatory skills to develop successful outcomes for stakeholders in financially stressed and distressed situations.
In his role as a licensed insolvency practitioner, Mark led specialist teams to deliver solutions based on rigorous financial and commercial analysis, operating in a highly regulated environment, using his well-established stakeholder management skills throughout.
After spending 30 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (including legacy firms), Mark set up his own consultancy business providing services to insolvency practitioners and regulators, including a contractor role to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales where he carried out regulatory reviews of insolvency practitioners and firms of chartered accountants to assess their compliance with the rules, regulations and practice assurance standards of the insolvency and accountancy sector.
In addition to his professional work, Mark also has governance experience having spent 10 years as a school governor, including a period of time as Chair of Governors, at Dunton Bassett Primary School.
Mark is looking forward to contributing his extensive commercial, financial, legal. project management and regulatory skills as a trustee of Transforming Lives Educational Trust as it embarks on the next phase of its development.
Philip is a skilled chartered secretary and governance professional with experience working in a number of listed companies and other international private limited companies.
Philip currently works for Acrisure Re (an international insurance company) as their Company Secretary, and his principal responsibilities include meeting preparation, drafting minutes, reviewing legal agreements and advising on governance issues such as 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 advisers 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.
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.
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.