As directors of a charitable company limited by guarantee, our Board members ensure that they comply with charity and company law. As a multi academy trust, the Board is responsible for all of the academies in the Trust.
Chair of LEO Academy Trust
Dean was appointed to the Trust Board at the start of 2017 after a successful recruitment process. He has over 30 years banking experience at an executive level, having been the director of a risk management consultancy for the last twenty years. His clients have included some of the largest global names in financial services. Dean specialises in providing control and risk management solutions throughout the business processing cycle.
Vice Chair Of LEO Academy Trust
Dorothy has had over 40 years’ experience in education, 25 of these in primary headship. She has worked as English Adviser, publishing a number of teaching resources and has been a tutor for the National Professional Qualification for Headship. She has supported many schools through her work as an External Adviser, a School Improvement Partner and a National Leader of Education. Since retiring from headship in 2011 she has worked part time as an Education Consultant. She has been a Chair of Governors for two years and is a National Leader of Governance.
Phillip has been the CEO of the LEO Academy Trust since its formation in June 2015. Prior to that he had been Headteacher at Cheam Park Farm Junior Academy for six years. Phillip has also been the Executive Headteacher at Cheam Common Junior Academy since January 2016. Collaboration and school improvement are at the heart of Phillip’s vision for our multi academy trust. Having begun his career in education as a teaching assistant at Avenue Primary School in Belmont in 2000, Phillip remained at the school until 2010 covering a variety of roles from class teacher to deputy headteacher. Phillip has also been a leading teacher for ICT for Sutton LA. Phillip is a senior partner in the national school improvement network, Challenge Partners and represents primary academies in London on the Editorial Board of the London Grid for Learning. He currently also represents primary academies on the Sutton LA Schools Forum and Chairs both the Sutton Music Hub Board and the Partnership of Sutton Primary Academies. He specialises in school improvement, school to school support, assessment and computing. He completes the Executive Educators programme for MAT CEOs with Ambition School Leadership in May 2017.
LEO Academy Trust Safeguarding Trustee
Before retirement, Ian worked in education for 41 years, 31 of these in Nursery and 22 of these in Nursery headship. Having undertaken Ofsted training, he was included in Early Years LEA inspections, was seconded to be Deputy Head of Early Years in Islington and became attached inspector at a number of LEA EY schools and centres. During his time in Islington, the school became a Childrens Centre offering a full range of multi disciplinary provision for young children and their families and piloted the introduction of 2 year old provision for disadvantaged families in the borough.
Charles is a successful and accomplished international public company Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. He has 32 years of international business experience across multiple industries and sectors. His latest role was as Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle), in which he demonstrated skills of marketing, brand building, business development and growth. He has previously worked as a school governor and has a good understanding of governance and objectives of a Board. As well as his knowledge of governance, Charles brings to the Trust extensive skills in areas such as marketing, brand building, business development and growth. An acknowledged international expert on Marketing, Charles is the author of the successful Oxford Dictionary of Marketing for Oxford University Press, 4th edition.
Stephen is a Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Work and Pensions, with ten years experience in senior government finance, policy, change and strategic leadership roles. In his current post he leads on all HM Treasury engagement and fiscal events for DWP, which has a budget of c£6bn and delivers over £200bn of welfare spending a year. Stephen is also a qualified psychotherapist and runs a private practice in south London. Prior to joining DWP, he trained and worked as a professional actor and has since directed a number of plays and films. He has also worked as a teaching assistant at a north London school and currently volunteers for Opening Doors London, a charity supporting older members of the LGBT+ community.
Trustee And Chair Of Education And Standards Committee
Matthew is a retired primary school head teacher with over 40 years experience in both primary and secondary education. His school in Sutton was twice judged ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. Matthew was appointed a National Leader of Education in 2011 and has since worked with colleagues to support and improve the teaching of mathematics and English in primary schools in London and the South East. Matthew has also supported the training of teachers both on initial teacher training programmes and those participating in further educational qualifications. Matthew has a particular interest in music and drama and all aspects of the creative curriculum. An enthusiast for all aspects of physical education, with the support of other Sutton colleagues, for many years Matthew took a lead in organising and running inter school sports competitions and events.
Athar was Co-Chair of the Local Governing Board at Cheam Common Infants’ Academy before a becoming a Trustee at LEO Acadmey Trust. He has a strong HR background and has sat on the Trusts exclusion / appeal panels.
Athar is Assistant Director of Performance for the London Ambulance Service where he works closely with government scrutiny committees and reporting at a national level and to the Directors of Performance and Finance. He is responsible for reporting on performance indicators across the organisation and providing expert advice on trajectories and recovery plans. He has managed the introduction of new operating models into the organisation such as location alert and clinical hub.
Athar has also developed a new integrated Trust Board and provided expert guidance in the mitigation and summaries of KPI reports for presentation to the Department of Health or Trust Board. He has also reduced sickness and increased productivity by leading and producing new guidelines while simultaneously representing the service in the press, radio and television.
Trustee And Chair Of Finance & Operations Committee
Gregory is a Director at PwC specialising in providing technology and operational governance, risk and control related solutions to clients within the financial services sector. Gregory started at PwC more than a decade ago, qualified as a chartered accountant, and initially focused on delivering the IT component of external statutory audits. He now spends his time leading external assurance reviews of organisations who seek to identify their risks, manage against them and report on the maturity and effectiveness of their management of those risks. Gregory lives south of London with his wife, two children and two dogs.
Jo has recently founded a strategic and operational consultancy, advising start up and social purpose clients. For the majority of the previous decade, she held various leadership positions (including Executive Director) at the Tennis Foundation, one of Great Britain’s leading sports charities, which delivered the benefits of playing sport to young people in education and local communities, as well as disabled people, with a particular focus on social change. She was responsible for various strategic, operational and governance aspects of the charity. Prior to that she headed up the legal team (also responsible for safeguarding and inclusion) at, and was Secretary to, the national governing body for tennis, the Lawn Tennis Association. She qualified as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills. She is a trustee of West London Welcome, a free drop-in centre for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants who have settled in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and has previously been of a trustee, as well as Acting Chair, of the Westway Trust, a charity focused on the enhancement of 23 acres under the Westway flyover, in Kensington & Chelsea, for the benefit of the local community. Jo holds an MSc in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School. She lives in Hammersmith, with her husband, three children and her dog.
Graham is a Senior Vice President at The Economist heading up the global contracts and business operations functions and has held many other director/senior roles such as RELX Group, Accenture, Citibank and specialises in the area of commercial contracts, governance, transformation, strategy, operations and process optimisation.