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 has been Chair of the LEO Academy Trust since September 2018 having been on the Trust board since January 2017.
He has over 35 years investment banking experience at an executive level and has been the director of a risk management consultancy for over twenty years. His clients have included some of the largest global names in financial services and he has managed many assignments in the UK and overseas locations including New York, Chicago, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Prague and Singapore. Dean specialises in providing control and risk management solutions throughout the business processing cycle.
Dean is also a Member for Olive Academes, a Trust comprising five alternative provision academies in London and East England, providing education to children and young people aged between 7 and 16.
Dean has recently become a trustee and treasurer for the Land and City Families Trust. They operate The Old Pheasantry, an old manor house set in 5 acres of Surrey countryside. They provide holiday accommodation for children and young adults from voluntary and community groups with focus on those requiring extra support.
He is also a trustee for the Chris Donovan Trust, a Restorative Justice education charity helping people understand the power of Restorative Justice.
Trustee And Chair Of Finance & Operations Committee
Gregory is a Partner 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 in Surrey with his wife, two children and two dogs.
Phillip has been the CEO of the LEO Academy Trust since its formation in June 2015, having also held the role of Executive Headteacher at Cheam Common Junior Academy. Prior to that, he was Headteacher at Cheam Park Farm Junior Academy for six years. Having begun his career in education as a teaching assistant at Avenue Primary School in Belmont in 2001, Phillip remained at the school until 2010, covering a variety of roles from class teacher to deputy headteacher. He is a senior partner in the national school improvement network, Challenge Partners, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators in the City of London, a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a member of the Teaching & Learning Group at LGfL. Phillip specialises in school improvement, PedTech and assistive technology. Outside of education, Phillip is Chair of Trustees for the Sutton United Foundation.
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 becoming a Trustee at LEO Academy 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.
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.
Imran Sanaullah MBE, is a public leader with over 10 years of experience working with businesses, charities, schools, political parties and the Government. Imran has always been focused on delivering advice, insight and solutions, leading to inclusive, ethical and high-performing organisations. Imran is currently CEO of the Patchwork Foundation, which seeks to help young people from underrepresented and disadvantaged communities to overcome social barriers and become active, politically engaged members of British civil society.
I am an experienced healthcare professional with a passion for education.
Amelie has worked in education for over 20 years and is an experienced senior leader, including as a SENCO, headteacher and executive headteacher. She currently works as Head of Inclusion in a federation of six primary schools and is the Whole School SEND Regional Lead for the Southeast South London region. She was one of the lead authors of the Whole School SEND resource Teacher Handbook: SEND. She is passionate about professional development with a particular specialism in SEND and inclusion and how this sits at the core of all school development. Amelie has worked with a range of leadership teams to develop school-wide systems that enable inclusive practices for children and young people with SEND as well as support the delivery of high quality inclusive teaching for all.
Sarah has over 25 years of experience in education. She is currently Director of School Improvement (Primary and Safeguarding) for an academy trust in South London, working across nine primary and secondary schools. Prior to taking on this role Sarah was a primary Headteacher, leading schools in Croydon and Bromley. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a member of the academic steering group for PTI Education, supporting primary schools nationally to develop curriculum subject leadership.