Our People


Claire-Marie Cuthbert - CEO

Claire-Marie is the Trusts’ new CEO and has over 15 years of leadership experience in some of the country’s most challenging schools including primary and secondary. Graduating from Sunderland University with a first class honours degree in education beginning her career in Stockton-On-Tees. ... more

Carl Atkin - Director of School Improvement

Carl studied music in Colchester and completed his PGCE at Bretton Hall. He started teaching in 1998 and has held a number of secondary school middle and senior leadership posts. Carl achieved Distinction at The Guardian East Midlands Teacher of the Year Awards in 2007 and was awarded Achievement... more

Barbara Sims - Chief Finance Officer

Job Title:  Chief Finance Officer Barbara joined the Trust as Finance Director in March 2017 and is a Chartered Accountant with over 14 years practical accountancy experience. Before joining the Trust, Barbara worked closely with the education sector as Senior Audit Manager for a top 10... more

Dawn Pare - Operations and Marketing Lead

Dawn is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and joined the Trust in February 2016. Dawn is a qualified Prince 2 practitioner and has a wealth of experience managing medium to large projects across the country which were delivered while working for The Post Office during her 20... more

Kirsty Allen-Smith - Administrator

Kirsty is the administration assistant to the executive team and joined the trust in September 2018. She is a qualified legal executive and worked in the legal sector for 14 years before deciding to start a family. She has since become a volunteer at the local Girl Guides Rainbow unit in her spare... more

Charlotte Elliott - Headteacher

Job Title:  Headteacher at the Bramble Academy Charlie is a passionate school leader, whose experience has included leading both Primary and Secondary schools across the UK. She has a strong school improvement background, removing both primaries and secondary schools from Ofsted... more

Adrian O'Malley - Headteacher

Adrian is Headteacher at The Brunts Academy, he studied at Nottingham Trent University for a Sports Science Degree, before going to Loughborough University for his PGCE. He starting teaching at Brunts in 2003 and gained promotion to second in PE, Director of Learning and then Assistant Headteacher... more

Michael Lucas - Headteacher

Job Title: Headteacher at The Beech Academy Michael is the Headteacher at the Beech Academy, he studied at Nottingham Trent and Loughborough Universities starting teaching at All Saints’ Catholic Academy, Mansfield in September 2003. After progressing up the ranks as an Assistant Curriculum... more