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Meet Our People

Our Trust has approximately 550 staff that are all committed to delivering the best possible opportunities for the young people in our organisations to flourish.

Every single person involved in our Trust is critical to our success, and we place no ego on position or title.  Everyone is as important and is equally valued.

Our employee's work is supported by the vision of the Members and the strategy of the Trustees, and then under the daily encouragement of our Headteachers and with the support of our Central Team.

The websites of each individual organisation give the details of those working in that particular setting (Our Settings). 

View our teams' profiles to read their full bio!

Executive Team

  • Christine Stansfield

    Chief Executive Officer

    Christine Stansfield is the CEO of Mowbray Education Trust.

  • Michael Lilley

    Chief Finance Officer

    Mike is a Chartered Accountant with a broad range of financial experience across education, including Higher Education, local authority school education, and roles in both large and small Multi-Academy Trusts.

  • Matt Parrott

    Executive Lead for Stakeholders & Partnerships

    Matt graduated from the University of York with a First Class degree in Politics. After a brief career as an Estate Agent, he saw the light and completed his PGCE at The University of Manchester.

  • Anna Butler

    Executive Lead for People and Development

    Anna studied at Liverpool University before completing her teacher training in 2002.

  • Carl Elder

    Executive Lead for Secondaries

    Following a brief career in banking, Carl has been involved in teaching and school leadership for almost 20 years.

  • Ian Toon

    Executive Lead for Primaries

    Ian is a graduate of Nottingham Trent University and has spent 29 years in the education sector currently holding the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

  • Susan Beasley

    Executive Lead for Governance and Compliance

    Following 25 years of running her own service led business Susan changed career path to pursue a governance professional role.

Senior Leadership Team

  • Helena Blumfield

    Head of School at Sherard Primary School

  • Andrea Brown

    Head of School at Ab Kettleby and Somerby Primary Schools

  • Hayley Cheeseman

    Head of School at The Grove Primary School

  • Judith Johnson

    Head of School at Iveshead

  • Vicky Sellars

    Head of School at Brownlow Primary School

  • Terry Claridge

    Head of School at John Ferneley College

  • Maria Twittey

    Centre Manager at Oasis Pre-school & Retreat

  • Ella Burnell

    Operations Manager at Iveshead School

  • Deborah Cornes

    Director of Learning Environment at Iveshead School

  • Alistair Hallifax

    Assistant Headteacher: Timetable, Data and Exams at John Ferneley College

  • Nathan James

    Assistant Head at Iveshead School

  • Melissa Kettle

    SENDCo at John Ferneley College

  • Matt King

    Assistant Headteacher: Progress and Outcomes at John Ferneley College

  • Kat Russell

    Assistant Headteacher: Behaviour and Attitudes; Safeguarding at John Ferneley College

  • Sophie McNally

    Assistant Head at Iveshead School

  • Elizabeth Strickland

    Assistant Head: Personal Development and Futures at John Ferneley College

  • Luke Twitchin

    Assistant Head at Iveshead School

School Improvement Team

  • Emma Charlton

    Trauma Informed and Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner

  • Chris Chisholm

    School Improvement Lead: Data, timetables and exams

  • Claire Gladwell

    Trust Lead for Safeguarding

  • Cassie Grimes

    MFL Curriculum Leader

  • Sandie Hart

    SEND & Behaviour Advisor.

  • Lucy Neath

    Trust Lead for Reading

  • Jess Watson

    Trust SENDCo

Central Team

  • Charity Hornbuckle

    Trust HR Advisor

  • Ellena Crowe

    HR Officer

  • Bobby Wallace

    Trust IT Services Manager

  • Alex Wainman

    IT Services Technician

  • Steph Cooke

    Deputy Chief Finance Officer

  • Katie James

    Assistant Management Accountant

  • Melissa Hackett

    Finance Officer

  • Laura Gordon

    Finance Officer

  • Lois Hughes

    Finance Officer

  • Daniella Kozak

    Trust Operations Officer

  • Mike Walker

    Trust Estates Lead

  • Lesley Russell

    Community & Facilities Officer


  • Elaine Welsh

    Founding Member

    Elaine Welsh is a founding Member of the Trust.

  • Siobhan Connelly


  • Conroy Godber


    Conroy is a Retired Aerospace Engineering and IT Manager.

  • Dawn O'Higgins


    Dawn O'Higgins was appointed a Member of the Trust in May 2017.

  • Denise Reed


    Initially a teacher in the primary sector, Denise’s career evolved via educational publishing and public relations (including The Budgerigar Information Bureau) to the coordinator of Pedigree Masterfoods Education Centre.


  • Anne Frost


    Anne began her working life in retail management before becoming an officer in the Royal Air Force serving in the UK and Hong Kong.

  • Linda Arnold


  • Wayne Hickling

    Wayne Hickling was appointed a Trustee in 2019.

  • Tendai Mutambirwa

    Tendai is a graduate in Aerospace Engineering with up to 20 years working experience in aviation and aerospace.

  • Drew Richardson-Walsh

    Deputy Chair & Senior Independent Director

    Drew Richardson-Walsh is a Partner of Peridot Partners Ltd, a London-based executive, and board-level search firm, where he leads the education practice.

  • Alison Riggall

    Alison was appointed as a trustee in February 2023, and values this opportunity to continue to support local education.

  • Jo Unwin

    Formerly the Chair Of Governors at Iveshead School, Jo was appointed as a trustee in February 2023 and is keen to contribute to the local community by being part of the Mowbray Education Trust.