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Leger Education Trust

Leger Education Trust

Meet Our Team

Trust Members

Mr David McEwan (Chair of Members)

Has policed the community from 1971 to 1998 with an excellent working knowledge of the Campsmount Academy Community, its families, its geography, and employment.  Was also employed by Health and Safety Executive as an Explosives Liaison Officer to South Yorkshire Police 1998 to 2014. 

Was trained in the use of firearms as Police Officer, and was part of the small Special Firearms Group, which included personal protection training and operations with high profile persons. As a community police officer has worked in all the schools within the Campsmount pyramid, as part of the teaching staff when required, i.e. drug awareness, personal safety and welfare, road safety, mentoring and monitoring children with issues. Has supported teaching staff in community programmes.

Dave has worked as a volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme as an expedition assessor and has completed the summer training for mountain leadership and the expedition leaders course.  In his own time he taught swimming at the local swimming pool obtaining the ASA teachers qualification. 

On the governing board for over 20 years, being chair for the last 10, was also part of a team to deal with the catastrophic school fire in 2009 which destroyed the school completely and within less than 3 years planned, negotiated and built the current school. 

Dave is currently president of the local branch of the Royal British Legion and has organised several expeditions to world war 1 and 2 battlefields for its members.

Revd. Dr Richard James Walton

Until his retirement Revd. Dr Richard Walton was Reader in Education based within the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University prior to which he taught physics in secondary schools. Originally a physicist, Dr Walton holds an MEd in the Philosophy of Education. His PhD, which was undertaken at Leeds University, looked at the philosophical and psychological underpinnings to learning in interactive science and technology centres.

Dr Walton has been actively involved with science teacher education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has supervised and examined students at doctoral level in Science Education. Dr Walton is a priest in the Church of England and holds an MA in Theology and Pastoral Studies - his dissertation focussed upon the work of the French neo-Thomists. His published work reflects his interest in the teaching and learning of science in informal settings. He has served on the Council of the British Association, on the Millennium Awards Committee at the Royal Society and as a member of the International Organising Committee of the 3rd International GIREP Seminar on Informal Learning and the Public Understanding of Physics. Alongside the contributions he has made at a number of International Science Education conferences, Dr Walton has established very strong links with the science education communities in Central and Eastern Europe - particularly Poland and Slovakia - and South Africa particularly in developing innovative teacher education models. He has served as external evaluator for the EU-Train project - a transnational project that sought to harmonise the teaching practice experience of science teacher education students across Europe.

Dr Walton has managed large regional development projects: for example, he directed the RA3 project which was a 4 year £1.1 million project which sought through family learning to improve the educational opportunities of young people in areas of deprivation in South Yorkshire. More recently, Dr Walton has taught Christian Doctrine as a visiting lecturer at the college of St Barnabas, Mirfield. As a bishops’ adviser and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Dr Walton plays a significant role both nationally and regionally in the selection and formation of candidates for ordained ministry in the church of England.

Mr Anton Maree

Headteacher of Ackworth School, a leading co-education boarding and day school for age 2 and a 1/2 to 18.  As Headteacher he has successfully led the school through Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) visits and significantly developed the international dimension of the school.  He has very significant experience in Leadership of schools both nationally and internationally. Educated in a state school, one of Anton’s particular passions is driving collaboration between education in the state and independent sectors with a determination for educational innovation and creating opportunities for disadvantaged students.

Ms Jo Kazmarek

Jo is a civil servant and for nearly 10 years has worked in different roles in a number of Government departments. Jo is currently on secondment from the Department for Education to a joint policy role between Sheffield Hallam University & the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority where she works with the newly appointed mayor to deliver his manifesto.

Previous roles have included: leading a social mobility education programme in Doncaster, working with the East Midlands and Humber Region Schools Commissioner to develop and implement regional school improvement strategies, leading three sector based business reviews of regulation and working with Lord Heseltine’s as education and skills lead in his review of Tees Valley following the closure of the SSI steelworks.

Jo’s current role is lead for the Doncaster Social Mobility Opportunity Area programme, which is at the forefront of DfE’s drive to improve social mobility in the country’s 12 most challenging areas. She has been a governor of a primary school and now sits on the board of directors for a multi academy trust based in Sheffield (since July 2016). She has also been appointed to the board of EXPECT Youth  - a youth services charity based in Doncaster.

In her spare time she likes to spend lots of time with friends and family, travelling and walking with her west highland terrier, Barney!

Mr Mathew Lynds

An education began at Campsmount with two brothers many years ago. The environment at Campsmount, with the mix of pupils from different backgrounds and the opportunities the school gave, was fundamental in building his character and attitude, is the only reason he feels he has succeeded in business.

He has experienced a wide range of jobs and education after leaving school, but returned back to Doncaster in his 20’s. Matthew now lives, works, and has raised his children in the immediate area of Campsmount.  His children were schooled at Campsmount and he understands the intrinsic value that a good school has on life and the community as a whole. Matthew understands the value of an outstanding school, which is what he wants to see Leger Education Trust achieve.

In terms of value to the Trust Matthew is challenging in his thoughts, and perhaps can be disruptive in terms of recognising that keeping the status quo because that is what has always done, does not mean that is right.  He believes that there should be the courage to do what’s right, tempered with good governance, information, and direction.  Having worked in the organisations he has, with the people he has, and having run a business for 20 years, he has much experience of the business world, and believes that he can help the Trust progress and improve the outcomes of children. 

Matthew has experience as a governor of 5 years at the DN Colleges Group and has experienced the importance of strong governance and methods, such as audit.  DN Colleges group has also just gone through a merger, which has been invaluable in terms of identifying areas of potential concern before they occur, and helping to mitigate any eventualities in terms of forward planning.

Trust Board of Directors

Mrs Babs Lynds (Chair of Directors)

Holding a prominent role in the local professional community Babs drives sustainable business development activities, raising the profile of her company and enabling growth. Due to her expertise and experience she, alongside her business partner lead, develop and manage a large team of staff, enabling them to reach their full potential.  

Incredibly focused with exceptional interpersonal skills Babs inspires excellence and engagement by continually demonstrating leadership standards and role model behaviour. Her experience underpins her success and excellent track record of consistent high performance.  She possesses all the attributes required of an effective influential leader and can realise potential and instil a high performing culture of empowerment, ownership and continuous improvement within a team to deliver key strategic objectives.

Alongside her current role she has undertaken several voluntary governing body roles providing support to local primary and secondary schools throughout Doncaster. This involves providing strategic leadership, coaching and development to the schools, Head Teachers and senior leaders, holding them to account to ensure the school delivers the aims and ambitions it has for its pupils.   Babs’s main responsibilities as Chair of Governors is to be accountable for the school’s performance and use of resources to make planned impact on pupil progress.

She also worked at Trust level helping to develop and structure the model to ensure growth and sustainability of the trust. She has been called upon to support an IEB to enable the restructure of a failing school and ensure its ability to continue and grow under new management.

Rev Mark Wigglesworth (Vice Chair of Directors)

A senior leader in the Diocese of Sheffield providing support to Anglican churches across the region on appointments, strategy and financial management.  Alongside this has been a member of many partnership boards within the Borough Council with Chair and Company Director expertise.  Other experience as a senior computer analyst at Rolls Royce and chief negotiator for MSF trade union.  Over 20 years experience on governing bodies in three schools in both primary and secondary sectors, including leading whole school rebuilds and numerous Ofsted’s.

Mrs Bridget Gill

Bridget has worked in private, public and third sectors joining AC Nielsen after university. After 10 years she left to set up her own business in the UK gift trade. Following the recession in the early 1990s she joined the NHS, working within a number of organisations over the next 20 years. In 2013 she moved into the charitable sector and in 2015 became charity manager of Spectrum People, which supports vulnerable people of all ages. To date the charity has engaged with well over 2000 people.

One of her greatest interests is the development of social enterprise and how the public can benefit from community run organisations. At the Department of Health, she worked in the Social Enterprise Unit, and retains that interest in the educational sector, where she created and managed an out of school club for 5 years – as a volunteer, developing links between young and older people to break down barriers and perceptions and improve the mental health for all involved. Currently the charity she runs is doing much of this intergenerational work linking schools and care settings.

Throughout her career Bridget has led on governance, project work, change management (including 3 mergers in the NHS) and customer services. As a policy lead in the NHS she managed functions including corporate affairs and governance, communications, the media, public involvement, business continuity, facilities, estates and IT. She also sat on the Dr Foster Ethics Committee for 9 years and was a board member in the NHS.

Mr Chris Knight

Chris is Finance and Business Manager for Highways England in Major Projects, North Division. June 2007 to Dec 2015.  Annual budget £400m. Experienced in development and implementation of business plans, production of monthly management accounts and significant input for the Division's annual accounts, staff management and performance management, chairing performance meetings with major construction contractors, responsible for finance and commercial aspects in submissions for capital expenditure. 

He was Head of Financial Services for Lincoln University, Sept 2006 to May 2007 with an annual budget £60m. Responsible for all financial aspects in creditors, debtors including student fees, credit control, procurement, integrity of credit transactions. He has liaised with external and internal auditors and following audit actions for both the University and Student Union. He was also responsible for the preparation of finance reports and presentation to the University Board.

As Director of Finance and Corporate Services for Igen Ltd (provider of careers information, advice and guidance for adults and students) he had an annual budget £12m.  He prepared strategic and business plans, produced financial and commercial reports for the Board, was responsible for HR including payroll and pensions, Facilities, Procurement, IT and contract negotiations with both DfEE and suppliers.

As Director of Finance and Information for Grantham and Kesteven NHS Trust Hospital. Nov 1993 to April 1996 he had an annual budget £21m.  Was responsible for all periodic financial and budgetary performance reports, the production and presentation of Finance reports to Board and senior clinicians, annual budgets and annual accounts, contract negotiations with NHS Health Commissioners and GPs and was the external and internal auditor point of contact.

Chris was also a Non -Executive Director (and Chair of the Audit Committee) for St Anne's Shelter Homes from Nov 2000 to July 2006. They provide residential care for people with learning difficulties.

Mr Tony Mulvey

Tony is joint Managing Director of a local engineering business where he has worked for over 26 years. He has a wealth of experience in terms of the financial and operational management responsibilities associates with the running of a local business.

Has a very good understanding of most aspects of business management, including payroll, sales, marketing and HR etc., but best attributes and skills relate to finances and financial management.   He is responsible for the oversight and review of the business on a day to day basis and therefore is used to checking and evaluating data, reports and other information sources and making decisions on the development and implementation of strategies to assist the efficient and effective operation of the business.

With over 10 years experience as a school governor at Littlemoor Children’s Centre and School, 4 of which have been as Chair, he also has a sound understanding of the primary education sector and how a successful primary school functions.

Mrs Fiona Couper

Fiona has worked in central government since 2005, and has been a policy team leader at the Department for Education since 2016. In previous roles she has advised the Education Secretary and the Minister for the School System on policy matters relating to the academies system and school place provision across England. Fiona has extensive experience in policy and strategy development, and project and risk management. She has exceptional understanding of school performance data and its uses, the measures of academy trust financial performance and the principles of the Academies Financial Handbook. Fiona is currently leading a team in early years policy and strategy.

Mrs Tracy Millard

Tracy has been the Head Teacher at St Hugh’s School since September 2018. Her experience across 20 years in the sector on special education is a special asset for the free school. During her roles, she held responsibility for Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Accreditation. She was also a senior teacher at Kilton Thorpe School, where she has been head of Primary Department, of Sixth Form Provision, she was also an Advanced Skills Teacher for SEN and a class teacher for Primary Autism Key Stage 1 and 2.

Mr Marc Warris

Marc has over 30 years’ experience in Investment & Retail Banking covering Operations & Technology with assignments in London, Europe, India, South Africa & Hong Kong.  For the last 10 years.  Marc has been providing his Project services under contract with a number of major financial institutions including RBS, Barclays, HSBC & more recently Bank of New York Mellon.  He has extensive man management skills & a proven track record in building cohesive, motivated teams. 

Executive Leadership Team

Mr Adam Dale (CEO)

Adam has been CEO of Leger Education Trust since it was formed. Prior to that he was Principal of Campsmount Academy which moved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in all areas. Campsmount is now one of the top performing schools in the area and has become very significantly over subscribed.  A local leader of Education and a PIXL Associate who has supported other school’s development relating to leadership, raising attainment, through to excellent learning, behaviour and attendance. Also acted as a Headteacher mentor for new Headteachers within the Local Authority.  Prior to joining Campsmount Academy worked in schools in London boroughs as a PE Teacher and Head of PE before taking on various roles including Headteacher at a school in Slough, moving the school to ‘Good’ with one of the highest value-added scores nationally.

Mrs Rebecca Grange (Executive Director)

As Executive Director, Rebecca Grange is responsible for overseeing all non-educational functions across the Trust focussing on Finance and Operations. Her wealth of experience has been paramount in developing and delivering 'operational excellence' in order to support the Trusts overall strategic aims and objectives. Rebecca has worked within educational business and operational management for over 10 years, and prior to this was Visitor Operations Manager at English Heritage.

Mrs Carol Ann Turner (Executive Headteacher)

A very experienced Headteacher who is currently being employed as an Executive Headteacher over two schools.  Askern Littlemoor Infant Academy is an outstanding infant school where student outcomes are consistently above the national average.  The school is in an area of significant deprivation with 45% Pupil Premium and despite this the engagement with parents and the local community is excellent and an example to others.  Prior to joining Askern Littlemoor Infant Academy she was a teacher in another outstanding primary school where her student’s outcomes were always significantly above the national average. Having been a Deputy for 12 years and a Headteacher for 7 years she has excellent experience of building teams and capacity to support others.  In July 2017, she became an LLE with immediate deployments which ultimately has led to an Executive position.  A reflective and transformational leader her school is part of an EEF funded metacognition project and is accredited to become a Teaching and Learning reviewer, representing Partners in Learning.

Mrs Ruth Hartley (Associate Principal)

Currently an Associate Principal at Campsmount Academy, leading Teaching and Learning, CPD and Quality Assurance across the Academy.  A very experienced coach and mentor through regular SLE deployments from Partners in Learning and previous experience of being an Advanced Skills teacher.  Having previously worked on two other Secondary Schools and alongside Primary SLEs, she has developed a toolkit of many styles creating a vehicle for change and developing staff members.  Achieving NPQSL in October 2014, she has successfully applied for NPQH in September 2017 and is currently completing her two projects.  Having led the school’s self-evaluation strategies, ensuring target setting, actions and deadlines, she has demonstrated the leadership skills and qualities that have raised the teaching profile. Her passion for Teaching and Learning, drive and resilience enables her to be a very effective Vice Principal, with capacity to both support and challenge schools across the Trust.

Mrs Helen Young (Executive Assistant)

Helen is an Executive Assistant providing support to the Trust Executive Team.  She is also responsible for governance & recruitment across the Trust. Helen has a background in education having worked at Doncaster College as a Business Manager and Head of Department.  She also has several years of experience working in marketing and project management.  Helen is a Prince 2 practitioner and graduate of the Institute of Export.

Mrs Debbie Nelson (Executive Assistant)

Debbie supports the CEO, Executive team and schools with a focus on communications and compliance. Debbie has worked in education for four years and has a strong background in administrative and finance roles. Debbie has previously worked for the NHS and Doncaster Rovers Football Club.

Executive Improvement Partners (EIPs)

Mrs Maggie Blount (Leadership and Management / Governance)

Experienced in MAT support for Exceed Partnership Trust and Inspiring Futures.  Former Headteacher of an outstanding primary school in Doncaster, Hatfield Woodhouse Primary.  Associate Headteacher, supporting a school in special measures. Primary Strategy Consultant Leader Status. SIP Accreditation and SIP for eight schools. Support work in sixteen schools after retiring from headship and currently supporting seven schools as a Standards and Effectiveness Partner in Doncaster.  Also, currently supporting other local Doncaster schools by leading reviews, supporting new headteachers, advising governors for headteachers’ performance management, developing leadership teams, leading school improvement planning, supporting school governance, as well as creating various training packages, bespoke to specific schools.

Mrs Ann Marshall (Raising Outcomes / PP)

Headteacher of Warmsworth Primary School in Doncaster, a high achieving and outstanding primary, oversubscribed with 470 children on roll. The school has had three Ofsted inspections and successfully moved from a grading of Good to Outstanding in 2014.  Moving the school from Good to Outstanding was challenging, however, staying Outstanding has been the mission. Ann has the ability to drive through change, whilst maintaining motivation of the team and their commitment to the necessary school improvements.  Strategies to improve attendance have been highly effective and resulted in the school being consistently ranked amongst the highest nationally. In 2015 the school was recognised for its innovative teaching and in the same year, secured exceptional outcomes for all disadvantaged children and were awarded a prize of £25,000 in the national Pupil Premium Awards.  As a result of the award, Ann has provided training and advice to schools across the Yorkshire and Humber region.  As an LLE the main focus of the work has been raising attainment and progress of learners by improving quality of teaching and learning. Ann has supported a local school with Ofsted preparation, by ensuring that effective measures were quickly put into place to prevent a vulnerable school being judged inadequate. 

Mrs Jill Northwood (Behaviour / Attendance / Parental Engagement / Travellers)

Headteacher at Toll Bar Primary School (Doncaster) from 2006 to 2016.  School was in bottom 10% of most deprived schools in England, with high proportion of GTR pupils and high mobility. During her headship Ofsted rated Toll Bar as consistently good with outstanding features.  Jill has been an LLE since 2010 and has been a Standards and Effectiveness Partner since leaving Toll Bar in 2016. (Jill is the current STEP for Littlemoor School). In her work as a systems leader she undertakes Teaching and Learning Reviews, Safeguarding Audits and also trains Middle & Senior Leaders for Partners in Learning.

Mrs Kate Bailey (Teaching and Learning / Raising Outcomes)

Former Deputy Headteacher of North Wheatley Primary School, a very high achieving and outstanding school, in North Nottinghamshire. Whilst she was the Year 6 teacher SATs results have been amongst the highest nationally, including in her areas of particular expertise, Writing, Reading and SPAG.  Her ability to support school improvement was proven during her time with Rotherham LA, where she focused on literacy development in some of the most deprived areas nationally.


Are you interested in becoming part of our team? If so please get in touch by phone or email, or complete one of the enquiry forms on our 'Joining our Trust' page.