Gail Carley

After completing her degree in European Finance and Accountancy, Gail started her career as an Office Manager and PA at Rolls Royce, followed by roles as a PA in a variety of different sectors over the next couple of years. She then worked for 15 years in the Financial Services industry, including sales management, project management, training and compliance roles.  She then became a Virtual Assistant (VA)  at the beginning of 2013, when she ran her own business as a Compliance and Training Consultant.

During her time as a VA, she provided support at Chief Executive and Board level across a variety of industries, including diary management, travel coordination, event planning and management as well as resource planning and personal and household management.  With a track record for being reliable, organised, efficient and deadline driven she provides focused support to enable clients to run and build their business effectively.

Gale has lived and worked around the world including France and Germany and most recently spent two years living in New York.  She speaks French fluently and loves to travel.

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Camilla Chandler-Mant has been working in education for nearly 20 years. Originally a teacher, she went on to work for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a consultant. Her work in this position focused on schools’ community engagement, extended services community cohesion, parental engagement and approaches to cultural diversity in communities.

Camilla has also worked with several local authorities developing Children’s Centre provisions. She currently leads and manages ‘South Bristol Youth’, a consortium of schools and community organisations that have joined together under one umbrella to develop high quality youth services in some of the most deprived communities in the country.

Trish Dooley

Having been a senior leader in schools for 19 years, I trained as a coach in order to enrich my practice in developing colleagues. I am firmly committed to the power of coaching to bring out the best in our teams, and ourselves and in helping us grow and flourish in both life and work. Coaching enables us to reflect on difficult situations and address them from different perspectives. It gives us courage to live by our values, face our fears and go for our dreams. Through my training with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and through my own coaching relationship with an accredited CPCC coach, I am able to develop strategies to be more engaged in the moment, to address my balance between the ‘doing’ and the ‘being’. I champion a healthy work-life balance, a more mindful approach to how we live and an inquisitive, growth mindset in all we do.

I have coached many colleagues towards middle and senior leadership posts and leadership teams in; working as a more effective collective, transitional change, and how as individuals, they lead effectual, resilient teams. I have acted as a personal coach to members of staff in helping them successfully find their own solutions. I also volunteer coach on the DfE initiative, Women in Leadership.

I have been a teaching and learning consultant, an Ofsted Inspector and an NCSL mentor. I currently work as a leadership consultant and coach in a school in East London and a maths consultant and coach in another. I also coach private clients in different work sectors including charities and small businesses.

Kenny Frederick

Kenny has been the Principal of George Green’s School for 17 years. The school is a large inner city secondary school and has a reputation for inclusion. As the Principal, Kenny has been responsible for all aspects of the school of 1200 students and over 200 staff. In her time at the school, Kenny has lead the team through several Ofsted Inspections and been instrumental in a series of significant positive changes over recent years.
As an experienced school leader, Kenny’s key strengths lie in the development of others, including staff, governors and students. Conflict resolution, coaching and mentoring are also key elements of Kenny’s portfolio of skills and experience.
Kenny was also a columnist for the TES for several years and now writes for various journals and publications. She also blogs extensively on education matters. She is in demand as a broadcaster and public speaker on all issues concerned with education and youth matters.

John GilbertJohn Gilbert

John is an experienced board level director in both executive and non-executive roles in the private, public and third sectors. A successful career in financial services with the Barclays group in the UK and US included executive roles as Finance and Risk Director at business unit and divisional levels. John then served as an executive director in a local authority leading transformational change in corporate services. He has just completed 6 years as a non-executive director at an NHS Foundation Trust, where he was a member of the audit, remuneration and nominations committees, chaired the risk and governance committee and was the Senior Independent Director. He has given presentations on governor relations at the Foundation Trust Network.  He has been involved with the charitable sector over a number of years and is currently the Treasurer at Scope


staff-member-aMalcolm Groves

Malcolm has over 35 years experience of leading and supporting change and innovation across all sectors of statutory and non-statutory education. This includes deputy headship of a London secondary school, deputy chief executive of a national voluntary youth organisation, and Senior Adviser to the Specialist Schools Trust. He has been an OFSTED registered inspector, school improvement partner, NPQH assessor, and secondary school chair of governors. He has specialist expertise in evaluation, development planning, quality assurance, partnership development, and stakeholder engagement. He is strongly committed to building the role of social enterprise within schools.

His recent consultancy portfolio has included:

  • Research for NCSL into school funding changes and their leadership implications;
  • Case study writer for NCSL modular curriculum for school leadership;
  • Designer of collaborative quality mark for cross-sector education providers in six local authorities.
  • Lead developer of the Investing in Community Engagement Quality Mark, and author of the SSAT on-line toolkit for Developing Effective Community Engagement.
  • Designer and director of the SSAT 18 month, six module Innovative Leadership for the Future senior leadership development pursued by over 350 school leaders across five years.

His book ‘Regenerating Schools’ was published by Continuum International in September 2008. It was reviewed by Professor Brian Caldwell as “an outstanding book, which deserves to have a very high profile around the world”.

He is founder and co-convener of the recently-established national research and development network of school leaders, The Beauchamp Group (, which seeks to understand, promote and validate a new understanding of the outstanding school of the future.

He is currently also in his final year as a part-time doctoral researcher in school leadership at the University of Warwick, investigating the relationship between school leadership, community engagement and education outcomes in English secondary schools. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jenny Lloyd-Jenkins

With over 15 years’ experience providing coaching – Jenny works with teams and 1 on 1 for clients allowing them space to challenge and explore new thinking. Her experience has been gained within diverse commercial environments including the Financial services, Property and Utilities sectors. Jenny has also worked with Senior Leaders within Education.

Jenny provides a holistic approach to her coaching and provides her clients with opportunities to recognise and utilise their own lifelong personal insights to new situations.

An academic background in Social Science and experience in working with diverse groups of women from Senior Executive Board Members to those who have experienced great hardships in life enables Jenny to bring a wealth of expertise and approaches to her sessions.

A parent of two young adults Jenny has also current knowledge and experience of the challenges and  opportunities facing this group of people today.

Becky Poynter

Becky has been involved in educational administration for over 20 years working for an Inner London Borough and, more recently, for various schools in North Essex. She has been a school governor for over 10 years and is an experienced Chair of Governors recently becoming an NLG (National Leader of Governance) through the NCTL. She is currently working in schools and academies across Suffolk and Essex both as an NLG and Consultant Governor. Becky is a strong believer in “Academic Excellence Through Great Governance” and works with Governing Bodies and SLTs to increase their understanding of the role, ensure that governors provide support and challenge to senior leaders and each other in equal measure, assist with strategic planning to drive school improvement, and most importantly, remind Governors that every child deserves a good or better education.

Becky lives in beautiful, rural North Essex with her husband and two fantastic children. When not immersed in governance issues she likes to knit, cook, sing, read and walk Alfie, the Wicked Whippet.

richardRichard Pyne

Richard Pyne is a highly experienced management consultant specialising in the areas of people development, the management of change and HR strategy. He works extensively on projects to assess staff and students and identify development pathways to help individuals make the most of their talents, as well as helping leadership teams think through the people development strategies for their organisations.

A skilled facilitator, Richard works with both commercial and public sector organisations in the UK and also in North America, Europe and the Middle East. His clients include oil, pharma and financial services companies as well as Government departments and Universities. He holds a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, is CIPD qualified and served for many years as a Governor of a secondary school in Richmond.

Susan's PhotoSusan Stewart

Susan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, having over 20 years in Human Resources and Learning & Development. She has gained experiences and developed capability across the full range of HR on a national and international stage.  Susan’s diverse career has meant she has enjoyed working at senior level with private, public and not for profit sectors requiring exceptional skills in organisational change and development, employee relations, learning and development and leadership programmes.

Susan is the former People Director of Insights Learning & Development Ltd and as such brings a  unique perspective in the power of engaging and inspiring people through the use of Insights Discovery™.  Susan has significant experience in education and industry partnerships and is focused on making a contribution to the development of Scotland’s young people and young workforce.  Susan knows that utilising Insights Discovery™ is an incredible tool for supporting individuals, teams and organisations to unlock their potential.  Susan is passionate about Insights Discovery™ accrediting it with breakthroughs in her personal relationships with her husband of 34 years and her two (now grown up) daughters.

Susan now works independently in her own business Susan Stewart 7 Consulting Ltd.  Susan enjoys life in the countryside with her dog Angus and of course husband Cliff.

suzanneSuzanne White

With over 25 years in Human Resources and Learning & Development, Suzanne is an expert in all aspects of HR policy and practice with a forte in business restructuring, people development, conflict resolution and the practical application of employment law. Suzanne has co-founded an award-winning HR and training consultancy and has lectured on Employee Relations in both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Diploma of Management Studies (DMS) professional development programs.

Suzanne is a passionate believer in the power of people and she brings a positive energy to any engagement. She is also a keen advocate of Insights Discovery™, a coaching tool for professional development and personal growth and as an Insights Discovery™ Practitioner Suzanne helps individuals within business and education to unlock their personal and team potential.

She is currently a Governor at Roydon Primary School and is a volunteer on the CIPD ‘STEPS’ mentoring program for young people seeking employment. She is a devoted partner and mother of two with a passion for dance and fitness.


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