Central Team Profiles

John Grove

Executive Headteacher

John is an outstanding leader with over 20 years of successful headship experience and a track record of improving schools.  As headteacher of Belleville Primary from 2000 to 2016, he led the school from “in danger of failing” to outstanding and nationally recognised for excellence. In recognition of its capacity and commitment to support others, under John’s leadership Belleville was designated as a National Support School in 2009, a National Teaching School in 2011, an Academy Sponsor in 2013 and a Maths Hub in 2014. John is a National Leader of Education and a Fellow of the National College for Teaching and Leadership. He has been the Executive Headteacher for the trust since 2016.

 

Jane Ford

Director of Curriculum

Jane drives the continuous development of our world class, aspirational curriculum. A former headteacher, she is a strong leader and influencer as well as an outstanding teaching practitioner. She has a particular passion for ensuring inspirational teaching and learning in English, languages and the arts. She is also an avid champion of growth mindset development in children and adults, and led the implementation of Q1E's 'Excellent Learners' approach.  Jane has extensive experience of leading the school improvement agenda, both internally as a senior leader and externally through her many deployments to support schools facing challenging circumstances. She has also trained hundreds of teachers across London and beyond, as part of our Teaching School delivery. 

 

Karen Taylor

Director of Maths

Karen supports the ongoing development of Maths teaching across the trust. She models lessons, coaches and supports teachers across our schools (and has trained more than 300 London teachers in ‘Singapore maths’). Karen is passionate about east Asian mastery teaching and has visited, hosted and worked with numerous expert teachers from Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With a background as assistant headteacher and outstanding maths lead, in recent years she has had a key role in establishing the London South West Maths Hub, participated in the England-China Education Research & Innovation Project led by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, and led an innovative project funded by the SHINE trust, to improve outcomes in maths for disadvantaged children. She is also a champion of Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLE) and holds a degree in cognitive psychology.

Claire Antrobus

Director of Inclusion

Claire supports our schools to ensure they are delivering inclusive and safe provision. She has a key role in developing SEND provision across the trust, as well as leading on safeguarding. In her previous role as assistant head, SENCO and designated safeguarding lead at Belleville Primary, she gained an excellent reputation with children, parents/carers, teachers, agencies and LA teams alike. She holds the National SENCO award, an MA in special and inclusive education, and a degree in psychology, in addition to gaining her PGCE and a wide range of SEN and safeguarding training. She regularly designs and runs training for teachers across London, including our course for new-to-post SENCOs.

 

Aderemi Shodipe

Director of Finance

Ade is an experienced Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA, CPFA) with over 18 years of public sector accounting and education finance experience across four London Boroughs. He also holds business analyst and project management qualifications and has held multiple board positions including as the chair of an academy governing body. He is responsible for developing and supporting the ongoing improvement and effective management of business matters across the trust, including finance, premises and ICT, ensuring appropriate systems and controls are in place. He is passionate about supporting schools to strategically reduce costs and increase their income.

Charlotte Meade

Director of Operations

Charlotte leads on a range of operational areas including governance, compliance, policy, communications and HR, and manages the academy conversion of new schools joining the trust. Charlotte’s previous roles include Director of Teaching School at Belleville Primary, and Senior Programme Manager at the National College for Teaching and Leadership, where she led a number of large-scale projects including the London Leadership Strategy. Her training and qualifications include PRINCE2, MSP, Company Secretary and professional clerking (ISBL).

 

Becky Gulliver

Learning

 

Ann Kelly

Graphic Designer
 

Ann has a key role in creating, articulating and realising our vision. With substantial professional experience in her field, Ann has worked with a range of high profile national clients including the NHS, Transport for London and the Natural History Museum. She utilises her invaluable expertise to support our schools with websites, school signage, posters, displays, children’s workbooks, marketing materials, photography, ICT development, room design, landscaping and more!

 

Jack Mercer

Administrative Support

 

Penny Smith

Finance

 

Lesley Dibbens

Administrative Support