Our senior leadership team includes:
Paul Walker (CEO and Trust Lead)
Paul Walker has been the CEO of the Trust since his appointment in January 2018. Paul has been the headteacher of several schools in Devon, many in challenging circumstances.Â Previously he was the CEO of the small Genesis Trust, which merged with the Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é in September 2017. Paul is a Local Leader of Education and has recently qualified as a Lead Inspector for Ofsted.Â He has also served on the Devon Association of Primary Headteachers for many years; chairing the group for several years.
Carol Chapman (Chief Operating Officer)
Carol has worked for the Trust since 2006 when it became the Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é and has played a leadÂ role in setting the operational structures for the Business area.Â Carol has worked in Education administration for over 20 years and has supported schools across Devon and nationally.Â Carol is a Specialist Leader of Education for Business Administration.
Angela Jenkins (Director of Performance and Development)
Angela has worked for the Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é Trust since 2004 and has taught across early years, key stage 1 and key stage 2, becoming Head and Teaching of Learning at Aveton Gifford in 2016. Angela is a designated Specialist Leader of Education and has completed the NPQH qualification. Angela has been involved with Primary Excellence Teaching School since itâ€™s designation in 2013, and took on the role of Director of Teaching School in September 2016. Alongside this, in November 2018, Angela started working with the Central Hub schools as Executive Head of Teaching and Learning. Angela is passionate about School Improvement, developing Teachers and building leadership capacity in aspiring leaders.
Rachael Caunter (Director of School Improvement)
Rachael has a Bachelor of Education (History) 2:1 Honours degree. Rachael was the Head of Teaching and Learning at Newton Ferrers C of E Primary School (2011-2017), Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é Trust. From September 2019, Rachael will be the Director of School Improvement for the Trust having a strategic overview of school improvement and effecting consistent improvement as well as raising standards, challenging performance and supporting school effectiveness.
Sarah Cotton (Trust Business Manager)
Sarah has over 22 years School Administration experience and has been a Trust Business Manager within the Trust since June 2017.Â Sarah oversees the business management of several schools within the Trust and has completed a Certificate in School Business Management.
Janine Price (Trust Business Manager)
Janine joined The Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é in 2011 as the Administrator for Lady Seawardâ€™s Primary School and progressed to Finance Assistant at Blackpool Primary School in 2015, before becoming a Trust Business Manager for South Hams a year later. For the past 2 years Janine has been a Trust Business Manager covering several schools within the trust; managing the Admin Teams and working closely with the Heads of Teaching and Learning.
Cheryl Haddy (Trust Business Manager)
Cheryl is a Trust Business Manager, overseeing everything non-educational within several schools in the Trust. She has a Diploma in School Business Management and has 13 years business management experience ranging from a small village school to a large inner city school with 540 on roll.
Alex Bremner(Trust Business Manager)
Alex joined us in the summer of 2022 as a Trust Business Manager. Her role covers several schools within the trust, mainly in the South Hams. Prior to joining the trust, Alex worked in further and higher education for eight years in administrative and project roles.
Liz Dymond(Trust Business Manager)
Liz has worked in primary education for 22 years. She is a former primary school teacher and has held a range of educational roles. Liz joined Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é Trust in 2019 and worked as a school administrator and senior administrator before joining our team in May 2023 as a business manager.
Isabelle Candy (Company Secretary and Governance Officer)
Isabelle has been the governance professional for the Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é Trust since April 2009. As the Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é grew and became a multi academy trust, Isabelleâ€™s role has developed to include the role of company secretary as well as advising staff around policies and compliance.
Samantha Branch (Head of Marketing & Communications)
Sam oversees the marketing and communications at the Trust and supports our family of schools with their marketing plans. Sam has worked in marketing and communications for over 15 years, with 10 years experience in non-profit sectors. Her experience spans the entire marketing mix including strategic planning and implementation, internal and external communications, targeting a wide range of audiences. Sam helps our schools raise awareness in their local communities through designing and implementing multichannel communication campaigns.
Jay Presneill (ICT Manager)
Jay has over a decade of experience in IT support and training within the private sector. Prior to that he served for 12 years in His Majestyâ€™s Royal Marines Commandos, where he was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as Acting Section Commander in a rifle company. He finished his military career as Detachment Commander within the Information Systems Specialisation - the Royal Marinesâ€™ IT equivalent. Following an injury, Jay was discharged from the military and worked in the private sector again for a managed services provider. However, Jay knew that he wanted to work in the public sector again and joined the trust in 2019 to oversee ICT operations.
The senior leadership team is supported by two school improvement officers - Claire Fegan and Carla Bennett.
Claire has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) 2:1 Honours Degree and a PGCE in Primary Education (English specialism). She was a Deputy Head for a number of years in Bath and North East Somerset before becoming Head of School at Sidmouth Primary, Ãå±±ÂÖ¼é Trust, in 2016. Claire is the Trust Strategic Lead for English and supports academies within the Trust to develop and implement their school improvement plans.
Carla has taught across all year groups and was the headteacher of a Plymouth primary school in 2019. She is a designated Specialist Leader of Education and was awarded Science Teacher of the Year in 2017 and awarded a lifetime fellowship to the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Carla has led and coached schools through the Primary Science Quality Mark and has delivered many research projects across schools. More recently she has worked as part of Plymouth City Council as an Education Improvement Partner. Carla is passionate about improving teaching and learning and supporting leaders to ensure the best possible outcomes for all learners.