Our Education Leaders

Our Executive Board

Mark Woods

Trustee & Chief Executive Officer

Mark began his teaching career as an English teacher at the Deacon’s School in Peterborough. He then moved to become the Second in English at the Jack Hunt School, Peterborough. Mark was then promoted to Head of English at Sawtry Community College in Cambridgeshire.  In January 2003, he was appointed as the Vice Principal of...

Martin Campbell

Executive Principal, North Cambridge Academy and Darwin Green Development

A teacher since 1997 Martin has worked for CMAT, as a consultant and Principal of North Cambridge Academy, for over 2 years.  Previous to joining CMAT, he was Principal of the all through school, 4 to 18, Kettering Science Academy. Martin has been head of English and Vice Principal for Parkside Federation working in Coleridge Community College and Parkside Community...

Andy Daly

Executive Principal, Swavesey Village College and Northstowe Development

Andy has been on the leadership team at Swavesey VC since 2007 and was appointed as Principal in 2013.  During this time, Swavesey has developed a national reputation for the quality and breadth of its curriculum. Andy has led on the development of curriculum for Swavesey; and worked for the Cambridge Area Partnership on the...

Jane Dooley

Executive Principal, Primary

Jane has led the improvement of the first CMAT primary school from measures to a good Ofsted grading. She is currently working with other primaries who have joined CMAT to improve their provision to ensure they are all at least good. Jane leads the development of the Trust’s primary education provision, ensuring that all the...

Steve Howard

Executive Principal, Nene Park Academy and Corby Development

Steve was responsible for writing the successful Specialist Science Status application for Swavesey Village College in September 2003, its re-designation application in 2007 and, after taking SVC to HPSS status, its second specialism application for Languages in 2008. He led the strategic development and management of ICT at the college and was also responsible for...

Anthony Partington

Executive Director of Education and Executive Principal, Stamford Welland Academy

Anthony joined CMAT in 2010 as part of the team seconded from Swavesey to support Orton Longueville School in its transition to Nene Park Academy. In July 2014, Anthony was appointed as Principal of Stamford Welland Academy in its conversion from Stamford Queen Eleanor with the brief to deliver the ‘Stamford Free School’ vision.  In...

Mary Rayner

Executive Director of SENDV

Mary joined CMAT in September 2017 following her role as an HMI and one of Ofsted’s National Leads for SEND. During her time with Ofsted, she introduced the Local Area SEND inspections. Mary has substantial leadership and management experience in all-through special schools and mainstream secondary schools. As well as being an Advanced Skills Teacher,...

Richard Spencer

Principal, Ely College

Richard trained to teach in 2002, and has worked in a number of schools in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire since then. He has been a senior leader since 2010. Richard joined CMAT in January 2015 to lead on the development of teaching and learning. Prior to that, he was Vice Principal at Impington Village College in...

Sarah Wilson

Principal, Sawtry Village Academy

Sarah was appointed permanent Principal of Sawtry when it joined the CMAT in April 2015. Prior to this position she held a range of leadership posts at the former Sawtry Community College. She has dedicated her working life to improving educational provision in village college settings, some of this completed through her previous work as...


Our Secondary Academy Leaders

Jay Brown

Vice Principal, Ely College

Samuel Fox

Vice Principal, North Cambridge Academy

Sam entered teaching through the Teach First programme which is committed to reducing the education gap for disadvantaged pupils. Through this programme he worked in three London schools where he had a range of different responsibilities; including Key Stage 4 and Teaching and Learning. Three years ago he successfully applied to be a member of...

Ellie Green

Vice Principal, Nene Park Academy

Ellie came into teaching in 2001 following a successful career as a Footwear Designer with experience as professional tutor/lecturer at De Montfort University, which ignited her passion for teaching. After completing The Graduate Teacher Programme, she worked in two schools in Leicestershire teaching or leading Design Technology. Ellie has been a senior leader since 2011...

Lee Mawby

Vice Principal, Ely College

Simon Parsons

Vice Principal, Sawtry Village Academy

Simon trained to teach at the University of Durham (PGCE Physical Education) after completing a BSc Hons Sports Science and Geography at Brunel University. He joined Sawtry in 2002 having previously entered into teaching as an NQT in Peterborough from 1998. Roles have included Head of Year, Head of Department, Assistant Principal (2009 onwards) and...

Michelle Petersen

Vice Principal, Nene Park Academy

Michelle trained to teach at UEA after spending four years at Sussex University studying Maths with European Studies (French) which involved a year in France studying Maths at a French University. She joined the Trust in January 2014 after working at various schools in the south of England. In January 2015 Michelle transitioned from Assistant...

Jim Stavrou

Headteacher, Swavesey Village College

Jim joined CMAT in 2010. As Vice Principal, he led Swavesey Village College’s departments for Maths, English and Science and the new technologies strategy and pupil progress and achievement across the college. He has had responsibility for Curriculum design and the Timetable and has also had a central role in delivering successful school-to-school support programmes...

Victoria Lloyd

Headteacher of Stamford Welland Academy

Vicky was appointed as Headteacher of Stamford Welland Academy in April 2018. Following a Sports Science degree and then a PGCE in PE and English at Loughborough University, Vicky started her teaching career at John Ferneley College in Melton Mowbray where she taught PE and English for 5 years. She then moved on to become...

Claire Mills

Deputy Headteacher of Swavesey Village College

Claire is new to CMAT in September 2018 taking on the role of Deputy Headteacher. She began her science teaching career in Manchester; moving on to positions in Doncaster, Derbyshire and Oxford; opting to take a curriculum leadership route. She became the assistant headteacher for curriculum and timetable at Malet Lambert in Hull in 2013;...


Our Primary Academy Leaders

Sarah Flack

Principal, Sawtry Junior Academy

Sarah has worked in Primary Education since 1997 which has included Senior Teacher and Leadership positions. As a Mathematics specialist, she worked across several schools on projects to develop mathematics teaching and learning prior to becoming Deputy Head at Sawtry. In September 2016 she was appointed as Acting Principal at Sawtry Junior Academy when the...

Hannah Quinn

Principal, West Town Primary Academy

Hannah has worked at West Town Primary school since qualifying as a teacher in 2000, in which that time the school has changed considerably. She has progressed ‘through the ranks’, initially as a middle leader and was successfully appointed as Deputy Head in April 2012. During this time Hannah has worked in all year groups except...

David Lawrence

Principal, The Lantern Primary School

David trained to teach at the faculty of education, Cambridge University, qualifying in Key Stage 2 primary (general) and Key Stage 3 Maths. His first job was teaching at Littleport Community Primary school. After a few years, and interested in seeing how other school systems operated, he moved to Hardwick Middle School in Bury St...


Our Institute of Education Team

Anthony Partington

Executive Director of Education and Executive Principal, Stamford Welland Academy

Anthony joined CMAT in 2010 as part of the team seconded from Swavesey to support Orton Longueville School in its transition to Nene Park Academy. In July 2014, Anthony was appointed as Principal of Stamford Welland Academy in its conversion from Stamford Queen Eleanor with the brief to deliver the ‘Stamford Free School’ vision.  In...

Lesley Daniel

Trust Assurance Director

Prior to joining the trust team, Lesley was an Assistant Principal at Swavesey Village College having been promoted to this role after leading the English Curriculum Area of the academy for a number of highly successful years.  As an ‘outstanding’ practitioner herself, Lesley has regularly presented on SSAT raising achievement conferences.  She was particularly delighted...

Julie Chong

Trust Education Projects Director

Julie was appointed to the position of CMAT Vice Principal in 2016, and is passionate about opportunities for every child to meet their potential. Julie leads Achievement and Standards at Stamford Welland Academy, and supports other schools in the Trust for school improvement and leadership. As a SSAT Lead Practitioner she has supported teaching and...

Julie Bidwell

Leadership East Director

Julie started her career teaching English in a Norfolk secondary school, and following a move to Suffolk became interested in SEN provision in mainstream schools. After 12 years in this field, she became a deputy head and shortly afterwards a headteacher. As a new headteacher, she identified staff CPD as an effective tool to support...

Nick Olley

Cambridge Partnership Director

Nick is a former Head of Modern Languages and Deputy Headteacher in five schools across the south of England. Having trained at Saint Luke’s College, Exeter in its heyday, he also led a PE department for a year. Following two successful years helping a school to rise again from Special Measures, Nick left the school...