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Members and Trustees

Irene Morley

Chair

Irene has over 17 years experience as a governor and is currently the Chair of Governors at Foxfield Primary School.  Since becoming a governor at Foxfield Primary School, Irene and her team have not only helped take the school from ‘special measures’ to ‘outstanding’, they also were awarded the Governor Mark in 2016. 

Last year, at the request of the Local Authority, Irene also became the Chair of a Governing Body at another local primary school who were experiencing difficulties.   Before she retired, Irene was Head of HR at Greenwich Council and has significant experience in supporting schools with HR policy and management. She also has extensive knowledge of employment law.  Irene is Company Secretary and Clerk to Governors at two academies in Bromley.  

Bob Love

Member

Bob is passionate about providing the best possible education for the children in our schools. He is a National Leader of Governance with over 30 years experience as a Governor in the primary, secondary and special sectors. Bob currently serves on seven Governing Bodies and chairs on four of them.

He is a retired Chartered Civil Engineer and the latter part of his career was spent managing Greenwich Council’s engineering contacts and its multi-million pound engineering budgets.

He serves as a Trustee and Director on the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.

He is currently Chair of the Greenwich Schools Forum and was an Ofsted inspector for ten years, taking part in over a hundred Inspections.

In 2015 he was awarded an MBE for services to education.

Una Coyne

Member

Una has been a governor at Rockliffe Manor Primary School for six years. Currently, she is Chair of Governors and also leads the Finance and Personnel Committee.  

Una has taught in London primary schools for over thirty five years and was a headteacher in the London Borough of Lewisham for seven years.  

At present, she is a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London and the Primary PGCE Programme Leader, responsible for educating the next generation of primary teachers. She has been on several Governing Bodies previously and has really enjoyed continuing her direct association with schools now that she is no longer teaching children, but rather teaching adults to undertake the job that she loved.

Vaughan Williams

Trustee

Vaughan is very passionate about education and the major impact it can have on the life chances of young people. He has gained experience of working in every phase of education, including academies, and is a qualified School Business Manager. He has extensive experience as a school governor and currently serves on the Governing Bodies of two local primary schools. He firmly believes in the power of partnership and collaboration between schools in order to develop and deliver high quality outcomes for all children both locally and beyond.

Rob Carpenter

CEO Designate

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Rob is the CEO of the Inspire Partnership and a Senior Partner with Challenge Partners.  He has over twenty years experience as a teacher and leader.  Schools he leads are continuously improving, with Foxfield Primary School one of only five schools nationally to have moved from a judgment of ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ in just four terms.

 

Rob attributes the successes he has to ensuring the schools are rooted in high quality curriculum provision and a philosophy which places learning to live in a complex world at the centre. Rob has a strong philosophy about pedagogy and our shared responsibility to teach children both cognitive and non-cognitive learning domain skills.

Darran Ellison-Lee

Trustee

Darran has a wide range of achievements in education, including leadership in both Primary and Secondary phases as well as in special education. Darran was a National Leader of Education, leading one of the first national teaching schools and a federation of primary schools in the North of England.

Darran is now a Director of Education for a national academy trust. In this role he has overseen the growth of primary schools, which now include 18 Academies and 12 Independent Prep schools. Darran’s leadership of improvement work has secured enhanced quality of teaching, resulting in schools moving from ‘special measures’ to ‘good’, at times requiring him to step in as Executive Head or Acting Principal as support. In addition, Darran is also Director with responsibility for the trust’s safeguarding, ensuring that the trust meets statutory requirements and that safeguarding processes across the group are robust and effective.

As a trustee Darran provides a wide range of experience supporting  accountability for the trust school improvement strategy and growth. He chose to be a trustee to support a developing trust which he believes has the real potential to have a significant impact on supporting school improvement, enhancing provision in schools and providing development opportunities for staff.

Karen Cheuk

Trustee

Karen graduated from Cambridge University on a full scholarship and earned an MBA from the Wharton School.  She has worked with Bain & Company, a top management consulting firm, for fifteen years, helping global leaders across industries to make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions and deliver the sustainable success they desire.  Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, she worked extensively in Greater China before relocating to London in 2010.  Alongside her consulting career, she founded Little Bunnies Mandarin in 2014, where toddlers and young children from different linguistic backgrounds learn Chinese in a fun and engaging way.  Karen has a passion for education, and would like to contribute her strategic perspectives and business expertise to further the success of Inspire MAT and its partner schools.

John Baptie

Trustee

John is a trustee on the board. He is a strategy consultant for an international law firm. He has previously worked as both a lawyer and as a consultant. Having volunteered as a tutor for primary and secondary school students for nearly two decades he joined because he was eager to help Inspire grow to its fullest potential to help young people achieve their academic goals. He brings his background in the private sector to help inform his thinking and make suggestions on how the Partnership can best achieve its objectives as it grows and matures. 

Blerina Essen

Trustee

Blerina is currently Head of Operational Risk at MyLotto24 Limited, having worked in risk management and accounting for more than eighteen years.  She studied economics and computer sciences at university and is a part qualified accountant. In addition to the success enjoyed in the field of accounting and risk management, she has a practical understanding of the management and administration of Facilities, IT and Human Resources in a variety of business areas including legal and accounting practices.

She has a keen interest in education and has actively supported young people with work experience opportunities and on graduate training schemes. She has recently presented a ‘maths week’ assembly at her son’s school on money and risk management to inspire young children to take an interest in mathematics.

She believes her experience will help the trust excel at governance, risk management and enable it to maintain a strong accounting practice.

She is also a professional volleyball player.

Kristiana Wrixon

Trustee

Kristiana has spent the majority of her career working in the charity sector. She is currently Head of Research of the charity leaders network ACEVO where she is responsible for developing public policy positions, carrying out research projects and engaging with politicians and policy makers.

Prior to her current role she was policy and development manager for the national personal safety charity Suzy Lamplugh Trust where she was responsible for delivering the policy, communications and community development strands of the organisation’s work.

Part of her role on the Inspire board is to support her colleagues through the provision of information about charity governance and regulation.  She decided to become a trustee because she is passionate about Inspire’s vision of transforming children’s lives through partnership and collaboration.