Members and Trustees

Irene Morley


Irene has over 17 years experience and was previously Chair of Governors at Foxfield Primary School.  Whilst 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 became the Chair of a Governing Body at another local primary school to support the Governing Body in moving forward’.

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


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


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 loves.

Sam Curtis


Sam Curtis has been a governor at Woodhill Primary for 10 years and Chair of the governing body for 7 years. Sam believes in nurturing children to give them the security they need to take chances in life and fulfil their dreams. Sam is very proud of the experiences our children get in and out of the classroom.

Sam is currently a HR assistant for a large retail company. She has always lived in Royal Greenwich and has two teenage daughters that have both attended schools within the borough.

Darran Ellison-Lee


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. The teaching school under his leadership provided a wide range of school improvement work and was one of the first schools providing training for Schools Direct.

Darran has overseen growth of our primary schools, which now includes 21 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 Exec Head or acting Principal to support. Under Darran’s leadership, 10 United Learning primary schools have maintained or secured a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating for overall effectiveness. In addition, Darran is Director with responsibility for the Trust’s support, challenge and accountability on Safeguarding, ensuring that United Learning meets Statutory requirements and that Safeguarding processes across the Group are robust and effective.

Karen Cheuk


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 Babtie


John has been a trustee since September 2016. He currently works as consultant for an international strategy company. He has several years experience in business and law, working in London and the USA. Having volunteered as a tutor for primary and secondary school students for nearly two decades, he joined the board because he was eager to help Inspire grow to its fullest potential and 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


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.

Ed Nedjari



Ed has spent the last decade working in the Third Sector within a Higher Education environment.  He is currently Director of Operations and Commercial Development at the Goldsmiths Student Union in New Cross. Prior to that, he spent nine years at King's College London Students Union, as Head of Community Engagement and Opportunities.  Before his journey into the third sector, he worked for both public and private organizations operating leisure facilities across Lewisham and Southwark.

Ed is Chair of the Resources Committee, and Vice-Chair of the governing body at Woodhill Primary School and has been a governor for just over two years.  Ed is passionate and energetic about empowering the young people in our communities and allowing them to realise their potential.  This is one of the main reason why he became a school governor. He has two teenage sons who also go to school in the Borough of Greenwich, and in keeping with his community action theme, also has coached youth football at various levels within the borough.

Martin Ward


Martin has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has worked for Silver Development Construction Consultancy for twelve years and is currently Director for Quality Management & Site Inspection Service.

Martin is a Member of The Chartered Institute Of Build and The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate, and currently sits on the ICWCI Professional Technical Panel, with responsibility for the interview process to select candidates to join the Institute. Martin is also a member of The Housing Forum working party on “Stopping building failures”.

Martin has been a Trustee since December 2017 and he is looking forward to his role as a Trustee and helping to develop Inspire Partnership

Our Schools

Woodhill Primary SchoolFoxfield Primary SchoolRockliffe Manor SchoolMaundene Primary SchoolElaine Primary School