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Trust Leaders

Executive Team

The Trust “Executive Team” is the executive management arm of the Trust, focusing on operations and the educational performance of the Schools.  They operate under the leadership and direction of the CEO.  The Executive Team work directly with the staff in each School and the Local Governing Bodies to ensure that the required outcomes are achieved in accordance with the direction and vision of the Trust Board.

  • Tom Canning OBE

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Sarah Lack

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Steven Lock

    Chief Operating Officer
  • Rose Nelson

    Virtual CFO
  • Craig Lilleyman

    Director of Learning
  • Margaret Patient

    HR Manager
  • Alex Saracino

    Estates Manager
  • Neelam Bhangu

    Executive Business Manager

School Leaders

Boleyn Trust Headteachers take the lead role on working with the CEO and wider Executive Team to develop a collaborative School vision, which embraces excellence, high standards and inclusion.  Our Headteachers secure excellent teaching to achieve high standards of learning and attainment across the primary phase, including preparation for secondary education.

  • Sarah Lack

    Cleves Primary School
  • Elizabeth Harris

    Monega Primary
  • Caroline Stone

    New City Primary
  • Simon Bond

    Ravenscroft Primary
  • Lindsay Bradbury

    Rosetta Primary
  • Geoff Hadlow

    Shaftesbury Primary
  • Emma O'Connor

    Tollgate Primary
  • Tom Canning OBE

    Chief Executive Officer

    As Chief Executive Officer, Tom develops and articulates the vision, values and ethos for the Boleyn Trust and who inspires and empowers others to share in achieving it.  Tom is accountable and takes responsibility for the performance of all schools and is committed to creating the optimum educational opportunities for all Boleyn pupils in partnership with Senior Leaders.

    Tom is principally responsible to the Trust Board, Parliament and the Education and Skills Funding Agency for managing the financial resources under Trust control.  This is achieved by ensuring value for money to achieve the best possible educational and wider outcomes through the economic, efficient and effective use of Trust funds. 

  • Sarah Lack

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer

    As Deputy Chief Executive, Sarah is responsible for the success of the Boleyn Trust’s primary phase in partnership with the CEO and as directed by the Board of Trustees.

    Sarah has the delegated responsibility for management and day-to-day operations of the trust’s primary phase work with delegated authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the board and its governance framework.

    Sarah leads on the provision of strategic reporting information, guiding and support to the board in respect of the primary schools within the trust and works closely with the CEO to ensure the success and further development of the wider trust as well as deputising for the CEO when required.

  • Steven Lock

    Chief Operating Officer

    Steven supports the Chief Executive Officer in the strategic development and operation of the Trust, contributing to Board meetings and meetings with the DfE and other significant stakeholders.  The Board has also designated Steven as the Chief Finance Officer of the Boleyn Trust and is known as the Chief Finance and Operating Officer.  The Chief Finance and Operating Officer has day to day responsibility for monitoring Boleyn Trust expenditure in discharging his duties. The Chief Finance and Operating Officer delegates’ day to day responsibility to Academies Finance but remains accountable for financial matters.  In addition, Steven also leads on: Legal welfare; Asset & Risk Management; Marketing, Communications and Public Relations; Business Continuity; Data Protection (GDPR) as Data Protection Officer; Governance; Compliance; and Procurement.

  • Rose Nelson

    Virtual CFO
  • Craig Lilleyman

    Director of Learning

    Craig works very closely with our school leaders to improve teaching and learning and pupil outcomes across the Boleyn Schools. The central aim of the school improvement service is to impact positively and directly on the quality of teaching and learning by supporting the school improvement priorities of all Trust schools.

    As Director of the Boleyn Trust Teaching School, Craig is able to dovetail our Trust school improvement work with a wider offering for our 40 alliance partners and beyond to other schools and MATs locally and nationally.

  • Margaret Patient

    HR Manager

    Margaret manages, develops and maintains an efficient, effective and professional HR function for the nearly 700 employees of the Boleyn Trust.

    Margaret provides professional HR advice and support to managers and Senior Leaders on safer recruitment, facilitating the achievement of educational objectives whilst managing risk and ensuring statutory compliance.

  • Alex Saracino

    Estates Manager

    Alex contribute's to and lead's the implementation of an estates strategy for the Boleyn Trust.  Working in partnership with the Senior Leaders, Alex manage's all aspects of the Trust’s properties including upkeep, care, maintenance, security, health and safety and facilities management in line with statutory and regulatory requirements.

  • Neelam Bhangu

    Executive Business Manager

    Neelam as Executive Business Manager support's the Central Executive Team in delivering a high quality and efficient finance support to all School’s ensuring that day-to-day financial operations are effectively managed.

  • Sarah Lack

    Cleves Primary School

    As Deputy Chief Executive, Sarah is responsible for the success of the Boleyn Trust’s primary phase in partnership with the CEO and as directed by the Board of Trustees.

    Sarah has the delegated responsibility for management and day-to-day operations of the trust’s primary phase work with delegated authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the board and its governance framework.

    Sarah leads on the provision of strategic reporting information, guiding and support to the board in respect of the primary schools within the trust and works closely with the CEO to ensure the success and further development of the wider trust as well as deputising for the CEO when required.

  • Elizabeth Harris

    Monega Primary

    I qualified as a teacher twenty-one years ago and for the majority of this time I have worked in Newham. I have taught across the primary age ranges and developed a specialism in inclusive education.  I have had the privilege of working in a variety of schools, as an advisory teacher for central services and as an SLE for Inclusion and SEND.

    Prior to becoming the Headteacher of Monega Primary School, I spent time covering headships in both Havering and Newham.  Before headship I was a Deputy Headteacher at Tollgate Primary School, this is an outstanding school that I worked in for 18 years. 

    As a leader, I ensure that Monega Primary school is a happy, inclusive, caring school, where every child matters.  I believe it is of the utmost importance that all children become enthusiastic lifelong learners. I have high expectations of all pupils and ensure that every child is a successful learner.  The exceptional staff team are determined and committed that this happens through the delivery of an excellent education in an outstanding environment. 

  • Caroline Stone

    New City Primary

    I qualified as a teacher thirty-two  years ago and for most of my career I have worked in Newham. I have held a range of roles during my career including Head of Science, Deputy Head Teacher and Local Authority (LA) Adviser for the Primary and Secondary National Strategy and the lead on assessment across the LA. I worked across all the schools in Newham to embed the practices detailed by the Government. This enabled me to form good communication systems with head teachers and other senior staff and link with the local counsellors and LA officers at the time.

    In 2012 I took up the position as the Deputy Head teacher at Tollgate Primary School leading on the Tollgate Teaching School Alliance and the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) centre at Tollgate. The SCITT later went onto achieve an outstanding Ofsted inspection. This role offered me the opportunity to utilise the skills and networks I had established at LA level to effectively lead and grow both organisations. 

    In October 2016 I took up the position of the Head Teacher at New City Primary School, which at the time had received its second Requires Improvement outcome from an Ofsted inspection in May 2016.  The school has rapidly improved with exceptional teaching, learning and outcomes for all children. I passionately believe in developing a team approach to enable everyone to work well together whilst supporting the mental and physical well-being of all. New City has since become part of the Boleyn Trust in April 2018.

  • Simon Bond

    Ravenscroft Primary

    I have worked in the London Borough of Newham for over twenty years across five different settings with a number of different leadership responsibilities. In addition to my school leadership, I have also worked as the local authority Key Stage 2 Moderation Manager for two years running writing moderation for all primary settings within the borough.

    I joined Ravenscroft Primary School as Deputy Head Teacher in 2007 and have been privileged to be part of a school which has developed hugely over time – growing from two to three forms of entry and establishing a highly effective and successful provision for autistic children, whilst maintaining high academic standards and enriching the lives of the children and families within our community. Since taking over the Headship of the school in 2017, I have been proud to lead the school as it continues to provide the best outcomes for our children and support for our families and community.

    Having worked in close collaboration with local schools in the past, Ravenscroft joined the Boleyn Trust in April 2017 in order to cement those positive relationships and further develop opportunities for our pupils, staff and leaders. Being part of The Boleyn Trust allows us to work alongside schools who all have a drive to ensure that standards are as high as they can be and it provides us with the challenge and support in order to ensure that those high expectations are met. Crucially, the Boleyn Trust encourages our schools to maintain their unique characteristics, and this allows us to reflect and support our pupils, families and communities in the most personal and sensitive way that we can.

  • Lindsay Bradbury

    Rosetta Primary

    I have been very lucky to have worked at Rosetta Primary School for over twenty years. I am passionate about providing the very best educational experiences for the children at our school as well as supporting their families and our community. I became Deputy Head Teacher here in 2007 and Head Teacher in 2017. In addition to my responsibilities as a school leader I worked as the local authority Key Stage 2 Moderation Manager for two years leading on writing moderation for all primary schools across Newham. I am also a Lead NQT Induction Tutor for Newham providing support to NQTs, their mentors and schools across the borough.

    At Rosetta we are all committed to providing an engaging, exciting and relevant education for all of our children and our children love coming to school. I am very proud of the school's many achievements and believe this is because we work in partnership with our children, families, staff and the local and wider communities. Rosetta was recently placed in the top 1% of schools in the country for the progress the children make whilst with us. This is a fantastic achievement and one that I am extremely proud of. Although we understand the importance of academic achievement, and have high expectations for this, we also place great importance on our children's happiness and well-being and have a brilliant pastoral provision; we are a happy school!    

    In 2017 Rosetta joined the Boleyn Trust. This seemed like a natural progression for the school as we already worked very closely with the other Trust schools. Being part of the Trust allows us to work alongside like minded schools to continue to ensure the very best educational experiences for our children as well as learning from and supporting each other. 

  • Geoff Hadlow

    Shaftesbury Primary

    After a decade landscape gardening and then university, I qualified as a teacher in 1992 when I joined Kensington Primary School, in Manor Park, Newham. In the five years I was at Kensington, I held the roles of music coordinator, science coordinator and SENDCo.

    In 1997 I joined St Stephen’s Primary School in Upton Park, Newham to teach in Year 6, to be computing coordinator and member of the senior leadership team. St Stephen’s at the time was led by the inspirational, Jane Johnson and Tom Canning who had a marked positive impact on my philosophy towards teaching. In 2000 I became the deputy head at St Stephen’s Primary and helped lead the school to continued success.

    In 2003, I became the head teacher at Rosetta Primary School, which at the time was a school for concern to the local authority. In 2006 I led Rosetta to an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgment and in 2007 Rosetta was awarded the accolade of (out of 68 Schools) School Of The Year, in Newham.

    In September 2003, I took on a considerable challenge when I became the head teacher of Shaftesbury Primary School: at the time also a school identified as a concern to the local authority. School improvement at Shaftesbury was steady, despite systemic, environmental and pedagogic issues; as well an inspection set back because of a failed hostile academy takeover. In 2016 however, Shaftesbury was judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. In 2016, I was also part of a head teacher delegation, which visited China. Shaftesbury has taught mandarin ever since in partnership with the Confucius Institute.

    In 2018 I lead Shaftesbury Primary through the academisation process when the school joined the Boleyn Trust.

    In recent years Shaftesbury has been involved in much school to school support. For my part I’ve been a head teacher mentor, a school improvement advisor at Dersingham Primary, Newham and an acting executive head teacher, when I also led Winston Way Academy in Ilford, Redbridge for most of an academic year, while the school was transferring from being a Silver Birch school to a United Learning school. Currently I’m a local leader of education for the Boleyn Trust and am supporting an orthodox Jewish MAT in Stamford Hill, Hackney.

    I’ve written for the Parliamentary Review and also written a couple of books for primary children.

    For me getting behaviour, expectation, the curriculum and environment right, are the four of the five key elements of leading successful schools. Developing exceptional staff teams that sign up to these aspirations, is the fifth.

  • Emma O'Connor

    Tollgate Primary

    Emma qualified as a teacher nineteen years ago and for the majority of this time has worked in Newham. Emma has taught across the primary age ranges in and has developed a specialism in Mathematics.  I have had the privilege of working in a variety of schools, nationally as an SLE supporting with pedagogy and maintaining standards.

    Prior to becoming the Headteacher of Tollgate Primary, I was seconded to Monega Primary as Head of School which had just been judged as serious weaknesses by Ofsted and worked alongside other trust employees raise attainment of Teaching and Learning across all subject areas.

    As the Headteacher of Tollgate I want to ensure that all children regardless of ability and socioeconomic background achieve their full potential.  I feel privileged leading such a talented and driven team of teachers who ensure that Tollgate remains in the top 3% nationally for outcomes and standards.