Central Team

The Central Team lead, manage and coordinate educational improvement and business operations that maximise quality and value for money. This team delivers the strategic priorities and growth strategy of the Trust, ensuring that all children and young people best education possible.

Anne Martin

Executive Headteacher

I was appointed as Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS), Ashbourne, Derbyshire, in September 2012 having been a Headteacher in Stoke-on-Trent. QEGS achieved Outstanding for Leadership & Management in an Ofsted inspection in November 2014 and I became a National Leader of Education (NLE) in 2015. I work in partnership with several schools and academies, as well as the Derby Diocesan Board of Education.

In early 2016, I became the Executive Headteacher of the QEGS Multi Academy Trust – something of which I am very proud. School to School Support is now a significant part of my role – supporting other Headteachers and schools in the locality – including Derbyshire, Derby City and Staffordshire Moorlands.

I am also a National Pupil Premium Reviewer and regularly carry out PP Reviews to ensure that children eligible for Pupil Premium Funding leave education with the best possible outcomes.

I firmly believe that young people have just one chance in education – we have to do everything we can to make sure that it is the very best it can be. Being an NLE means that, as a profession, we can continue to learn from each other and offer support to raise the standards of education for all young people in our local region. Supporting other local schools is such an incredibly rewarding experience. The quality of leadership has been enriched, local staff have been provided with the opportunities to develop in their schools, and we have been able to attract the very best staff to teach our young people.

Lisa Key

Director of Finance and Operations

I have over 25 years experience in public sector finance and accountancy roles and joined Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School as Business Manager in 2006. I led the school’s successful conversion to an academy in 2011 and then the conversion from a single academy trust to a multi-academy trust and academy sponsor (QEGSMAT) in 2017. I am now the Trust’s Director of Finance and Operations with lead responsibility for all business operations including finance, human resources, premises, health and safety and ICT. I also lead on developing and implementing the Trust’s strategic plans and growth strategy and on converting schools joining the QEGSMAT to academies.

During my career I have worked extensively with other schools, across all phases, providing financial support and guidance to Headteachers and Governors, particularly those facing challenging financial circumstances, and am a member of the Derbyshire Schools Forum.

I am committed to the delivery of outstanding education across Trust for the benefit of our children and young people.

Barbara Smith

Director of School Improvement

Having taught for over 15 years I am now the Director of School Improvement for the QEGSMAT. I have experience in delivering high quality learning and teaching, have led an effective team as a Curriculum Leader and became an Assistant Headteacher responsible for leading a very successful Sixth Form for 4 years. I became a SLE in 2016 for curriculum development and school improvement, I am a National Pupil Premium Reviewer and have recently provided school to school support within the locality. The support provided has resulted in a school designated Special Measures to improve its judgement; I now provide school to school support and carry out PP Reviews in all phases of education and work with external providers to quality assure provision and standards. I am the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for the QEGSMAT.

Beverley Humphrey-Lewis

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Having taught for over 30 years it still remains an absolute pleasure and privilege as well as a source of professional and personal pride. I have been a Designated Safeguarding Lead for over 8 years in a secondary school setting and from April 1st 2017 I am the QEGSMAT Designated Safeguarding Lead. In 2015 I was accredited with the status of being a Specialist Leader in Education with my areas of specialism being Attendance, Attitudes to Learning and Safeguarding. I am therefore able to share my expertise and experience with other colleagues within the local and wider community. I am passionate about all things pastoral and I am committed to ensuring that all students enjoy school, make the most of the vast and varied opportunities available to them and achieve their very best academic outcomes.

David Roberts

I am an experienced leader in the strategic development of data systems for all Key Stages, tracking progress and measuring attainment across all learning groups. Over the past few years I have created a number of spread sheets providing targets from external sources, analysing report data and calculating headline figures from results. In addition I have collaborated with the Creative Technologist at QEGS to create a new Flight Path tracking system replacing the old KS2-4 level structure. I am currently working on integrating behaviour and absence data into the progress and attainment structures as well as developing monitoring systems for KS1-2.

Paul Haines

Estates Manager

Experienced as an Estates Manager in a secondary school setting. I am now responsible for maintenance, management, compliance and improvement of the Trust’s estate.

Valerie Bostock

Finance Manger

As the MAT’s Finance Manager I am responsible for the Trust’s management accounts, financial systems and processes. I work to ensure the Trust’s cash and other assets are safe and secure, and provide support and guidance to other schools. I have over 30 years experience of working in finance management roles, which includes extensive experience in the Education sector.

Rob Tuck

Creative Technologist

Working within the education sector, as a Creative Technologist, I have led the development of innovative technology based solutions with a current focus on assessment and data analysis. I am passionate about making people’s lives easier and the use of technology being advantageous and not acting as a barrier to learning or the smooth running of an organisation.