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 FCCT


I was appointed as Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS), Ashbourne 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 being a member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust.  In early 2016, I became the Executive Headteacher/CEO of QEGSMAT – something of which I am very proud.  School to school support, focused on delivering school improvement, is now a significant part of my role – supporting other Headteachers and schools in the locality – including Derbyshire, Derby City and Staffordshire.

I have been elected to serve on the East Midlands and Humber Headteacher Board from the 1st November 2017.  I am a National Coach for Women into Leadership and more recently, in December 2019, I was awarded a Fellowship from the Chartered College of Teaching.

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.

From September 2020 I became part of the School Improvement Team at Derbyshire Local Authority and work with identified schools delivering work on school improvement as a Link Adviser.

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, coach, adviser and CEO of a multi-academy trust  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 Education

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 Designated Safeguarding Lead for our Secondary Schools.

Clare Peat

Interim Primary School Improvement Lead/Executive Headteacher

Over the last 25 years of Primary teaching and 18 years of School Leadership I have always held strong to my belief and passion for wanting the highest possible experiences and education for children of all ages.

As School Improvement Lead, I am fortunate to be able to work and support across a diverse range of schools, with pupils from the age of 2 to 11.   I firmly believe that we are only stronger when we work together and this stems from the support children and staff give to one another, the school community, and the support gained from other professionals.  My role involves supporting with all aspects of school improvement; curriculum planning, quality assuring teaching and learning, budget planning, staffing structures and offering bespoke professional development to each school.

My work is focussed on creating highly skilled and motivated teams across the schools, who drive school improvement with the support of myself, the governing body and central team.

Sharon Taylor

Executive PA

With nearly 30 years experience in the Administration/PA role I am responsible for providing support to the CEO, Director of Finance and Operations and the Board of Trustees.  As a member of the QEGSMAT Central Team I am continually developing my knowledge and experience whilst hoping to deliver a proficient service to all.

David Roberts

Data Architect

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. In addition, impact over time will be tracked using a Meta-Analytic Tracking System.

Stuart Hardy

Head of HR

I am an experienced Chartered HR Generalist having spent much of my career within Local Government. I have wide experience dealing with a vast array of HR matters from Employment Cycle, Casework, Pay and Reward, Organisational Design, Restructures, Redundancies, TUPE and Workforce Strategy. I have a firm belief in the ethos of QEGSMAT. I am committed to making sustainable changes within the Trust to improve experiences and educational outcomes for all. I believe in ensuring our biggest resource is supported and developed then we will be able to drive school improvement.

Valerie Bostock

Finance Manager

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.

Rebecca Steeples

Finance Officer

I have nearly 30 years of experience in the Finance Sector. I am continually developing my knowledge and experiences and sharing our good practices and skills across the growing Multi Academy Trust and this is something that I am very proud to be part of.

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 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.

Helen Bartle

Facilities Manager

I joined QEGSMAT after working primarily for Local Authorities in a variety of roles, including waste and recycling, climate change and asset management. As Facilities Manager for the Trust I oversee the general maintenance, upkeep and, health & safety within the schools ensuring they are safe and compliant places to work and learn.

Cerys Thomas

HR Officer

I became part of QEGSMAT HR Department at the start of September 2021 taking on the exciting role of HR Officer.  I have worked in the education sector for the past six years, four of those being in HR.  I am thrilled to be continuing my HR journey with QEGSMAT whilst providing support and advice to the school’s and employees within the Trust.  During my time in HR, I have completed my Level 3 CIPD qualification and I am working towards gaining my Level 5 as I am keen to continue developing my skills and knowledge.

Jada Murray

HR Assistant

Having gained Triple Distinction* in BTEC Business Level 3, I joined the QEGSMAT Central Team at the beginning of October 2017 and completed my Business Administration Apprenticeship.  I am currently completing an Intermediate Level Diploma in Human Resource Management whilst supporting the Business and HR functions within the Trust.

Chloe Ellis

Finance Assistant

I joined the QEGSMAT Central Team in November 2018 after being a student at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School.  I have gained my Level 3 Business qualification and I am now completing a Level 4 School Business Professional apprenticeship. As a Finance Assistant I support both the business and finance functions of the Trust.

Holly Fowkes

Finance Assistant

I became a member of the QEGSMAT team in September 2021 as a Finance Assistant to support the QEGSMAT team. My education started in BTEC Business Studies Level 3, gaining a Double Distinction qualification in 2017. I then went onto further my education and achieved a 2.1 in a BA (Hons) Business Management (Finance) degree in 2021, also studying a CIMA qualification alongside my degree.  I am passionate about Finance and developing my education further within this role to not only help with my career development, but to also support the QEGSMAT team.