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 FCCTCEO
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 KeyChief Operating Officer
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 Chief Operating Officer 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.
Clare PeatPrimary Director of Education
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 Primary Director of Education, 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 TaylorExecutive 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.
Angela StephensonTrust Data Manager
As the Trust Data Manager I am responsible for ensuring data is coherent across the all QEGSMAT schools to support school improvement. I have 12 years’ experience working in the education sector. Though I started my journey as a specialist teaching assistant I found that I have an aptitude for working with school systems/solutions and I migrated across to data and information management. I have gained a great wealth of knowledge in many areas of business management in schools and how these areas all interlink. I feel that improving systems, data integrity, communication and efficiency is integral in facilitating a school community to improve and succeed. My genuine passion is supporting school staff to make a difference to children’s lives by ensuring key information is readily available and intelligible.
Rob TuckCreative 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 BartleFacilities 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.
Stuart HardyHead 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.
Cerys ThomasHR 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.
Chris ShawHR Assistant
I joined the QEGSMAT HR Department in November 2021 after being employed with Derbyshire County Council for fifteen years where I worked as a Day Service Worker, Deputy Unit Manager of two Day Centres and supported-living establishments and finally a Project Officer (in the Adult Care Quality and Compliance Team). I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to officially start a career in HR; building on my current HR experience gained through the above non-HR roles. Having nearly completed my Level 3 CIPD qualification, I am working towards gaining my Level 5 – further developing my knowledge, skillset and support to the central QEGSMAT team.
Valerie BostockHead of Finance
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 SteeplesFinance Officer
I have 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.
Chloe EllisFinance 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 FowkesFinance 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.
Chloe WatsonFinance Assistant
I joined the QEGSMAT team in October 2021, as a Finance Assistant. Having worked in the financial sector for five years, I am excited to continue developing my skills and knowledge whilst supporting the team.