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Our National Team

  

Executive Team

Sheila McKenzie

Interim Chief Executive

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Marie-Claire Bretherton

Director of School Improvement and Education Director

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Jane Coley

Education Director, Secondary

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Helen Barker

Director of People

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Core School Improvement Team

Vicki Briody

Associate Education Director

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Sam Coy

Associate Education Director

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Simon Morley

Associate Education Director

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Richard Corry

Associate Education Director

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Wider School Improvement Team

Led by our Education Directors, this group of Anthem and KYRA lead professionals direct, support and guide our school improvement work:

Head of Assessment for Learning (Secondary) Debbie Wiles (currently on maternity leave)
Head of Teacher Development (KYRA and Anthem) Lauren Nicoll (KYRA)
Lead Practitioner for Leading Teaching (Kyra and Anthem) Vanessa Hopkinson (KYRA)
Lead Practitioner for Teacher Development (Kyra and Anthem) Anna Miller (KYRA)
Primary English Specialist Leann Lynch
Science School Improvement Lead (Secondary) Jonathan Radcliffe
English School Improvement Lead (Secondary) Ellie Clark
Maths School Improvement Lead (Secondary)  Carleen Masson

Central Operations Team

Led by Anthem's Chief Operating Officer, this group of professionals have strategic and operational responsibility across the Trust and lead the work of our central team. Largely based at our head office in Reading, our central team work closely with school-based colleagues, forming a back-office community that collectively ensures the smooth day-to-day operation of Anthem schools.

Head of Communications Sarah Fleming
Head of Data and Impact Melanie Calder
Head of Estates Corey Gilbert
Head of Finance Nicki Retallic
Head of Human Resources Ross Dickerson
Head of IT Ross Weeks
Head of Legal Claire Pannell
Head of Safeguarding Charlotte Harrison

 

Sheila McKenzie

Interim Chief Executive

Sheila joined Anthem (then known as CfBT Schools Trust) as Finance Director in February 2014, becoming COO in November 2017. A qualified accountant with 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, Sheila’s previous roles include senior finance positions at an organisation that supports people with learning difficulties, and a membership organisation that supports the NHS. Sheila also acts in a voluntary capacity as trustee of SOS Sahel UK, a small international development charity that works primarily in Sudan, and the National Deaf Children Society.

Marie-Claire Bretherton

Director of School Improvement and Education Director

Marie-Claire is Anthem's Director of School Improvement and Education Director for our primary schools based in and around Lincolnshire. In addition to being a National Leader of Education, Marie-Claire chairs the Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together board, a coalition of six teaching schools working to secure transformation school improvement in Lincolnshire schools.

Jane Coley

Education Director, Secondary

Respected educator Jane Coley has been teaching for 18 years, most recently as Principal at Brakenhale School in Berkshire, which was transformed under her leadership. In her various leadership roles, Jane has earned a reputation for working at a rapid pace to improve progress and standards in her schools. She is also well known for her work as a national lead for PiXL6 (Partners in Excellence) where she works alongside over 500 schools to lead improvement for Sixth Form students.

Helen Barker

Director of People

Helen Barker is Anthem's Director of People, leading on the development and delivery of all workforce-related policies and practice across the Trust. Helen's background is in primary teaching and leadership. She was a Headteacher for four years, and one of the ‘early adopters’ of Peer Review with Education Development Trust’s Schools Partnership Programme. She was also Head of KYRA Teaching School in Lincolnshire for a number of years. Helen is committed to developing, training and supporting leaders for Anthem, and forging new partnerships to the benefit of all.

Vicki Briody

Associate Education Director

Having been Headteacher at Anthem's Abacus Belsize Primary School since it opened in 2013, Vicki has now been seconded to the National Team for four days a week as our third Primary AED, with responsibility for Gladstone Park and Judith Kerr primary schools. She retains a role at Abacus as Executive Headteacher.

Sam Coy

Associate Education Director

Sam Coy is Associate Education Director for five of Anthem's primary schools, who first joined the Trust as Headteacher of Benjamin Adlard Primary School back in 2015. An inspirational, but down to earth leader, Sam was instrumental in Benjamin Adlard's transformation from inadequate to good, and its subsequent triumph in the 2018 Pearson Teaching Awards as 'School of the Year - Making a Difference'.

Simon Morley

Associate Education Director

Simon has recently joined our National Team after several years as Headteacher at Anthem's outstanding Boston West Academy. He is now Associate Education Director for three of our four primary schools in Lincolnshire and retains a role at Boston West as Executive Headteacher supporting the Head of School.

Richard Corry

Associate Education Director

Richard Corry joined the ranks of Anthem Education Directors in January 2022 as Associate Education Director for Secondary schools working alongside Education Director Jane Coley. Richard has come to us from Brakenhale School in Berkshire, where he was Deputy Headteacher. He has also worked with Pixl schools at Key Stage 4 for a number of years as part of their subject development team.