Our Central Team - Bios
Our Central Team...
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Throughout my more than 20 years as a teacher and leader, my focus on developing and motivating staff has led to the transformation of numerous schools.
I was inspired to create Maritime because of my belief that the key to improving children's life chances is by always looking for ways to drive meaningful collaboration. With authentic collaboration, staff can share ideas, reduce workload and learn from each other, creating opportunities that will have a massively positive impact on the children and communities they serve.
I have a passion for curriculum design that balances the knowledge and skills needed to prepare children for whatever comes next and getting the most educational impact possible with every available resource. I have three children and am a governor at my boys' school.
Matthew BulpittDeputy CEO
Having been a Headteacher since 2009 in three different schools in three different Local Authorities; I have championed the management of change and curriculum development through the professional development of leadership teams. As an Executive Headteacher within The Diocese of Southwark, I supported schools to build their leadership capacity and overall effectiveness. I was appointed Deputy CEO of Maritime in 2021 and look forward to working with the Headteachers, Central Team and Trustees to establish amazing outcomes for Maritime children.
Susan MathesonChief Operating Officer
I started my career as an economist in the Department for International Development in 2001, then moved to the Treasury in 2005 where I worked for 10 years. From 2015 I worked in the Department for Education as a Senior Civil Servant. I moved to Maritime in February 2018, initially on secondment for a year. But I enjoyed it so much I agreed to stay as a permanent member of staff!
Donna CusackHR Director
I have nearly 20 years experience of working in HR, the last 15 of which have been Education. In 2017 I left Greenwich Council to join the Trust. I have really enjoyed being part of an organisation which is growing and developing and working closely with a team who are really supportive.
Carole HornsbyEducation Partnerships Lead
I have worked in a range of schools all with varying demographics with judgements from Special Measures through to Outstanding. I moved into my Trust role in September 2018 and absolutely love working across such a range of schools and offering support to colleagues to keep ensuring we provide the very best for children.
Louise MitchellChief Financial Officer
I have worked in Finance for nearly 20 years, starting my career at a global stockbrokers. Following a career break, I joined Barnsole Primary School in 2015 as an administrative assistant and soon progressed to Office Manager and Finance Officer. I then took on the challenge of Financial Controller for Barnsole Primary Trust and I am now Chief Financial Officer for Maritime Academy Trust.
Rebecca ByrneEA to Nick Osborne and Marketing Lead
I joined Maritime as Executive Assistant (EA) and Marketing Lead for the Trust. Prior to joining Maritime I worked as a Board Level EA and Senior Operations Executive for a global Executive Search firm in London for 7 years. In my earlier career I worked as a PA in a global recruitment business and for Sport England.
Carly ParkerGovernance Administrator and Data Protection Officer
I've recently joined Maritime Academy Trust as governance administrator, after working for a homelessness charity and mental health trust for nearly ten years. I'm excited to be a part of the trust, to help bring in some long lasting and effective change.
Katie-Louise Newton-SmithCommunity Engagement and Innovation Officer
Hello! I'm Katie-Louise, I am a proud mum of two children. I have recently joined Maritime Academy Trust as a Community Engagement and Innovation Officer. I'm really looking forward to growing in my role and using my creative side to develop exciting projects.
Sarah RyanEducation Lead (Early Years Specialism)
I trained as a teacher when I left school and have worked in various primary schools since. My key driver is for all children to have an opportunity to thrive, especially young children. During the many years of my career in schools I have held various leadership roles and in 2018 gained Specialist Leader of Education status. I moved into a Trustwide leadership role with responsibility for early years and the adventure continues with Maritime.
Omar JenningsEducation Lead (Maths Specialism)
I am a passionate teacher who has been fortunate enough to become a headteacher at Nightingale Primary. Along the way, I developed a passion for teaching and learning Mathematics and became an NCETM Maths Specialist Teacher, Professional Development lead and Headteacher Advocate.
Ruth OttleySEND and Mental Health Lead
Since starting teaching I have always had a particular passion for ensuring that children with special educational needs are able to thrive and succeed in their schools . I completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in 2015 and am the SENCO at Greenacres and Ebbsfleet Green Primary Schools. Alongside this I work with our amazing team of SENCo's across Maritime. I am currently completing a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education with the Institute of Education.
Andy Clunie-WicksComputing Lead
I had multiple jobs before becoming a teacher 10 years ago, including the BBC, Greenwich Council, Save the Children and a couple of voluntary sector organisations. I even worked for myself for a few years designing websites and making videos. I was an NQT ten years ago, joined Nightingale seven years ago as a classroom teacher before specialising in Computing, becoming Computing Champion for the Trust in 2018.
Rob McCormickRegional Estate Lead
Rob is Regional Estate Lead, supporting various schools across the Maritime Academy Trust from Medway to Greenwich, having previously worked in manufacturing and production environments.
Jane RaggettRegional Estate Lead
I moved to Medway in the 90s from London where I worked in Business Management. I
began working at Featherby Junior School in 2000 as a dinner lady and TA, followed by
HLTA, premises assistant and premises manager which lead to my current role as
Regional Estates Lead.
Emmet O'NeillRegional Estates Manager
My name is Emmet, I am originally from Ireland and I am now living in London. I
have been working for the Maritime Academy Trust since July 2021 and I am now working as a Regional Estates Lead.
Janet FinchFinance Operations Manager
I am a Finance Operations Manager based in the Finance Central team. Previously I was the School Business Manager for Timbercroft Primary school since 2014.
I love to be organized and enjoy spending lots of time with my family and friends.
Nuala GrayTrust Relationship Manager
Prior to joining Maritime, I was involved in marketing enterprise zones in Canary Wharf and Manchester. I have worked at Millennium then Maritime for the past 18 years and started as a part-time LSA and am now an Executive School Business Manager. I have been a school governor and Company Secretary for Maritime Academy Trust and was involved with academy conversions for schools within the Trust.
Keiran HumphreysFinance Manager
After a year of travelling the world I found myself working in a school in Northfleet with a Social Media Apprenticeship, upon completion I moved to Barnsole School in an admin role. On conversion to Barnsole Primary Trust I moved to the finance team where I have never looked back! I am now the Finance Manager for Maritime.
Lesley ColbertFinance Manager
Having worked as a School Business Manager for the past 20 years I am now
excited to join the Martime Central Finance Team supporting the schools within the
Trust. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the theatre
and travelling - both city breaks and beach holidays.
Adam ChampionPurchase Ledger Supervisor
Born and raised locally in Gillingham, I attended Barnsole school where my mother still works to this day. Now part of the finance team for the Maritime Academy Trust, I'm enjoying being able to support the next generation of students.
Sutinder NaalFinance Officer
I had over 20 years accounting experience in the Underwriting Insurance arena before leaving to join a class-based role in a local primary school. There I gained insight and experience into what is involved in making a child's educational experience the best it can be. I hope to carry this work on by supporting the Finance Team at Maritime.
Victoria GeearFinance Officer
I have worked within Finance for over twenty years. I have recently joined Maritime Academy Trust as a Finance Officer within the Central Finance Team.
Frankie MorganFinance Officer
I have joined the central team as a Finance Officer and this is my 3rd year in the Maritime Academy Trust. I previously did an apprenticeship at Featherby before moving to Ebbsfleet Green last year as an Academy Administrator.
Bobby MorganAssistant Accountant Apprentice
I have joined the Maritime Academy Trust as an assistant accountant apprentice after having worked 2 part time jobs being a waiter and food and beverage assistant, alongside completing a year and a half of sixth form studying Mathematics, Biology and PE.
Luke WebsterAssistant Accountant Apprentice
I have just joined the Trust after finishing my A-levels whilst doing a part time job as a Marshal. I like sports, mainly football and listening to music.
Charlotte DoverHR Operations Manager
I have recently joined the Trust after 8 years working in operations in food retail, having previously worked for Amazon and Lidl. I am excited to get stuck into the world of Education and I am really looking forward to working alongside the HR team.
Julie JonesRecruitment Advisor
I have very recently joined the Trust as a Recruitment Advisor, from Medway Council, where I worked within the Schools HR Team, assisting Medway schools with their recruitment. I have worked for a number of years in School Recruitment, especially promoting teaching opportunities. I like walking, reading, and anything to do with crafts!!!
Lisa MattockPayroll and Pension Officer
I have recently joined the Trust's HR Department as Payroll and Pensions Officer after previously working in the Banking and Managed Customer Services sector for many years. I am excited to become part of the team and look forward to supporting my colleagues across the Trust.
Amy TiversHR Generalist
I recently joined the HR team as an administrator apprentice helping the rest of the HR team out on their daily jobs. Before this I worked in multiple retail stores such as River Island and Boots for almost 3 years whilst I was in sixth form at Longfield Academy studying Business, Sociology and Criminology at A-Levels. I have started my Level 5 and have undertaken the role as HR Generalist.
Megan WalshHR Administration Assistant
Melvin MartinsHR Apprentice
Hello I'm Melvin, a bilingual alumnus from the University of East London. I recently joined the HR team as an Apprentice.
Michelle SinagaDigital Content and Marketing Assistant
I work for Maritime as a Trust Digital Content and Marketing Assistant, where I support and assist the Marketing Lead by producing digital marketing content, maintaining our social media platform and analysing our data. During my time in university, I would also work part time as a Marketing Officer for events.