John Murphy
Chief Executive Officer
Oasis Community Learning

John started his journey at Oasis Community Learning in 2008 in education leadership. In September 2014, he was appointed as CEO, and with over three decades of experience in school leadership, he has dedicated his career to raising aspirations for all young people and closing the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged.

John has led seven school in all phases of education and has particular expertise in behaviour management and co-authored the bestselling self-help guide for all teachers, ‘Why are you shouting at us?’

John is a committed Trustee of the National Institute of Teaching providing national teacher training and evidence-based research on effective teaching and a Trustee of the Place2Be – a national mental health charity for young people.

Mandy Coalter

Talent Architects

Founder of Talent Architects; helping schools to become great places to work. Author, coach, mentor, change agent, Trustee. Former Director of People at United Learning. Experienced Board Director across public and third sectors. Listed in HR Magazine’s Top 10 Most Influential in HR 2018 and 2019 and shortlisted for HR Director of the Year 2018. Team won CIPD HR Team of the Year (Public/Charity sector) 2016.

Sir David Carter

Trust and School Leadership Development
Carter Leadership Consultancy

My whole career has been in education. I have been a headteacher since 1998 and between 2015 and 2018 was the National Schools Commissioner for England. My role then and now is simply to play a part in this becoming the best country in which to educate a child.

Sarah Gilrane

Director of Improvement and Development

Esteem Multi Academy Trust

Dr Jeffery Quaye OBE National Director of Education and Standards Aspirations Academy Trust
Dr Jeffery Quaye OBE has had a significant impact on education since he studied at Herts. He was the Headteacher for the City of London Academy (Southwark) before joining the Aspirations Academies Trust as their Director of Standards and Effectiveness. After serving as a Regional CEO for the Trust, he then became their National Director of Education and Standards in 2020. Such is his reputation in the sector, he has also advised the UK government on education policy, is a serving lead Inspector of schools, Ofqual’s external expert for mathematics and education, and is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, The College of Teachers UK, and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Dr Quaye was awarded an OBE for his outstanding services to the education sector in the New Year Honours 2023 List.

Alex Clark

Chief Education Officer

The Good Shepherd Trust

Rob Haring

Chief Executive Officer

Westcountry Schools Trust

Rob commenced his teaching career in 1998 as a Maths teacher in Watford and then followed a fairly traditional career path including roles in four different local authorities. Rob’s first headship was of a Secondary School in Worcestershire, then secondly of Ivybridge Community College in Devon. During this time Rob was privileged to chair the National Headteachers Strategy group for the Youth Sports Trust (YST) and become a Director of Leading Schools South West. April 2011 saw Rob become responsible for more than one school when a local primary school joined an embryonic Multi Academy Trust of two schools. Today Rob is the CEO of Westcountry Schools Trust, a vibrant family of 27 schools in the SW. In addition to his core role Rob is delighted to work as an External Expert for the DfE and support the improvement journey of schools across the SW region.

Sue Costello

Director of Education

Westcountry Schools Trust

I am an experienced school inspector, school and college leader, teacher, FE lecturer and Academy trust Director. I have experience teaching and leading in the EY, primary, secondary, special and further education sectors. I have experience inspecting in schools, SEND, alternative provision and ITE. I am particularly experienced in change leadership and management, and academic research. I have the NPQH and PQSI. I am strongly committed to ongoing professional development demonstrated by completing two Masters’ degrees, the first in education, with an inclusion specialism, and the second in leadership and organisational change. I graduated in January 2020 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Policy (Plymouth University). I am currently studying for a PhD. My research focus with Plymouth University is, and always has been, about disadvantaged pupils, social justice and educational inequality. I am an Advanced Skills Teacher in Raising Standards in Education, and have been a senior leader in education and local leader in education. I have worked in local authority primary school improvement teams and led initiatives for National Strategies, such as assessing pupils’ progress (APP). I was contracted by the DfE to assist the development of the revised primary English SATs papers, in key stages 1 and 2, for 2014. This was through the lens of inclusion. I am a trauma informed practitioner, accredited by TIS (UK) and have a specific interest in SEND and social mobility. I spent almost three years, until September 2022, as an HMI following almost seven years contracted as an OFSTED inspector. I am currently a Director of Education for a primary and secondary MAT and I am contracted, and trained, to inspect schools.

Peter Hughes

Chief Executive Officer

The Mosbourne Federation

Born and raised in Australia, as part of a working class family, education has given me the opportunity to succeed and live a fulfilling life. After I obtained a BEd (Secondary Mathematics), I taught in Australia for four years before moving to teach maths in London schools.

I joined the Mossbourne Federation, where I was mentored by and succeeded Sir Michael Wilshaw as Principal of Mossbourne Community Academy. I now serve as CEO of the Mossbourne Federation and have since grown and cemented it as one of the top performing institutions in the country; delivering the best learning experiences and opportunities to the children of Hackney. I am a lifelong learner and, most recently, completed an MBA from Saïd Business School.

I am also the Founder and CEO of Progress Teaching, where I developed the platform in response to my own experience of ‘on the ground’ challenges faced by Senior Leadership Teams and Teachers. We work with many schools to provide them with the same teacher development and data insight that we use at the Mossbourne Federation.

Jeremy Rowe

Chief Executive Officer

Waveney Valley Academies Trust

As CEO of Waveney Valley Academies Trust since September 2016, Jeremy has seen the Trust grow from one to seven schools, making it one of the largest 20% of Trusts in the country. Jeremy has also helped to form the CEO’s Network for Suffolk and Norfolk (CEON) of which he is Chair, and the Trustees and Governors Network. He also put together HeadSupport, which offers free help and support for school leaders.


In addition to these roles, Jeremy has served on ASCL Council, and been invited to present on raising exam results, leadership and improving behaviour at a range of national conferences and events. He is also the author of ‘Sorting Out Behaviour’, published by Crown House.

Adrian Rogers

Chief Executive Officer

Chiltern Learning Trust

Adrian has been CEO of the Chiltern Learning Trust since July 2015. Prior to that, he was Headteacher for thirteen years at the three times outstanding Robert Bloomfield Academy and Executive Principal in a Multi Academy Trust. Since 2005, Adrian has also been an Executive Head and a National Leader of Education. Adrian also established and led the innovative Central Beds Teaching School that grew to 138 school partners.

Tom Campbell

Chief Executive Officer


Tom Campbell joined E-ACT as Chief Executive having previously been Chief Education Officer at Greenwood Academies Trust. As an experienced executive and non-executive director, Headteacher and teacher with over 20 years in the education sector, Tom brings a track record of transforming schools at scale, rapid yet sustainable improvement strategies and strong partnerships across the system. Tom is committed to ensuring pupils at E-ACT feel safe in school, enjoy their learning and make exceptional progress. Tom’s academic background in Psychology alongside his executive education at the University of Cambridge, is reflected in his leadership of E-ACT. A forensic focus on culture, organisational development, innovation and strategic management form the basis of E-ACTs ongoing work in continuing to grow and improve as a strong trust. Tom is a Fellow of both the Chartered College of Teaching and of the RSA.

Lorraine Hughes

Deputy CEO

Chiltern Learning Trust

Lorraine was previously a Deputy Headteacher for 8 years where she was instrumental in transforming school standards. She has gained significant experience through a range of leadership roles and from teaching for twenty years across different Luton and Hertfordshire schools.

Sufian Sadiq

Director of Talent and Teaching School

Chiltern Learning Trust

Sufian Sadiq is the Director of Teaching School at Chiltern Learning Trust, with responsibility for overseeing two regional Hub areas in the South East of England. Chiltern Teaching School are one of the largest providers of CPD to the sector nationally. He is a passionate activist within the educational landscape around race, equity and inclusion.


He is a Fellow and Board Member of the Chartered College of Teaching, as well as a Fellow for the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. He plays an active role in numerous charitable organisations as a Trustee and also holds key governance roles within educational organisations.

Lauren Pilgrim

Director of People

Enquire Learning Trust

Lauren began her career within Local Government spending over seven years working in various departments with NE Lincolnshire Council. Her chosen career path in HR commenced in 2012, moving from NE Lincolnshire Council to the Trust in November 2014. She has completed an MSc in Human Resource Management. Lauren is responsible for all areas of Human Resources and Personnel matters across the Trust, as well as overseeing the Payroll team, and works closely with our leadership groups to provide a dedicated framework of support to the central trust and academies. Lauren is also responsible for risk and reputation management across the organisation.

Karen Rose

Director of People, Partnerships and Organisational Development


Karen’s role focuses on building strategic partnerships for the trust, leading our work on culture, staff development, communications and project management. Karen joined E-ACT with a wide range of experience from across the education, charity and public sector, including Oldham Council and Ambition Institute.

Sally Barfoot

Director of Teaching School Hub

Redhill Academy Trust

Sally qualified as a secondary teacher in1991 and joined the MFL team at The Redhill Academy in 2001. A former AST, SLE and German Teacher of the Year, she has a passion for teaching and learning and leadership development and has over 20 years experience in designing and delivering CPD in education. Sally is an experienced facilitator and coach and continues to oversee and facilitate Redhill’s Initial Teacher Training provision as well as facilitating on the NPQs and ECF.