The Directors of TDLPT

Susannah Connell

Susannah Connell (NLE)

Susannah has over 20 years’ experience in primary education in addition to a wide range of experience from retail management, and living and working in Germany. Beginning her education career as a classroom teacher, Susannah worked with children of all ages and used her expertise to train and support teaching staff at other schools and undergraduate students in local universities.

Since becoming a Headteacher in 2006, brought into a failing school by the Local Authority, Susannah has developed a bold curriculum at Middlefield which has been highly praised as “beyond outstanding” by inspectors. Early in 2012, Middlefield took on the direct support of Winhills Primary School and was again praised for the positive impact and strong leadership of the school in an OFSTED inspection two months later.

The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust was formed in Summer of 2012 with Middlefield and Winhills Primary Academies as the founding schools, and Susannah as the Trust’s CEO.

Susannah is a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector. She is the St. Neots representative on Cambridgeshire Primary Heads , represents primary academies in Cambridgeshire on the schools Forum, is a member of the Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board and is the Chair of the Cambridgeshire Primary Academies Forum.

Whatever my current job title, first and foremost I am a teacher and I still hold the beliefs that I had when I chose to enter the profession. Every decision I make focuses on the impact on children and I’ve seen first-hand the success that can be achieved through school-to-school collaboration.

Our Trust began with the sole purpose of supporting some of the most challenged primary schools in England. Our focus then and now has been to ensure that our children have an education that meets their needs through schools that have the support and systems that enable them to achieve these goals. We have successfully built a family of highly connected schools that learn from each other.

I am a National Leader of Education and through this I support schools and Trusts in developing a self-improving, school-led system which ultimately leads to equality of access to a great education for all children.

Tracy Bryden

Tracy Bryden

Tracy has a wealth of experience in the private sector as a Food Technologist with H.J. Heinz and within Financial Management as a Branch Manager, Trainer, and Area Manager culminating in working in her own company providing consultancy services to large financial institutions.

Her experience in education has involved working with all year groups. She has been involved with the development of teachers and students working with other schools and universities. Tracy has undertaken the roles of Key Stage Leader, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and more recently Executive Headteacher and the Trust’s Deputy CEO. Tracy is the Vice Chair person for Cambridgeshire Primary Heads.

Alan Ball

Alan Ball

Alan trained as an engineer and had a number of senior roles in a varied career. Highlights include two successful start-up businesses, divisional management for a multi-national company, project management services for a large transport provider and running change management projects for up 5000 people.

Education has always been a personal passion and Alan has been a governor for over 30 years. He is currently Chair at an LA Maintained Primary School, and Great Staughton and Kimbolton in the Trust, and was the Chair at Winhills when it joined the Trust.

Hazel Bell

Hazel Bell

Following her training as a Mechanical Engineer, Hazel has worked the last 17 years in a leading European Aerospace company working in the Space division. Following some time as a design and test engineer she has spent the last 10 years as project manager on Satellites propulsion sub-systems. She is experienced in managing multi-national teams for the  full project life cycle, interfacing with customers and suppliers  as well as being responsible for the project budget and reporting within the company.

Hazel has been a governor at Great Staughton Primary Academy for nearly 6 years.  She has two children at primary school.

Alex Chambers

Alex Chambers

Alex is the Finance & IT Director for Consulting Engineers and is responsible for the Finance, Human Resources and IT functions, working on a global basis and providing highly specialised, technical and forensic engineering advice to the industry.

Alex is responsible for implementing appropriate systems to manage Data Protection and Information Security as well as leading risk management within the business and negotiating supply contracts with leading insurers.

Prior to this, Alex was Interim Managing Director for Chemical Manufacturing,  and was responsible for stabilising the finance position of a group of companies.  Alex has also worked for Precision Valve UK Ltd as a Financial Controller.

 

Sandra Gill

Sandra Gill

Sandra has a wide and varied experience across a number of disciplines as a Civil Servant in Central Government. She has been a budget manager for both her own area of responsibility as well as for a large group of budgets, and has been a procurement manager where she negotiated and managed contracts with both small to medium enterprises and large multi-national companies. Sandra also has experience in quality assurance and programme management.

Having recently been responsible for a portfolio of change in an HR environment, Sandra is currently part of a commissioning team developing an enhanced model for the delivery of corporate shared services across a diverse stakeholder community. Sandra has been a governor within Trust schools since 2011. Her children’s primary education is provided by a Trust school.

Greg Watson

Greg Watson

Greg has been closely involved in education for over 20 years as a governor of two schools and as the chief executive of three educational organisations.

He is currently CEO of GL Assessment, which provides a range of pupil-level assessments to schools in the UK and around the world. His work brings him into regular contact with the Department for Education, plus many academies and multi-academy trusts. Before GL, Greg led a national examination board and a chain of English language schools.

Mark Young

Mark Young

Mark has worked in the private sector of the Oil and Gas industry for his entire career, predominantly working for a power and automation company. He has held a variety of roles within this multinational company, including working offshore in the British sector of the North Sea, and in the Middle East. He currently holds the position of Account Manager, managing the commercial relationship in exploration and production of multimillion dollar accounts with companies such as BP, Shell, Gaz de France.

Most of his expertise is in the process control discipline of the oil and gas industry, supplying software control systems that allow for the efficient control and operation of oil production. Some of the other roles he has held for his current company include Project Manager and Lead Engineer. Additionally he sits on the health and safety committee. From his knowledge gained of working in very hazardous environments, he has developed an excellent aptitude for health and safety issues.

Godfrey Smith

Godfrey Smith

Godfrey is a retired Chartered Accountant. During his career he worked for nearly twenty years in the accounting profession both in audit and staff professional development. On leaving the profession, he worked as head of finance for two of the UK quality newspapers and then as a financial controller for large international banks. Following his retirement he is active in a number of honorary roles within the local community and is also currently Chair of Glebelands Primary Academy in Chatteris.