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Meet our teams

  

Executive Team

Andy Yarrow

Chief Executive

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Sheila McKenzie

Chief Operating Officer

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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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Core School Improvement Team

Karen Walker

Education Director, Primary

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Helen Barker

Head of Leadership and Professional Development

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Sam Coy

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 Pedagogy (Secondary) Rachel Sewell (St Mark’s Academy)
Head of SEND (Primary and Secondary) Rachel Mason (Queensbury Academy)
Head of Assessment for Learning (Secondary) Debbie Wiles (currently on maternity leave)
Head of Teacher Development (KYRA and Anthem) Lauren Nicoll (KYRA)
Lead Learner for Primary Curriculum Vicki Briody (Abacus Belsize Primary School)
Lead Practitioner for Leading Teaching (Kyra and Anthem) Vanessa Hopkinson (KYRA)
Lead Practitioner for Teacher Development (Kyra and Anthem) Anna Miller (KYRA)
Science School Improvement Lead (Secondary) Jonathan Radcliffe
English School Improvement Lead (Secondary) Vacant
Maths School Improvement Lead (Secondary)  Appointed

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 ICT and Procurement Robert Stacey
Head of Legal Claire Pannell
Head of Safeguarding Charlotte Harrison

 

Andy Yarrow

Chief Executive

Former Headteacher Andy joined Anthem (formerly CfBT Schools Trust) in March 2017 having spent three and a half years at Oasis Community Learning as a Regional Director for the London and South East Region. During this time, he was responsible for primary, secondary and all-through academies, including Fresh Start and converter academies and newly established free schools. Prior to joining Oasis in 2013, Andy was Founding Principal of Chelsea Academy and Headteacher at Hornsey School for Girls in Haringey. Both schools achieved outstanding Ofsted judgments during his tenure.

Sheila McKenzie

Chief Operating Officer

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. She is also Education Director for three of our primary schools based in and around Lincolnshire, and for The Deepings secondary school near Peterborough. 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.

Karen Walker

Education Director, Primary

Karen is Education Director for Abacus Belsize Primary School and Meadow Park Academy. She has played a pivotal role in work to develop curriculum and assessment across the Trust. An experienced educationalist, Karen has worked with a variety of different agencies, local authorities and communities of schools on all aspects of school improvement.

Helen Barker

Head of Leadership and Professional Development

Helen Barker is Anthem's Head of Leadership and Professional Development, overseeing the professional development offer for all staff in Anthem. She is also Head of KYRA in Lincolnshire. 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. Helen is committed to developing, training and supporting leaders for Anthem, and forging new partnerships to the benefit of all.

Sam Coy

Associate Education Director

Sam Coy is Associate Education Director for four 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'.