OUR TEAM

Soumick Dey

Chief Executive Officer

Soumick has over 20 years of experience as a teacher and successful school leader and was previously Principal at Riddlesdown Collegiate. His commitment to delivering an exceptional education for all keeps the best interests of young people at the heart of our decision-making. After starting his career as a Teacher of Mathematics, Soumick has held a range of leadership roles and since September 2022, has been delighted to lead our family of schools. His particular interests are in developing leaders and securing success across a large organisation through distributed leadership. Soumick is a NPQH facilitator, a Director of the Croydon Headteachers Association and a governor at a FE College.

David Clarke

Chief Operating Officer

David has held leadership roles in schools for over 25 years, initially as a Business Manager and since 2015, leading all operations across the Trust. With a background in finance and estates management, David now leads on the development of our facilities, as well as overseeing HR, legal and compliance issues. He is committed to providing the best learning environments and continually improving the conditions in our schools so that pupils and staff can thrive. David is a governor in a maintained primary school in West Sussex.

Lyla Dey

Chief Finance Officer

Lyla has extensive experience in audit and finance having worked in West End firms as a certified Chartered Accountant for 17 years. Her work in auditing academy trusts led to her move into the education sector in 2018. Lyla has successfully developed and implemented a centralised finance function for the Trust through its various stages of growth. She is passionate about delivering the best value to schools and thereby enabling them to deliver exceptional education for all. Lyla works with other trusts to mentor and support their finance functions. She is also a Director and on the Audit Committee for another local academy trust and a finance governor at a Croydon primary school.

Lucy Bruce

Director of Education

Lucy is an experienced leader in education, having previously been Director of English and Head of Teaching and Learning at Riddlesdown Collegiate. Lucy held a number of leadership roles across three different schools before moving to OFSTED as a HMI, where she led inspections of primary and secondary schools. Her passion lies in promoting reading across the curriculum, developing pedagogy and enabling exceptional classroom practice that is rooted in current research. She firmly believes that schools should offer a broad curriculum that enables all pupils to flourish and fulfil their potential. Lucy continues to inspect schools as an additional inspector and is a facilitator for the Early Careers Framework.

Lewis Burgess

Director of IT

Kelly Livingstone

Director of Operations (Catering)

Saleh Ahmed

HR Manager

Sara Scott

Governance Manager

Rebeccah Strange

Director of School Improvement (Maths)

Mary Proto

Director of School Improvement (Literacy)

Elizabeth Donne

Director of School Improvement (Science)

Linda Harvey

Director of School Improvement (Leadership)

Mike Smith

Director of School Improvement (Post-16)

Daniel Pyke

Finance Manager

Jenny Perry

Finance Assistant

Diane Lane

HR & Administrative Assistant

Stuart Bocking

Data Manager

Debbie Craddock

Data Analyst

Sarah Church

Clerk to LGB

Jeanne Alexander

Clerk to LGB

Luke Green

IT Systems Manager

James Wareham

IT Systems Manager

Ahnaf Jagirdar

IT Technician

Neel Katelia

IT Technician

Matthew Innes

IT Technician

Harvey Cleeter

IT Apprentice

Kelly Garland

Deputy Director of Operations (Catering)