The Trust’s Executive Team is the executive management arm of the Academy Trust, focusing on operations and the educational performance of the Academies. The Executive Team work directly with the Academy Improvement Forum, staff in each Academy and the Academy Councils to ensure that the required outcomes are achieved in accordance with the direction and vision of the Trust Board.
Carolyn Robson – Chief Executive Officer
Carolyn graduated from Durham University in 1975 and subsequently achieved a PGCE and M.Ed. from The University of Leicester. She has taught in several Leicestershire and Leicester City schools and is a National Leader of Education. Until recently, Carolyn was Executive Principal at Rushey Mead Academy, which has achieved an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ three times. The academy also featured in Ofsted’s publication of ‘Twelve Outstanding Secondary Schools – Excelling against the Odds’ and has been awarded the International School award three times.
Carolyn’s extensive school improvement experience was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, 2013.
Dave Wyatt – Chief Financial Officer
Dave has a broad spectrum of financial experience across a range of services including profession office (Chartered Accountants), industry, local authority school education and an international charity.
He joined Rushey Mead Academy in October 2014 as the Accountant, for what was then a stand-alone LA secondary school. Prior to that appointment, he had 13 years working as a School Business Manager in two local authority schools, followed by ten years as Business Manager for a school and children’s home that was part of the RNIB Trust. In April 2016 he became Chief Financial Officer for The Mead Educational Trust.
Rita Hindocha – Director of Secondary Education
Rita is Director of Secondary Education at The Mead Educational Trust, with an Executive Principal role for Rushey Mead Academy and Castle Mead Academy.
Born in Uganda, Rita arrived in the UK aged nine in 1972 as a refugee, part of the exodus of Ugandan Asians. She has taught English in Leicester schools held a number of senior leadership roles at Rushey Mead Academy and was principal there between 2014-18. She is a senior partner in the Challenge Partner network of schools.
Rita regards herself as a lifelong learner and likes to keep up to date with latest research and thinking in the field of education, particularly with regard to the promotion of social mobility, equality and excellence.
Sarah Ridley – Director of Primary Education
Sarah has been a Headteacher and Principal since 2008 and has a strong track record of supporting schools. Sarah is Director of Primary Education at The Mead Educational Trust with Executive Principal responsibilities.
She was designated as an NLE in July 2016, in addition to being made an LLE in 2008. Her national support school was judged as outstanding in 2011 and has been a consistently high performing school for the last 5 years.
Sarah’s particular areas of expertise are in assessment, provision of high quality Early Years’ Experience , promotion of high standards across the primary phase, behaviour management and developing a rich, inspirational and memorable curriculum.
Cathy Brown – Head of Governance
Cathy graduated from the University of Bristol with a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and spent the first 10 years of her career as a Chartered Engineer working in the engineering industry. She went on to work for Leicestershire Education Business Company and then in a regional role at STEMNET to increase opportunities for young people to engage with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities and role models.
Cathy is a National Leader of Governance and has been trained to do External Reviews of Governance. She has extensive school governance experience, is currently the Chair of Governors at two Leicester primary schools and was a Trustee of TMET for two years. She has also completed the NCTL’s Leadership Development Programme for Chairs of Governors.
Dave Roper – Strategic Director of Teaching School
Dave graduated from Leeds Carnegie University with a BA (Hons) in Sports Science and subsequently studied at Loughborough University for the PGCE. Dave came to Rushey Mead School in 2009 as Director of Specialism having been Director of Sport and Head of PE at Beauchamp College before this. Since then, Dave has had responsibility for timetabling before taking responsibility for developing and managing the successful School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme that operates out of the Leicester Teaching School Alliance based at Rushey Mead. In May 2017 Dave stepped up to the role of Strategic Director of Teaching School, with overall responsibility for its vision, strategic direction and operations.
Milan Premdjy – Trust Operations Manager
Milan has a wide breadth of experience gained from 15 years in the Education Sector. He has been part of leadership teams at different primary schools within the Local Authority and subsequently at both primary and secondary academies within the Trust. This working experience covers all aspects of IT strategy and delivery, financial management, premises management and HR. Milan successfully guided his school through the academy conversion process and joined TMET in 2016.
Initially, when joining TMET, Milan has worked as a Strategic Business Manager across 2 large primaries and subsequently supported the needs of the Trust by working for nine-months as an interim Secondary School Business Manager. In September 2018, Milan became the Trust Operations Manager and has led in the centralisation of an effective IT System for the whole Trust and now leads on all operational matters from Estates, Health and Safety, Payroll, Finance and Capital projects.
Isobel Farley – Head of HR
Isobel graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a BA (hons) in Comparative Literature, and subsequently studied at Loughborough University for an MA in English Literature and DeMontfort University for an MA in Human Resources Management. Isobel has worked in HR since 2013, spending 5 years in the Energy sector for an international consultancy company, dealing with generalist HR matters and leading a HR Shared Service.
After joining the Trust in March 2018, Isobel has had responsibility for managing HR processes and advising on HR related matters across the Academies and centrally within the Trust. Isobel is now leading on reviews into the employee lifecycle, retention and recruitment and becoming an employer of choice, leading a HR team and advising on all casework.
Mark Oldman – Director of Inclusion and SEND
Mark has been a head teacher since 2012 and an Executive Head since 2015. He has chaired the City of Leicester Association of Special Schools for 4 years and worked with the Department for Education on the whole school SEND programme board since 2017.
Mark has led two schools to multiple outstanding Ofsted grades and has a passion for school improvement and curriculum design across all phases . In 2019 he was awarded Leicestershire headteacher of the year. Mark is truly passionate that all children should have a school experience that inspires them and gives them memories that they can draw upon for the rest of their lives. Mark joined The Mead Educational Trust in January 2020, as Director of SEND and Inclusion, with Executive Principal responsibilities.