Meet The Executive Team

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 school and the Academy Councils to ensure that the required outcomes are achieved in accordance with the direction and vision of the Trust Board.

Sarah Ridley – Chief Executive Officer

Sarah became TMET’s second Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in August 2022, having served as Deputy CEO for several years. She has been involved in TMET since its formation in 2014 and helped to develop its vision and mission, including its values: the 7Cs. She has been an integral part of TMET’s growth and success.

Promoting social justice and levelling up for disadvantaged communities have motivated Sarah throughout her career, and she has been a Headteacher or Executive Head at five inner city schools in Leicester. She has a strong track record of supporting schools as a National Leader of Education, as well as through her various roles at TMET.

Her areas of expertise and interest are in achieving social justice in terms of enrichment, progress and attainment for economically disadvantaged families. She is also passionate about high quality Early Years’ provision, the promotion of high expectations across all phases, behaviour management and developing a book rich, inspirational and memorable curriculum.

She brings energy, a spirit of professional generosity and commitment to her roles, always looking to build on collaborative practice. She is an experienced governor, having sat on several governing bodies, and is a trustee at Scholars Trust in Leicestershire.

She takes her civic responsibility as a trust leader seriously and is keen to engage with others to make decisions for the wider good.

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.

Cathy Brown – Director 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.

Milan Premdjy – Director of Trust Operations

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.

Mark Oldman – Director of Education - SEND and Inclusion

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 Education – SEND and Inclusion, with Executive Principal responsibilities.

Gulbanu Kader – Director of Education - Secondary

Gulbanu is Director of Education – Secondary for TMET and Executive Principal of Rushey Mead Academy and has had a range of experiences in her various teaching posts in her 20 year teaching career. She is also contracted with Ofsted as an Ofsted Inspector for secondary schools in the East Midlands; the experience from which she uses to evaluate and improve practice at both her academy and across the Trust.  In addition to this, she is trained to conduct Pupil Premium Reviews.

Her particular areas of expertise are in whole school improvement, particularly through the effective use of performance information.

Gulbanu believes that a successful school is underpinned by the creation of a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment, driven by high aspirations where children are inspired to embrace challenges, not to give up, make failure the beginning of success and aim for the very top, but at the same time, become responsible, caring and kind citizens.  She is an energetic and committed individual, passionate about supporting students to fulfil their potential, regardless of their starting points.

Lisa Cochrane – Director of People and Organisational Development

Lisa joined TMET in April 2021. Prior to joining Lisa provided HR consultancy support to the Education sector, not-for profit and small businesses.  Lisa is CIPD qualified and has worked as part of executive leadership teams in a variety of sectors, supporting them to develop and deliver their people ambitions. Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Trust to support us in the development and implementation of our people strategy.

Cleo Redmond – Deputy Director of Education

Cleo was a Principal in a Leicester City school for nine years and an Executive Principal since 2021. Her current role on the TMET School Improvement Team involves leading on SEND, the Designated Specialist Provisions (DSPs) and the Early Career Teachers, whilst supporting across both primary and secondary in school improvement.

Cleo has NPQH and NPQSI (National Qualification for School Inspectorates), has led her school through two successful inspections and takes an active role in Challenge Partner reviews nationally. As an LLE (Local Leader of Education), Cleo provides mentoring and coaching to senior leaders and headteachers and offers sound advice and support on school improvement and effective leadership.

Cleo is an enthusiastic leader who strives to ensure that staff and pupils have the necessary skills and opportunities to meet all their expectations whilst having the resilience to deal with life’s current and future challenges.

Sara McAdam – Director of The Mead Institute of Professional Learning

Sara McAdam has a wealth of experience in education and in developing people and effective teams in order to impact on outcomes for children.

She has worked during her career in four different schools, including as Deputy Headteacher at Willowbrook Mead for ten years, and most recently as Headteacher at Dovelands Primary School, a large primary school in Leicester City for nine years. Sara worked closely with the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT, based at Dovelands.

She also was a delivery lead for teachers and mentors in the first year of the Early Career Framework delivered by the Leicester and Leicestershire Teaching School Hub. This work led Sara to her role at the Mead Institute for Professional Learning. She is excited to lead the Institute in order to impact on the children in schools across Leicester City, and to provide the highest quality professional learning opportunities for all staff across the Mead schools.

Sara Gadzik – Head of Marketing and Communications

Sarah has spent more than 20 years in communications and marketing roles, primarily in the education and not-for-profit sectors.