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 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 is CEO and founder of TMET, The Mead Educational Trust. She graduated from Durham University and subsequently achieved a PGCE and M.Ed. from The University of Leicester.

A longstanding National Leader of Education Carolyn has over 30 years teaching experience in Leicestershire and Leicester City schools. Carolyn was Executive Principal at Rushey Mead Academy, which 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 was awarded the International School award three times.

Carolyn served for 3 years on the Teaching Schools Council, 2 as Vice Chair. She was also a founder member of Challenge Partners, developing peer reviews and a network of excellence across England and currently sits on the Challenge Partners EAG.  She sat on the British Council Educational Advisory Group for 8 years and was on the National STEM Centre Advisory Board. She previously chaired a DFE Expert Subject Group in D and T and been actively involved in MFL research and curriculum development. She also spent 4 years as a member of the NCTL Professional Conduct panels.

Carolyn’s extensive school improvement experience was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, 2013, when she was awarded a CBE.

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.

Sarah Ridley – Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Education - Primary

Sarah has been a Headteacher and Principal since 2008 and has a strong track record of supporting schools. Sarah is Director of Education – Primary 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 – 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.