Paul ThompsonDiocesan Director of Education
Paul was appointed as Director of Education for the Diocese of Lincoln in September 2021. Having been a successful Deputy Director of Education since 2010, Paul has an excellent knowledge of the 141 schools in the diocese. Paul has built a very strong school improvement team consisting of 11 Associate Advisers and 5 specialist advisers to work alongside the internal diocesan education team of 8. He is able to draw on the strengths and expertise within the diocesan schools as well as the team of advisers and key partners in education such as the teaching school hubs, local authorities and independent consultants. Paul's career in education spans 26 years with the majority of that time in senior leadership positions. He holds the NPQH qualification and has been a successful headteacher for seven years achieving a good OfSTED and Outstanding SIAMs inspection during this time. Paul is also a SIAMs manager and oversees the training and support for church school inspections. He uses his wealth of experience to lead the school effectiveness advisers and ensure the school improvement strategies bring about sustained development in schools and academies.
Martin BrownCEO, Tollbar Multi Academy Trust
Since November 2020 I have been CEO of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust. The trust has 7 academies with 5,000 students and 700 staff. Previously, I have taken on three schools in difficulty leading them through academisation and securing their future with higher standards.
Nancy MalkinSenior School Improvement Officer North Lincs LA
I started teaching as a secondary English teacher and have Approved Teacher Status (ATS) for dyslexia. I have been an LA adviser for secondary English, Pupil Premium and Inclusion.
Currently I am a LA Senior School Improvement Officer covering primary and secondary schools and colleges in North Lincs. This role includes responsibility for vulnerable pupils and transition and I am a tutor for the North Lincs SCITT programme. I also oversee safeguarding in schools which includes dealing with complaints made to Ofsted.
Amanda GriffithsDirector of L.E.A.D Teaching School Hub
With over 20 years of experience in Education, Amanda Griffiths is the Director of L.E.A.D. Teaching School Hub. With a reach across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, this also includes 25 Primary and Secondary Academies within L.E.A.D. Academy Trust itself.
Amanda is primarily responsible for leading a staff team to provide the highest quality CPD for teachers and support staff at every stage of their career. Collaborating with a range of partners and specialists across the region, Amanda ensures that all expertise are well coordinated, coherent and sourced for every strand of professional development. Amanda is equally responsible for leading both an English and RSHE Hub, designated nationally by the DfE. As an accredited delivery partner for NPQs, Amanda also has extensive experience of delivering leadership qualifications and training in a range of contexts.
Prior to this Teaching School position, Amanda has been a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher of two primary academies in Lincolnshire. These academies were newly built in 2006 and 2016 where she was central in their journey to Outstanding. Amanda therefore has an understanding of high standards, growth and consistency in relation to leadership. Amanda has equally been fortunate enough to support leaders in other schools and academies across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, driving school improvement and ensuring that impact is sustained. Based upon research and practice within schools, Amanda has been responsible for writing and leading the 'Active Brand', a commercial programme which has been purchased and implemented in over 100 schools to date across the region. This has been proven to have an impact upon outcomes in English and Mathematics.
Finally Amanda contributes strategically across the region and is a member of the Strategic Education Improvement Board for Nottingham, The University of Nottingham, The East Midlands Maths Hub and a Chartered College/TDT associate.
Clair MillsPrincipal at Eastfield Academy, Northampton
I am currently very privileged to be the principal at Eastfield Academy in Northampton. I have had various leadership roles previously, including being deputy head at Kings Heath Academy. I have always had a keen interest in leadership, professional development and ITT. I have been on different steering groups for the University of Northampton and supported a range of routes into teaching. I am part of the Trust Primary Teaching and Learning Community which has enabled me to work with a variety of leaders and teachers across the Trust. I am also passionate about the importance of Early Years and will happily talk about how important these foundations are for all of our pupils to succeed!
Juliet BrookesDirector of Strategy, KYRA Research School
Bridging the gap between research and classroom practice, partnering with schools to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils through evidence-informed implementation, robust evaluation, quality CPD and follow-on support.
Emma MarshallPrincipal at Havelock Academy
Principal at Havelock Academy since 2019, after holding various roles at the academy in the years prior to this, including seeing the transition from Havelock School to Havelock Academy, and so being part of the creation of DRET from the very start. Leadership specialisms include teaching and learning, professional development and the wider curriculum. I have taught music and drama for many years and am a strong advocate for enrichment in schools - especially singing!