Meet the Trust Team

    •  "The academy works very effectively in partnership with the sponsor academy trust and with other local schools to improve the quality of education. Senior staff increasingly take a lead role in training and development initiatives across the partnership."
      - Andrew Clark, Lead Inspector - Additional Inspector (Wyndham Primary Academy Ofsted, May 2014)



Dame Susan Jowett, Chief Executive Officer

  • Executive Principal of George Spencer Academy and Chief Executive Officer of The Spencer Academies Trust
  • National Leader of Education (NLE) since 2011
  • Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Challenge Partners
  • Chair of the National Teaching Schools Science Lead Network
  • Chair of the Strategic Board of the Licensed Leadership Development Programmes for National College for Teaching and Leadership (NPQH NPQSL NPQH)
  • Chair of the local School Centre for Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
  • Represented on a number of IEBs (Interim Executive Boards) nominated by the Department for Education for schools causing concern.




Fraser Mitchell, Interim Deputy CEO, Director of Secondary Education & Executive Principal at George Spencer Academy

  • National Leader of Education (NLE)
  • Principal of George Spencer Academy
  • Sustained George Spencer Academy's outstanding judgement in the recent Ofsted inspection, May 2015.




AOBAngela O'Brien, Director of Primary Education and Executive Principal

  • National Leader of Education (NLE)
  • Executive Head of Wyndham Primary Academy, Portland Spencer Academy and Sunnyside Spencer Academy
  • Represented on an IEB nominated by the DfE for schools causing concern.
  • Secured outstanding Ofsted for Wyndham Primary Academy after just two years of being in the bottom 200 schools in the country identified by DfE.




Gary Holmes, Chief Financial Officer

  • Member of the Department for Education (DfE) Technical Advisory Group
  • Business Manager at George Spencer for 9 Years
  • Secured licence to deliver the new modular curriculum.






Jill Wilkinson, Chief Operating Officer

  • Chair of Governors for George Spencer Academy and Portland Spencer Academy
  • A former Principal of Sunnyside Spencer Academy and Vice Principal of George Spencer Academy
  • Nominated as 'inspirational' Headteacher in February 2014
  • Challenge Partners Hub Manager for Nottingham North
  • Successful track record of Academy conversions within the Trust.





Lynn Cox, Director of Quality Assurance and Academies Improvement Adviser

  • Appointed September 2016
  • Extensive experience as a Local Authority School Improvement Adviser (primary and secondary phase) prior to September 2016




    •  "The academy’s development plans are far-reaching in their vision for the improvement of this and partner schools, yet rooted firmly in reality. Leaders recognise that striving for excellence means regular review and change, but manage this well by setting realistic, measurable targets for success."
      - Deirdre Duignan, Lead Inspector - Her Majesty's Inspector (George Spencer Academy Ofsted, May 2015)

    •  "The support provided by the SAT is highly valued and appropriately tailored to make the best possible use of expertise from within the SAT and locally. There has been some recent unavoidable staff absence in the senior team. The headteacher, in conjunction with the SAT, took decisive action to recruit two temporary senior leaders to ensure continuity and consistency of leadership. A local leader of education also provides effective support to senior and subject leaders and acts as an external partner in the school’s quality assurance processes."
      - Julia Wright, Her Majesty's Inspector (Heanor Gate Science College Ofsted, March 2015)



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