MEET THE TEAM



Paul Stone

Paul Stone


"I have been a Headteacher for the last 16 years in initially in two small rural primaries and later at Kibworth CE Primary School which became Outstanding in 2011. Following this we became a Teaching School Alliance and later a Multi Academy Trust in 13 schools called Discovery School Academy Trust where I am currently the CEO. I believe developing high quality leaders is essential for schools and trusts to move forward and ultimately for children to reach their potential. Inspiring Leaders is a unique opportunity for high quality practicing leaders to provide real experience and current expertise to support our future leaders."

Andy Burns

Andy Burns


"I have been Principal of The Redhill Academy since 2004. I have been an NLE since 2009 and have over 4 years’ experience of supporting other underperforming secondary schools including executive headship. I am currently Executive Principal of The Redhill Trust. I believe that school leadership is all about leading the extended team of staff towards a clearly defined core purpose of raising student achievement. Everything else must be peripheral to this. Yet to accomplish this goal, our future leaders will need a complex range of skills including clear communication, decision making, emotional intelligence and trust building. I am confident that the Inspiring Leaders programmes will deliver these skills and more to participants."

Dawn Wigley

Dawn Wigley


"Ash Lea school is a special school in South Nottinghamshire which caters for children and young people with complex learning needs. Ash Lea is a member of the Raising Achievement Network, Flying High Teaching School Alliance and Nottinghamshire Special Schools Soft Federation and have a strong collaborative approach to school improvement.

My passion comes from wanting the very best for everyone who works and learns at Ash Lea School. Continuing professional development is the key to a successful school with inspiring staff and this is a key strength. I was inspired by great leaders and am always looking out for the next generation."

Trish Stringer

Trish Stringer


"Before retiring, I was Principal at Brooke Weston Academy from 2007 to 2015, when I became Executive Principal with oversight of number of schools across the region. The remit of a teacher is to educate, enthuse, inspire and set a good example for students; therefore if we, as professionals, are not committed to a personal programme of development, pushing ourselves to achieve and train in areas that we may not be comfortable or familiar with, then how can we expect the same of our students?

That is why developing leadership is important, not only for ourselves as teachers, but because it demonstrates the importance of continual improvement and self-reflection to our young people."

Chris Wheatley

Chris Wheatley


"I am Chief Executive of the Flying High Trust partnership, having previously been headteacher of Cotgrave Candleby Lane School for over ten years. I am also the East Midlands Yorkshire and Humberside representative on the Teaching School Council, coordinating the collaborative school led system. I personally believe that effective school leadership is the single most important factor to achieving a successful school. I am determined to ensure that inspiring leaders create talented school leadership for the future. School leadership is safe in our hands.

I have been a Head Teacher for 14 years in two separate schools. I have led a school in a three school amalgamation, enabled back to back outstanding judgements in both schools and have been an NLE for the 4 years. I now focus my attention on supporting wider school improvement and developing the leaders of tomorrow."

Rebecca Meredith

Rebecca Meredith


"I am Chief Executive of Transform Trust and Teaching School Alliance. Before this I was Head at Sneinton CofE from 2002 and took the school from special measures to outstanding. I was subsequently appointed Executive Head of two other primaries in Nottingham city and have successfully supported school improvement within the Trust schools. I am also a Professional Partner in Nottingham City and on the Challenge Partners board.
I am a National Leader of Education with extensive experience of improving under-performing schools. I undertook the National College Fellowship in 2012/13 with a focus on development of curriculum policy.
Improving education for all children is what motivates me, not only through raising standards and attainment but also through developing ways to grow the whole child through a wide range of extra curricula activities. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and skills and working with colleagues who are also driven by school improvement. "

Peter Smith

Peter Smith


"I am a lead faciltiator for Inspiring Leaders. I have been fortunate to have been involved in school leadership for over twenty five years, both as headteacher of two schools and as lead facilitator for a variety of national and international programmes. I am an executive coach, professional partner and programme designer and have enjoyed a long association with the National College in a variety of roles."

Sue Winton

Sue Winton


"I am a lead faciltiator for Inspiring Leaders. I am an accredited Leadership Coach and currently coach senior leaders and their teams both in and beyond the educational context. I am an experienced facilitator and have been facilitating the National professional qualifications (NPQ) for over 4 years. I am a former Primary Head Teacher but now work across both primary and secondary schools. I am particularly interested and skilled in developing a culture that inspires, motivates and enables individuals to embrace and develop ownership and responsibility in order to strengthen working relationships and develop outstanding practice."

Tony James

Tony James


"I am a lead faciltiator for Inspiring Leaders. I have a fundamental belief in the development of leadership at all levels across the educational sector to improve outcomes for learners. My skills in developing successful networks and collaborative partnerships, coupled with my understanding of the flexibility and potential of online learning, means that I am the right person to help guide and shape this developing learning partnership."

John Winter

John Winter


"Yorkshire/North East Hub Lead Facilitator"

Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman


"I am Director of Teaching School at Cotgrave Candleby Lane School and the strategic lead for Inspiring Leaders. I am committed to improving outcomes for children and firmly believe that effective school leadership holds the key to this. I passionately believe that the best leaders must be utilised to support and develop the leaders of tomorrow. I am genuinely excited about being a part of Inspiring Leaders as I believe that through the passion and the commitment of the schools and partners that are involved we can have a real influence on improving the outcomes for all children."

Graeme Robins

Graeme Robins


"As Director of Programme Delivery within Inspiring Leaders, I have the oversight of content design and delivery at all levels, ensuring that we are responsive to regional needs . It is my responsibility for the quality assurance of provision and delivery at all levels and the delivery across all NPQs, as appropriate. Alongside our Lead Facilitation and practitioner teams, I oversee the development of new programmes, in line with the strategic direction of the partnership."

Susanna Russell

Susanna Russell


"I am the Inspiring Leaders Manager and oversee the coordination, marketing and content management of our programmes, working closely with our partner schools, facilitators, participants and local schools. I am committed to ensuring participants receive a high level of customer service, first rate value for money and quality leadership development through our programmes.

Lynsey Atkins

Lynsey Atkins


"As Inspiring Leaders Programme Manager, I oversee and coordinate the delivery of all NPQ leadership activity, which includes our annual residential leadership conference. I thoroughly enjoy working within school settings and witnessing the difference that our training brings about, not only in schools but in the development of their staff. It is a very exciting time to be a part of Inspiring Leaders with like-minded, enthusiastic school leaders and facilitators!"

Georgia Ash

Georgia Ash

I am Inspiring Leaders Events Administrator and look after the day to day running of all our NPQ programmes, including participant care, working closely with facilitators, booking venues and arranging the relevant materials. I also coordinate our annual Leadership Conference which is a true pleasure to be part of. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Inspiring Leaders.
  • Paul Stone
  • Andy Burns
  • Dawn Wigley
  • Trish Stringer
  • Chris Wheatley
  • Rebecca Meredith
  • Peter Smith
  • Sue Winton
  • Tony James
  • John Winter
  • Paul Goodman
  • Graeme Robins
  • Susanna Russell
  • Lynsey Atkins
  • Georgia Ash
  • Paul Stone


    "I have been a Headteacher for the last 16 years in initially in two small rural primaries and later at Kibworth CE Primary School which became Outstanding in 2011. Following this we became a Teaching School Alliance and later a Multi Academy Trust in 13 schools called Discovery School Academy Trust where I am currently the CEO. I believe developing high quality leaders is essential for schools and trusts to move forward and ultimately for children to reach their potential. Inspiring Leaders is a unique opportunity for high quality practicing leaders to provide real experience and current expertise to support our future leaders."

  • Andy Burns


    "I have been Principal of The Redhill Academy since 2004. I have been an NLE since 2009 and have over 4 years’ experience of supporting other underperforming secondary schools including executive headship. I am currently Executive Principal of The Redhill Trust. I believe that school leadership is all about leading the extended team of staff towards a clearly defined core purpose of raising student achievement. Everything else must be peripheral to this. Yet to accomplish this goal, our future leaders will need a complex range of skills including clear communication, decision making, emotional intelligence and trust building. I am confident that the Inspiring Leaders programmes will deliver these skills and more to participants."

  • Dawn Wigley


    "Ash Lea school is a special school in South Nottinghamshire which caters for children and young people with complex learning needs. Ash Lea is a member of the Raising Achievement Network, Flying High Teaching School Alliance and Nottinghamshire Special Schools Soft Federation and have a strong collaborative approach to school improvement.

    My passion comes from wanting the very best for everyone who works and learns at Ash Lea School. Continuing professional development is the key to a successful school with inspiring staff and this is a key strength. I was inspired by great leaders and am always looking out for the next generation."

  • Trish Stringer


    "Before retiring, I was Principal at Brooke Weston Academy from 2007 to 2015, when I became Executive Principal with oversight of number of schools across the region. The remit of a teacher is to educate, enthuse, inspire and set a good example for students; therefore if we, as professionals, are not committed to a personal programme of development, pushing ourselves to achieve and train in areas that we may not be comfortable or familiar with, then how can we expect the same of our students?

    That is why developing leadership is important, not only for ourselves as teachers, but because it demonstrates the importance of continual improvement and self-reflection to our young people."

  • Chris Wheatley


    "I am Chief Executive of the Flying High Trust partnership, having previously been headteacher of Cotgrave Candleby Lane School for over ten years. I am also the East Midlands Yorkshire and Humberside representative on the Teaching School Council, coordinating the collaborative school led system. I personally believe that effective school leadership is the single most important factor to achieving a successful school. I am determined to ensure that inspiring leaders create talented school leadership for the future. School leadership is safe in our hands.

    I have been a Head Teacher for 14 years in two separate schools. I have led a school in a three school amalgamation, enabled back to back outstanding judgements in both schools and have been an NLE for the 4 years. I now focus my attention on supporting wider school improvement and developing the leaders of tomorrow."

  • Rebecca Meredith


    "I am Chief Executive of Transform Trust and Teaching School Alliance. Before this I was Head at Sneinton CofE from 2002 and took the school from special measures to outstanding. I was subsequently appointed Executive Head of two other primaries in Nottingham city and have successfully supported school improvement within the Trust schools. I am also a Professional Partner in Nottingham City and on the Challenge Partners board.
    I am a National Leader of Education with extensive experience of improving under-performing schools. I undertook the National College Fellowship in 2012/13 with a focus on development of curriculum policy.
    Improving education for all children is what motivates me, not only through raising standards and attainment but also through developing ways to grow the whole child through a wide range of extra curricula activities. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and skills and working with colleagues who are also driven by school improvement. "

  • Peter Smith


    "I am a lead faciltiator for Inspiring Leaders. I have been fortunate to have been involved in school leadership for over twenty five years, both as headteacher of two schools and as lead facilitator for a variety of national and international programmes. I am an executive coach, professional partner and programme designer and have enjoyed a long association with the National College in a variety of roles."

  • Sue Winton


    "I am a lead faciltiator for Inspiring Leaders. I am an accredited Leadership Coach and currently coach senior leaders and their teams both in and beyond the educational context. I am an experienced facilitator and have been facilitating the National professional qualifications (NPQ) for over 4 years. I am a former Primary Head Teacher but now work across both primary and secondary schools. I am particularly interested and skilled in developing a culture that inspires, motivates and enables individuals to embrace and develop ownership and responsibility in order to strengthen working relationships and develop outstanding practice."

  • Tony James


    "I am a lead faciltiator for Inspiring Leaders. I have a fundamental belief in the development of leadership at all levels across the educational sector to improve outcomes for learners. My skills in developing successful networks and collaborative partnerships, coupled with my understanding of the flexibility and potential of online learning, means that I am the right person to help guide and shape this developing learning partnership."

  • John Winter


    "Yorkshire/North East Hub Lead Facilitator"

  • Paul Goodman


    "I am Director of Teaching School at Cotgrave Candleby Lane School and the strategic lead for Inspiring Leaders. I am committed to improving outcomes for children and firmly believe that effective school leadership holds the key to this. I passionately believe that the best leaders must be utilised to support and develop the leaders of tomorrow. I am genuinely excited about being a part of Inspiring Leaders as I believe that through the passion and the commitment of the schools and partners that are involved we can have a real influence on improving the outcomes for all children."

  • Graeme Robins


    "As Director of Programme Delivery within Inspiring Leaders, I have the oversight of content design and delivery at all levels, ensuring that we are responsive to regional needs . It is my responsibility for the quality assurance of provision and delivery at all levels and the delivery across all NPQs, as appropriate. Alongside our Lead Facilitation and practitioner teams, I oversee the development of new programmes, in line with the strategic direction of the partnership."

  • Susanna Russell


    "I am the Inspiring Leaders Manager and oversee the coordination, marketing and content management of our programmes, working closely with our partner schools, facilitators, participants and local schools. I am committed to ensuring participants receive a high level of customer service, first rate value for money and quality leadership development through our programmes.

  • Lynsey Atkins


    "As Inspiring Leaders Programme Manager, I oversee and coordinate the delivery of all NPQ leadership activity, which includes our annual residential leadership conference. I thoroughly enjoy working within school settings and witnessing the difference that our training brings about, not only in schools but in the development of their staff. It is a very exciting time to be a part of Inspiring Leaders with like-minded, enthusiastic school leaders and facilitators!"

  • Georgia Ash

    I am Inspiring Leaders Events Administrator and look after the day to day running of all our NPQ programmes, including participant care, working closely with facilitators, booking venues and arranging the relevant materials. I also coordinate our annual Leadership Conference which is a true pleasure to be part of. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Inspiring Leaders.
  • Paul Stone
  • Andy Burns
  • Dawn Wigley
  • Trish Stringer
  • Chris Wheatley
  • Rebecca Meredith
  • Peter Smith
  • Sue Winton
  • Tony James
  • John Winter
  • Paul Goodman
  • Graeme Robins
  • Susanna Russell
  • Lynsey Atkins
  • Georgia Ash

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