MEET THE TEAM



Andy Burns

Andy Burns


"I have been Principal of The Redhill Academy since 2004, an NLE since 2009 and 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."

Chris Wheatley

Chris Wheatley


"I am Chief Executive of the Flying High Trust, having previously been headteacher of Cotgrave Candleby Lane School for over ten years and an NLE. 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.

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Rebecca Meredith

Rebecca Meredith


"I am Chief Executive of Transform Trust and TSA. Before this I was Head at Sneinton CofE from 2002 and took the school from special measures to outstanding. I was then appointed Executive Head of two other primaries in Nottingham and have extensive experience of improving under-performing schools in the Trust and beyond. I am also a Professional Partner and on the Challenge Partners board. Improving education for all children is what motivates me, through raising standards and attainment and also through developing ways to grow the whole child through a wide range of extra curricula activities. "

Paul Stone

Paul Stone


"I am currently CEO of Discovery Schools Academy Trust (DSAT) which contains 13 schools in Leicestershire. Prior to this, I was a Headteacher for 16 years in two small rural primaries and lastly Kibworth CE Primary School which is now the lead school in Affinity Teaching School Alliance. 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."

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Richard Ludlow

Richard Ludlow


Richard is a NLE and has been head of three primary schools, latterly Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy which is graded ‘Outstanding’. Richard has led the development of the Ebor Academy Trust since it was formed in December 2013. The Trust has been successful in developing an initial teacher training programme and school-to-school support service, raising achievement in many other schools in the North East region. Ofsted has judged his leadership as outstanding. He is an enthusiastic educator who is happy working in a forward-looking organisation that has children, their achievement and enjoyment at the heart.

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."

Sue Winton

Sue Winton


"I am a lead faciltiator for Inspiring Leaders. I am an accredited Leadership Coach and currently coach leadership teams both in and beyond the educational context. I am an experienced facilitator and have been facilitating the NPQs for over 4 years. I am a former Primary Head Teacher but now work across both primary and secondary schools. I am particularly 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."

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."

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 business management, systems development, content review and partnership development as well as seeing the operational delivery of the NPQs. I love working closely with inspirational colleagues, leaders and partners in both the East Midlands and Yorkshire Hubs. I am committed to delivering on the vision of Inspiring Leaders and ensuring participants receive gold standard leadership development provision.

Lynsey Atkins

Lynsey Atkins


"As Inspiring Leaders Programme Manager, I manage the operations to enable delivery of all NPQ leadership activity including final assessment, finance, facilitator teams and programme logistics. I work closely with our partners including the Yorkshire hub. 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 with our school based facilitators, booking venues and face to face day requirements. I also coordinate our annual Leadership Conference which is a true pleasure to be part of. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Inspiring Leaders"

John Winter

John Winter


Yorkshire/North East Hub Lead Facilitator

  • Andy Burns
  • Chris Wheatley
  • Rebecca Meredith
  • Paul Stone
  • Richard Ludlow
  • Paul Goodman
  • Sue Winton
  • Tony James
  • Peter Smith
  • Graeme Robins
  • Susanna Russell
  • Lynsey Atkins
  • Georgia Ash
  • John Winter
  • Andy Burns


    "I have been Principal of The Redhill Academy since 2004, an NLE since 2009 and 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."

  • Chris Wheatley


    "I am Chief Executive of the Flying High Trust, having previously been headteacher of Cotgrave Candleby Lane School for over ten years and an NLE. 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.

    ...
  • Rebecca Meredith


    "I am Chief Executive of Transform Trust and TSA. Before this I was Head at Sneinton CofE from 2002 and took the school from special measures to outstanding. I was then appointed Executive Head of two other primaries in Nottingham and have extensive experience of improving under-performing schools in the Trust and beyond. I am also a Professional Partner and on the Challenge Partners board. Improving education for all children is what motivates me, through raising standards and attainment and also through developing ways to grow the whole child through a wide range of extra curricula activities. "

  • Paul Stone


    "I am currently CEO of Discovery Schools Academy Trust (DSAT) which contains 13 schools in Leicestershire. Prior to this, I was a Headteacher for 16 years in two small rural primaries and lastly Kibworth CE Primary School which is now the lead school in Affinity Teaching School Alliance. 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."

    ...
  • Richard Ludlow


    Richard is a NLE and has been head of three primary schools, latterly Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy which is graded ‘Outstanding’. Richard has led the development of the Ebor Academy Trust since it was formed in December 2013. The Trust has been successful in developing an initial teacher training programme and school-to-school support service, raising achievement in many other schools in the North East region. Ofsted has judged his leadership as outstanding. He is an enthusiastic educator who is happy working in a forward-looking organisation that has children, their achievement and enjoyment at the heart.

  • 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."

  • Sue Winton


    "I am a lead faciltiator for Inspiring Leaders. I am an accredited Leadership Coach and currently coach leadership teams both in and beyond the educational context. I am an experienced facilitator and have been facilitating the NPQs for over 4 years. I am a former Primary Head Teacher but now work across both primary and secondary schools. I am particularly 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."

  • 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."

  • 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 business management, systems development, content review and partnership development as well as seeing the operational delivery of the NPQs. I love working closely with inspirational colleagues, leaders and partners in both the East Midlands and Yorkshire Hubs. I am committed to delivering on the vision of Inspiring Leaders and ensuring participants receive gold standard leadership development provision.

  • Lynsey Atkins


    "As Inspiring Leaders Programme Manager, I manage the operations to enable delivery of all NPQ leadership activity including final assessment, finance, facilitator teams and programme logistics. I work closely with our partners including the Yorkshire hub. 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 with our school based facilitators, booking venues and face to face day requirements. I also coordinate our annual Leadership Conference which is a true pleasure to be part of. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Inspiring Leaders"

  • John Winter


    Yorkshire/North East Hub Lead Facilitator

  • Andy Burns
  • Chris Wheatley
  • Rebecca Meredith
  • Paul Stone
  • Richard Ludlow
  • Paul Goodman
  • Sue Winton
  • Tony James
  • Peter Smith
  • Graeme Robins
  • Susanna Russell
  • Lynsey Atkins
  • Georgia Ash
  • John Winter

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