Our Team

Central Team

Sarah Collings - Director of Sport

Sarah has enjoyed a very successful swimming career. Sarah has represented Great Britain consistently from 1996 - 2000 and throughout her career amassed over 40 national medals, being crowned British champion 19 times and set new British Records. Having previously worked as a Coach Education Advisor, Sarah led on UKCC Level 4 qualification developments, providing opportunities for governing bodies and coaches across domains to obtain professional and related qualifications in their chosen field. She was directly responsible for helping shape the future of high performing coach development and is now transferring these skills surrounding planning, implementation and project managing into her work as Director of Sport for the Trust.

Marie Cordey - School Improvement

Marie has a vast amount of experience working in education. She worked as a lead inspector for 10 years, whilst also working as a school improvement consultant for local authorities, academy chains and independently. Marie has taught in secondary schools for almost 20 years as a teacher, head of department and deputy head. She was also a senior lecturer in initial teacher education and continues to work in school improvement.

Justin Creasey - Director of Education

Justin was appointed Head of School at Riverley Primary School in April 2015 after working there as an Assistant Head and Deputy Head from September 2013. His leadership experience across primary schools includes Art and Design, Head of year 6, Assessment and Mathematics Subject Leader. He has a Certificate in Mathematics Specialist Teaching and has a keen interest in school improvement and curriculum innovation. As a former professional dancer and musician, Justin values all areas of achievement including performance art and musical theatre. Currently, Justin plays the French horn and performs with a London Wind Band and a semi-professional London Orchestra. Justin’s interest in early development and child psychology drive his ambition to develop pupil voice throughout all areas of school life. He believes that a GREAT school is a place where every decision made is driven by, and centred around what is best for the children in it.

Lucy Cuthbertson - Director of Drama and Performance

Lucy has over 25 years of experience in theatre & performance, as a performer & director followed by Head of Drama & Leading Practitioner in inner city London schools. She founded Kidbrooke Theatre Company, considered one of the most successful school-based companies in the country with student productions performing at Greenwich Theatre, Riverside Studios, The National Theatre, Duke of York’s, West End and several visits to the Edinburgh Festival winning accolades such as Best Play in the Fringe Report awards & 5* reviews most recently for their 2016 production, invited to perform at the Assembly Rooms. Her work has featured in many books and journals. Lucy has also championed equality & diversity work in schools for over 15 years, with a focus on tackling homophobia. Highlights include taking 5 school trips to London Pride and being asked to speak about her work at the Stonewall Education conference on several occasions.

Charlotte Foulston - School Improvement

Charlotte has had over 19 years of experience in education, both inner city London and south Wales, and has a deep understanding that quality teaching and learning, and putting the pupils at the heart of every initiative, is the way to support progress, achievement and, ultimately, improve children’s life chances. Charlotte was a Board member of the Griffin Schools Trust from its inception, as she shares the same values and ethos, and has maintained a close interest in the work of the Trust and its achievements, whilst working as part of the leadership team in another borough. Her experience in education has encompassed all the key stages, and has most recently latterly focused on Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5; for the last 3 years she has included Head of Sixth Form as part of her wider leadership responsibilities, along with the RAP process across both stages. Previous to this role she was Head of Faculty, Languages and Communication, at St Matthew Academy in Blackheath, and acting Assistant Head at the boys’ predecessor school during its transition to Academy status. Prior to embarking upon a teaching career, she was director of a company specialising in supporting young people into vocational training and apprenticeships. Charlotte brings to the Trust the perspective of a practitioner in the current policy landscape together with the wide experience of delivering to learners on a large scale. She is also an English specialist with a particular emphasis on teaching and learning strategies and assessment.

Michelle Hall - HR Administrator

Michelle has over 14 years’ experience working in schools, in positions such as PA, Office Manager, Exams Officer, and most recently, Operations Manager. Michelle has many years’ experience working in an office environment in both the private and public sectors. Michelle has also worked overseas for a number of years in banking, retail and customer service. Michelle joins the trust as the PA to the Executive Team and in Recruitment and Human Resources.

Nicola Hall - Governance Administrator

Nicola has 12 years’ experience in schools, carrying out the roles of Exams Officer and Accounts Manager. Prior to her shift into Education, Nicola spent 8 years in the Utility industry. Nicola also lived in Australia for 11 years, where she completed her secondary education and worked for 7 years in one of Australia’s leading banks. Nicola joins the trust to provide administrative support.

Scarlett Hawkes - Admin Assistant

Scarlett has spent the last two years studying Womenswear Fashion at Central Saint Martins. Since then, she has set up her own small brand and online website designing and selling one-off items. Scarlett has proven exceptional customer service in previous jobs and is particularly keen to experience working in an office environment. She will be leading Wide Horizons projects such as the Griffin Arts Festival and Science Symposium, providing administration of the School Improvement model and editing Heads Up newsletter.

Rosie Jones - Student Engagement Officer

Rosie has a degree in History and Religious Studies from the University of Kent. Since graduating she has gained experience in administration working for a central London catering company. She also has experience in the education sector which she gained from two years living in Indonesia teaching humanities at an international secondary school. She will be providing administrative support at the trust, mostly in areas of strategic planning and student engagement.

Liz Lewis - Founder

A founder and first Joint CEO of the Griffin Schools Trust, Liz has spent more than twenty five years in school and system improvement in the UK and overseas. She has held leadership positions in independent, international and maintained schools, experiencing the full spectrum of challenges and opportunities encountered by children and the adults who work with them. As well as serving as Head and Executive Head of four schools, Liz has experience at a senior level in local authorities, leading school improvement and advisory services. Before establishing the Griffin Schools Trust she grew a successful consultancy business with a range of clients including DfE and Local Authorities. The drive in whatever she does is to focus system leaders on social equality.

Remi Oni - Financial Accountant

Remi has a degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Buckingham and since graduating has successfully gained part-qualification through ACCA, and has over 20 years of experience in the sector, for both public and private companies.

Anne Powell - Chief Executive

Anne Powell is a music graduate who found her vocation in teaching in the least affluent communities in East London. She has had a proud association with Riverley Primary school, having led high quality provision in the primary phase and served on the school's leadership group for some time. When Riverley joined the Griffin Schools Trust, she took every opportunity to expand her skillset and was delighted to become the Head of the new academy school and then Executive Head of Riverley, Willow Brook and Lordswood primaries. She embraced the vision to provide rich classroom and extra-curricular experiences for children as the heart of a good education and worked to establish and host the ever-growing Griffin Arts Festival, now in its fourth year, remaining ever more determined that good exam outcomes are the corollary of a great education and not its sole focus. Having led two schools from special measures to outstanding and consecutive years' outcomes to well above national, Anne has also worked widely with primary, secondary and Trust colleagues to support a range of strategic issues. Anne has led and supported school improvement projects, senior appointments and Ofsted inspections in many Trust schools with impressive impact and has also supported the Founding CEOs in key aspects of MAT leadership. In her new role as CEO Anne is honoured to be the first embodiment of GST as a truly Head-led Trust

Kehinde Raji - Accountant

Kehinde Raji is a Certified Chartered Accountant and also an Associate Chartered Banker (ACIB) with a Masters in Business Administration and a BSC in Business administration and Finance. She has over 20 years of experience in both the charity and private sector and is always keen to use her skills to benefit the organisation and to make a difference. Her belief in the power of education to change lives led her to work within the charities sector and to her role with the Griffin Schools Trust.

Raymond Ramsay - Senior Accountant

Raymond is a Certified Chartered Accountant with specialist knowledge of the education sector having previously spent 6 years providing audit and advisory services to academy trusts and schools. Before specialising in education finance Raymond spent 5 years working within a top 10 London firm and has experience of preparing management and statutory accounts for a variety of not for profit clients including academy trusts, charities, housing associations and the NHS. As Chief Finance Officer, Raymond is committed to improving the opportunities for the students within our Trust and enjoys using his extensive knowledge to train and develop colleagues. Raymond enjoys spending time with his family, including park runs with his young son and dog.

Ange Tyler - Founder

A founding Joint CEO of the Griffin Schools Trust, Ange has spent her professional life improving opportunities for the least advantaged. She was a Youth Worker in one of London's poorest and most diverse boroughs before training as a teacher. After serving as a Head and Executive Head in inner city schools, Ange led change programmes for local authorities and for the DfE. As Joint CEO of GST, Ange has scaled the sophisticated school improvement model developed with Liz over the past decade to drive deep cultural change predicated on leadership at all levels. She has also established and embedded bold traditions of broad arts and sports provision more usually associated with the independent sector.

Eileen Winters - Senior Administrator

Eileen has substantial experience in the private sector working in Merchandising/buying for the Burton Group, Woolworths and Allied Carpets. Eileen has a wealth of experience working in an office environment and will lead in communications between schools and HQ, mainly focussing on areas of School Improvement and Wide Horizons projects as well as providing administrative support at HQ.