Our Team

Trustees

Julie Adams

Julie Adams has spent over 20 years working in the management consulting industry focused on the oil and gas sector, including several years working at an international oil company. She currently holds a leadership position in the consulting firm Accenture, leading a global Resources and Energy Research team. Her career has involved a focus on strategic analysis, risk assessment and people development, as well as a deep understanding of the external factors which can drive and shape the development of any business or public sector organisation. Julie is actively involved in training and education in her current role, and has some experience of teaching early in her career, including a year spent teaching in Bordeaux, France. She holds a post graduate qualification in Information Technology and Business Studies, as well as a Joint Honours Degree in French and History from the University of Warwick.

Mike Davies

Mike Davies is a founder of both Human Scale Education and the British Curriculum Foundation which he chaired for fifteen years. He is a former head teacher of schools in England and Scotland and latterly set up a new, purpose-built school on the Essex coast, built as three schools in one. In recent years Mike has been a consultant working in England, Denmark, USA and Kenya advising academies, local authorities, architects and design teams on school transformation, creating purposeful learning environments. He currently is working with schools on pedagogic and curriculum renewal.

Marissa Davis

Marissa worked for many years at a senior level in GDST - the Girls Day School Trust. She has served as a senior school improvement adviser in the head office in London, on the Board of one of the London schools and has been a Head of a Primary school in Wales and Deputy Head of the senior section of the same school. For three years, Marissa also worked for GST, in school improvement and in managing cross-Trust events and projects such as the Science Symposium and Founders Day. She brings to the corporate governance of GST a practical understanding of and commitment to GST’s vision and values.

Trevor Edinborough

Trevor has many years of experience in the education sector and in school improvement, working across the public, private and charity sectors. He has worked extensively in the UK as well as internationally. He was a successful headteacher in two very different inner-city comprehensive schools and has had wide ranging experience in the delivery of local authority services at Assistant Director and Deputy Director levels. In addition, Trevor has significant international experience in the delivery of major education priorities and has a successful track record in the development and delivery of national government contracts. Having been instrumental in the progress the Trust as part of its Executive Team during its early years, Trevor has returned to Chair the GST Board.

Mike McCreedy

Mike McCreedy has a career which includes over 30 years of public sector experience. In addition to this Mike has held senior roles at the Commission for Racial Equality and the BIG Lottery Fund. Mike is now retired and is currently a governor at a local sixth form college and a secondary school, as well as Chairing the Perry Wood Local Governing Body for the Trust. Mike is dedicated to the GST vision and values.

Mary Stiasny

Professor Mary Stiasny OBE is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of London and Chief Executive of University of London Worldwide, which is responsible for the delivery of quality courses to 50,000 students on more than 100 study programmes in 190 countries. Her career in education has encompassed teaching at Holland Park School, training teachers at Goldsmiths, at Oxford Brookes and the University of Greenwich before moving to the British Council as Director of Education, Science and Society. From there she returned to higher education as Pro Director at the Institute of Education (IOE). Mary’s work focus is on international teaching and learning. She is a Commonwealth Scholarships Commissioner, Visiting Fellow of Goldsmiths and a Fellow of the College of Teachers.

Margaret Upama

Margaret is a retired teacher who taught at and was a member of the Senior Leadership Team of Church Mead Infant School, and was working at the school when it was rebuilt and became Riverley Primary School. Having been part of Riverley since it opened, Riverley is very close to her heart. She has served on and continues to be a member of the East London Local Governing Board to develop the school using her experience, skills and knowledge. Margaret’s experience ranges from working in Children’s Homes, to teaching in schools, to being a Professional Tutor at the University of East London. Her expertise are in Mathematics, where she holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education. Now retired, Margaret enjoys handcrafting, reading and writing.