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Our Team

Future Academies' schools are supported by a central executive team which works with headteachers, academy leaders and governors to deliver our vision.

Paul Smith - Chief Executive

Paul Smith is the Chief Executive of Future Academies and a National Leader of Education (NLE).

Over almost twenty years, Paul has gained wide experience in schools, leading his own schools to be judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted and turning around some of the toughest schools in the north of England. Paul started his career in primary education, teaching across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. He has also spent time as an advanced skills teacher in KS3 and KS4. Paul has gained a reputation for leading highly-effective teams to secure outstanding outcomes for all pupils regardless of background.

Through his work with the National College, as a NLE and as head of a teaching school, he has worked on developing several national programmes looking at improving system leadership in the sector. He has worked on several key development groups at the Department for Education over the last 15 years, including the National Headteacher Reference Group. Paul has also worked as an Ofsted inspector and has taken part in international visits to schools in Shanghai, Sweden and South Africa.

More recently Paul took up the post as one of the first Regional Schools Commissioners at the Department for Education. In this role, he raised standards across schools in the north-west of England and established the Blackpool Challenge initiative to raise outcomes in the local area.

Paul is Accounting Officer for the Trust.

Elaine Evans - Head of HR and Recruitment

Elaine has managed recruitment at Pimlico Academy since 1995 and is well-placed to explain the dynamic environment you would be joining as a new member of staff.

We would be delighted to receive speculative applications from exceptional teaching and support staff wishing to join Future Academies. Please email recruitment@futureacademies.org

 Shanaaz Price - Governance and Compliance Officer

Shanaaz Price is the Governance and Compliance Officer and is also Clerk to Governors for the Trust's five schools.

Mark Beyer-Key - Head of Initial Teacher Education

Mark conducted his MA research in the subject specialism of English and the Creative Arts whilst teaching at Pimlico Academy. Mark established the High Challenge programme at Pimlico, providing excellent provision for the more able cohort. He continues to foster strong links for our students and staff with cultural partners like the First Story writer-in-residence programme. His current PhD investigates the knowledge revolution that is happening in forward-looking English departments.

 Antony Smith - Curriculum Director

Antony Smith has worked in education for a number of years, and has taught at primary, secondary and university levels in Buckingham, London and Oxford.  He joined Pimlico Academy in March 2015, and has been Curriculum Director since July 2016.

Academy Headteachers

Samantha Green - Headteacher, Pimlico Academy 

Samantha Green has been a teacher at Pimlico Academy for twenty years. She became Principal in 2013 after many years in the Senior Leadership Team. Samantha has dedicated much of her time at Pimlico Academy to the development of great teachers and has contributed to the training of many who now hold leadership positions at Pimlico and beyond in other successful schools. Sam leads the implementation of our acclaimed knowledge-led curriculum.

Michael Taylor - Headteacher, Phoenix Academy 

Michael is a very experienced school leader who is well versed in turning around underperforming schools as well as working with schools with falling roll.

Catherine Burge - Acting Headteacher, Pimlico Primary 

Catherine is the Acting Principal of Pimlico Primary. She joined Pimlico Primary in 2016 and has been with the Trust since 2015, specialising in Maths. Prior to this, Catherine worked at Ark. She has degrees from the University of Cambridge and Durham University. 

Janella Ajeigbe - Headteacher, Churchill Gardens Primary Academy 

Janella Ajeigbe joined the Trust from the outstanding Sir John Cass Foundation School, where she was Deputy Headteacher. Janella has been a teacher and senior leader for fourteen years and has worked in schools across London.  

Future Academies

Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT
info@futureacademies.org
Tel: 020 7802 1910