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 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.
Natalie PArker - Head of SCITT
Natalie is Head of Initial Teacher Training, and Professional Development Lead for Future Academies, alongside teaching Maths and Economics at Pimlico Academy.
Natalie oversees the delivery of our training programme, regularly sourcing expert teachers to lead sessions to our trainee teachers with a particular focus on sharing evidence-informed practice. She has a background in teacher education, having worked on teacher training projects in several countries alongside acting as an associate tutor for the Teach First programme. She has an MA in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education with a focus on continuing professional development.
Nick Berman - Head of Education Enrichment
Nick works with all academies in the Trust to plan, develop and deliver excellent and aspiration raising enrichment programmes.
Before joining Future Academies, Nick worked in the Regional School Commissioner’s Office in the Department for Education. There he worked on Multi Academy Trust governance and ran a pilot project aimed at improving the performance of disadvantaged pupils in schools across the East of England. Nick has also worked in the House of Commons and ran a number of projects in Ipswich on urban regeneration and getting employers working closely with schools.
Oliver Wimborne - Head of Curriculum Centre
Olly leads the work of the Curriculum Centre. He joined Pimlico Academy in 2009 and, before qualifying as a teacher, he worked as a teaching assistant and in post-16 management. Olly studied at King’s College London and holds a BA, MA, MRes, and PhD. During the academic year 2019/20, he has taken up a part-time role at the Royal Society of Arts as a Senior Researcher in Education.
Samantha Green - Executive Principal - London; Principal - Pimlico Academy
Samantha 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.
Hugo Hutchison - Executive Principal - Hertfordshire
Hugo is the Executive Principal of our Hertfordshire schools. After spending seven years at Pimlico Academy, he took up a headship post elsewhere and then moved into school improvement work across London and the South East, before returning to Future Academies to take up his current post. Prior to his career in education, Hugo worked in the publishing and film industries. Hugo has a M.A. in Philosophy of Education from UCL.
Alex Gamon - Principal, Pimlico Primary
Alex joined Pimlico Primary in 2017 and has been with the Trust since 2014, specialising in History. She has a Modern History degree from the University of St Andrews.
Janella Ajeigbe - Principal, Churchill Gardens Primary Academy
Janella 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.
MATTHEW LABAN - Principal, Barclay ACADEMY
Matthew is the principal of Barclay Academy and he joined the Trust in 2017. Matthew is an experienced headteacher who has led successful primary and secondary schools using a knowledge-rich curriculum. Matthew holds a PhD in History from the University of London and he is a published author.
Matt Singh - Principal, Laureate Academy
Matt is the principal of Laureate Academy in Hemel Hempstead. He joined Laureate Academy having spent 10 years at Pimlico Academy where he began as a newly qualified teacher. Prior to coming into education, Matt worked in the private sector for a number of years.
Liane Tylee - Acting Principal, Millbank Academy
Liane has worked at Millbank Academy since 2016, joining from a Mathematics Educational charity where she worked on curriculum design and implementation in schools across the UK. Since joining the trust she has worked across all three primary schools supporting with the teaching and learning of Mathematics and the implementation of the Maths curriculum. Since April she has been part of the senior leadership team at Millbank as acting assistant head and has now undertaken the role as acting principal.
Tony MacDowall - Principal, Phoenix Academy
Tony is the principal of Phoenix Academy.