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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 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 joined Pimlico Academy in 2009. Before qualifying as a teacher, he worked as a teaching assistant and in post-16 pastoral management. Olly studied at King’s College London, gaining his BA, MA (Philosophy and Ethics), MRes (Social Research) and PhD (Education Research). His academic work has received various awards, including the Hanson Prize for the philosophy of religion, and he received a full scholarship for his PhD study from the ESRC. Olly is a member of the Human Development and Capability Association and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

Academy Principals

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.

Future Academies

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