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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.

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

 Shanaaz Price - Governance and Compliance Officer

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

Mark Beyer-Kay - 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.

   Oliver Wimbourne - 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 Headteachers

Samantha Green - Headteacher, 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.

oliver knight - executive Headteacher, Phoenix Academy 

Oliver is the Executive Headteacher at Phoenix Academy. Before joining Phoenix, Oliver was Headteacher at Greenwich Free School (GFS) in South London. Oliver is an Advanced Skills Teacher of History and the co-author of the book 'Developing Outstanding Classrooms', published in 2014. Oliver is a regular guest speaker at educational conferences, invariably discussing the importance of curriculum design and the development of teachers and subject pedagogy.

Catherine Jefferson - Headteacher, Pimlico Primary 

Catherine is the 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 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 is the headteacher of Millbank 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.

Future Academies

Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT
Tel: 020 7802 1910