The Trust central team is made up of highly experienced collaegues with a range of backgrounds in supporting schools. The Hub Leads play a key role in the support and challenge across Hub schools. Central administration and finance support is based in Cambridge and Lowestoft.

Central Team

Karen Jarvis

Company Secretary & Trust Business Manager

Having worked in education for over twenty years across three counties, Karen has extensive experience relating to governance. Although the majority of her career has been in the primary and secondary sectors, she has also worked on projects with Oxford University. Karen joined the central team in early 2015 and part of her role is to support and advise governors and staff in non-curriculum related areas. In addition to her role as Governance Lead for the Trust, Karen is Company Secretary for ALT, and acts as clerk to the Board of Directors.

Siobhan Gaskins

Professional Assistant

A qualified legal secretary, Siobhan has spent many years working in the legal sector before moving on to work for Ely Cathedral as PA to the Vice-Dean and Bursar. Siobhan moved on to work for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau before taking the leap to study for an English Literature and Language Degree with the Open University. Siobhan has worked within the Cambridgeshire community and in Cambridgeshire schools for 13 years; her previous positions have included Student Behaviour Support in both Primary and Secondary and, latterly, seven years as a Cover Teacher in Secondary. In her role with the Trust, Siobhan is able to combine her extensive school based knowledge with her wealth of PA experience, and bring that to the central team to help in their support of all schools within the Active Learning Trust.

Nicki Mayne

Trust Finance Manager

Nicki has worked in finance for over 25 years, having worked in London, South Wales and East Anglia. She is a highly motivated and enthusiastic professional with a proven background in financial management, personnel management and change implementation. Having worked in education in Suffolk for the last 9 years Nicki has extensive knowledge of schools in all sectors having dealt with academy conversions and school closures at strategic and school level.

Caroline Driver

Compliance Manager and Data Protection Officer

Caroline has an extensive background in risk management, governance, compliance and assurance reviews. She is a qualified internal auditor (IIA) and AAT qualified. She has been a school business manager (CSBM qualified), and was project lead on a high school’s conversion to academy status as well as school business manager of a new free school, Regeneration Funding Manager and Project Manager. She has a BSc and PGCE in Geography. In her spare time she is a Parent Governor of a High School and is chair of its Finance and General Purposes Committee. Caroline has also previously been a Treasurer of a primary school’s PTA and Trustee of a pre-school. She has a GDPR Practitioners Certificate.

Nicola Brooks

Trust Data Manager

Nicola has extensive data management experience in the education sector and a detailed understanding of evolving assessment policy. Before joining the Trust she worked for Ofsted in a senior business support role, managing inspection data to drive and improve operational processes. Prior to this, Nicola was the Data Manager for a secondary school and sixth form where she managed the school’s MIS, student data analysis, and school reporting processes. Nicola also holds an MSc in Social Research Methods and has conducted in-depth research within Cambridgeshire Schools.

Emma Pearce

Administrative Officer

Emma brings over 30 years’ experience of working in the public sector including roles in central and local government relating to business, health, and education. She joined ALT in January 2018 and provides administrative support to the central team.

Daryl Shaw

Trust IT Technician

Daryl has worked in IT Support for the last 10 years, mainly in Education environments in Cambridgeshire & Essex. Daryl has recently joined the team in 2019 having worked at the ICT Service in Cambridgeshire for the last 4 and half years.

Joy Robinson

Procurement and Estates Manager

Joy Robinson is a senior procurement professional with many years experience in both the private and public sectors. Delivering value for money (VFM) has been the primary focus throughout Joy's career. Joy has worked with the Trust since early 2014 on a number of large procurement projects across both counties, the largest being the provision of Catering services to 5 schools in Suffolk. Joy is also responsible for the ALT estate and is currently managing a number of projects to improve the condition of our buildings.

Andrew Redman

School to School Improvement Manager

Andy is an independent consultant and Church Schools’ Inspector (SIAMS).He has worked as a head teacher, and executive head teacher, within the Diocese of Southwark for the past 16 years and his particular experience and expertise lies in supporting schools emerge from challenging circumstances to move ‘onwards and upwards.’

Dave Baker

Professional Development Manager

Dave is an experienced leader, having been a head teacher of three Suffolk schools, and an executive head teacher. As Professional Development Manager, Dave will use his coaching experience and skills to ensure that all schools have the capacity to support and develop staff. He will also provide training opportunities across the Trust to support the professional development of staff at all levels.

Shân Oswald

School Improvement Adviser

Shân is an education consultant and one of the Secondary School Improvement Advisers in the Trust, having been a senior adviser in both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Authorities. She has worked nationally as a senior adviser for the National Strategies with a particular focus on Science, SEN and Thinking Skills. In addition, Shân has taken on a variety of senior roles in some challenging schools, written and delivered a wide variety of governor training, is a director in another Academy chain and Academy Councillor for a primary school in a different Trust. She has taught all age groups since qualifying as a teacher and is still learning! As well as having three children and two grandchildren Shân is an active member of the church, sings in the choir, has two dogs, plays piano and guitar, likes DIY and gardening.