The Elliot Foundation Trustees


Henry Bedford

Founder, TEF Chair, TEFAT Member

Henry is the Chair of The Elliot Foundation. He has significant executive level experience building and leading small teams in both the private and voluntary sectors. He started his career at Goldman Sachs and was offered a partnership in 1992. He founded his own investment management company and has worked for several prominent fund managers since selling it. He has been a trustee of Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.) for more than a decade. Over time, he has served on nearly all of the Board’s committees and currently chairs its Investment Committee, while also sitting on Budget & Finance, Nominations and the Executive Committee.

Henry is a member of the Advisory Board of IntoUniversity and the Development Board of City Year London.


Judith Cameron 

TEF Trustee

Judith taught across the mainstream primary age for 20 years, and then became involved with the inclusion  of children with complex needs within a mainstream setting which led onto becoming an advisory teacher for SEN.  Judith managed SEN services within a Local Authority and with the advent of Children’s Services  managed social care services relating to disability and vulnerable children and families.  During this time Judith was integral to implementing a funding system that supported early intervention and the inclusion of children with complex needs.
Following this Judith became a freelance Consultant and completed a LA review of autism, managed an early years advisory service, led an EU project on social inclusion in Turkey and completed a review of SEN provision in a large LA.

Judith is a magistrate working both the criminal and family court and is involved in other voluntary community projects.


Dr. Caroline Whalley CBE

Founder, TEF Trustee, Member & Chair TEFAT

Caroline was previously an Executive Director in the London Borough of Ealing leading on education and community services, she instigated one of the first all- through 3 - 19 age range academies in the country. All schools she inherited were removed from categories well within time expectations. She achieved her doctorate in performance management in 2001 and subsequently became Director of Education & Training in Babcock International Group a FTSE 100 company developing their successful BSF programme.

She has worked with The National College on succession planning and in The Innovation Unit, creating programmes that have enhanced the way that managers learn about managing and inspired learning leaders in local government, private sector as well as schools.

She has written for professional publications, such as The Times Educational Supplement and Management in Education as well as books and papers on mentoring, learning about learning and the 9 -19 curriculum.

Caroline was awarded a CBE for services to education in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2015.


Lucy Ireland

TEF Trustee

As Managing Director of BCS Learning and Development Ltd, Lucy is responsible for the development and delivery of world class standards in certification and education for the IT and digital industries.

She has been a learning and development professional since the early 90s and previously worked for Thomson NETg, Wave Technologies and CompTIA as well as being on the board of a CompTIA and Microsoft Gold Partner training company.    

She is a non-executive director of the ICDL Foundation.

The Elliot Foundation Members


Deryn Harvey

TEFAT Member - Primary Leadership & Innovation

Deryn was a Director of the Innovation Unit from 2002 to 2009 and supported hundreds of schools, colleges and LAs in their quest for solutions to the biggest challenges facing the system. In the privileged position of senior civil servant in the DFE she and the Innovation Unit team had direct access to ministers and policy makers, thereby helping bridge that gap between practitioners and policy formation. She has been head of middle and primary schools at one point amalgamating 3 schools in a challenging situation. She is a national associate with the National College and has particular expertise in New Models of Leadership, School Business Managers, Teaching Schools, and the NLE Fellowship programme. Currently she is working nationally with emerging chains of academies. She is expert in the Power to Innovate legislation as well as federation and collaboration governance regulation.

TEFAT Trustees


Bob Anderson 

TEFAT Trustee

Bob has most recently been Director of HR and Governance for The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust which he joined as a founding director in 2011. He established the HR and academy governance framework for the trust as it grew from nothing to 27 academies. He has led on trade union and employee relations, consultation and negotiation, policy development and the admissions process.

Before this he spent 21 years as a local government officer including posts as head of school effectiveness, head of education personnel and payroll and assistant director for children’s services. This included leadership of workforce issues, training and development, governance, extended schools, healthy schools and community cohesion.

Previously he spent 16 years teaching in west London (secondary) as head of department, coordinator of technical and vocational education and senior teacher. Currently he runs his own education and HR consultancy company.


Hugh Greenway

Chief Executive, Accounting Officer, ex officio TEFAT Trustee
Hugh is an award-winning international business leader with over 20 years’ experience enabling education and learning organisations. Over the last eight years he has nurtured the Elliot Foundation from concept to one of the more successful primary academy sponsors in the country. At the same time he has helped other academy trusts with their organisational design and strategy and supported the education arm of the Bloodhound SSC project.

Prior to the Elliot Foundation Hugh worked in commercial education for 15 years, setting up his own training business in Russia in the 1990s, then running conference and training businesses across Europe for IIR and Reed. Throughout his career he has volunteered in the state education and third sectors as a governor and supporter of education charities. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the British Council.

Latest declaration of business and pecuniary interest can be found here.


Tim Coulson

TEFAT Trustee, Vice Chair of the Trust Board and Chair Academic Board

Chief Executive of Unity Schools Partnership, an academy trust based mainly in Suffolk, formerly a Regional Schools Commissioner, local authority director of education and primary headteacher.


Jonathan Ford 

TEFAT Trustee - Chair of Audit Committee 

Jonathan Ford is the City editor of the Financial Times and was previously its chief leader writer. Before that he was comment editor of Reuters, and prior to that deputy editor of Prospect, a British political and current affairs magazine. Jonathan was one of the founders of Breakingviews, an online financial commentary website. Prior to that he worked on the FT’s Lex column. A graduate of Oxford University, he started his career in investment banking working for Morgan Grenfell.  


David Gallie

TEFAT Trustee - Chair of Finance Committee

David is the Greater London Authority’s Assistant Director of Finance, leading on the preparation of the Mayor of London’s £16bn budget for fire, police, transport and the Olympic legacy. He is also responsible for the GLA’s financing of major infrastructure investments across London such as Crossrail and the Northern Line Extension. This included leading the first local authority bond issuance in 25 years.

Previously he worked in senior finance positions at three London Boroughs, including running a local authority’s schools and education finance function.

David is a trustee of Charter Academy Trust Southwark. 


Andrew Harper

TEFAT Trustee

Andrew spent 26 years with BP, mainly in corporate communications, in London, Brussels and Melbourne, working variously in publications, internal communications, government and political relations and issues management. Among other duties, he led cross-industry and cross-cultural task forces, to define and conduct advocacy on public policy issues affecting the oil and petrochemicals industries in the UK and the European Union.

In May 2005 Andrew began an alternative career, in local government, representing Garden Suburb ward on Barnet London Borough Council until he retired in May 2014. During his first term in office his posts included chairing the Council’s Education Overview & Scrutiny Committee. In December 2009 he was appointed Conservative Group Deputy Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, and took on the Education and Children’s Services portfolio.

Andrew has served on several school governing bodies, at primary and secondary level and is now LGB Chair for Claremont Academy in Barnet.


Gillian Benge 

TEFAT Trustee

Gillian is a COO specialising in business transformation and re-engineering strategy, delivering sustainable profitability and maximization of cost/income ratios. Her career spans multiple business sectors and she has considerable international experience including US, Europe, Asia, China and India. She combines strong finance and commercial expertise with a deep understanding of organisational change management.  Gillian has worked at British Telecom, driving cost reduction, and is currently at Deutsche Bank. She also holds volunteer roles for Deutsche Bank Corporate Social Responsibility, UK.


David Libbert

TEFAT Trustee

David is an education content and engagement consultant with a background in TV, video and digital content strategy, operations, and mass-market campaigns, having held senior roles at BBC Education, the Learning and Skills Council and Teachers TV.  He is experienced in leading the design and roll out of nationwide education initiatives and major change programmes for improving teaching and learning , with a particular focus on fostering and maintaining the engagement of teachers and school leaders for sustainable impact.  David also has 5 years experience as a primary school governor.


Sue Nath

TEFAT Trustee - Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs

Sue’s last post was as Head of SEN Strategy and Inclusion in a London Borough, with responsibility for the SEN Assessment and Statementing Service, the Educational Psychology Service, SEN Transport and the Outreach Support and Portage Services. She was part of an integrated service for children with additional needs, where the focus was on preventative work and integrated working across health, social care and education.

Sue has spent her career working in the field of inclusion and special educational needs. She has worked as a social worker with children in care, as a teacher in mainstream and in a special school, and has carried out research at the Institute of Education with SCOPE. She has spent 27 years working as an Educational Psychologist for several different Local Authorities, including 6 years as a Principal Educational Psychologist. She has extensive knowledge and experience of policy and practice in all areas of SEN. 

Sue currently volunteers as a panel member for the West London Mental Health Trust. 


Damon Parker

TEFAT Trustee 

Damon Parker is a respected city lawyer and founding partner of Harcus Sinclair LLP where he leads their litigation practice. He began his legal career with Withers in the 1990s where he specialised in contentious trust work. He was listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2016 and is recommended in Chambers & Partners as one of the leading practitioners in his field. Damon is also Vice Chairman of Trustees AMAR Foundation, a trustee for IABB and a trustee for Football U.

TEFAT Officers


Ruth Dickens

Following an initial legal career supporting local authority education and social care provision, Ruth has extensive HR experience specifically within the education sector having led HR functions and supported school leadership, management and governance across primary, secondary and post-16 sectors. As a graduate member of the Institute of Legal Executives, Ruth brings a pragmatic approach to HR matters and is committed to delivering a service which is solution focussed and empowers leaders to secure the right HR outcomes. Ruth led the HR provision across a large Multi Academy Trust in Nottinghamshire prior to joining The Elliot Foundation and previously worked for one of the country’s leading HR and payroll firms providing specialist HR support to schools nationally. She has extensive experience of complex casework and has led significant projects including the development of HR services to support expanding organisations. Ruth has served as a school governor, is an accredited Safer Recruitment trainer and is currently a member of a primary and secondary sector Multi Academy Trust in Cambridgeshire.


Simon Adams

Regional Director
Simon was a successful primary Headteacher in a small church school and in one of the country’s largest primary schools, where he developed links with a partner school in Beijing, China. He worked within the advisory service in a local authority where he led a team of advisors to raise standards in the county’s most vulnerable schools. He was given the opportunity to lead a school for one year which was in special measures. Having successfully turned around the school’s fortunes, he then went and repeated this in two more schools. He has carried out inspections for OFSTED within the primary phase. He is currently a governor in a one form entry primary school where he has responsibility for Early Years. When he isn’t working, he enjoys running both competitively and for pleasure.


Andy Kreppel

Program Director

Andy is an experienced senior manager, with a strong track record in project, programme and change management, service definition, procurement and supply chain management. He has worked in education for the majority of his career and has overseen over 60 Academy conversions.  He has a varied project portfolio, ranging from the programme management of a 7 Academy programme across Manchester to building and implementing the procurement and supplier management strategy for a major government learning contract. Andy most recently worked as the Transformation Director for a Chartered Institute, driving process and systems transformation across the business.  


Travis Latham

Senior Regional Director
Travis was a successful Executive Headteacher of 2 large inner city primary schools for over 10 years. During that time the schools’ results and Ofsted grades improved dramatically gaining Outstanding judgements in many areas from Inadequate and pupil numbers rose from 250 to 1100. He has worked nationally as a Local Leader of Education (LLE) supporting schools in difficulty across the West Midlands and internationally with The British Council in Sudan, Singapore, Spain and with colleagues from Lithuania. Travis volunteered as Chair of Governors and is a fellow of the RSA.


Trish Martin

Estates Director
Trish is an experienced education strategic planner. She has held a number of senior management posts within Local Authorities and has, over a 15 year period, led major education capital investment projects through their initial scoping and briefing, stakeholder consultation and detailed design development into successful completion.
She has substantial experience in preparing business case proposals and strategic plans for significant school reorganisation and major capital development proposals across the country. Trish has been lead project manager for the successful delivery of several sponsored Academy projects across the country. Most recently, she was commissioned to manage the establishment of one the country’s first tranche of 24 Free Schools which successfully opened in September 2011. As a specialist in education capital strategy, asset management and project management, Trish is an established lecturer, delivering national programmes of training courses, seminars and conferences on a range of capital planning and project management matters.


Caroline Oliver

Regional Director
Caroline has worked within a Local Authority for ten years most recently as a Senior School Improvement Manager leading the agenda for raising standards for more than 300 schools as part of a team. She worked intensively in vulnerable schools until they were judged good and outstanding. Caroline has also worked as a maths consultant and as a moderator. Caroline has been a governor in a secondary academy and in a federated village school.


Simon Pink

Finance Director

Simon did his accounting training at the National Audit Office, and spent time at HM Treasury before moving to the museums sector where he spent five years as Director of Finance and Resources at the Wallace Collection. For the last ten years Simon has been Director of Finance and Operations/Chief Operating Officer at two decent sized multi academy trusts, building teams and processes from when they were small and adapting as they rapidly grew. Simon has had responsibility in that time for all aspects of operations, from finance, HR, recruitment, estates, ICT through to governance.  He has also been a governor at six academies, including a Chair of Governors at a secondary and a primary, both of which Ofsted rated as 'Outstanding' for the first time during his tenure. Outside of work Simon is father to two primary school age children and a keen traveller and photographer.


Jem Shuttleworth

Director of Governance and Policy
Jem has worked within the fields of governance and policy throughout her career gaining understanding and experience as a governor, trustee and senior leader. Jem has been a governor for 16 years, working initially with City Challenge in her local primary school, followed by appointment as a National Leader in Governance. Jem has effectively supported governors working in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools, often working with a governing body from review through to securing a good or outstanding outcome for governance in inspection. Jem is particularly interested in the development of governance within a MAT and governance of specialist settings. 

Jem is a governor at Cambridge Special School alongside being an adviser for IPSEA, supporting parents with appeals and disability discrimination claims at tribunal. 

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