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Senior Team



MARIA DAWES

CEO

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Maria is passionate about education and how the collective power of partnership working in education can be the catalyst to deliver educational excellence and great outcomes for all children and young people. 

Her career in education started as a maths teacher in East Sussex and she has held a wide range of senior educational leadership positions in schools, university and other organisations including as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for Schools and as Deputy Regional Schools Commissioner in the South-East. She is also a trustee in a local Multi-academy Trust.



MICHELE MILLER

Learning and Leadership Consultant

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Michele’s career in education includes senior leadership, consultancy, teacher training, school improvement support and national training programmes.


RUTH MURTON

External Consultant

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I’ve been immersed in the world of education throughout my working life. I have extensive school governing experience across all phases and settings and am a National Leader of Governance and Special Adviser on governance to the Department of Education. 

Ruth has been appointed by TSC as the National Leader of Governance (NLG) Regional Lead to oversee and lead the SESL team of NLGs across the SESL region in 2020. 



Louise Yarnell

Director of School Improvement

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Louise’s career in education includes headship for the past 10 years and school improvement support.



NICOLA BROWNE

Operations Manager

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Nicola has a background in business and project management having worked for the Local Education Authority.



SARAH AYERS

Partnerships & Communications Manager

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As Executive Development Officer for STSN and SAfE I am very pleased to be working in support of the development of Surrey’s school-led school improvement services, and am very excited to be a part of the team.

For the past 10 years I have worked closely with Surrey secondary schools through my role with Phase Council and more recently with colleagues at STSN.

My role at SAfE is to develop our network and services, strengthen our communication with all schools and partners, as we grow and build from the firm foundations of  partnership working and collaboration within Surrey’s school community.



ALEX WILLIAMS

Professional Learning Programme Manager

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Alex joined the SAfE team in January 2021 and oversees SAfE’s Professional Learning Programme as a whole, ensuring quality and balance and that the programme reflects the needs of our Surrey schools.

The Team



MATTHEW RIXSON

School Improvement Advisor

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Matthew Rixson is an experienced school improvement professional. He is the Deputy Director of Education and Head of School Effectiveness for the Diocese of Guildford. Matthew has worked in primary schools for over 25 years in a range of contexts, including nine years as a headteacher.

Matthew joined the SAfE team in September 2021. Prior to that he spent five years working for Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service, acting as the Leadership and Learning Partner for several school across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Matthew was also the Hampshire LA data lead and a key member of the assessment team.

He has a particular interest in curriculum development, formative assessment and tackling educational disadvantage, providing support tailored to the needs of the school . Matthew enjoys helping schools build leadership capacity through coaching and mentoring. He regularly leads professional development courses and governor training.



ANDREW STEAR

School Improvement Partner

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On secondment to SAfE full-time until end of the academic year. Head of a two-form entry Infant School near Godalming. Thoroughly enjoy working constructively with Heads, Senior Leaders and Governors to support the best possible outcomes for all Surrey children.



ROXANNE GUMBS

English Teaching and Learning Lead

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Roxanne has been teaching for 17 years across KS1 and KS2. Roxanne has been an Advanced Skills teacher, Reading Leader and mentored English leaders new to the role in her previous schools.

Most recently she was a headteacher in a primary school in West London. Roxanne has a passion for teaching and learning and curriculum design, and is interested in using cognitive learning strategies to help pupils learn and remember more.

 

 


 



PENNY GARRY

Governor Services Advisor

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Penny has been involved in governance for the last 10 years, firstly as a Clerk and latterly as a governance adviser.  Penny is to provide Support, advice and guidance to Surrey governors and clerks in relation to their statutory governance obligations.



CHRIS PEPPITT

Programme Support

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Christopher is a graduate from The University for the Creative Arts in Farnham where he specialised in Project Management. 
Chris joined the SAfE team in March 2022. 

 




AMY BRADFORD

Programme Support

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Amy has come from an office environment background and brings her skills she has learnt over the past few years to the team to help SAfE grow. Amy joined SAfE in March 2022. 
Amy will be working closely with the SAfE Support team whilst also working with Maria Dawes the CEO in the capacity of PA. 



KENNY WHEELER

Inclusion Lead

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Kenny Wheeler is the Inclusion Lead for SAfE with more than 20 years experience in the education sector. He was a Secondary SENCo and senior leader before moving into educational consultancy working with schools across England. He is currently supporting SENCos in Surrey, delivering leadership training and working as a school improvement partner. Kenny has had several articles published in SEN Leader, School Business Manager, Education Executive and TES.



GEMMA NICHOLAS

CRM Systems Manager

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Gemma has a background in project and data management having worked for Brooklands College.



SARAH CLIFT

NPQ Programme Support

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Sarah is first point of contact supporting our NPQ programme and the best person individuals to speak to about potential applications and ongoing support throughout their NPQ journey. She works closely alongside SAfE’s NPQ partners ensuring a high-quality delivery of programmes to all our members. Sarah joined SAfE in February 2022 and has brought with her a wealth of experience in administration and event management. 



KATY WATERS

Governance Programme Support

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Katy provides support to the Governance Team, Governors and Clerks. She can be contacted via k.waters@schoolsallexcel.com

School Based Consultants



KRISTA GREENWOOD

English Teaching and Learning

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Krista is Head of Literacy and Year 6 at St Mary's Primary School, Oxted and has teaching experience across both Keystages and EYFS.

Krista is an SLE, supporting the improvement of LIteracy in schools across Surrey; mentoring students and NQTs and is a writing moderator for Surrey. Krista is particularly interested in children's literature as a platform for supporting children's learning and love of reading.



HELEN GREGORY

School Based Consultant

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Helen is an experienced school improvement partner and education adviser. In recent years Helen has developed and nurtured a wide network, and is currently working alongside the Schools Alliance for Excellence as part of the school improvement team in her capacity as a School Based Consultant. Helen currently holds the post as Director of School Improvement for the Enlighten Learning Trust. Prior to this, she has served within leadership teams for 18 years, working at all levels as a leader, and has experience within secondary, primary and special schools. Helen recognises the importance of building effective dialogue with schools to provide appropriate challenge with good support that enables schools to realise ambitious goals for their pupils. She has



MEGAN GRIFFITHS

English Teaching and Learning

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Megan Griffiths currently works at a primary School in Kingston. She has taught across KS1 and KS2 and works very closely with the EYFS team. Megan is currently Head of Year 2 and works as a Moderator for Kingston borough. She has a passion for early reading and phonics.



EMMA ELLIOT

English Teaching and Learning

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Emma has been teaching for 8 years across KS1 and KS2 and prior to that worked in children’s publishing. Emma is currently Assistant Head at a primary school in Woking and has been English lead for 5 years.

She has been a SCITT & NQT mentor and currently coaches Team Leaders as well as lead CPD. Emma is passionate about supporting teachers, providing ambitious learning for all pupils and ensuring children have access to high quality, exciting texts.



SOPHIE MURDOCH

English Teaching and Learning

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Sophie currently works as Teaching School Lead and Teaching & Learning Lead at St Polycarp's School, Farnham.

Through her experience as a teacher and senior leader in KS1 and KS2, she has developed a passion for quality first teaching and challenge for all.

In her role as an English SLE, Sophie frequently leads training on subject knowledge, moderation, best practice and coaching, from ITT students to new English leads.

"Education should be ‘everyone’s business’ where everyone contributes and everyone benefits from working together."

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