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ELT Leadership Team

We currently have 3 key members of our MAT leadership team who are here to support all schools within ELT:

Mike Boddington – CEO and Executive Head 

Mike has worked in the secondary education sector for over 25 years. His career spans both Anglican faith schools as well as secular schools, whose locations range from inner city to suburban settings in London and Surrey.  He has been a pastoral leader, a Head of Sixth form in two institutions, before moving into senior leadership in several schools including as Headteacher at Esher High School.  This has given Mike insights into the huge diversity of the educational system and equipped him with invaluable understanding of sustainable school improvement.  He is a trained Ofsted inspector bringing that crucial experience to the schools of the Trust.

In his role as CEO Mike has strategic oversight of the schools, ensures culture, policy and practice are fit for purpose and aligned, and ensures the educational outcomes across the schools are of the highest standard.  He leads a small, focussed Executive Team which implements the Trust vision, works on medium and long-term development planning, and enables the growth of the ELT through collaboration with other schools. 

Jo Hawkins – Chief Operating Officer

Jo started her career with John Lewis in retail management and has now worked as a School Business Leader and Finance Consultant supporting the delivery of both School and Local Authority statutory requirements for 20 years. She has worked as a school leader in all phases from Infant to Secondary, and has taken qualifications to support this delivery such as the DSBM and Certificate in Accounting (Open). She is a firm believer in lifelong learning, is currently CIPFA PQ, and is planning to complete the remaining accounting qualification modules. 

Her experience has also included clerking and Governance. In addition to delivering the role of Chief Finance Officer she supports the Executive Headteacher (CEO), and Academy leaders in the areas of risk management, strategic direction, sustainability, service coordination, policy, procedure, process, operational effectiveness and innovation across the business functions.  

Helen Gregory –   Multi Academy Trust School Effectiveness Leader 

Helen is an experienced school improvement partner and education adviser. Before joining the Enlighten Learning Trust, Helen has served within leadership teams in schools for 18 years and has experience within secondary, primary and special schools.   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 addition, she has delivered quality CPD opportunities across a range of school networks including the Guildford Diocese (to deliver Early Career programmes for Church Schools across Surrey).   

Helen has acted as a leadership coach on the National College of School Leadership Programme for supporting women in leadership.  Keeping pace with change in the world of education – and the continuing high demands on school leaders and teachers presents significant challenges. 

Helen sees her role as building effective dialogue with schools to provide appropriate challenge with good support to enable schools to realise ambitious goals for their pupils.  She seeks to develop and deliver a collaborative approach to school improvement, effectiveness and leadership.  Helen promotes a positive culture and high expectation in the development of teaching and learning pedagogy across the Trust.  

For the last six years, Helen has been able to use her previous teaching and leadership experience to develop the craft of effective school improvement advice.