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The Central Team

The ELT there is an experienced team who support operations across the Trust and it's schools.


Helen Gash - Trust HR Manager

Helen has a background in customer service and HR.  She has had a varied career, from escorting groups of tourists through Europe and the Soviet Union through selling educational tours to American High School students to working as a Train Manager for Eurostar.  She values the life experiences that education can open up to children and whole-heartedly supports the ELT vision.

It was whilst working for Eurostar that Helen started working in HR and she has not looked back. She has been a member of the CIPD since 1994.  In 2014 she started working in education, in a variety of settings and since 2019 she has been the HR Manager for the Trust,  working with the leadership teams and the staff across the organisation.  Her role is to support the schools in delivering high quality staffing and to ensure compliance with our statutory obligations. 

Lucy Owen - Trust Marketing and GDPR Manager

Lucy has enjoyed a career in marketing and communications for more than 25 years both on the agency and client side. Her core purpose at ELT is to provide effective and results driven marketing strategy and management across the academy trust and it's schools. As a member of the Trust’s strategic operational team, she contributes to the leadership, management and monitoring of Trust development working alongside the both the Executive Headteacher and the Chief Operations Officer.

Lucy leads on providing a GDPR service to the Trust, advising on all associated issues and administering all related matters to support the smooth running of the Trust. Having completed a Foundation and Practitioners Certified Course in GDPR, she works alongside the Chief Operating Officer on all aspects of Data Protection.

Julie Woodley - Trust Resources Manager

Before starting her career in education Julie qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant working in Commodities. She began working for Esher High School in 2006 in finance and progressed to School Business Lead managing the school’s budget and support staff departments. During this time negotiating and monitoring contracts was a key part of the role as well as ensuring the school received value for money.

In her Trust role Julie supports schools in ensuring facilities are managed to the best standard and procurement processes provide a way for schools to ensure they are getting the best service both in quality and price. She has previously completed the “Certificate in School Business Management” and is looking forward to increasing her expertise by studying for a “Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply” qualification.


Alison Morgan - Lead Governance Professional

Alison worked in commercial banking and the global banking regulatory sector, before moving into education 7 years ago.  She also brings to the role 8 years’ experience as a school governor.  Since taking up the role of Company Secretary and Clerk, Alison has completed Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP's  Company Secretarial Course for Academies and the NCTL Clerks Development Programme.