Dr S Smith – Chair of Trustees
I am now retired but was an inspector of primary and secondary schools, and Lead Inspector of primary schools for Ofsted, from 2002 until 2015.
I entered the teaching profession in 1977 and taught in four secondary schools, two selective and two non-selective, over a period of 20 years, holding middle and senior leadership posts for most of my career. In 1997 I was appointed to a team which set up the new Education Authority of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, when the county authority of Berkshire was broken up into six Unitary Authorities. In 2001 I moved to the London Borough of Bexley and was appointed a Local Authority senior school improvement officer working with primary, secondary, special schools and academies in Bexley, and across London and the South East.
Prior to my appointment as Chair of Trustees I was a governor of two Bexley schools.
Mrs E Johnson
For the last two year’s I’ve been working for a city law firm working alongside the Managing Partner on its marketing. I’ve worked in many areas including membership, recruitment and PR & Marketing.
I was a governor at Upland primary school for 9 year’s, the last two as Chair. I decided to move to the Trust Board to focus more on the strategic elements of running a trust. I am a very active member of my community, a qualified swimming teacher and keen sports enthusiast. I am looking forward to working with the trust members to establish a community of schools that provide quality education for all.
Mr S Doubleday
I am a career civil servant who has worked a number of different Government departments including the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and Wales Office. Currently I work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office dealing with matters relating to the Polar Regions.
I moved with my family to Bexley in 2012, having grown up in Medway. I was appointed as co-opted Governor to Gravel Hill Primary School in 2013 and have transferred from the Gravel Hill Local Governing Body to the Board of Trustees for Unity. I have strong interest in the teaching of History and Sport, and in safeguarding issues.
Mrs B Ojo
I have been involved in education and management for over twenty five years. I worked for the Greater London Council and several London Boroughs before retiring from the public sector as head of Lifelong learning and Youth Service in Bexley. I have been a Governor of several primary schools over the years including being on the Governing Board of a local college. More recently I have worked in international development. I served as a VSO volunteer in Africa working to increase access to quality education for girls in Northern Nigeria and a brief stint in Rwanda on improving school management and teaching English. I do some part time work as a trainer and serve in several capacities in the voluntary sector. Prior to joining the Unity Trust, I was a governor at a local primary school.
Mr K Palmer
Mrs V Marsh (Trust Executive Headteacher)
Since the age of 11 years old I was always going to making teaching my career for life. My passion for engaging and enthusing children has never dwindled and I am as passionate and dedicated to education as I was over 20 years ago when I began my rewarding career.
I began my career working in Tower Hamlets as an NQT and within 6 years I was Deputy Head of a large inner city school facing many challenges. After this experience and having my own children, I then moved to Greenwich to work as Deputy Head in a larger primary school in a very deprived and diverse area. It was after this experience and having worked in 4 very different schools that I decided that becoming a Head teacher was the right path for me and for the children and the communities that I would go on to work with. Having gained extensive experience in designing curriculum’s, engaging generations of families back into the new scary world of education and coaching and mentoring new colleagues starting in the profession; as well as supporting school staff with the ever changing education climate; it was definitely the right direction to follow. In 2012 I was appointed as the Head teacher of Upland Primary School in Bexley. It was here that I discovered through my passion, vision and direction I was able to make a difference to the way a school could work for the children and their families. The journey was challenging but so rewarding. In 2016 when the government announced that all schools should become an academy, it was then that I realised that the only way to continue making a difference to children, staff and families, was to ensure that effective collaboration takes place between schools and schools are given an opportunity to retain their unique identity yet work alongside others to benefit more pupils.
This is when Unity Academy Trust was born to do such this, I was appointed as the Executive Head teacher to build a successful Trust alongside all of the stakeholders. This role is a privilege and I am determined to ensure that UNITY is successful and continues to make a difference for all and will continue to build the trust with likeminded schools.
Our Trust vision is Work, Learn, Achieve in Unity. This vision formulates everything we do and the children are at the centre of everything decision we make. The children are leaders and divers within this trust.