Claire LoweChief Executive Officer
Claire has been the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Principal of Inspire Learning Partnership (formerly The Inspire Learning Federation) since October 2014.
Her deeply rooted values of innovation, nurture, passion, integrity, responsibility and excellence to make Learning Irresistible for all learners young and old are borne out in the work that she carries out with schools and the teams that make them magical places to learn and work. Finding that Ordinary Magic so that every child and adult can enjoy success.
She encourages and is developing a culture of deep reflection across the Trust and all staff are supported to be leaders of learning in their classrooms. She has a passion for growing leaders and has had success in several schools in developing teachers from NQTs to senior leadership through a mix of coaching, structured development plans and school to school support.
She believes passionately that all children should receive the best education possible and works with Trust staff to ensure that every child achieves or exceeds their goals. This, coupled with her commitment to working with a wide range of partners and networks to improve outcomes for pupils, ensures that the children in her Trust are afforded the best possible opportunities to succeed.
Prior to this she was the Executive Headteacher of Blackfield Primary and Fawley Infant Federation. She moved to the Federation in September 2008 after holding the Headteacher role at a small village primary school in the New Forest. She is an LLE and supports the leadership teams of several schools across the primary phase and also has been seconded to schools to act as an Interim Executive Headteacher and Headteacher roles. She is also a mentor to new CEOs of Multi Academy Trusts.
She holds an MA(Ed) in Education Leadership and more recently was appointed as a founding fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, recognition of her total commitment to the profession over the past 25+ years.
Claire is an ambassador for Women Leading in Education and #WomendEd, championing women who seek to develop their careers in education. She takes an active role in regional conferences and encourages visits to all the academies within Trust to showcase the learning that is taking place on a daily basis.
Claire adores being a mum to two teenagers and has a sense of adventure and a passion for fitness, food and nutrition. She loves travelling in the UK and beyond, her favourite places being the Lake District and the Middle East after time spent living and teaching in Riyadh in the late 90s.
Laura ThomasDeputy CEO and Director of School Improvement
Laura has joined Inspire following 3 years in South East Asia leading an all through International School as CEO.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Education Degree (Honours). With over 25 years in the UK education system, Laura's career has primarily been leading schools in challenging circumstances. Her track record as a Principal has improved the quality of teaching and learning and raised standards in a number of Early Years settings, Primary and Secondary schools; achieving government recognition for the most improved school in London in 2009.
As a Lead Inspector for Ofsted, the inspectorate body for schools in England, Laura was responsible for leading inspection teams into schools and providing detailed feedback and judgment grades for school improvement. In addition, she has provided consultancy to education trusts and local authorities as well as project managing the design and build of schools including a Centre for children with learning difficulties.
Laura is looking forward to joining a team who are committed to transforming children's lives and building futures.
Phil AndrewsDirector of Finance
Phil joined ILP as Director of Finance in February 2020. His role is to manage the finance function across the Trust, ensuring that we have efficient processes and procedures in place. This includes advising staff and Trustees on all financial matters, completing various statutory financial returns and preparing and reporting on the Trust budget. During his first year he has made some significant changes to the finance system, procedures and reporting processes with the aim of making the Trust far more efficient. Ultimately the aim is to maximise the resource that we have available to spend on raising the education outcomes for children.
Phil is a CIMA qualified accountant and has spent the last 27 years working in Education including roles at the University of Portsmouth and Highbury FE College. More recently he spent a number of years working for Hampshire County Council supporting schools with strategic financial management and 3 years at the Access Group implementing financial software in a wide range of schools and Trusts across the southern half of the country.
Phil loves being outdoors and enjoys long walks as well as playing golf, umpiring local league cricket or spending time with his family cheering on Portsmouth FC.
Julie BroomfieldPA to CEO and Governance Professional
Shane PhillipsTrust Network Manager
Lisa MarshallExecutive Principal
Lisa started working with The Inspire Learning Partnership in June 2019 as an Interim Head at Kanes Hill Primary School. The school had gone into Requires Improvement and her role was to work with the deputy head and staff to bring about rapid improvement. When offered the role of substantive Principal at Kanes Hill Lisa jumped at the chance. Lisa is currently Interim Executive Principal of both Kanes Hill and St Monica Primary Schools. Her hope for the future is that both schools can become the best that they can be and all children succeed in asafe and happy environment.
Lisa has over 30 years of experience in education and over 14 years experience in a leadership role. Lisa has significant experience in improving standards within schools through innovative curriculum leading to improved outcomes for children
Lisa is passionate about music and theatre and spends a lot of time at The Mayflower Theatre watching
musicals, comedies, operas and plays. Apart from music, her other equally important passion is her family.
Tariq SassoPrincipal - Blackfield Primary School
Tariq has been part of the Trust since it began in 2014, initially as Deputy Head Teacher of Blackfield Primary School, before becoming the Principal of the School in 2018. Tariq leads a school which has capacity for over 540 children and has helped develop Blackfield's approach to 'Flipped and Blended Learning', through use of digital technology. Not only this, but he has also supported other schools with several other digital platforms which are currently being used across the Trust. Tariq is also a firm believer in staff development having seen numerous NQTs grow into leadership positions and sees the strength of the Trust in developing future leaders too,
Tariq was himself an NQT at Blackfield Primary School, where he soon became Leader of New Technologies before becoming Year Leader and Deputy Head Teacher, then eventually becoming the Principal. With a background in sport, having studied Sports Science at Brunel University, Tariq is a champion for extra-curricular activities and has been a main figurehead for the Children's University initiative, which he aims to get all the schools in the Trust involved in in the future.
When not at school, Tariq is with his young family, often jumping in muddy puddles or visiting the beach. He enjoys science-fiction stories, playing golf and he absolutely loves a game-of anything!
Hayley JakimaviciusPrincipal - Hightown Primary School
Hayley is a committed and reflective teacher who strongly believes that all children deserve the best education. She has a passion for Early Years and Key Stage One education and believes that they are the most important and fundamental years for instilling effective learning behaviours and equipping children with the essential foundational skills for all future learning. Hayley is particularly keen on developing early reading, phonics and writing skills. She also loves Art.
Having started at Blackfield Primary School as an NQT, Hayley has worked across both key stages and has taken on various roles including Phase Leader before moving to Fawley Infant School in 2012 as Head of School. Whilst Hayley was Principal at Fawley Infant School she successfully created a culture of high expectation and challenge at the school where children 'learn to fly high'. She sees responsive teaching as key to improving outcomes for all. Hayley loves working with others and creating organised and simple systems of work. She is currently the Principal of Hightown Primary School.
Hayley was recently appointed as a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching for her contribution to the teaching profession and has also completed the National Award for SEN co-ordination.
Outside of school, Hayley has a busy family life with two adorable young children and a firefighter husband. She loves every moment with her children, watching them play, learn and develop their own unique personalities.
Zoe DoylePrincipal - Fawley Infant School
Zoe joined the Inspire learning Partnership in 2019 as Vice principal and has progressed to Principal at Fawley Infant School where she hopes that she can encourage everyone, children and adults alike, to be curious and passionate learners. She has been studying for her NPQH this year which has developed her skills and knowledge needed to be a highly effective Principal; her research into phonics has impacted considerably on children's early reading and the expertise of all staff in this area of development. She has a wealth of experience in education in a range of settings and has worked for Hampshire County Council advising on behaviour across some of the most disadvantaged areas in the County. She is passionate about inclusion and strongly believes in and promotes equity and diversity. She firmly believes that everyone is a leader and supports others to be the best they can be. Zoe leads by example and drives change through modelling exemplary practice. Outside of school, she is a devoted mum of two young men who are currently studying in America and playing soccer. She adores travelling around the world and has a passion for food and experiencing different cultures.
Emma BrowningFinance and Payroll Officer
Sarah MillsTrust Operations Officer
Carrie JacksonHR Admin Assistant and DPO
Nichola UsherFinance Administrator
Mark GroveTrust Facilities Manager