Claire has been the CEO 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.
Mandy HooperAssociate Principal
Mandy has been a principle educator within the Trust since its inauguration in 2014 and over recent years, the Associate Principal, with an overview of all schools and the Blackfield Nursery. She holds an MA(Ed) focussed on Mathematics Mastery - Pedagogy and Practice and is deployed through the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics as their Professional Development Lead, to drive pedagogy, practice, professional learning and successful outcomes for all children. Recently, Mandy was appointed as a fellow to the Chartered College of Teaching, in recognition of her research work with other professionals (John Hattie), leading change through developing and supporting others and for her intrinsic passion for learning.
Prior to this, she worked across the education sector from nursery to adult learning in a variety of roles: leading professional development for teachers, teaching national qualifications in mathematics and English as well as those pertaining to Key stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Early Years Development. She has also has been seconded to schools in a support capacity for both subject development and teaching, learning and assessment strategy.
Beyond work, Mandy has a passion for reading, the sea and travel. She loves to create new ideas and teaches herself new skills through the wonders of internet podcasts and posts. She is devoted to her family.
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.
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.
Hayley JakimaviciusPrincipal - Fawley Infant School
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!
Sian CookPrincipal - Hightown Primary School
When Hightown Primary School became part of Inspire learning Partnership in 2018 Sian was the substantive Headteacher.
In May 2018, Hightown was judged to be a Good school by OFSTED with significant improvement in all areas and in 2019 our Key Stage 2 results had significantly improved; in reading, maths and SPAG the results were above national and results in writing were in line with national outcomes.
Sian is extremely passionate about teaching and learning and believe strongly that every child who attends Hightown deserves the very best education. She also cares deeply about the local community and feels very proud of the successful working partnerships developed with the parents and carers, continually striving to support the families to thrive.
Sian qualified as an NQT in 2004 and has worked at Hightown for the past 16 years. She taught Year 6 for several years before becoming Key Stage 2 Leader, Deputy Headteacher and Head of School before being appointment as Headteacher.
Sian is married with four grown-up children and 5 gorgeous grandchildren. When not working, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. Travelling and exploring new countries is another passion of hers.
Catherine PikeTeaching and Learning Coach
Catherine is a coach and mentor, as well as a Year 4 teacher at Hightown Primary School. Catherine is a very experienced and above all, creative teacher who has become a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) through her work with Inspire but also with the other work she has done with CTSA in Hampshire and Surrey. Her specialism is working with ITT trainees, NQTS, RQTs and all Early Entrants to the profession.
Catherine is working with the Trust to produce an inspiring training framework (for Early Entrant NQTs and beyond). The Early Career Framework will be with us in September 2021, ensuring all Early Entrants are still receiving high quality, relevant and above all practical training to continue their learning with us in the first three years of their career, setting them up to be successful, empowered and masterful practitioners for our children.
She has worked in schools from Montreal in the early years to teaching French in London and for the last 24 years, Primary teaching in Southampton. In that time, she has been a Leading Literacy Teacher across the city, written units of writing for the National Literacy Strategy, mentored many, many trainees in schools, coached many teachers at all stages, worked as a tutor at Winchester University and Southampton University, been a Deputy Headteacher, acquired NPQH and had two children of her own.
You will find her walking her dog (Bagel) on her days off, dreaming of her next holiday to France and the art galleries she will visit en route. She's energetic, passionate, empathic and above all, still a learner.
Emma BrowningFinance and Payroll Officer
Emma has been working with the Trust since the start of 2017 as the Finance and Payroll Officer. Part of her role is to provide support to the Director of Finance, processing all monthly accounts and reconciliations as well as managing and processing the Payroll & Pensions and annual returns for the Trust. As well as this, Emma provides crucial support to the Finance Assistant and School Admin teams in all financial and payroll matters and has built up a strong rapport with all employees within the trust. Emma is studying a full CIMA qualification in Chartered Accounting to further develop her skills and career.
Prior to this Emma worked within our Hightown Primary School as the Admin Officer since early 2014 and has over 10 years of experience in administration and finance.
When not in the office she devotes her time with her family and two children going for woodland walks, getting crafty and, their family favorite, board games night. With a PADI license and a love for motorsport her favourite place is by the sea or watching her beloved F1 team.
Sarah MillsTrust Operations Officer
Sarah has been working with the Trust since the start of 2020 as the Trust Operations Officer. This was a new role introduced to provide support to the Director of Finance and central team, developing and maintaining sound operations across the Trust. As well as this, Sarah provides support to the site and admin teams, ensuring all Health & Safety measures are met and purchasing and procurements are streamlined throughout.
Sarah previously worked within one of our schools in the Trust, Hightown Primary School, as the Senior Admin Assistant from June 2017. Sarah has over 10 years' experience in Administration and Health & Safety from her previous roles in the hospitality industry.
Outside the office, Sarah enjoys family time, with her husband and two children, forest walks and running. She has a passion for jigsaw puzzles and enjoys adventure holidays.
Carrie JacksonHR Admin Assistant and DPO
Carrie is the HR Admin Assistant for the Trust and is involved in all aspects of HR admin. She is currently studying for her Level 5 CIPD. Carrie is also the Trusts Data Protection Officer. Carrie has worked for the Trust since 2017.
Carrie has over 13 years worth of experience working in Education and has been involved in all aspects, from Admissions, Marketing, Finance, Attendance and now HR. Prior to this she worked for a Market Research company.
Outside of work Carrie is kept busy with her many animals, as well as her children. She likes to travel as much as possible. She loves Pilates and plays netball on a regular basis.
Nichola UsherFinance Administrator
Nichola is the Finance Assistant for the Trust supporting the Director of Finance and Finance Officer. Her role involves adding all Purchase Invoices, Credit Cards, setting up Suppliers and Customers to the finance system. Nichola particularly enjoys chasing aged debtors and creditors, and has been successful in claiming back debt which has been owed to the Trust. She very much likes working alongside the Admin Teams within all the schools and provides help and support to them when required.
Nichola has been part of the Trust since 2015. She however has a dual role and also works as Administrator at Blackfield Nursery where she has worked since 2008. Nichola has over 12 year's experience working in education, prior to that her roles included customer service and the corporate financial industry.
Outside of work you can usually find Nichola walking her Cocker Spaniel Winston in the beautiful New Forest or baking in the kitchen. She also enjoys a good Murder Mystery book and binge watching Netflix!