Meet the team

Our experienced team is made up of experts in education. Trust founders include National Leaders of Education, a National Leader of Governance, OFSTED Inspectors, outstanding Principals, Executive Headteachers, and Head of System Leadership and Staff Development.

Our team has significant experience and expertise in school improvement work, improving teaching and learning, assessment for learning, spearheading ongoing curriculum development, Initial teacher training and delivering professional development on leadership and management.

We know what outstanding leadership, governance, teaching and learning looks like, and we are constantly in the pursuit of a world-class education offering for all.

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Sarah Bennett


Sarah serves as a strategic leader of IFtL at Executive and Trustee level. Sarah’s role includes serving the wider system of national education with her firm belief that in order to inspire the futures of us all we must work together.


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Sarah Hand


Sarah has been teaching for more than 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to her role. She has worked as a teacher, a Senior Leader and a Specialist Leader of Education and has been involved in training teachers at different points in their journey for many years. Locally, she has been known in recent years for her science training which is practical, innovative, engaging and informative (and often a bit messy!). She has extensive experience of working closely with teachers and support staff to raise their impact on children’s learning and enjoys the challenge of curriculum development and assessment.


Kim Kemp


Kimberley’s strategically leads and assures quality of provision across all areas of education and safeguarding to validate and check self-evaluation judgements. The findings inform the school improvement strategy and strategic direction of priorities at a trust and school level. She is an Ofsted inspector. She has specific interests and expertise around inclusion, including SEND, safeguarding and Pupil Premium.

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Melanie Saunders


Melanie is the Head of School Improvement at IFTL. Her role is to work with Headteachers to provide strategic direction for schools ensuring that it is robust, outward facing and effective. She leads with the education team to bring groups of people together to develop under a common need and trust wide strategy, to ensure all levels of leadership are highly effective.

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Isabel Parker


Isabel has extensive experience as an executive headteacher leading outstanding schools. Previously she was the National lead for early years on the teaching school council. As a national leader for education Isabel has supported leaders to improve their schools. Most recently she has held the role of His Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted.

Nicole Wood

Nicole Wood


Nicole has extensive experience in Administration, HR, Payroll, Training, and Recruitment roles across a variety of sectors.

As Business Support for the whole Education Team, her expert administration and organisational skills ensures that everything runs smoothly in the background, so the team can be its best. She enjoys new challenges, writing procedures and project management.

Safeguarding & Health

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Victoria Blackmore


Victoria was formerly Education Safeguarding Lead at Central Bedfordshire Council, and prior to that a Family Support Worker. Having started her journey in safeguarding a decade ago, Victoria has a real passion for both safeguarding and SEND. She has worked in a variety of education settings, and this has given her vast experience and a focus on maintaining a ‘child-centred’ approach.


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Rob Tite


Rob oversees the financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, and strategic financial decision-making. He works closely with other executives and department heads to ensure that the organisation's financial goals are aligned with its overall business objectives.

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Emma Matthews


As an experienced qualified accountant with nearly two decades in the field, Emma is well- positioned to advise colleagues across the trust on accounting issues. Emma has a proactive approach in ensuring that the trust is compliant with HMRC regulations, offers guidance on accounting and the Trusts financial reporting responsibilities. Emma has worked with academy schools to help them navigate their way through finances and also holds a governor position at one of the schools in Milton Keynes.

Bridget Daffern

Bridget Daffern


Bridget possesses a wealth of knowledge in education finance, governance, and compliance. Her expertise as Finance Manager has included overseeing all aspects of financial management in supporting schools with their budgets without compromising the education. This includes budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, audit preparation, internal controls, procurement, payroll, and managing relationships with external stakeholders.

Nicola Molloy

Nicola Molloy


Nicky brings over 30 years of financial experience spanning public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her expertise range from budgeting, forecasting, variance analysis and Financial reporting. Nicola understands the need to align financial goals with business objectives with a pragmatic, unique and collaborative approach generating innovative solutions by communicating clearly and transparently.

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Lucy Soell


As the Central Finance Assistant for the Trust, Lucy deals with all finance-related administration. Her administrative tasks also include processing invoices for the trust and re-charging schools centrally. She has more than 13 years' experience and she prides herself in providing friendly service and ensuring efficiency and timely payments of all invoices. She is also the voice at the end of the telephone for finance queries.


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Jason Smith


Jason joined IFtL in 2017 and is responsible for estates, facilities, health and safety, sustainability, data protection, supporting schools to ensure that buildings are operational, safe, and fully equipped to maximise educational opportunities for pupils, as well as driving the vision and strategy across his areas of responsibility.

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Paul Whitlock


Paul is employed as a Hub Site manager, supporting six of our Milton Keynes schools. His main responsibilities include ensuring schools remain compliant, and facilities management support to ensure that the schools are well-maintained, and any repairs are taken care of in a timely manner. Additionally, he is responsible for ensuring the safety of the schools' occupants by monitoring health and safety standards.

Governance, HR & Marketing

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Stephanie Boak


As Head of HR, Marketing and Governance at IFtL, Stephanie leads and develops the frameworks, offer and services for these functions across the Trust. In addition, she has project management experience and leads one-off Trust projects with a wide reach.


Ify Oduko


As the Governance Officer, Ify provides advice and guidance to the IFtL central governance administrative functions and to the local governing boards. Ify has over seven years in Governance. She has had a positive influence in schools as a governor in a local primary school and is currently serving as governor in a local secondary school. She also serves as a career governor at a secondary school in Milton Keynes.  Ify has also had over fifteen years in finance, management and administration which will be a great asset to the team.

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Amelia Perrin


Amelia is the HR Manager at IFtL. She has worked within the HR sector for 10 years of which 8 have been with the education sector. Amelia works with Headteachers and school HR across the Trust providing support, advice and strategic direction. In her role Amelia promotes the visions and values of the Trust through positive employee relations and ensuring Safer recruitment procedures align with the Trust’s commitment to Safeguarding.

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Chelsea Angelos


Chelsea has extensive experience overseeing various administrative and human resource tasks. She possesses a keen eye for detail and data accuracy. Throughout her career, Chelsea has streamlined hiring processes, trained new hires on HR procedures. through automation and improved documentation. Chelsea has a proven track record of delivering results through process improvements and technology solutions.

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Phili Jones


Phili is a qualified and certified Marketing and Communications expert with several years’ experience in both corporate and education sectors. Phili is a high-level Digital Marketing provider for Executives, and Managers enabling them to make informed decisions at an executive level. Phili aims to achieve excellence through teamwork within dynamic organizations where she can be challenged daily while continuously honing her Marketing skill set.


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Ray Smith


Ray joined IFtL in February 2023, and brings a passion for all things electronic. Ray’s background and career path is within the local authority and education/school sectors. He previously worked for a different Academy Trust for 17 years. Ray is driven by providing the best possible opportunities for each and every child to succeed and ensuring teachers and staff have the tools required to do it.

Sam Daubermann

Sam Daubermann


Sam Daubermann is an experienced IT Technician who has worked in the education sector for several years. Throughout her career, Sam has gained valuable experience in various school roles. Her passion lies in helping both children and adults become more comfortable with the constantly evolving world of technology.