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As experts in school governance, we have a deep understanding of the policies, procedures and framework that govern the functioning of schools. We are well-versed in the standards and regulations set by Ofsted, the official body responsible for inspecting and regulating schools in England. As current chairs of boards ourselves and with exceptional networks, we have a significant advantage in keeping up with best practices, shifting policies and challenges within school governance.


Ian Phillips
Strategic Governance Consultant / MATS

Ian is a serial Chair of educational institutions and excels in strategic and governance issues pertaining to leadership or advisory role.

His work in state-funded schools and colleges has ranged from chairing an outstanding sixth form college for 12 years, driving the merger of infant and junior schools to white-hot crisis resolution in a single academy trust.

His background career in business ranged from running law publishing operations to speechwriting for senior European executives.  He then committed a significant tranche of his working life to supporting education, which he finds a rich and rewarding experience.


Della Herd

Della is an experienced Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the political organization industry.

She is skilled in Team Building, Leadership, Training, Stakeholder Engagement, and Project Management.

SA strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Nutrition and Health from Roehampton University.


Michelle Barnes

Michelle is an HR and Leadership Specialist with over 25 years experience, gained through working in partnership with Operations and leading high performing retail HR teams across London and surrounding areas.

She was the Regional HR Manager and retail HR lead, when Iceland won Best Company To Work For in 2012.

As an HR and Leadership specialist, sector experience includes, professional services, manufacturing, distribution and SME's.


Claudia Maresca
Effective Minute Taker

Claudia is a natural problem solver with the ability to think quickly, make decisions and communicate these clearly whilst remaining calm under pressure.

She is excels in accurately recording and documenting.

Lean Six Sigma, Prince2 and CIPD trained and qualified.

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