Meet the Team

We intend to keep our Executive Team small, to provide high level direction and support but to leave key responsibilities at a school level. Members of the team work to support capacity building in our academies and to broker academy-level expertise in school to school support.

Amanda Daoud


Interim CEO

Amanda Daoud

Over 5 years’ innovative work at school and MAT level after managing £20m budgets as Local Authority Head of Education External Finance: school finance, procurement, contract managing the Waltham Forest School Improvement Contract with Babcock, project management (Prince2 Practitioner). Holds the Advanced Diploma in School Business Management (ADSBM) and is a National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) Fellow. 

Amanda was appointed by the DfE as a School Resource Management Adviser (SRMA) in 2018 by the Institute of School Business Leaders (ISBL) on behalf of the DfE. SRMAs are System Leaders deployed by the ESFA as part of a school improvement strategy to Trusts with financial and governance challenges.

Amanda has also completed the Executive Educators’ programme for MAT CEOs and aspiring CEOs with the Ambition Institute.

As Deputy CEO, Amanda represented the then CEO of Lime Trust at all levels, both externally - with the ESFA, DfE, NEU and CEO groups - and within the organisation, including being part of Headteacher Performance Management Reviews, sitting on Headteacher Recruitment Panels and chairing Challenge Boards.

 

Rachael Holland


Interim Deputy CEO/Director of Education

Rachael Holland

Rachael was a Headteacher with Lime Trust for 4 years. She has over 25 years’ teaching experience, has taught throughout the primary age range, was a SENCO for a number of years, as well as a Local Authority moderator. She successfully managed and led the academisation process at Lime Academy Abbotsmede and the school has seen improved outcomes at all key milestones as a result. Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Law, PGCE, SENCO accreditation, NPQH and NPQEL qualifications.

Rachael has been a Director of Education for the Trust since April 2020. In this time, she has developed the Trust’s primary curriculum, assessment framework and embedded all our primary systems and schemes consistently across all our primary schools. From January 2021, Rachael was deployed as an Interim Headteacher at Parnwell until the new Headteacher started in July 2021. During this time, Rachael rapidly improved the school.

From April 2021, Rachael has supported the CEO to embed systems in the Trust’s special schools and she will lead this work from September 2021.

Lisa Collison


Head of HR

Lisa Collison

Experienced HR professional with extensive private, academy, MAT and public sector experience. An experienced governor of both primary and secondary schools.

Laura Fisher


Head of Business Support

Laura Fisher

BSc First Class with Honours, PCGE, DSBM. Over 10 years’ experience working in the education sector in a variety of different roles, supporting staff with enabling change and building capacity in schools. A trust appointed governor at Lime Academy Parnwell, Abbotsmede and Watergall. 

Ricky Barton


Head of Finance/CFO

Ricky Barton

BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance, BTEC LEVEL 7 – Advanced Professional Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership (CIPFA) and currently working towards ACCA. Over 14 years’ experience in finance, including banking, corporate finance, and, most recently, consulting on school finance and training on PS Financials and the SBS Online Budget Software. Ricky is also the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Trust.

Irena Karapetyan


Head of Governance

Irena Karapetyan

Holder of a law degree from LSE and a qualified solicitor. Trust Company Secretary.

Kelly Smith


PA to CEO

Kelly Smith

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Ellie Metcalf


Consultant Deputy Headteacher

Ellie Metcalf

Assistant Headteacher & Lead Practitioner, NASENCO 2015. Currently studying for a Masters in special and inclusive education. Expertise in teaching and learning.

Rachel Turner


Consultant Assistant Headteacher

Rachel Turner

Rachel has over 30 years’ experience in education and the community, with a passion for building teams and equipping schools to develop the physical space. Rachel has worked in school improvement for 10 years across 6 boroughs with a focus on the learning environment. B.Ed in Religious Studies, Community and Youth Studies (Secondary).

Miranda Cummings


Consultant Assistant Headteacher

Miranda Cummings

Assistant Headteacher and Designated Early Years Specialist Leader of Education. Experience of school leadership across three local authorities, including work as an Assessment Lead. Holds NPQSL and NPQH. Experienced lead practitioner on a successful nursery start-up, developing provision for 2-4 year olds. NQT Induction Manager and Lime Trust training programme coordinator.