Our Trustees


Chris Cole: Chris is the Chair of the Lime Trust Board, as well as the Diversity and Health & Safety Lead for the Board. He worked as a headteacher for ten years and is a winner of many awards, including Education Champion of the Year, Windrush 2003 and UBS Teacher of the Year 2007. Chris has taught on the Institute of Education’s course ‘Investing in Diversity’, training and supporting headteachers. He has worked with over 300 schools with all stakeholders (Governors, staff and other agencies), developing learning strategies, raising attainment and preparing for inspections. He has led and facilitated the raising of attainment to high levels in KS1 and KS2. He has helped to raise finance for schools and has managed capital works in various institutions.

Sam Curtis: Sam is the Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee of the Board and the Safeguarding Lead for the Board. Sam is a cloud software expert, specialising in Customer Relationship Management, Finance, Budgeting and HR solutions. She is currently CEO & Founder of SECloud Solutions. She was previously Business Development and Operations Director at School Business Services Ltd (SBS) and a Member of its Board, guiding the company through two accreditations of ISO14001 and ISO27001, and the subsequent re-accreditation to both standards. She directly line managed the Senior Leadership Team, providing valued coaching, mentoring and development support, with primary responsibility for the day-to-day running of the UK business and its seventy five staff members. Sam holds the CIPFA Level 7 Advanced Professional Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership in Education. 

Bill Leask: Bill is a strategy/product consultant and leadership development coach. After a first career in journalism, PR and publishing, Bill moved into technology development and product management in the media and finance sectors. As it became increasingly accepted that people are any organisation’s primary asset, Bill developed a parallel career as a coach to help maximise fulfilment of potential during a period of great change in working life. He has also provided PR and marketing support for third sector organisations and is a Generation Success mentor.

Holly Morgan-Smith: Holly works at the Department for Education as a Project Director. She has extensive experience across the public sector, working for both local and central government to successfully manage large capital programmes, as well as leading the implementation of complex policy initiatives. In 2017-18, Holly worked for Ark Schools, one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country, as Head of Projects.

Lisa Murphy: Lisa is the Vice Chair for the Board, the Chair of the Educational Curriculum and Standards Committee of the Board, and the SEND and Whistleblowing Lead for the Board. Lisa is a primary education specialist with a SEND focus, whose most recent post was as an Area Manager in the Education, Health and Care Planning Team in Hackney, working with pupils and families in the primary, secondary and special sectors. She has over thirty years’ work experience in education and twenty years’ experience as a school Governor. Educated at University College Dublin, Lisa was previously National Director of Action Group for Irish Youth, liaising with the Irish and UK governments. She is currently working with the Lemn Sissay Foundation on the National Steering Group for their ‘The Christmas Dinner’ project. 

Hwee Ching Neo: Hwee Ching is the Digital Audit and Transformation Finance Leader at PwC. Prior to PwC, Hwee Ching was a Director and Business Manager to the COO at NatWest Markets, where she was deeply involved in its global integration and operating model transformation activities. Prior to this, she was the regional product manager of transaction banking for Bank of America and Standard Chartered Bank in Asia. Hwee Ching started her career in Singapore as an auditor with PwC. Hwee Ching has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and a Master's degree in Applied Finance from universities in Singapore, and an MBA from London Business School.

Colin Sarre: Colin joined the merged Lime Trust Board after two years on the Hornbeam Academy Trust Board, where he was Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee in 2018-19. He brings nearly forty years of City experience, working in financial markets, where he was widely acknowledged as the #1 trader in UK Government Bonds. He is also a Non-Executive Director (RICS Finance Committee), a Charity Trustee (WAVE Trust), an accredited community mediator, and also a mentor for university students.