Our Trustees

 

Christopher Cole: Christopher 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. Christopher 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. 

Markos Koumaditis: Markos joined the Lime Trust Board in November 2021, having previously served as an excellent Governor and Chair for the Lime Trust London Special Academy Council, responsible for Lime Academies Hornbeam, Forest Approach and Ravensbourne. Markos is the HR Director at the House of Commons, leading on people strategy to enable the cultural transformation needed to support a thriving parliamentary democracy through unprecedented change. Prior to his current role, he spent over a decade advising on people practice and organisational development at London South Bank University, becoming its group people director in 2019. Throughout his career, Markos’ focus has been in improving leadership capability, levels of engagement and inclusion, and capability for digital transformation. He is a qualified executive coach, a graduate of the first cohort of McKinsey Senior Leadership Master Class for senior LGBT executives and a Stonewall Leadership programme alumnus.

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.

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.

Amanda Jennings: Amanda is Chief Executive Officer of Strive4 Academy Trust and has a breadth of strategic leadership experience and skills across the education sector.  Amanda has particular expertise in teaching and learning, safeguarding and developing leaders and this has led to school improvement work both locally and nationally. Amanda has 30 years’ experience in education, with over 18 years' experience of being a headteacher; she has held many positions of responsibility and leadership within schools. Amanda holds both the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. She currently provides support to other schools and trusts through the DfE TSIO.

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