Chief Executive - David Brown
David is an experienced Chief Executive with over 35 years in education. He has been a Director of Education and Childrens Services, and an Executive Headteacher on several occasions. He has been described by Ofsted as a "Outstanding Headteacher".
Chief Financial Officer - Ros Avery FCA
Professionally qualified as a chartered accountant Ros has over 25 years Finance and Governance experience in the private, public and charity sector. She has worked as a Finance Director with an international charity for 20 years. She served as a non-executive director in the NHS in Oxfordshire for 8 years, with roles including Children's champion and Chair of the Audit Committee.
Director of School Improvement - James Bird
James has worked in education for nearly twenty five years. He initially worked as a Medical Education specialist within a large teaching hospital and medical school, this included managing Welsh Assembly projects to develop postgraduate medical education across Wales. He retrained as a primary teacher and has worked in a number of roles across all primary age ranges – including senior leadership within two primary schools. James worked in an advisory role for a local authority before joining Oxford Brookes University as a teacher trainer and educational researcher specialising in learning technologies. Since 2014 he has combined work at Oxford Brookes with being School Improvement Officer within the EPA. James has also been Chair of Governors of one of the EPA schools. He was appointed as a skills director on the EPA board.
Interim Director of Strategy - Kirsteen Roberts
Kirsteen worked for the John Lewis Partnership for the majority of her career, ultimately as MD John Lewis High Wycombe before moving to project manage delivery of new and refurbished department stores. Following a career break Kirsteen joined the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education with a focus on supporting MATs to grow and building the pipeline of new free schools.
More recently, Kirsteen has worked as a consultant supporting MATs and local authorities in delivering significant change and liaising with the Department for Education.
PA to the CEO and School Improvement Project Officer - Fiona Gay
Fiona is an experienced PA and senior administrator and has worked in the education, private and public sectors for both large and small organisations.