Catherine Anwar, our Chief Executive Officer, joined us in May 2017. Prior to joining us, Catherine was a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted and served 8 years as a secondary school headteacher in Hampshire. In her role at Ofsted, Catherine led focused reviews of Multi-Academy Trusts, and inspections of complex academies, and free schools.
Usha Devi is Education Director at Summit Learning Trust. She joined us in April 2018 as School Improvement Director; Primary and now provides support and challenge to all phases across our Trust. Prior to joining Summit, Usha had a number of local and national roles. Usha was one of Her Majesty’s inspectors for Ofsted and during this time led inspections and monitoring visits in both primary and secondary schools. Prior to joining Ofsted, Usha gained extensive leadership experience in schools and was a successful headteacher in the West Midlands. Usha has also held a number of additional roles, including working as an educational consultant, an advisor to the Department of Education, a member of the General Teaching Council, a community governor, and a visiting lecturer at a university.
Vince Green is Education Director at Summit Learning Trust. He joined us in January 2021 and provides support and challenge for our secondary and Post 16 phases. Prior to joining Summit, Vince was Regional Education Director and Executive Principal at a large multi-academy trust. Before this he was the Principal of Bristnall Hall Academy for five years, the highest performing secondary provider within its local authority and trust. Vince started his teaching career in Sendai, Japan and has held a variety of leadership roles in the West Midlands in rapidly improving schools.
Steve Ralph is the Director of Finance. He is a Fellow of the ICAEW and has responsibility over the finance function at Summit Learning Trust. He spent 18 years working in audit services before joining the Trust in 2014.
Estates & Facilities Director
Steve is the Estates & Facilities Director for the Trust and joined us in September 2016. He is a member of the British Institute of Facilities Management and has over 15 years’ experience in Facilities management, bringing extensive experience of service focused multi-site management to his role.
Costas Tzartzalis is our IT Director. He is an IT professional with over 25 years’ experience in Education, managing high quality and extremely successful projects. He has a proven track record of delivering IT services and ensuring strong alignment with organisational goals and increasing value, while maintaining high standards within budget and tight timescales.
Donna joined the Trust in February 2018 as the newly appointed HR Director. Having worked in the education sector for over 25 years she brings a wealth of experience in providing strategic and operational support on a range of HR areas. Prior to joining the Trust, Donna has had extensive HR leadership experience working within the Further Education sector, and more recently she has worked in a number of educational settings as an HR Consultant undertaking specific project based work.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Kate Purchase is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She has worked for the Trust since August 2015 having previously worked as a Conference & Event Organiser. Kate offers broad and effective support to the CEO and Executive Team and leads on Trust-wide events such as conferences and awards evenings. Kate is also Company Secretary.