Adam Newman Turner

Experienced facilitator with leadership expertise in community cohesion

 Adam is an experienced Senior Leader in Secondary education. He has significant experience in community cohesion, inter-cultural partnerships and citizenship. Adam has also supported the development of multi-academy trusts.

Bob Vincent

School improvement and inspection experience

Leicester, Leicestershire and Newham

Bob is an accredited School Improvement Partner and Standards Inspector; providing challenges and support to both primary and secondary schools. He is an experienced Ofsted Inspector and is an approved Headteacher Performance Management Consultant and School Governor.

Chris Chafer

School improvement experience and National College Advisor

 Chris has 37 years’ of experience as a primary teacher, headteacher, local authority adviser and education consultant. She has been described by OfSTED as, ‘providing very good leadership… (with) a clear vision for the school's future development’

Christine Tarpey

School improvement and inspection experience


Christine has a wide range of teaching and leadership experience in the primary sector, including 2 primary headships in Lincolnshire. She joined Leicestershire Advisory Service in 2001 working as a Link Adviser and later as KS3 lead for teaching and learning and Primary Strategy Manager. Christine went on to undertake the Head of Service (Primary) post at Stoke City Council and led the Improvement Service in Derby.

David Connor

DfE Education Adviser and school improvement and inspection experience

 David has extensive experience of working in Children’s Services within the public sector, particularly in Education and social care but also in commissioning, partnership working and integrated services.

Gill Weston

School improvement and inspection experience


Gill has over 30 years’ experience in the education sector across a range of roles including local authority, senior leadership and interim headship. Her recent experience when Assistant Director for Education, Learning and Skills include working strategically and successfully to establish an integrated local authority approach to ensuring high quality education for all children and young people 0-19.

Hilary Craik

DfE Education Advisor and School Improvement Advisor


Hilary is a former headteacher and School Improvement Advisor with significant expertise in creating a professional learning climate to drive school improvement.

Kate McKenna

Supporting sector-led school improvement and National College Adviser


Kate is a children service’s specialist in leadership development and the development of systems leadership in education and services for children and families. She has extensive experience of leading, managing, supporting and developing a range of organisations and agencies across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Noel Melvin

Experience in school improvement as a leadership consultant

Noel is a former headteacher with 34 years of teaching experience. He has led schools going through significant changes as well as approximately 16 schools through inspections; including 6 schools in challenging circumstances to “good” Ofsted outcomes. Since finishing headship he has worked as a consultant promoting sports within the curriculum and supporting headteachers, senior leaders and governors.

Paul Weston

Senior HMI and senior leadership in school improvement


Paul has a wealth of education experience and a proven record of achievement in successfully raising standards in schools. He is been part of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) for 8 years and a member of the quality assurance and complaints teams as well as managing inspector of a HMI team. His experience as a headteacher of three distinctively different schools in has given him the experience of work in three diverse local authorities.

Tamara Rolfs

Former Executive Headteacher with expertise in EAL contexts


As a former Executive Headteacher of primary schools in Derby, Tamara has experience of inner-city and urban environments with expertise in EAL bi-lingual learners, especially those new to English.