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Board of Directors


We are proud to count with experienced and widely skilled Trustees, who are strongly committed to raising standards. Directors support the Trust in making strategic decisions and hold our CEO and Headteachers to account for our financial and academic performance. 




Term of Office

Paul Quinn

Members Appointed, Chair

09/09/2014 - 08/09/2018

John King

Members Appointed, Vice-chair

09/09/2014 - 08/09/2018

Gary Wilkie



Diane Rochford

Exec Head JFK


Nick Turvey 

Exec Head Upton Cross


Kath Sewell

Head Sheringham


Heidi Hinchliffe

Sheringham LGB Appointed

30/08/2014 - 31/08/2018


Upton Cross LGB Appointed

04/02/2015 - 03/02/2019

Rob Field JFK LGB Appointed 18/07/2016 - 17/07/2020

Julianne Marriott


13/10/2015 - 12/10/2019

Phil Haslett Co-opted 13/10/2015 - 12/10/2019
Jo-Anne Brown Co-opted 17/10/2017 - 16/10/2021
Kelly Rotheram
17/10/2017 - 16/10/2021



Paul Quinn - Co-opted Director, Chair of Trustees

Paul is an experienced professional having spent most of his career working in the private sector, including several directorships and a business owner for fifteen years. Paul is also an experienced governor, having been chair of Governors in a Hertfordshire school for ten years, including leading the school through academy conversion in 2011, making it one of the first primary schools in Hertfordshire to convert to academy status. Paul has gained over four years’ experience at board level within a multi-academy trust before joining The Learning in Harmony Trust. Paul’s business acumen and education sector experience led him to a career in business management, where he currently works at West Lea School (London Borough of Enfield), a school for children with special educational needs.


John King - Co-opted Director, Vice-chair of Trustees

John King was a secondary Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for almost 20 years. All three schools achieved Outstanding Ofsteds with one on 4 consecutive occasions. He was a Consultant Headteacher to the London Challenge, City Challenge, the London Leadership Strategy, the NCSL and the SSAT. He represented the secondary sector on the national NLE steering group and was an adviser to the DfE for 5 years. He chaired the East of England 14-19 Strategic Partnership. Since leaving Headship, John became the interim Head of Standards, Achievement and School Improvement in Newham, the NCTL Associate for Beds Borough, Central Beds, Luton, Norfolk and Suffolk, and the interim CEO of the Chiltern Learning Trust. He is currently an adviser to Newham’s Learning and Achievement team, and to Thurrock, Essex and Luton where he is commissioned to write borough/county-wide educational policies. John has served on a number of Government sponsored working parties. He has been a visiting lecturer to Beijing, Delhi, Holland, Melbourne, the UAE and Uganda. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in 2005.


Gary Wilkie - Trust CEO, Trust Accounting Officer and Sheringham Executive Principal



Diane Rochford - JFK Executive Head Teacher

Diane has extensive experience working in the field of Special Education Needs and Disability as a Headteacher and Senior Leader. She is a qualified and active Ofsted inspector with accredited SEND, and she has led JFK to be an Outstanding provision for learners within and beyond the school.

Diane worked with the DfE in 2012 to develop the Teachers Standards, representing special schools, and most recently Diane chaired the Rochford Review. This review (which is still ongoing) has looked at statutory assessment for pupils with SEND alongside improved curriculum balance and personalised pedagogy, linking areas in the Code of Practice to a more holistic assessment approach. Diane has also been recently appointed as a member of the Eastern Region Headteacher Board.

Her successful experience has been one of  managing positive culture change around the thinking of SEND in order to deliver positive outcomes by developing different specialised provisions for a wide range of learners with SEND, supporting strategic planning within the Trust and the LA, and by developing assessment without levels and curriculum for learners with SEND in a variety of settings.


Nick Turvey - Upton Cross Executive Head Teacher

Nick has spent all of his teaching career in the east end of London and Essex. Since 2007, he has been the head teacher at Upton Cross Primary. Nick is passionate about ensuring that all children are given the very best chances to achieve, and believes this is best realised through building a dedicated and highly skilled staff team who work collaboratively towards shared aims of achievement and excellence. This approach has led Upton Cross being deemed as outstanding in all areas during theirr last two consecutive OfSTED inspections.  It is also an approach that Nick uses in his work as a National Leader of Education working with schools in challenging circumstances in and beyond our local authority. As well as an accredited NLE, Nick is a qualified Ofsted inspector, accredited facilitator for NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH, accredited trainer for the NSPCC child protection training, accredited assessor for the Basic Skills Quality Mark and holds NPQH. 


Heidi Hinchliffe - Sheringham Representative

Heidi has over 25 years in the education sector, working as a primary teacher both in Australia and Newham, followed by 18 years in the field of education recruitment management. Working in partnership with schools and Local Authorities, Heidi specializes in ensuring recruitment and retention of high calibre staff. Heidi has been an active member of Sheringham Primary School’s Local Governing Body for over 14 years and has completed the NCSL Chair of Governors Development Programme. She has also been a Board Director since 2014 and a Trust Member since 2016. 


Robert Field - JFK Representative

Rob is a co-opted governor at JFK School and was appointed as their representative at the Board. His professional background includes working in local government and in particular in social care commissioning, which is useful experience given the nature of JFK’s admissions profile. Rob currently works in the charity sector for a major funder. He specialises in policy and public affairs, giving him a good understanding of the political context in which both JFK and the Learning in Harmony Trust operate. This is valuable in helping the school and Trust to set and follow its strategic direction. Rob also has extensive experience working in communications and PR, enabling him to advise and challenge on how the school (and the Trust) is building and maintaining a strong reputation. Throughout his career Rob has worked in public administration, giving him an insight into the fundamentals of good governance. Beyond this, Rob is passionate about advancing social equality, particularly for the most vulnerable in society. Rob is a keen sports fan and travels as frequently as he possibly can. 


Phil Haslet - Co-opted Director

Phil has over 15 years working in the education sector designing, developing and delivering solutions for clients in the UK and overseas. As a Director for Tribal Group’s inspection business, Phil was a key member of the senior management team that developed the business into the largest provider of inspection services in the UK, winning regional contracts that valued over £190m. Latterly Phil helped develop the business overseas, securing and implementing a contract to develop and deliver an inspection framework for Public and Private Schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Since September 2012, Phil has been working for Best Practice Network as Business Development Director, working with Directors across the business to drive business performance and develop and identify new areas for growth. Phil is also a Director for the ‘Learning in Harmony Multi-Academy Trust and Vice Chair of the Olympus Multi-Academy Trust. Phil’s core skills include: project and programme management; financial management with a proven track record of delivering multi-million pound budgets; client and stakeholder management; utilising technological solutions to drive business improvement and efficiencies; sales, marketing and business development; and bid management and writing.


Julianne Marriott - Co-opted Director

As an elected Councillor for East Ham Central ward in Newham and a Mayoral Advisor for Regeneration, Julianne has a good understanding of the borough in which LIHT operates. She has been a co-opted governor of Hartley Primary School in East Ham since 2013 and Vice Chair since 2015, steering Hartley school through its conversion to an academy and joining LIHT. Julianne has a background working in the disability sector for a large national charity starting off writing bids for lottery fundraising and then moving into public policy. In that role, and since becoming a Public Affairs freelancer in 2011, Julianne has run a number of successful campaigns, working with a wide range of partners, that have changed legislation and public opinion from making books and information accessible to blind people, to implementation of Leveson recommendations around press regulation and reversing proposed changes to legal aid and the impact of the Lobbying Act on charities and international development organisations. 


Jo-Anne Brown - Co-opted Director

Jo-Anne has spent her 20+ year career working for some of the largest Investment Banks in London supporting a variety of senior business professionals.  Since joining First Avenue Partners in July 2006 Jo-Anne moved into an Operational role where she has supported the business in building a robust infrastructure firstly in London and then in New York, San Francisco, Dallas and Hong Kong ensuring a strong brand throughout.  She has seen the firm grow from 6 to almost 60 employees worldwide.

In October 2016 Jo-Anne became a Co-Opted Governor at the Federation of Greenways Schools. She is looking forward to her latest challenge of taking a position on the Board of the Learning in Harmony Trust.


Kelly Rotheram - Co-opted Director