David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust

Our mission is to give every child attending one of our schools a world-class education.

Our Team

Our People

The Trust has over 1,900 staff committed to improving the life chances of young people across the network.

While the Trust provides the framework and foundations, our successes are the collective efforts and achievements of everyone associated with the network.

This is underpinned by the vision of the Trustees, and supported by the expertise of the Trust’s Chief Executive, Directors and Heads of Service and the educationalists who work across the Trust to ensure best practice and innovation is embraced and embedded.

Executive Team


  • Stuart Burns
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Mark Neild
    Deputy CEO and Director of Secondary Education
  • Simon Rose
    Director of Primary Education
  • Rachel Ridgill
    Director of HR
  • Jane Spencer
    Chief Finance Officer
  • Maria Maltby
    Director of Governance
  • Jonathan French
    Director of Operations


Primary Education Team


  • Simon Rose
    Director of Primary Education
  • Rod Warsap
    Regional Director and Inspection Readiness Lead
  • Wendy Baxter
    Regional Director and Primary Attendance Lead
  • Sarah Bates
    Regional Director and CPD Lead
  • Sandra Appleby
    Regional Director and Pupil Premium Lead
  • Kim Duff
    Core Knowledge Curriculum Lead
  • Kim Lawton
    Executive Principal
  • Jane Cooksley
    Primary English Lead
  • Karen Smith
    Primary Maths Lead


Secondary Education Team


  • Mark Neild
    Deputy CEO and Director of Secondary Education
  • Helena Brothwell
    Director of School Improvement
  • Juliet Jaggs
    Director of Quality Assurance
  • Grace Healy
    Education Director
  • David Gibson
    Trust Wide Lead - Maths
  • Emma Swift
    Trust Wide Lead - Science
  • Jacob Bailey
    Trust Wide Lead - Geography
  • Ben Walsh
    Trust Wide Lead - History
  • Cristo Rodriquez-Casado
    Trust Wide Lead - RE
  • Virginie Barre
    Trust Wide Lead - MFL


Heads of Service


  • Richard Widdison
    Head of HR
  • Karen Linnett
    Financial Controller
  • Ellis Jacklin
    Head of IT & Data
  • Shane Ward
    Head of Sports Enrichment
  • Simon Toyne
    Executive Director of Music




  • David Ross
    Chair of Trustees
  • The Ross Foundation
    represented by Joanne Hoareau
  • The Diocese of Peterborough
    represented by Peter Cantley
  • David Overton
  • Christopher Houlding




  • David Ross
  • Christine Counsell
  • Joanne Hoareau
  • Tracey Maloney
  • David Hall
  • Nigel Langstaff
  • Martyn Oliver
  • Peter Cantley
  • Richard Emerton