Julian Dutnall, LIFE Education Trust (Chair)

Julian studied Law at Exeter University and qualified as a barrister in 1996. After a year working as a Crown Prosecutor he completed a PGCE at Anglia Ruskin University and began teaching. He has taught in 5 state schools in 3 local authorities. At Chelmsford County High he was Deputy Headteacher when the school was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and gained the highest GCSE results in England in the January league tables.  He is in his 7th year as Headteacher at Frances Bardsley Academy, a Good school with Outstanding features. Julian holds a 1st Class honours degree in English, a Masters in Educational Leadership and the NPQH. He is a Committee Member of the Association of State Girls Schools, has chaired the cross phase Havering Education Strategic Partnership and writes for the National Education Trust.

Sharon Nacmias, Crownfield School

Sharon has been in education for the past 40 years. She worked in three local authorities: Barnet, Haringey and Havering. She is currently working as headteacher at Crownfield Infant School and has been in this post for the past 15 years. Prior to coming to Havering she worked as a Deputy Head Teacher at Earlham Primary School, White Hart Lane, Haringey and always felt it was destined when she became headteacher at Crownfield Infant School, White Hart Lane, Havering!

As a Head Sharon has been through four Ofsted inspections and two Ofsted subject inspections all of which were graded as Good. She is never complacent and continually strive for outstanding – as do all headteachers! Things never stand still and Sharon constantly moves with the times. The school has a nursery with 120 places, and has four forms of entry.

Joanne Stanley, Havering Primary Teaching School Alliance

Having attended a local and primary-secondary school in Havering, Joanne believes that it is a privilege to teach in the borough. She embarked on her teaching career in Havering 15 years ago as an NQT. Prospects in Havering have ensured a successful career progression. She spent 9 years in her first school where she had the opportunity to become a mentor for trainee teachers and a Phase Leader for Early Years. In 2012, Joanne joined Broadford Primary as a part of their Senior Leadership Team as Lead for Early Years. After two years, she was then appointed as an Assistant Head Teacher for Early Years and KS1, with responsibility for CPD. Since September 2018, she also has taken on the role of the Director for Havering Primary Teaching School Alliance.

Grahame Smith, Havering Academy of Leadership

Grahame was formerly a senior leader in a large secondary school, with over 20 years’ experience with the Inspection and Advisory services, including the role of Inspector for English and Senior Inspector for Core Subjects.

Grahame is a Primary and Secondary SIP and Performance Management Consultant, and Director of the Havering Academy of Leadership.


Trevor Cook, London Borough of Havering

Trevor has a strong commitment to improving services to children, young people and families, and has over 20 years experience across the education and skills sector.  He took up his post as Assistant Director for Education Services in Havering in March 2018, having been the Acting Assistant Director for the previous nine months.  Previously, he was the Head of Education Provision & Commissioning, with responsibility for the majority of statutory services within education, including early years and pupil place planning, school organisation, admissions, 14-19, and Havering Adult College.

Prior to joining Havering in 2010, Trevor spent ten years at the Learning & Skills Council where he was responsible for leading and directing the transformation of the post-14 local learning and skills sector by ensuring the appropriate provision of innovative, high-quality learning.  He led the allocation process of LSC investment in excess of £80m per annum to colleges, private training providers, schools, and other providers, including the Voluntary and Sector and Adult Community Learning providers, as well as acting as the sub-regional functional lead for employer responsiveness provision, and FE Capital funding.  He also had responsibility for ensuring provider performance management arrangements were in place, leading on the management of support to colleges and providers.


Dave Smith, London Borough of Havering

Dave Smith is a local authority senior inspector, providing school improvement support for schools in London and beyond, as well as leading on Traded Services for the Havering Education Services School Improvement team.  He has spent the past 19 years specialising in computing, education technology and online safety support for schools and is a CEOP Online Safety Ambassador.  Dave is part of the Havering team who have worked with Rising Stars to develop the Bett Award winning ‘Switched on Computing’ series (in over 6500 schools in the UK and internationally).  He recently worked on the education technology aspect of the U.K. Government’s Department for Education’s Workload Reduction Toolkit.  He is the former Chair of the Board of Management of Naace – the UK’s Education Technology Association.  He is also a judge for the Bett Awards and Education Resources Awards.  Dave enjoys exploring education technology internationally – addressing Japan’s New Education Expo conference on two occasions, participating in the USA’s ISTE conference, as well as providing education technology consultancy in the Middle East and Europe. He was previously a teacher/senior leader in 3 schools, governor of 5 primary/secondary schools and Assistant Marketing Director/Senior Tutor at Anglia Ruskin University’s mPowerNet ICT Training for Teachers.


Paul Claydon, Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Paul has taught in 5 state schools, 2 of which he successfully supported in moving out of Special Measures. He was Head of English in Essex when the school he worked at was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and gained its highest GCSE results to date. He has worked as Head of Faculty at Frances Bardsley, securing the school’s best results at GCSE in English under the previous exam specification. Paul then moved on to take on Leadership roles, supporting Primary Schools in their leadership and improving quality of teaching across the Academies, ensuring that they were able to secure improvements. Having enjoyed his time at Frances Bardsley Paul returned to develop support work for the Trust and line manage the English Department, ensuring the department achieved progress scores of + 0.49 and  +0.52 in the last two sets of exam results. He has led hubs to share good practice across Havering and works as Vice Principal for three days a week and supports Heads of English in Barking and Dagenham for one day a week. Paul also delivers bespoke team training in the private sector using C-Me behavioural profiling on days where he is not based in school.


Ian Gurman, LIFE Education Trust

Ian has over 30 years’ experience in education, in the UK and overseas. Having achieved a BA (Hons) in Economics and Geography (2:1) and a PGCE, he started his teaching career in 1980 but then spent much of the next decade travelling, living and working abroad, including teaching in Australia and Guatemala, where he became fluent in Spanish. From 1991 to 2008 he held middle and senior leadership roles in three Inner London secondary schools, as Deputy Headteacher in two schools, a period as Acting Head in one and achieving the NPQH. Since 2008, Ian has worked as a senior education adviser for Havering Local Authority and for a national academy chain. His advisory work has been across the primary and secondary phases, specialising in data analysis and improving teaching and learning and school leadership. As well as carrying out in-school support, Ian has regularly delivered staff training at all levels, including to headteachers and governors. He has undergone Ofsted inspector training and supports schools through the inspection process, as well as carrying out school reviews. Ian is also an experienced governor, having served for eight years as a governor in a primary school and three years for a sixth form college.


Simon London, Empower Learning Academy Trust

Simon London is CEO of Empower Learning Academy Trust, which comprises 3 secondary academies and 1 primary in Havering. Simon has worked in Havering since 2008 when he became Headteacher of Hall Mead School, the Teaching School within Empower Teaching Alliance. He is a National Leader of Education and has been a senior leader in a number of schools in Essex. His background in education is originally as an English, drama and media studies teacher.


Joe Hales, Empower Teaching School Alliance.

Joe Hales is the Director of Empower Teaching School Alliance, an alliance of 14 secondary schools across Havering working together to provide school to school support and CPD. He believes strongly in the need for subject communities both within and outside of education to collaborate as subject specialists to improve the quality of teaching and learning of these subjects in schools. He has had various roles on his school’s SLT, including leading on the achievement of vulnerable pupils, SMSC, and teacher development.  Joe has been teaching history for 23 years.


Paul Wakeling, Havering 6th Form College