The Team

Ease Training

Richard Levinge

Director

Hayley James

Associate Director Clerk and Governor Training

Linde Melhuish

Associate Director Independent Schools

Nicholas Ford

Associate Director Charities

Consultancy Team

Barrie Wyatt

Charity Consultant Accredited PQASSO Mentor

Howard Davis

Senior Leadership Consultant

Chris Davies

Special School Expert
Jamie Pembroke

Jamie Pembroke

Data and Assessment Consultant

Hilary Moriarty

Independent Schools' Consultant

David Wasley

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Our Speakers and colleagues

Mary Myatt

Education Adviser

Michael Tidd

Education Adviser

Steve Lomax

Maths Expert

Nicola Wood

Education Adviser

Guy Biggin

Charity Finance Expert

Con Alexander

Charity Legal Expert

Russell Hooper

Charity Investment Expert

Jane Attwood

Staff Wellbeing Consultant

Professor Richard Benham

Cyber Expert

Charlotte Melhuish

Education Legal Expert

Alastair Adams

School IT Expert

James Russell

School IT Expert

Matthew Wolton

MAT expert

Natalie Barker

Special Needs Expert

Richard Levinge

Director

Richard Levinge is the founder of Ease Training. Richard is Chair of Governors at a large Special Needs School, recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted (June 2017).

Richard has a passion for practical training based on many years training experience with roles in the Royal Navy, Financial Services, Legal Services and most recently, Education. His focus is to assist people in mastering change, giving the confidence and enthusiasm to tackle their roles. The practical methodology used by Ease Training has been developed after years of receiving dull, ineffective and token training.

Richard is determined that Ease Training consultants will bring relevant, current thinking to Governance training, school and charity. With the increasing pressures on Governors and Trustees, Ease Training offers bespoke advice as well as regular induction training and refresher events for Governors and Charity Trustees. The aim is to help them understand the latest rules, and required behaviours,and to excel in these critical roles in our schools and voluntary organisations.

Hayley James

Associate Director Clerk and Governor Training

Hayley is passionate about governance and for the past 10 years has worked with primary, secondary, academy, maintained, MAT and special school governance boards. Her governance experience started with clerking a small primary school in the Forest of Dean and progressed within eighteen months to clerking over 6 schools from outstanding to a school in special measures. Following this, Hayley decided to transfer her knowledge and skills to deliver and write training for school governors in maintained schools as well as continue clerking.

 

Hayley has extensive experience of governance reviews for maintained schools, academies and MATs and has worked directly with schools mentoring and coaching clerks, company secretaries, governors and trustees. Hayley has specialist expertise in performance management, school finances, SEND, exclusions, curriculum and clerking.

 

Hayley is an associate education expert to The Key for Governors. She has recently used her governance expertise, legal awareness, and dogged determination as a governor on an Interim Executive Board for a secondary school in special measures and remains a governor in a primary school rated Good. Hayley can provide practical and creative solutions for governance boards and relishes the challenges facing school governors. She has recently been trained in conflict resolution and enjoys blogging and tweeting her governor experiences and raising the profile of clerks on Twitter: @clerk2governors

Linde Melhuish

Associate Director Independent Schools

Linde has had seven years successful experience as the Principal of a senior boarding/day school, is an ISI Team Inspector and is a Governor at a local independent all-age boarding/day school, where she oversees safeguarding, safer recruitment and pastoral matters. She has also had four years experience as the independent schools representative on a Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Linde has spent the majority of her career in the Independent Sector, where she has held a variety of teaching and leadership roles. She has extensive experience and knowledge of both co-educational and single sex schools, including boarding. She has made senior leadership appointments as a Consultant, Head and a Governor, as well as conducting Head’s appraisals. She is experienced in Governor training and development, marketing; training and developing staff on safeguarding matters; pastoral care; leadership development, including the mentoring of new appointees to senior positions, as well as the development of teaching and learning. Using her training and experience of inspecting (including compliance), she can offer independent schools and colleges assistance in inspection matters.

Additionally, Linde has extensive experience of the international market, both in terms of marketing and in ensuring schools understand the academic and pastoral needs of overseas boarders. She also acts a regional co-ordinator for a key guardianship agency linked to AEGIS.

Nicholas Ford

Associate Director Charities

Nicholas Ford has 20 years’ experience of the charitable sector, both as a Chief Executive and Trustee of a number of charities.

As the Chief Executive for 14 years of The Ernest Cook Trust, a multi-million pound organisation and one of the country’s leading educational charities, Nicholas was responsible for all areas of operation of the Trust, reporting to and liaising closely with the Chairman and Trustees.

Nicholas is therefore able to bring to bear his extensive experience of running a national charity, in support of charities in any area that is needed, to advise on and enhance the operation of that charity: he approaches people and issues with experience, diplomacy, intelligence and clarity.

Barrie Wyatt

Charity Consultant Accredited PQASSO Mentor

Barrie Wyatt is owner of nVision Consulting , a not for profit social enterprise providing support to the voluntary and community sector (VCS). He has been Chair of trustees at the Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action.

Barrie has been working in the VCS since taking early retirement in 2011. His goal is to use the skills he developed over his career in the public sector for the benefit of the community, primarily by supporting both trustees and staff of charities.

Barrie is a licensed PQASSO mentor. PQASSO is the leading quality standard PQASSO is the leading quality standard in the VCS. Barrie uses the PQASSO framework to help organisations run more effectively and efficiently.

Barrie also has experience offering bespoke support in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, strategy development and has conducted assessments for charities on behalf of Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.

Howard Davis

Senior Leadership Consultant

Howard is a former local authority Chief Executive, is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Howard ran the County Highways Direct Labour Organisation (CORMAC) in Cornwall before becoming Assistant Chief Executive at the County Council. He then gained 10 years’ experience as a Chief Executive, firstly with Tewkesbury Borough Council in Gloucestershire, then with Teignbridge District Council in South Devon before joining the Local Government Association and acting as its West Midlands’ regional lead for 10 years. He stood down in the summer of 2015 after nearly 35 years in Local Government and now acts as a Mentor, Coach, Adviser and Freelancer.

Howard lives in Gloucestershire where he spent 4 years as Chair of Governors of one of Gloucestershire’s largest Secondary Academies, as well as being inaugural Chair of an Alternative Provision Free School. To maintain a bit of balance to life, Howard enjoys travelling with his family and cooking, as well as sport (though now more as a spectator and supporter of his children than a participant!).

Chris Davies

Special School Expert

Chris has worked in Education for over 36 years, for the majority of that time with pupils displaying Complex Special Educational Needs. In his role as Headteacher/Principal of one of the largest Special Schools/ Academies in the country he gained many valuable experiences which have informed his practice as a Consultant to Schools and Local Authorities. He currently provides advice and support in many key areas including: School/Academy Development, Management support and development and Curriculum Planning and Development.The Government’s recent consultation papers provide many challenges for schools in the years to come and hopes to be able to support schools with the issues they face now and in the future.

Jamie Pembroke

Data and Assessment Consultant

Jamie Pembroke has 13 years’ experience working as a data analyst and adviser in education. He spent 6 years in the Post-16 sector with the Learning & Skills Council followed by 5 years in the school improvement team at Gloucestershire County Council. Since 2014 he has  worked as an independent data consultant, helping schools across the country make sense of their data. He tweets, talks and blogs about data issues, speaks fluent RAISEonline, is an accredited FFT consultant and has practical experience of many of the tracking systems used in schools. Twitter: @jpembroke.

Hilary Moriarty

Independent Schools' Consultant

Hilary Moriarty was for eight years National Director of the Boarding Schools’ Association, supporting and representing more than 400  British member schools, both independent and state maintained.  A former Head, she was a member of the DfE working party which revised the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools. Qualified to lecture in Further Education, she has taught in colleges, in grammar and comprehensive schools, and spent thirteen years leading independent day and boarding schools.  An ISI team inspector since 1999, she recently trained in compliance inspection and as a Reporting Inspector, and has been  independently advising and consulting with schools since 2015. 

David Wasley

Safeguarding and Child Protection

David is an experienced safeguarding consultant and trainer who left the police in 2011 having completed over 30 years  service. He has managed numerous child abuse investigations, led child protection teams  and  worked with agencies involved in protecting children.

David has experience of conducting international child abuse and internet based investigations and has worked with Eastern European countries . He has worked with the British Council and the OSCE in delivering projects.

David now delivers a range of child protection training working with different agencies as well as providing E-safety training. His operational experience enables him to deliver high quality, relevant training.

Mary Myatt

Education Adviser

 

Mary Myatt is an education adviser, writer and speaker. She works in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes. She writes and speaks at conferences about leadership, curriculum and school improvement. Her latest book is ‘Hopeful Schools’.

www.marymyatt.com

Twitter @MaryMyatt

Michael Tidd

Education Adviser

Michael Tidd is deputy headteacher at Edgewood Primary School in Nottinghamshire. Having trained as a middle-years teacher, he has previously taught in middle and primary schools in Sussex. Michael‘s area of expertise is in curriculum and assessment in primary schools. He has been influential in supporting schools and authorities to roll out the new Primary Curriculum. He currently writes regular columns for the TES and for Teach Primary magazine. Michael is also an adviser on assessment to the publisher Rising Stars. Twitter: @MichaelT1979

Steve Lomax

Maths Expert

Steve has been working with senior leaders, mathematics subject leaders, teachers and pupils for twenty five years. He is the Mathematics Strategic Lead for the Balcarras Teaching School Partnership and GLOWMaths Hub and also works to improve outcomes for mathematics in schools across the country through MaxTheMaths Consultancy. He is passionate about enthusing pupils at all phases to enjoy and achieve in mathematics.Twitter: @MaxTheMaths

Nicola Wood

Education Adviser

Nicola has been teaching for 30 years, most recently as headteacher of a large Primary School on the Romney Marsh. Her career has been within Kent and she has taught throughout the primary phase. Nicola’s leadership roles have included SENCO as well as a secondment to a school in Special Measures.

Guy Biggin

Charity Finance Expert

Guy Biggin is a partner in the Not for Profit team of Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP. His clients include a number of high profile charities. Guy is a noted authority and sought-after speaker on charity issues. Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP work with a wide variety of clients in the Not for Profit sector, including several hundred charities and educational establishments, as well as registered social landlords, industrial and provident societies, trade unions, members associations, clubs, NHS Trusts and other not for profit bodies.

Con Alexander

Charity Legal Expert

Con has advised charities of all kinds for more than 15 years and specialises in helping clients with the governance and the strategic challenges that they face. Con acts for clients across the charity sector, from small social enterprises to universities and charities operating nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Charity Law Association and has sat on a number of CLA working parties. Con is also the author of ‘Charity Governance’ (published by Jordans).

Russell Hooper

Charity Investment Expert

Russell joined Brewin Dolphin in 2011 after spending 15 years in the City at US based investment bank Merrill Lynch where he worked in the institutional client division. Since joining Brewin Dolphin he has focussed on Charity and Institutional accounts.

Jane Attwood

Staff Wellbeing Consultant

Having vowed never to be a teacher(!), Jane Attwood has now enjoyed 24 years in the Primary Education sector. Her career to date has spanned nursery through to Y6, class teacher to subject leader, pilot leader with the Local Authority to mentor and Deputy Head, culminating in Headship of two contrasting schools. Jane’s passion for ensuring every child receives the best possible foundation for learning and life has driven her through each and every role. She is also a strong believer in protecting and developing the needs of teaching staff  – a happy, healthy, impassioned team can only enhance children’s learning.

 

As headteacher, Jane grew increasingly frustrated with the challenges continually thrust upon the profession. Ultimately, work became all consuming and took its toll on her health, so Jane has stepped back and taken back control of her workload and wellbeing. She is now enjoying a plethora of roles, including an advisory and consultancy role across primary schools, as well as working with Insight Tracking (https://www.insighttracking.com) to develop a system which truly enhances learning, whilst keeping her hand in as both a supply teacher and a Teaching Assistant. She is keen to support schools with workload audits and wellness foci, as well as hands on workshops for subject areas across the primary curriculum to provide schools with the breathing space to reflect from a renewed perspective. She has also just taken on a new pup – a very different challenge indeed…

 

Having got to the point where she was worried that maybe the Hokey Cokey really was what it was all about – Jane has now turned herself around!

Professor Richard Benham

Cyber Expert

Richard Benham is the World’s first Professor of Cyber Security Management and lectures at the UK’s National Cyber Skills Centre where he is Professor in Residence. He is also a Visiting Professor in Policing at Staffordshire University and also in Cyber Security Management at The University of Gloucestershire.

In 2013 he published “The Cyber Ripple Theory®” which is widely recognised as the World’s first Cyber Management Theory and includes the human elements of Cyber Security.

He is the author of The National MBA in Cyber Security, The National Cyber Awareness Course and Cyber in the Boardroom all of which are run with University support.

Based in Cheltenham and London Professor Benham is currently Chairman of The National Cyber Management Centre.

Charlotte Melhuish

Education Legal Expert

Charlotte is an Associate and education specialist in the Education Team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Charlotte advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious pastoral care issues for independent schools including parental complaints, compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and discrimination claims, data protection, regulatory and safeguarding matters. Charlotte also reviews key policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and best practice.  She regularly speaks at regional and national conferences for sector organisations and is a leading legal practitioner in Education (UK Wide) in Chambers and Partners 2016. She is also a governor of a school which caters for pupils with learning support needs.

Alastair Adams

School IT Expert

Commercial Group has a strong presence within the education market and Alastair’s particular specialisation is working with schools to advise on how technology investment can best support teaching and learning. He has chaired a number of IT events for ISBA and assisted with the 2014 ISBA IT review.

James Russell

School IT Expert

James is the IT Development Manager at Sidcot School. His experience includes working as an ICT/ Computing Teacher and as an academic Head of
IT for seven years. Before becoming a teacher James worked as a programmer and completed a degree in Computing for Real Time Systems. He has extensive knowledge of classroom based IT systems and integrating them into the school environment.

Matthew Wolton

MAT expert

Matthew is a partner and heads the Education Team at Knights 1759. An education specialist lawyer recognised nationally for his Academies expertise, Matthew has advised academy trusts and school governors through numerous government education schemes since 2008, supporting them to embrace change. His particular speciality is working with multi-academy trusts, helping them grow and improve, and he has a number of high-profile clients throughout the country. He speaks frequently at local and national events and is a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement.

Natalie Barker

Special Needs Expert

Natalie is an education solicitor in the Education Team at Knights 1759. Natalie has particular expertise in the law around special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and has advised local authority SEN teams, academies and independent schools in both the mainstream and special sectors in relation to their duties under the SEND legislative framework and the Equality Act 2010. Natalie also advises schools on a range of issues including admissions, exclusions and parental complaints. She has delivered presentations and training to schools.

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