Haberdashers Federation

Central Services Team

Meet the central team

Our Central Services Team provide support, regulation and expertise to our schools. Below you can learn about the members of our central teams. 

Please click on the staff photographs below to learn more about our Central Services team. 

Central Leadership


  • Paul Atkinson
    Director of Finance
  • Marianne Newton
    Director of Operations
  • Catherine Bartlett
    Director of Partnerships and Engagement



Central Finance

The central finance team are responsible for budgets, procurement, purchasing, expenses and payroll, as well as managing income, grants and other funding. 


  • Marie Ghansah-Poku
    Financial Controller
  • Sarah Ashley
    Finance Systems Administrator
  • Anoosh Amooie
    Management Accountant
  • David Ankrah
    Management Accountant
  • Frances Oyebanji-Adio
    Financial Accountant
  • Iulian Rosca
    Finance Graduate Trainee



Central it

The central IT team are responsible for our IT systems, cyber-security, software, hardware and updates. The team support on digital projects and provide guidance on managing school IT budgets. 


  • Ed Avenell
    Federation IT Manager
  • Arran Greeno
    Technical Operations Manager



Insight & Analysis

The Insight & Analysis team are responsible for analysing and interpreting the data from the schools, such as attendance and results. They also offer project-related expertise and advice.  


  • Phil Bourne
    Director of Insight & Analysis
  • Steve Paine
    Senior Data Analyst




The communications team manage internal and external communications and public relations, including branding, digital media, marketing, partnerships and events.


  • Catherine Bartlett
    Director of Partnerships and Development
  • Leena Barrett
    Head of Communications and Engagement
  • Pascale Goddard
    Graduate Trainee Communications & Operations Assistant



Estates and Health & Safety 

The Estates team manage all capital projects and support facilities teams in each school with reactive, planned and preventative maintenance. The Assistant Director of Estates also leads the Health and Safety direction for our organisation.


  • Spencer Van Der Werf
    Assistant Director of Estates & Facilities
  • Gina Smith
    Capital Assets Project Manager



Human Resources

Julie Amory, our new Director of HR, recently joined the Central Services team. Our Human Resources team manage our HR policies and practices and provide support and guidance for People-related issues and developments.


  • Julie Amory
    Director of HR
  • Yasmin Affum
    Executive Assistant to the CEO





  • Marianne Newton
    Director of Operations


professional learning

Our Professional Learning Team manage the Trust's teacher training scheme, provide professional development courses and opportunities for our people as well as supporting schools with curriculum best practice.

  • Kafilat Agboola
    Director of Professional Learning
  • Molly Healy
    Communications, Operations and Project Assistant
  • Sian Evans
    English Consultant
  • Terry Baylis
    Science Consultant

School Improvement

Two Directors of School Improvement (primary and secondary) recently joined the Central Services team. Working with school teams, they are overseeing the delivery of the School Improvement Framework. 


  • Tom Howells
    Director of School Improvement (Secondary Phase)
  • Sarah Mitchell
    Director of School Improvement (Primary Phase)