Our Trustees

Our Trustees are critical to the running of our trust, they bring a vast breadth of expertise from a range of areas.

At the forefront of their thoughts and decisions is the students that we serve. Below is an opportunity to learn more about them and their backgrounds.

Mrs Joanna Wilkinson (Chair of Trustees)

Joanna commenced chairing the Success For All Educational Trust (SFAET) in November 2017 having supported Redden Court school since 2015 to transition from a single school to a lead school within a new multi academy trust.

Joanna has a background in business , regulation , finance and education. For the last 18 years she established a successful early years group of children's day nurseries and remains the managing Director of New Beginnings Nurseries Ltd. She has a passion for supporting children and young people to achieve their potential in learning environments that support their emotional wellbeing as well as their academic development.

Mr Neil Yeomans (Vice Chair of Trustees)

Neil has recently retired having spent over 30 years working in audit and accounting for one of the largest global professional services firms and was a partner for the last 20 years.

He has travelled extensively and worked in Australia for 2 years and Poland for 3 years. Neil is a qualified Chartered Accountant and as well as having skills in financial management and control, he has experience in project management, risk management and governance.

Neil has a number of other voluntary roles, including being a school and college governor, trustee of a number of charities focused on providing assistance to the vulnerable and isolated and non-executive director of a couple of businesses with a similar focus. He also acts as a mentor to university students and business start-up young entrepreneurs. As well as being a trustee of SFAET, Neil is chair of the Local Governing Body for Sanders School.

Mrs Joanne Hatfield

Joanne is the HR Director for a Multi Academy Trust and a Chartered Member of the CIPD with 25 plus years’ post qualification experience gained within varying medium and large Local Authorities across London and South East. She has extensive experience as a HR/OD generalist and specialist on both a strategic and operational front. She is also able to effectively integrate workforce strategy within organisational culture to follow through on business direction changes to support the transformation of services delivered. Her HR career for the last 15 years has been targeted to support Education and Children’s Services as it is fundamental for that every child should have access to excellent education and have the opportunity to flourish as individuals and our leaders of tomorrow. Joanne's ability to influence and support that through the recruitment and development of teachers and support staff in schools is key.

Mr Paul Adams

Paul is a Senior Team leader within a Barrister’s Chambers. He has worked in the domestic and international legal sector for over 20 years, gaining experience in all areas of the legal environment, including education. His current role requires him to contribute to the running of a successful Business in a plethora of ways, including forecasting budgets, Marketing initiatives and development of business relationships. Paul was a key figure in implementing mentoring systems for trainee barristers and junior clerks within the Chambers. He has recently completed his 2nd management diploma and believes in a life learning philosophy. Paul is also a volunteer on a fundraising committee for a Children’s brain injury Charity.

Mr Ian Seymour

Ian has worked in the financial departments of several major foreign banks, focusing on regulatory balance-sheet and P&L data for over 30 years. During which he has worked in Frankfurt, Singapore and Manila on system implementations and transformation projects. He has worked alongside a number of charities including Help a London Child, Rays of Sunshine and Cure Leukaemia as a charity ambassador and fundraiser. Ian has helped mentor interns and graduates into full time employment. Away from work, Ian is a keen golfer and sits on the Board of Directors at Romford Golf Club.

Mrs Emma Rawlings

Emma was previously an early years teacher and SENCO at a large urban primary school in Southend on Sea. When she qualified as an educational psychologist (EP) 19 years ago she worked for Essex local authority where she took a keen interest in early years, special education, learning difficulties and autism. Emma has been working as an EP for a group of schools in South East Essex as part of an Extended Services team for the past 9 years and in 2015 she set up her own company providing EP services to schools and academy trusts throughout the south east. She provides consultations, assessment and intervention advice for children and young people with a range of additional needs. She also supports schools and academy trusts to review and develop their SEND provision more generally.

Emma completed her doctorate in 2013 specialising in clinical supervision, she now provides supervision for other EPs and Headteachers as well as facilitating a number of supervision groups for special needs co-ordinators, teachers and learning support assistants.

Emma was previously a governor at a primary school for 10 years, she chaired the curriculum committee and acted as the lead governor for SEND and safeguarding.

Mr Andrew Grounds

Andrew has worked in the education sector for over 15 years including state and independent senior schools starting his career in Barking. His roles have included Head of Year, Head of Middle School as well as his current role as Housemaster at St Edward’s, a leading independent boarding school in Oxford. Alongside these roles, Andrew completed his MSc in Learning and Teaching at Oxford University focussing on the role of homework in education and he has also been part of academic initiatives including the development of alternatives to GCSEs, the growth in the International Baccalaureate, and the development of a new Mathematics curriculum at primary age. Andrew grew up and attended schools in the Havering area and is a keen sportsman playing rugby for Oxford University as well as coaching for Wasps at youth level.

Ms Natasha Howard

Natasha is Knowledge and Library Services Manager and Joint Chair of the Ethnic Minority Network at NELFT NHS Trust. Prior to NELFT she worked for a start-up in the City and at a healthcare charity. In her current role she has developed outreach services and resources to meet the information needs of a growing organisation that comprises over 6000 people based at 200 sites as well as initiating income generating external contracts. Natasha is passionate about health inequalities and health and digital literacy. Natasha was a joint winner of the CILIP K&IM and UKeIG Information Manager of the Year Award 2020.

Mr Mayank Sharma

Mayank Sharma is a Supply Chain Leader at Amazon with expertise in driving transformations, across the globe, through strategy development, implementation of digital solutions and delivering improved processes and decision-making across planning, procurement, logistics, fulfilment and sustainability. Over the last 14 years, Mayank has worked across Consulting (large global professional services firms), Operations and Technology giving him a well-rounded approach to identifying business transformation requirements and re-inventing operating models through outcome-driven programmes. Mayank grew up and attended schools in Asia and the Middle East and has a BEng degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Masters in Supply Chain from Warwick. He is passionate about digital literacy, inclusion and equal opportunities for children from all backgrounds. Mayank works with local charities through work to act as mentor to young students at schools and Universities across the UK.

Ms Deborah Smart

Deborah is Director of Grants at Social Investment Business, one of the UK's leading and longest-established social investors. In this role she develops and oversees support and funding programmes aimed at helping charities and social enterprises build their capabilities and capacity so that they in turn can better support their communities. She has extensive experience of managing public funds, having run funding programmes for multiple government departments as well as private Foundations. In addition to this, Deborah is a non-executive Director of The Clore Social Leadership Programme and is a trustee of Radio Forest Hospital Radio in Epping.

Mrs Sabrina Jones


Sabrina Jones is a self-motivated person who believes that children are the future, therefore the personal and educational development of children is important.


Sabrina has a first-class psychology degree and over eight years’ experience working with young people in education. This includes a track record of continually improving self-esteem, academic grades, confidence and behaviour amongst young people in various educational settings. This is also enhanced by over three years’ experience successfully creating and implementing personal development workshops for teenagers.


Currently, Sabrina is the CEO and founder of a not-for-profit called Say It With Your Chest that focuses on empowering young people to be the best version of themselves. In 2019, Sabrina was awarded a leadership award for her work with Say It With Your Chest.


Sabrina is also a private tutor. In this role she inspires, motivates and empowers the students that she works with. Outside of work, in Sabrina’s spare time she sits on the advisory board for a national children’s charity. Additionally, Sabrina is a volunteer for a small charity where her time is spent helping disadvantaged children with their self-esteem and resilience in a countryside based respite residential.