Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership

As a family of academies, one of our driving principles is unity. STEP First is a key part of our ‘STEP Compass’ which guides our strategy and actions by embedding the fact that we are all one team.

Some team members are based in our STEP Academies and others belong to a central infrastructure which supports our Trust. These are:

  • Members
  • Board of Trustees
  • Executive Team
  • Central Team

Executive Team

Central Team

Dinesh Seegobin

Head of ICT

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Mark Pinnock

Head of Premises and Estates

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Tom Scrace

Head of HR and Governance

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James Hooper

Head of Projects and Communication

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Suzanne Martin

Catering Manager

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Cheryl Gilbert

Company Secretary

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Board of Trustees


Janet Hilary

A headteacher in London for over twenty years and is a National Leader of Education. Both her schools were rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and received many local and national awards for excellence.  Her most recent school was designated a National Support School and provided school improvement training to more than a hundred schools across the UK. She has taken a key role in equipping the next generation of leaders to create excellent schools. Most recently, she has been raising school effectiveness in Iowa in the USA and is currently engaged in supporting primary school leaders in MATs across the south region. Janet was an expert member of the Keeble Review into Primary School Effectiveness in 2016.  Janet’s work is rooted in public service and she believes that school leadership is the best job in the world.

Danny Sullivan

 A former primary Headteacher in the 1980s and former Director of Education for the Diocese of Oxford. Chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission in England and Wales (succeeding Baroness Scotland in 2012). Until recently, he worked as a schools broker at the DfE covering the South East region.
Danny retired as a Hampshire magistrate in 2014, having sat in the family and criminal courts.
Danny was Chair of Trustees for four years and continues to provide valuable support and expertise to STEP Academy Trust as a Member.

Andrew Morley

A former Senior Civil Servant with experience across the Home Office and Ministry of Justice now advising Public Sector and Government clients internationally.

His last significant leadership role was as the very first chief executive to the London Criminal Justice Partnership from 2005 to 2011 where he designed and delivered the authoritative crime partnership arrangements for London, which in turn oversaw significant improvements in the timeliness and effectiveness of criminal justice. Prior to this, Andrew held Civil Service roles in policing, mental health, prisons and Immigration.
He has chaired two Governing Bodies for schools in Croydon and a track record of enabling school leadership teams to deliver rapid and sustained improvements in attainment. He currently chairs two social enterprises with a focus on justice and education, and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Criminal Policy Research at the University of London and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Nikki King OBE

Honorary Chairman and former Managing Director of Isuzu Truck UK.  Inspirational, charismatic, supportive, empowering, Nikki King is a legend in the male-dominated motor industry, where she has received numerous awards, including an OBE for services to the motor industry.
A part time secretary after raising her family, Nikki returned to work full time at the age of 40. In 1996 she set up Isuzu Truck UK and grew it into the multi million pound business it is today.
She pioneered flexible working at ITUK where over 50% of the senior management team is female. She has also won awards for customer care. After facilitating a buy out in 2013 of ITUK by Isuzu Motors Japan Nikki stepped down as MD and became its Honorary Chairman.
While Nikki continues to work with Isuzu Truck UK she is also Chairman of the Greenacres Academies Trust and is the only business leader in the UK to be appointed to one of the eight Head Teacher Boards, a Dept of Education Initiative.

The Board of Trustees is supported by:

STEP Company Secretary, Cheryl Gilbert

STEP Senior Clerk, Carol Fagan

Details of the constitution and membership of Strategic Governing Bodies are available on member Academy websites.