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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Paul Harris

Premises and Estates Manager

Diana Agyepong

Business Service Manager

Suzanne Martin

Head of Catering Services

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Cheryl Gilbert

Executive Secretary

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Blake Eardley

Works Programme and Quality Manager

Board of Trustees


Isabelle Dennigan

Isabelle Dennigan is an accomplished professional with a proven track record of managing strategic projects and has extensive experience in managing people in a Customer Services and controlled environment, including the past 17 years in Investment Banking Operations.

Isabelle joined the finance industry in 1997. Since then, she has held a number of positions in Operations at different banks. In her current role, she oversees European Operations where she is responsible for 170 staff. Her mandate is to ensure that the European operations strategy is aligned to business strategy.

Isabelle Dennigan was a Trustee from 2014 and was and Chair of Trustees until 29 September 2019.

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.

Janet Hilary

Janet Hilary has been 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.

Rama Venchard

Rama Venchard runs his own consultancy company specialising in project management with expertise in IT Service Management, Service Improvement and Business Process Change.  Since 2005, he has worked with schools and Trusts to facilitate the set-up of Academies, University Technical Colleges, Studio School and Free Schools.  He has been a Trustee on two Multi Academy Trust boards and assisted in the set-up of several Multi Academy Trusts and their boards.    Rama currently works with multiple Trusts leading on their Academy conversions, re-brokerages, mergers and Free Schools projects.  Rama brings a wealth of knowledge from over twenty years in the retail, hospitality and banking sectors and over ten years working in the Academies sector.  He enjoys good food, good music and good company.

Rama has been Chair of Trustees since 30 September 2019.


The Board of Trustees is supported by:

Board Clerk - Philippa Jackson

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