Meet the Team
Paul Harris - Chief Executive Officer
Paul has spent all of his teaching career in the east end of London. He is currently the Executive Head Teacher of four schools, two of which he led to outstanding with Ofsted, as well as one nursery and children’s centre, all within the London Borough of Newham. Paul is passionate about ensuring that all children are given the very best life chances and has a proven track record of tackling key contextual issues to lead schools rapidly and sustainably to being outstanding in all categories.
Named Head Teacher of the Year in 2015, Paul is also a National Leader in Education (NLE) and school improvement advisor working with schools in challenging circumstances. Paul is a regular speaker at educational events, particularly after his involvement as a member of the DfE’s Rochford Review.
Karen Shirt - Executive Trust Officer
Karen joined Curwen Primary School in 2015 as a PA to Paul Harris. Over the last few years, her job has changed drastically in line with Paul’s own growing and developing role. Karen is also Company Secretary of the Trust.
Femi Otukoya - Finance Director
Femi is a fellow of the ACCA and has worked at a senior level across the Public Sector for about 15 years; most recently as a Deputy CFO in a CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) in the NHS, and also across Adults and Children’s Social Care. In this capacity she has had experience supporting the strategic leadership in ensuring financial strategy and stability across the organisation. She is also experienced in communicating financial information to a variety of non-finance audiences; and to the board; as well as internal and external statutory reporting. Femi has experience as a school governor over many years and she also supports a local charity as an non-executive board member.
Daniel Mansfield - Training Hub Director
As a Training Hub Director, Daniel manages, coordinates and leads on key training programmes which have been developed for staff across the trust and outside partnerships. He has worked in Newham for the last ten years as a teacher undertaking various roles throughout his career. Staff development is a key area that he now leads in order to equip staff with the knowledge and skills to carry out their roles effectively, providing children with an excellent education.
Daniel firmly believes that continual reflection, research and adaption of approach are key principles undertaken which allow the trust to develop new programmes of support and improve the quality of leadership, teaching, learning and staff development at all levels.
Eleanor Hulls - NQT Lead
Eleanor works as our NQT Lead across the Trust. She is responsible for planning, co-ordinating and delivering key aspects of training which has been developed through schools, using experienced staff and leaders from across the Trust. As well as delivering training, she supports NQTs through modelling lessons, team teaching and provides support at the planning stages. She has developed an award winning platinum NQT programme which has 100% success rate and continues to develop and adapt the programme according to the skills of our current NQTs. She loves her role and works collaboratively with leadership teams to ensure high quality provision. She believes in inspiring and motivating children to learn through lesson delivery and is passionate about ensuring children aspire to be their best. Eleanor believes that continual reflection and communication with NQTs is vital in ensuring NQT development is at its highest standard.
Paul Belcher - Competitions Lead and Sports Development
Paul has worked within Sports Development / School Sports for 15 years. Since 2012, as P.E subject leader at Curwen Primary School and before that as a School Sports Competition Manager in Havering and before that, Healthy Living and Sport Project Manager for West Ham and Plaistow NDC. Qualified to teach / coach a variety of sports, Paul is also a FA Level 3 (UEFA B) Licenced Coach, Academy Scout at a Premier League Club and was Essex FA Coach of the Year and Newham Community Sports Coach of the Year in 2010. Paul also manages the Newham Primary District Boys Football Team.