Meet The Team

Attigo Academy Trust is made up of a collaboration of professionals and experts who set, deliver and are accountable for,  the vision and strategy.
In addition, each academy also has a Local Governing Board (LGB) who play a crucial role in helping their academies and pupils thrive.

Catherine Lane MA, NPQH

Chief Executive Officer

Catherine has served as Headteacher of two schools in the Trust, Keys Meadow and Houndsfield. She was appointed as Deputy Headteacher at Keys Meadow before it opened in September 2003 and played a key role in establishing the school prior to being appointed Headteacher, initially in a job share and then in a full time capacity.

The school was commended by Nick Gibb, Schools Minister, as one of the 100 most improved schools in the country. She was appointed Headteacher of Houndsfield Primary School in the Summer term 2019. She took a lead role in school improvement and Academy conversion.

Prior to working at Keys Meadow Catherine worked at Equinox Converged Solutions, the network provider for London Grid for Learning, as their Education Relationship Manager for two years. This provided valuable business experience. She also has experience of teaching and leadership in Hertfordshire and Barnet. She was appointed CEO of the Trust in the Autumn term 2022.


Helen Thomas BEd, NPQH


Helen has been at Alma Primary School since September 2012. The school was categorised as Requires Improvement until March 2015 when it was graded Good with an Outstanding Early Years. Helen raised standards, developed leadership and management and built capacity within the school.

Prior to working at Alma, Helen worked in a Newham school where as Deputy, with responsibility for Literacy, safeguarding, curriculum development and CPD, she supported the school in moving from serious weakness to Outstanding – achieving Literacy results which placed the school in the top 100 schools in the country. Helen has had experience of working in partnership with a number of schools to improve standards and has recently been asked to be a Leader of Learning by the Local Authority’s school improvement service and has experience of school reviews. Helen is a member and Chair of the School’s Forum a statutory advisory body for finance.

Frances Ward BA (Hons) PGCE


Frances is currently Headteacher at Worcesters. She has 25 years’ experience of working in schools across Enfield. She has been a senior leader for more than 20 years as Head of Early Years and Head of Key Stage 1. She was part of the Senior Leadership team during the last Ofsted inspection and, under her leadership, Early Years was judged to be outstanding.

Frances specialises in the acquisition of reading skills, she has trained as a reading recovery teacher. In addition, she is an accredited trainer of Inference Training, providing training and support for schools within the local authority.

She is interested in promoting the healthy active lifestyles of pupils and obtained the Healthy Schools Gold award for Worcesters through her work with pupils on promoting healthy eating choices at lunch time. Worcesters was the first school in Enfield to obtain Healthy Schools Gold award and Frances has supported other local schools in applying for this award


Alison Martin BSc (Hons) PGCE

Headteacher for School Improvement

Alison has significant experience of school improvement and working with school in challenging circumstances. She has worked for 2 local authorities supporting schools causing concern and as a literacy advisor. She joined Worcesters in 2011 as deputy head teacher when the school was in a category of Notice to Improve. Worcesters was graded as outstanding two years later. Alison was seconded by the Local Authority to be Head of a School that had received 3 required improvement judgements from Ofsted. Under Alison’s leadership the school moved to good. Alison also carries out Ofsted inspections.

Mandy Lawrence BA, NPQH


Mandy has been teaching for 20 years. In this time she has held various leadership positions in schools, leading many subjects and teams across the primary age ranges. She worked with the Local Authority Physical Education Team early on in her career, and led training for teachers in many Enfield schools. Mandy became Headteacher of Keys Meadow Primary School in June 2019 and before that was Deputy Headteacher for 5 years. In 2015 Mandy supported the school to secure an Ofsted grading of good with outstanding Early Years following a judgement of Requires Improvement in 2013.
Mandy has been a Local Authority Moderator for a number of years in Enfield, supporting a large number of teachers across the borough while ensuring judgements of standards are secure at Keys Meadow and across the Trust.

Robert Jenkin, BA, NPQH


Robert has worked in education in Enfield for over 10 years. As a music graduate, he has a particular interest in music in the primary curriculum and has worked to ensure children get access to musical opportunities such as singing at the O2 and visiting classical music concerts in the Barbican. As an English leader, he worked with Enfield to implement the MIDAS reading programme which included delivering training and coaching to staff across Enfield. He has a strong interest in the planning of the curriculum and ensuring it matches the context of the school.

Previously, Robert has been a governor at a number of schools in Enfield, helping to ensure strong governance was in place. Prior to joining Houndsfield, Robert was a senior leader at Worcesters Primary School. Robert joined Houndsfield Primary School on secondment in January 2019 and was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in September 2019.

Linda-May Bingham

Headteacher for the Britannia Education Trust

Linda-May has worked in education in the East End of London for 19 years. She has been Headteacher at Britannia Village Primary School in Newham since January 2005. Under Linda-May’s leadership standards increased dramatically and by May 2007 the school was judged outstanding by Ofsted (and again in 2013) and has had Key Stage 2 SATs results listed in the top 200 schools nationally.

Linda-May was a member of the Royal Society’s Vision for Science and Mathematics Education 5-19 project committee and has also been recognised as one of five headteachers who won the London Education Partnership Awards for ‘Creative Journeys’.

Andrzej Czyrka

Head of IT and Data

During the past 10 years, Andrzej has worked for primary and secondary schools and has been a member of the School Improvement Service at the London Borough of Enfield. He is a qualified physics teacher with extensive experience in IT support for schools and their performance data analysis. Andrzej has highly developed skills in problem identification and the implementation of effective solutions. Andrzej took on the role of governor in a school in challenging circumstances as he was keen to support the school in building its academic excellence and providing the best possible learning environment for pupils that attend. He takes responsibility for Pupil Premium and Computing.

Dalwardin Babu OBE

Grievance Management Advisor, MET Police

After 30 years’ service in the Metropolitan Police working across the UK’s most diverse communities, Dalwardin was awarded the OBE for services to Police and Communities; the London High Sheriff Award and the London Peace Award for Community Engagements.

Since leaving the police, Dalwardin has focused his time and energy on the next generation and community empowerment. He is a Trustee of ‘The Comedy School’, a charity that educates young people about the issues of anti-social behaviour; Chair of Age UK Harrow, trustee of House of Illustration and Artichoke. He supports the work of Pedal Power, which works with people with learning disabilities and is a Grievance Assessor for the Metropolitan Police.

Pat Wood (Chair of Trustees)

Ex Headteacher and National leader of Education

Pat has over 40 years’ experience in the teaching profession across schools in London. She is currently a Pupil Premium Reviewer and Trainer and an Ambassador and Assessor for the Inclusion Quality Mark.

Whilst being a National Leader of Education, Pat had a proven record of supporting RI schools and securing improvement, including Ofsted grades. As a Headteacher she moved her last school, from good to outstanding in all aspects. Her school was also a Teaching School, National Support School, Flagship School for the Inclusion Quality Mark and a Hub School for the International Values Education Trust’s Quality Mark.

Jo Fear

Retired Head of Admissions and Attendance

Jo has recently retired after working for the Local Education Authority for over 40 years.  Jo was initially in Schools’ HR before moving within the Department to take on responsibility for the implementation of 1981 Education Act in relation to children and young people with SEN.  She then assumed responsibility for the admission of children to all mainstream and special schools in Enfield and became the Head of Admissions and Attendance.  Throughout her career, Jo has been committed to ensuring that children and young people are at the centre of the services offered.

Deborah Dykins

Deputy Headteacher

Deborah is a recently retired Deputy Headteacher of a large federated Infant and Junior School in Enfield, where she was also the Head of School for the Juniors. Deborah taught for a number of years in Haringey and Enfield schools, across the Primary age range (Reception to Year 6). Throughout her career she has held posts of responsibility for a range of subjects and SEND. Deborah has considerable experience in school improvements both as a school leader and governor. She was initially a Parent governor before becoming a Staff governor – posts she held for twelve years. In 2012 she became the Local Authority Governor for Alma Primary School and was elected Chair of Governors in 2013. Deborah successfully led the governing body through the school’s last Ofsted which resulted in a ‘Good’ overall judgement.

Laura Reynolds

Qualified Solicitor

Laura was a co-opted governor at Worcesters Primary School and was the literacy link governor and health and safety governor. She is also a parent of two pupils at the school. Laura was an active governor who made regular visits to the school and who participated fully in governor meetings.

Laura brings legal skills to the board of trustees as she is a qualified solicitor, specialising in financial services regulatory law. During her career Laura worked at an international city firm (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP) from August 2005 to June 2015 and spent time seconded to the group legal department of Lloyds Banking Group.

Paul Blosse

Head of London Operations for Investec

Paul is currently Head of London Operations for Investec. He was previously Executive Director for the Bank of Tokyo. He has over 28 years’ experience in the world of Finance taking responsibility for Derivative, Treasury Services, Liquidity Management, Euro Clearing, Finance Accounts and Human Resources. He is the Company Secretary for Prima Montessori Ltd in Rochester which he has held for the past 19 years. This is a successful family run business. He brings a wealth of experience in Financial matters and is also an active member of the parish council where he lives.

Anne Del Greco

Retired Headteacher

Anne has 25 years’ experience in the teaching profession and has taught in two local schools. She has recently retired from her role as headteacher of Oakthorpe Primary School and joint head of Connect Teaching School Alliance. Under Anne’s leadership, Oakthorpe became highly regarded as a Flagship School for Inclusion and for its Initial Teacher Training provision; and in 2015 the school was in the top 1% of schools nationally for progress.
She continues to be involved in education through her role as a Pupil Premium Champion for London and Pupil Premium Reviewer. She also works with the Enfield School Improvement Service and is a school governor.

Bruce Goddard

Retired Head teacher

Bruce is a recently retired headteacher of an outstanding secondary school. During his headship, he was a National Leader of Education. Since 2015, he has carried out inspections for 0FSTED.
He has had extensive experience of working alongside other schools supporting and challenging them which has resulted in improved outcomes.

Pat Wood (Chair of Trustees)

Ex Headteacher and National leader of Education

Pat has over 40 years’ experience in the teaching profession across schools in London. She is currently a Pupil Premium Reviewer and Trainer and an Ambassador and Assessor for the Inclusion Quality Mark.

Whilst being a National Leader of Education, Pat had a proven record of supporting RI schools and securing improvement, including Ofsted grades. As a Headteacher she moved her last school, from good to outstanding in all aspects. Her school was also a Teaching School, National Support School, Flagship School for the Inclusion Quality Mark and a Hub School for the International Values Education Trust’s Quality Mark.

Charles Taylor

Partner- Aldbury International

Charles is currently a partner at an operational resilience consultants and is a highly accomplished board level senior business leader with vast experience working within financial markets across businesses of all sizes. He has secure knowledge of trading, trading technology and market structure through his years of experience with companies such as Redbourn Partners LLP and Commerzbank. His understanding of operational resilience and risk management is a great support to the board.

Jesal Mistry

Head of DC Investment -Legal and General

Jesal has a strong financial background and is responsible for the investment strategy and proposition for a number of corporate pension arrangements. His role means regularly engaging with a number of key stakeholders both internally and externally.  In previous roles Jesal has had experience of working with professional trustee bodies and understands their operation and responsibility.  He has been vice chair of an Enfield school governing body for 3 years and has supported the schools leadership and management team.  His experience shows an understanding of education and finance and is an asset to the board.