The Trust Central Team

The Trust Central Team


The Trust central team is an experienced group of professionals covering both educational and non-educational aspects. We have one thing in common: that is that we are all committed to working as one team to support all our staff and students across the Nene Education Trust schools to achieve their potential.

Chief Executive Officer: Chris Hill

Chief Operating Officer: David Harrison

Chief Finance Officer: David Harrison

Director of School Improvement: Matt Coleman

Director of Professional Learning: Anne Ansell

Head of HR: TBC 

Assistant Head of HR; David Wright

Head of Finance:  Hannah Turvey

Head of Facilities: Lindsay Harris

Governance Manager and Executive Assistant: Alison Woodward

Clerk to the Trust Board: Emma Morehen


Full Biographies

Chris Hill - Chief Executive Officer

Chris has been CEO of the Nene Education Trust since September 2018 and is extremely proud of the achievements that have been made in a very short space of time. Under Chris' leadership the Trust has grown to 8 schools, which has enabled significant investment into the schools’ facilities as well as growing the capacity of the school improvement and operational teams.

Chris has led and worked in a range of schools and educational organisations. With a wealth of skills and knowledge, he has a successful track record in every role he has undertaken. Chris has also occupied senior positions in other multi academy trusts, working with groups of schools to achieve significant improvements in school performance and outcomes for pupils. 

Previously a Local Leader of Education and an expert in Pupil Premium, Chris has undertaken extensive review projects across both primary and secondary schools. He is currently studying for his Masters in Education Management for the benefit of the development of the Trust.

David Harrison - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Finance Officer

David is responsible for all operational matters across the Trust. He has wide ranging experience in both business and education. He has led a number of businesses for the last 40 years and has a passion to see young people prepared for the 21st century workplace. He served as Operations Director of a systems-leading Multi Academy Trust. David has extensive experience of chairing primary and secondary Academy Trusts, and seeking potential merger and rebrokerage opportunities.

David is the current Vice-Chair of a Faith based National  Multi Academy Trust and previously served as Chair of Governors in a secondary school that progressed from Special Measures to Outstanding. He is keen to see young people provided with the best academic cultural and sporting opportunities as a right and not a privilege.

Matt Coleman – Director of School Improvement

Matt Coleman (NPQEL, BA Hons PGCE), is Director of School Improvement for the Nene Education Trust. A highly influential and well-respected (both locally and on a wider scale) leader within education, with a proven track record of helping to improve schools and impacting positively on outcomes for all children.

Experienced in working with a range of colleagues, setting up coaching and mentoring cycles for teachers and leaders in schools and also working closely with other school leaders to improve their impact on outcomes, Matt possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain mutually beneficial internal and external relationships.   He enjoys being part of, as well as leading, managing, motivating and training, a successful and productive team of professionals, and thrives in highly pressured and challenging working environments.

Matt has a keen desire to affect change within education, both formal education (schools) and other forms of education (sports coaching e.g.) and is also Chair of community interest company Spautism (Sport Autism), which aims to provide a platform that will improve the quality of the experience for autistic people (be they competing, spectating or working) by sharing their stories and celebrating the positive impact of sport. Change is needed. Now.

Always busy, Matt is also a board member for the National Institute of Teaching and Education and a founding member of the NSBA (Northamptonshire School & Business Alliance).

Anne Ansell - Director of Professional Learning

Anne Ansell (NPQEL, BEd Hons) is a well-respected and trusted school leader who was a head teacher for 16 years, part of the 26 years she has spent in education in Northamptonshire schools. Now she is the Director of Professional Learning for the Nene Education Trust, developing learning communities for staff to thrive in and impact positively on pupil outcomes.

As an NLE, Anne led a teaching school for 4 years, this gave her the privileged opportunity to work closely across a number of schools supporting leaders and sharing practice. She has also worked in close partnership with the other teaching schools across the county. She now leads the 5 Wells Development Centre, where they offer development and learning communities for schools across the Trust and beyond, this has become the professional learning arm of the Nene Education Trust.

Anne has been a mentor to a number of new and existing heads and the feedback from them has always been positive. She is always willing to share practice and enjoys school collaboration. She has a strong reputation for growing leaders and developing staff and governance. She has led on 3 outstanding Ofsted’s and project managed the growth of a school form 2 to 3 form entry, as well as leading on the amalgamation of 2 schools.

TBC - Head of HR

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David Wright – Assistant Head of HR

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Hannah Turvey – Head of Finance

As the Trust Finance Manager, Hannah supports the finance staff at the schools with queries and reporting. Having previously worked in a large Trust and finance team, this has given Hannah the knowledge and understanding to be able to improve the efficiencies of the finance operations within our growing Trust.

Lindsay Harris - Head of Facilities

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Alison Woodward – Governance Manager and Executive Assistant

Alison fulfils a very wide and flexible remit as Executive Assistant to the CEO, as well as being the Trust Governance Manager, supporting the CEO in managing governance compliance in the Trust, working with the clerk to the Trust Board and Local Advisory Boards.

Alison has extensive public and private sector experience, having started as a civil service management trainee after university and working in various government departments in policy and operations management roles for over 16 years. After that she worked as an office manager for two law firms before moving into education, having now had central team roles in two multi academy trusts.

Emma Morehen – Clerk to the Trust Board

Emma is a highly skilled administrator; with knowledge and skills gained in both commercial and legal settings.  She started her career with the Manor Learning Trust in 2008 and was appointed to the role of Operations Manager in 2010. In addition, Emma is a qualified Clerk and a Member of the Institute of Local Council Managers, having served within Local Government for 10 years.  Emma has been Clerk to the Trust Board since 2015 and the Trust benefits from her extensive experience and knowledge in the clerking sector.