Team Details

The Trust central team is a small but experienced group of professionals. We have one thing in common: that is that we are all committed to supporting all our staff and students across the Nene Education Trust schools to achieve their potential.

Chief Executive Officer: Chris Hill

Chief Operating Officer: Dave McMillan

Director of Primary Education: Matt Coleman

Governance Manager: Emma Morehen

PA to CEO: Alison Woodward

Estates Manager: Rob Alexander

Finance Manager: Hannah Turvey

Finance Assistant: Jo Brooks

Executive Assistant: Alison Woodward

Full Biographies

Chris Hill - CEO

Chris has been CEO of the Trust since September 2018. He has worked in and led a range of schools and educational organisations. With a wealth of skill and knowledge, he has a successful track record in every role he has undertaken, most recently as Headteacher of high achieving junior school. Chris has also worked at a senior level in other multi academy trusts, working with groups of schools to gain significant improvements in school performance and outcomes for pupils.  A Local Leader of Education and an expert in Pupil Premium, Chris has undertaken extensive review work across both primary and secondary schools.

Chief Operating Officer: Dave McMillan

Dave is an experienced management accountant having carried out the role within the education sector and the Royal Air Force.  He is a motivated and driven individual, the outcomes for every student being at the heart of his role.  During his career Dave has driven efficiencies across organisations and successfully negotiated contracts and implemented new systems with a pragmatic approach with one eye on finance with the other on operational output.

Matt Coleman – Director of Primary Education and Executive Principal

Matt Coleman (BA Hons PGCE), is Executive Principal of Windmill and Stanwick Primary Schools and Director of Primary Education. It is Matt’s core belief that every child is deserving of the best possible start in life; both academically and socially. Matt is a local lad who happens to be in a positon of responsibility; he strives to empower others to be better versions of themselves in whatever they are doing. He loves the local community that we are a part of and can’t wait to see our schools advance as our offer to our stakeholders improves all the time.

Rob Alexander – Estates Manager

Rob studied Leisure Management at Southampton Institute of Higher Education after spending two years at Stamford College.  Having worked predominantly in sports-based organisations for the first 12 years of his career, namely School Travel Services, Haven and Leicester YMCA, he decided to specialise in facilities management.  Prior to his current role Rob worked for 15 years at Manor School Sports College and is now responsible for all aspects of facilities management across the Trust estate.

Jo Brooks – Finance Assistant

Having worked in busy finance office in the most over-subscribed and outstanding school in Cambridgeshire, the next logical step for Jo was to bring her knowledge and experience into the Trust. Jo provides invaluable support to the finance teams in the schools to encourage financial consistency and efficiency Trust-wide.

Hannah Turvey – Finance Manager

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.

Emma Morehen – Governance Manager

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.

Alison Woodward – Executive Assistant

Alison fulfils a very wide and flexible remit as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Executive Directors. She ensures they have the support for their varied and demanding leadership roles. Alison also leads on marketing and PR for the Trust. Alison has extensive public and private sector experience, having started as a civil service management trainee from 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 5 years ago. A jack of all trades….Alison will always bring a calm and sensible viewpoint to the myriad issues that arise on an average day in the Trust Office.