Chair of Trust
Zoe has spent her fifteen year plus career working at the intersection between education and business, most of which has been at Pearson Education. Having started out in academic publishing she moved into Higher Education where she is currently Director of New Products for Pearson's major markets outside of North America. She brings strength in leadership and people development, innovation, practical implementation of strategy and evidence based decision making to the Board alongside a passion for the power of diverse teams. She lives in Saffron Walden with her partner and two primary school age daughters.
Vice Chair Board of Trustees
Mr Beebe brings financial expertise to the Trust, with a good understanding for business finance gained through working as a Corporate Director of a major bank. He has been a Governor at Sir Harry Smith Community College for 12 years and during that time Chaired the Finance Committee, was vice chair and Chair of the Governing Body and has been a member of Sir Harry Smith Academy Trust board, prior to the creation of the Aspire Learning Trust.
Board of Trustees/Chief Executive Officer
Duncan trained as a secondary teacher and spent the first part of his career working as a P.E and maths teacher before becoming head of department in a Secondary school in Essex. He then transferred to Primary schools and during 17 years as a primary headteacher Duncan led two very different schools to outstanding Ofsted judgements. Leading an average-sized village primary and a larger school in London have helped him develop the skills and experience needed to provide high quality support to schools within the Trust. He is a qualified lead inspector and received his Doctorate in 2003 for developing training programmes to support excellent performance in experienced teachers. Following his time as a headteacher Duncan has been a Director of Education and CEO in a Multi-Academy Trust.
Board of Trustees
Harriet Tierney has been a secondary school English teacher for more than 10 years. She has a good working knowledge of the issues facing schools and its staff on a day to day basis. This is her first position on a Board of Trustees. She lives in the Huntingdonshire area with her two young children.
Board of Trustees
Jo has spent 20 years working in Technology Development in the Geospatial (map) industry. She has developed her career from performing an administrative role at 19yrs old to a member of the Executive Committee at Ordnance Survey. She has recently changed industries and is currently Director of Solutions Engineering at RS Components. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and believes all people (but especially children) should be supported to flourish in whatever field they can. She brings strength in leadership, strategic execution and challenge to the status quo. She lives in Earith with her husband, young daughter and two dogs.