Our Staff

Gillian Kemp

Trust Leader

Gillian is responsible for assuring and safeguarding the standards of education across the Trust. Gillian was the Headteacher of Cyril Jackson Primary School (2004 – 2019) and she was also Interim Executive Headteacher of Ben Jonson Primary School (2013-15) steering the school through a...


Darren Kulesza-Smith

Director of Education – Operations

Darren began his career at Robert Clack School teaching all three sciences in 2005, specialising in physics. He completed his training through the GTP programme and has worked throughout his teaching career in comprehensive and inclusive schools for 11-19 year olds located in areas of East London...

Laura McPhee

Director of Education – Primary

Prior to becoming UST’s Director of Learning, Laura had several Headteacher roles working in London, often in challenging contexts, leading school improvement journeys. Her experience has taught her the importance of good governance and so she holds several board positions related to...

Matthew Glenn

Director of Education - Secondary

Matthew is a skilled education leader with over 25 years’ experience in the state sector and is passionate that all children should benefit from high quality learning experiences. A music graduate of Durham University, he worked as a Director Performing Arts and as an Advanced Skills Teacher...

Lynsey Jackson

Head of Human Resources

Lynsey joined UST in March 2022, but her passion for HR began more than 20 years ago when she started her career working for the Civil Service. During this time, she has expanded her expertise into Operations and Event Management as well. Amongst the many highlights, Lynsey was part of the...

School Leaders

Hodo Dirir

Headteacher, Cyril Jackson Primary School

Hodo is a dynamic and forward-thinking school leader with a passion for transformational education in Tower Hamlets. A proud alumna of SPWS, Hodo graduated from the University of Greenwich with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education and completed a Master’s degree in Education at London...

Caroline Toye

Headteacher, Royal Greenwich Trust School

Ms Toye joined the Royal Greenwich Trust School in September 2019. Ms Toye has extensive leadership experience acquired through various roles within the secondary sector including Education Consultant, Principal/Headteacher, Co-principal, Associate Principal, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant...

Nicholas John

Executive Headteacher, St Paul's Way School

Nicholas trained as a teacher in 1998, and worked in Norfolk as Head of English before moving to London in 2009, as Deputy Headteacher in the soon to be named St Paul’s Way Trust School. During this time, he worked to set up the sixth form provision, the science research centre, and the...

Siobhan Fehim

Head of School, St. Paul's Way School - Primary

A passionate and dedicated school leader, Siobhan graduated from Keele University and completed the Graduate Teacher Programme where she worked in two inner London schools before going on to teach in Hackney for 14 years. Within that time, she has taught across the primary phase, led on core areas...

Firdusi Uddin

Head of School, St. Paul's Way School - Secondary

Firdusi Uddin is motivated by the desire to provide an aspirational and inclusive educational experience for students, helping them to become considerate young people, as well as critical and creative thinkers who are driven to make a difference in the world. Firdusi graduated from the London...


Linda Farr

Financial Controller

At the age of 16 years old Linda began her career in finance, working for a building company in Swanley. It was here that she completed her AAT, an internationally recognised accounting and finance qualification. Her next move saw her join a company that introduced her to the world of management...

Nichola Murray

Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Nichola is a strategic thinker who is committed to making a difference. She has a track record of successfully building high performing teams, navigating high-energy situations and achieving goals on time and within budget. Cyril Jackson was the springboard for Nichola’s career, where she...

Deborah Atoyebi

Trust Business Manager

Deborah Atoyebi is UST’s Trust Business Manager. Having worked in the education sector for over 10 years in Tower Hamlets, she is passionate about supporting those who are working tirelessly to provide the best learning experience for young people. Part of that time was spent working at Cyril...


Raihana Patel

Operations Manager - Human Resources

Raihana joined UST in September 2021 as the HR Operations Manager and is now working with us in the capacity of HR Consultant, 1 day per week. Raihana holds a BSC in Human Resources Management and has worked within the Education Sector for over 17 years. Whilst having had experience of working in...

Sarah Cobb

HR Project Manager

Sarah began her teaching career at Cyril Jackson Primary School in 2005. Starting as an NQT, her passion for Early Years education over the next decade saw her lead that area of the school to the Ofsted Outstanding rating in 2015. In 2016 she joined the senior leadership team as CJ’s Deputy...

Lucy McCall

Recruitment Manager

Lucy joined UST in September 2023 as our Recruitment Manager. She was already well known to the HR team at the Trust after working closely with them in her previous role within a recruitment agency where she supported in supplying staff to schools across UST. Prior to joining the recruitment world,...

Trevor Jackson

Reporting and Systems Lead

Trevor has a deep-rooted passion for systems and development reporting. He is motivated by the desire to provide a streamlined customer service, whilst simultaneously supporting the HR and Payroll community. Trevor joined UST in August 2021 from Juniuper Ventures, where he was working with the...

Sharlene Plant

Payroll and Pension Services Manager

Sharlene is a part qualified accountant who first started working with UST in July 2021. Initially only intending to be with us for three months while helping to implement the new payroll system on iTrent, she quickly became indispensable and has now established herself as the UST Payroll and...


Philip Moss


Philip Moss is an experienced Education Adviser and Project Manager with a comprehensive knowledge and experience of strategic leadership, governance and operations in Academy Trusts. ?He has managed a diverse range of capital builds projects, project managed the set-up of Free Schools and the...

Darren Harris

Building Compliance Manager

Darren studied IT in Yorkshire for 2 years before making the move south to London in 2012, where he took up a position as a general handyman for an art gallery. He then started working at St Paul's Way School in 2014. His dedication and commitment to the school has seen him take up the role of...

Thomas Farr

Finance & Management Information Administrator

Thomas graduated from King’s College with a First in BSc (Hons) Maths in August 2021. He was drawn to working in education because of a passion for supporting children to access the same academic options as him. He is enjoying the dynamic nature of his role, predominantly based in the estates...

Marketing, Fundraising & Partnerships

Chris Bloor

External Affairs and Communications Lead

Chris joined UST in November 2021. He started his career working in the third sector for The Prince’s Trust, supporting its efforts to get young people into education, training and employment. After a number of years working for charities, Chris combined his passions for communications and...

Data, Compliance & Governance

Joyce Siaw

Data Controller

Joyce joined UST in March 2022 and has quickly become an invaluable member of the team, supporting good data practice at both Trust level and in our schools. She has a long record of excelling in school data management and analysis. She started at St Bonaventure’s Secondary School & Sixth...

Louise Manthorpe

Compliance Consultant

Louise brings over 20 years’ worth of experience working for Local Authorities across the country with Childrens, Schools and Families Services. She began working for Norfolk County Council in 2001, working for the Peripatetic Team Administration which covered all Children Services offices...


UST is fortunate to receive IT support from industry leaders, TQS.

Tom Forester

IT, Managing Director

Tom has the overall lead on the strategic IT planning for UST. He has been employed by TQS for fourteen years and has worked on all of the company’s larger projects over this period. He has a wealth of technical knowledge in both the education and private sector. Tom’s technical...

Nigel McDonald

Education Manager

Nigel came to TQS after 15 years as an onsite technician in a primary school. As Education manager for TQS his role is to lead the teams that provide first and second line support for all the UST Schools. This includes day-to-day liaison with SLT and all staff at the schools as well as project...