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...

Richard Dearing

Director of Finance & Operations

Richard trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross (now Deloittes), who are one of the Big Four accountancy firms in 1992. After leaving Touche Ross, Richard worked in a number of accountancy practices, ranging in size from sole practitioners to medium sized practices, gaining...

Elena Di Diego Hamilton

Director of Human Resources

Darren Kulesza-Smith

Director of Data and Compliance

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...

Lorraine Flanagan

Director of Education - Primary

Lorraine began her teaching career in 1998 in the London Borough of Newham before moving to the London Borough of Enfield in 1999. Inspired by leaders who are rooted in the belief that strong foundations for learning are created in the Primary Years, Lorraine has worked throughout her career to...

Matthew Glenn

Director of Education - Secondary

Saumi Dharmasena

Finance Controller

Saumi joined the University Schools Trust in February 2020. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant via the Local Government Graduate Finance Programme, undertaking her initial training within the housing sector. Further roles within the sector followed, focussing on affordable housing, funding and...

Kurt Ringmo

Operations Manager - Facilities, Estates and IT

Kurt began his career in the hospitality sector, after graduating with a BA in Hotel Management from London South Bank University in 1997. He spent the subsequent decade running bars, nightclubs and catering outlets in London and the south-east. In 2007 Kurt changed his career path, when he secured...

Raihana Patel

Operations Manager - Human Resources

Chris Bloor

Marketing & Communications Manager

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...

Hodo Dirir

Headteacher, Cyril Jackson Primary School

Caroline Longhurst

Headteacher, Royal Greenwhich Trust School

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

Phil Akerman

Executive Headteacher, St Paul's Way Trust School

Phil began his teaching career as chemistry specialist at Robert Clack School in 2003. He was promoted to Head of Science in 2005 and through a strong focus on staff development, creative teaching methods and quality enrichment, the science department excelled and quickly gained a reputation for...

Siobhan Fehim

Headteacher, St. Paul's Way Trust School - Primary

After graduating from Keele University, Siobhan completed the Graduate Teacher Programme where she worked in two inner London Primary Schools before going on to teach in Hackney for 14 years. Within that time, Siobhan has taught across the primary phase, led on core areas of the curriculum, was a...

Firdusi Uddin

Associate Headteacher, St. Paul's Way Trust School - Secondary

Firdusi Uddin graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Firdusi is an RE specialist by training and has been a Head of Faculty and led on the quality of teaching...