About Us

Meet Our Executive Leadership Team

Sian Hampton – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Sian is our Chief Executive and has over 30 years’ experience working in schools in the East Midlands region. She has been active in school leadership for over 20 years and is a designated National Leader of Education.

Sian has overseen the development of the Trust from one school to 11 including opening a brand new primary and a secondary free school, and a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) facility. In less than three years, the first sponsored school in the Multi-Academy Trust moved from Special Measures to Good and there are plans for continued growth.

Sian is passionate about inclusive education that transforms the life chances of young people. Sian cares about the civic responsibility that every school and Trust has to serve children, parents and the communities in which we work.

Stuart Anderson – Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO)

Stuart has worked in a number of senior roles prior to becoming DCEO, including Principal, Executive Headteacher and Regional Director. He is responsible for a number of schools and the strategic leadership of standards and delivering our vision.

Stuart’s highly successful career has spanned over 20 years and given him an invaluable understanding of school leadership. He led Bluecoat Wollaton to secure an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade in its first inspection, become ‘World Class’ and become recognised as ‘Excellent’ in its SIAMS Church Inspection. He has since supported other schools to secure improvements. Stuart also has significant expertise in school inspection at both primary and secondary phases, leading inspections on behalf of Ofsted. He is especially interested in the development of school culture and curriculum.

Kirsty Woolls – Chief People Officer (CPO)

Kirsty joined our Trust in January 2022 and previously worked as HR Director in a large Multi-Academy Trust with 21 schools located across 10 local authorities.

Kirsty has worked in Human Resources in the Education sector for over 20 years.  She holds a CIPD L7 Postgraduate qualification in Human Resource Management and brings to our Trust a wealth of experience in implementing people related strategies, change management projects, employment legislation, recruitment and retention and many other areas of HR practice and expertise.

In her role as Chief People Officer, Kirsty is committed to prioritising staff wellbeing and the effective and efficient operation of all of our HR strategies and policies, with the support of the HR team.

She leads our reporting to Trustees in relation to our people strategies as well as ensuring effective industrial relations across our Trust.

Nathan Jeremiah – Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Nathan has been with the Trust since 2012, having started his career in IT. He is responsible for leading Archway’s operational teams including IT, Estates, Health & Safety, Cleaning, Catering, PFI, Capital Development and Major Projects teams.

He plays a key role in growing the Trust, ensuring that with every step of our development our operational services meet the needs of our academies and students.

Nathan works with the DfE through the School Resource Management Adviser (SRMA) programme, leading the entire accreditation process for all SRMAs nationally. Nathan also works with a range of Trusts to support their development, growth and efficiency.

He is a Trustee at Community Inclusive Trust based in Lincolnshire as well as a Trustee of his local Scout Association in his hometown of Melton Mowbray.

Michelle Walshe – Chief Corporate Services Officer (CCSO)

Michelle is our Chief Corporate Services Officer, driving governance excellence and overseeing compliance, marketing and communications, core administration services and serving as the Trust’s Data Protection Officer. With over 20 years in education, Michelle has previously led a wide range of areas including admissions and appeals activity across the Trust, as well as delivering process efficiencies and people management of large teams. Michelle’s unwavering commitment lies in delivering an unparalleled service to students, parents, and the communities served by our Trust, upholding the highest standards of performance, ensuring both ethical conduct and impactful outcomes. She passionately believes that every initiative she undertakes should be designed and executed to empower our academy leaders, allowing them to focus on achieving educational excellence and fostering the wellbeing of our children.

Stuart Bird – Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Stuart is accountable for all things financial at Archway, with responsibilities ranging from supplier management to driving our efficiency plans and ensuring we invest effectively in the priority areas agreed in our delivery plan. Prior to joining Archway in 2022, Stuart spent the previous ten years in senior finance leadership roles in the NHS. He sees strong parallels with education and as the Trust grows he is focussed on maximising income and making the very best use of every pound we spend. Stuart enjoys the challenges presented by the sector and is a key driver of our work to expand the Trust in an efficient and sustainable way.

He is a Chartered Accountant and with significant experience in building and delivering a strong finance team that provides an excellent service to the organisation it supports. Away from work Stuart is a keen triathlete and rower, and he enjoys travelling and seeing the world on two wheels.

Dave Taylor – Director of Teaching and Learning 

Dave oversees the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) across the Trust, ensuring evidence-informed principles and pedagogies are exercised in practical, measurable steps. He works closely with our Deputy Chief Executive on Quality Assurance and Quality of Education, ensuring that all pupils in Archway academies experience the best possible education.

Dave leads both the Central Education Team and the Implementation Group, which comprises local Senior Leaders responsible for their academy’s Quality of Education. Dave oversees teacher induction and professional development, line-managing the School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and Early Career Teacher (ECT) programmes, and leading on the delivery of our bespoke Archway National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) programme. Leading the Literacy Team, Dave also oversees the Trust’s improvement priority that ‘Every child in an Archway school will become a fluent reader’.

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