The Leadership Team

The ATLP leadership team work together to ensure the day-to-day running of all ATLP schools, both at their individual primary and secondary academies and collectively across all partnership schools. Working alongside the Trust Board, Central Support Team, Hub Boards, Local Governing Bodies and staff teams to serve their school communities, their focus is to maintain rigorous standards and lead improvement to make our schools better than they have ever been.

Our experienced Leadership Team bring a wealth of quality, talent and expertise, as practitioners in the classroom and as senior leaders and share a joint goal to raise standards and improve performance to give children the very best education possible. 

Anna Balson
Executive Headteacher, Primary

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Richard Gill
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The Arthur Terry Learning Parntership

Neil Warner
Executive Headteacher, Secondary

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Joanne Bishop

Scotch Orchard Primary School

Kristal Brookes
Associate Headteacher

Mere Green Primary School

Beth Clarke

Hill West Primary School

Lisa Dodd

Curdworth Primary School

Helen Hastilow

Slade Primary School

Nêst Llewelyn-Cook
Headteacher, Two Gates Primary School
Jenny Maskell
Associate Headteacher (maternity cover)

Mere Green Primary School

Suzie Norton

William MacGregor Primary School

Anna Trigg
Acting Associate Headteacher

Brookvale Primary School

Marie George

Stockland Green School

Nicola Gould
Deputy Headteacher

ATLP School Improvement Team

Samantha Kibble
Associate Headteacher

Arthur Terry School

Glyn Langston-Jones
Headteacher, Nether Stowe School
Tracey Peters

John Willmott School

Ian Smith-Childs

The Coleshill School

Central Support Team

The Central Support Term (CST) is a team of experienced business and education professionals, with expertise to support the development of learning and teaching and the administrative aspects of the Learning Partnership.

ATLP’s Central Support Team works closely alongside the CEO, Leadership Teams and Trust Board, managing all core MAT business functions to ensure that we are superior as a MAT, robust as a business and that standards are consistent throughout the Trust.

By centralising specialist services, we are able to maintain high standards, deliver a more effective and cohesive business support model, and provide better value for money, maximising economies of scale. This enables our school leaders to focus on teaching and learning, which is the bedrock of our MAT improvement strategy.



Sue Bailey, Safeguarding Lead

Sue Bailey has dedicated more than 40 years of service to education and is a respected and well-known figure in the community, supporting families and children from birth to 19. She has been awarded an MBE for her services. In addition to her role as Assistant Head Teacher at Arthur Terry School and Strategic Lead of the Four Oaks Children’s Centres, Sue is the Safeguarding Lead across all ATLP schools. She works closely with schools, community groups, education authorities and other organisations, using her expertise across a range of areas including safeguarding, child protection, internet safety and the Prevent agenda, to ensure the care and protection of all young people in our schools.

School Improvement

Anna Balson, Executive Head Teacher

A National Leader of Education (NLE) Under her dedicated and inspirational leadership, Anna took Mere Green Primary school from a struggling one-form entry, undersubscribed ‘requires improvement’ primary school to an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted outcome in just two years and is now a very popular, oversubscribed two-form entry community primary school.
She maintains strategic responsibility for Mere Green but her wider role now sees her responsible for school improvement and performance management across all primary schools within the group. Anna delivers training, leadership support and challenge to head teachers and leadership teams, as well as developing partnership-wide systems for assessment and portfolios of evidence.
Anna has an outstanding record of accomplishment as a school leader.

Neil Warner, Executive Head Teacher (secondary)

Neil Warner is a National Leader of Education (NLE) who has made a significant contribution to the development of the ATLP. Under his dynamic leadership, the outstanding Arthur Terry School has improved year on year to maintain its enviable reputation as an excellent provider of education. Arthur Terry is consistently ranked the highest performing non-selective secondary school in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham. As Executive Head Teacher, Neil maintains strategic responsibility for Arthur Terry School and now leads on school improvement and performance management across the ATLP secondary schools. Neil provides mentoring, support and challenge to head teachers and leadership teams, as well as developing partnership-wide systems for assessment and portfolios of evidence. Having co-led Arthur Terry with Richard Gill, Neil is able to provide expert support to ATLP’s CEO and other leaders to ensure that the partnership’s improvement strategy is both impactful and wide reaching.

Nicola Gould, ATLP Deputy Head Teacher

Nicola Gould is a pioneer of leading schools with rich and diverse communities, she brings a wide and varied practice of leadership. Nicola has a proven track record of having made significant impact on raising standards as Headteacher in two secondary schools. Whilst Interim Headteacher at Stockland Green, her key focus was to develop systems and process in support of student learning behaviours and further develop the systematic nature of monitoring and evaluation activities in readiness for Ofsted. She currently work across the ATLP to align key strategies, identify school improvement priorities and best practice to ensure that we continue to deliver high quality education.


Teresa Phipps, Finance Director

Teresa previously worked as a School Business Manager Advocate through the NCTL. Teresa has worked in the education sector for 26 years, with experience in finance and school business management/director roles. She has worked in the grant maintained, maintained, single academy and multi-academy trust sectors. She has a thorough understanding of governance and risk management through working closely with directors, governors and school leaders. Her extensive portfolio covers all aspects of finance and governance, including strategic financial management, budget forecasting, financial health and efficiency, financial policies and compliance.

Alison Daly, Finance Manager

Alison started her career at Barclays Bank where she worked for 20 years in personal banking and finance roles on a customer facing basis. Alison joined the Arthur Terry School in 2003 and was based in the Finance Department for 14 years, before becoming ATLP Finance Manager. She supports partnership schools with all aspects of finance, assisting with training, troubleshooting, budget monitoring and ensuring adherence to the Financial Policy. Her varied tasks include salary processing, monthly VAT reconciliation and budget monitoring for the ATLP. Alison is ATLP Representative for the Wellbeing Committee.

Ria Farrell, Finance Manager

Ria has worked in finance for the education sector for 12 years and is a qualified member of the Association of Accounting (AAT). She was a Finance Assistant and Temporary Finance Manager at the University of Birmingham, before joining Arthur Terry School in 2013 as a Finance Assistant. Ria became ATLP Finance Manager in 2015 and supports ATLP schools with all aspects of finance, including training, troubleshooting, budget monitoring, audit and ensuring compliance. Current tasks include processing monthly VAT returns and salary journals, Sage support and ESFA Budget forecast and Budget Outturn returns.


Sue Pountney, Head of HR

A qualified Member of the CIPD, working in both strategic and operational HR for 27 years, Sue’s extensive career includes 18 years working as Operational HR Officer and Manager, then Employee Relations Adviser for Birmingham City Council.  Experience includes all aspects of HR from structural re-organisations, TUPE transfers, and disciplinary cases to employment tribunal level, staff absence and well-being, employee relations, payroll and pensions administration.  With a solution focused, pragmatic approach, Sue is now responsible for supporting leaders and staff with both strategic and operational HR and business associated matters, across all schools in the ATLP.

Sandra Martin, Head of HR

Sandra brings a vast amount of experience in business and education and has previously worked at Birmingham City Council and Stockland Green School as School Business Manager. Sandra leads on a number of operational business functions across the ATLP, working closely with school leaders and incorporating HR and payroll.


Michelle Doughty, Head of Operations and Estates

Michelle has worked for the ATLP since 2012 and has over a decade of experience in education and industry, in project management and procurement. Her specialisms include business strategy, project management, procurement and all aspects of estates, facilities and operations. Her diverse skills and knowledge, include experience in exams, data and cover management and as a Clerk to Governors. As a member of ATLP’s leadership team in the last five years, Michelle has led in key business areas and now leads the ATLP Operations and Estates teams across all schools.

Additional Services

Claire Swann, CEO PA

Claire is an experienced business professional who has successfully progressed her career through the ATLP. Her employment journey began with 13 years working at Lloyds Bank, London, in accounts and staff training new systems, followed by positions at Birmingham City Council. She has worked at Arthur Terry for over 10 years as a Lunchtime Supervisor, Receptionist and Personal Assistant, to interim CEO Sally Taylor and CEO Richard Gill. Her duties include managing the CEO’s diary and arranging meetings and appointments, organising events and conferences and handling all correspondence and calls.

Anna Newson, Head of PR & Communications

An NCTJ trained journalist, qualified to CIPR Member status, Anna brings 20 years of experience in press & PR to the ATLP team, including 15 years in education communications. Her career history includes working for newspapers, PR agencies and large organisations, including the press offices of two leading Midlands universities. Anna has worked with all major international news outlets and is responsible for managing all ATLP communications, including news and media relations; internal communications & newsletters; digital communications and social media; marketing; media monitoring and crisis and issues management.