Who's Who


Peter Bell
I have been the CEO of C.I.T. since 2014 when it was formed by Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) - Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School. Prior to this I was the Executive Head Of Ambergate and Sandon, which were both graded Outstanding by Ofsted on 2013.
Since 2014 the Trust has grown to 10 schools, a Teaching School and has a number of other schools in "the pipeline" to possibly join C.I.T.
I am a National Leader of Education and within this role I support a number of schools who have requested support, are in special measures or causing their Local Authority/DfE concern.  I am also an elected member of the Regional Schools Commissioners Head Teachers Board.
I worked as part of the Lincolnshire “No school left behind” project board, focusing on putting into place a county wide program of school to school support and peer review. This process is now supported by the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership, of which I was a Board Member. I was also an Ofsted Inspector until Jan 2018, when I made the decision to concentrate all of my efforts into C.I.T. as we grow further.
Being a founding Trustee of C.I.T, I am fully invested and passionate about achieving our purpose of putting learners first. I bring drive, ambition and the skill set to ensure that the individual pupils across C.I.T. receive the highest levels of education and care.

Outside of work I am fully involved with my family, having a beautiful wife, 3 young boys, 2 dogs and a cat.

Adrian Finn
Chief Operating Officer 
I became the Chief Operating Officer for C.I.T. last year.  My role involves looking at all the support infrastructure (HR, Payroll, Finance, Admin & Procurement) for all schools in the Trust, and gaining the best value for money deals from our suppliers. I am also involved in any new school conversions that come into the Trust and will be making sure that firm foundations for growth are in place to make this happen.
I believe that through continued good practice we can achieve an effective environment that will ensure all our pupils get 100% of what they deserve from the Trust.  This will in enable us to continue to build on the excellence already established.  

Claire B  
Claire Buffham 
Director of Education                                                                                   
As Director of Education for C.I.T. my main role is to ensure a high standard of education across the trust. To do this I run the health checks across all the schools and ensure that bespoke development packages are in place for each school. I am currently training to be a Lead Ofsted Inspector. 

Also as part of my role, I have set up and am responsible for the Lincolnshire Education and Research Network Teaching School Alliance (LEARN). My vision for LEARN is to create a central hub to meet the SEN needs of all Lincolnshire schools.  

My other passion is coaching and I am an ICF registered coach. We have set up leadership coaching programs but I am always happy to talk through any bespoke coaching needs.

Prior to becoming Director of Education I was Senior Principal at Sandon School and have worked within the SEN sector since 2001, prior to this I was a mainstream teacher.

Lisa Lound  
Lisa Lound
Executive PA 

I joined C.I.T. in December 2017 to support the CEO and COO as their PA. 

My principal duties are to act as “gate keeper”, managing their very busy diaries, arranging meetings, taking minutes, making travel arrangements and generally ensuring that they are in the right place at the right time with all relevant paperwork.  I have significant responsibilities in respect of                 co-ordination, oversight and prioritisation within the Trust on their behalf, particularly in respect of strategic meetings with Head Teachers, School Business Managers and external agencies/partners. 

I contribute to the working practices of the Trust by identifying areas for improvement, using creativity, initiative and foresight to find resolutions when responding to issues or problems that arise. 

I have many years’ experience as a senior PA and bring an independent outlook to C.I.T. that provides a healthy balance and challenge to more established education-based views. 

Prior to joining the Trust, I worked for Lincolnshire Police for just over 9 years as PA to senior officers and their teams.

Ann White  
Ann White
HR Lead
My role as Human Resources Lead for C.I.T. enables me to visit and share good practice with other schools across C.I.T.  I contribute to policies and procedures and lead on recruitment for the Trust, giving advice and guidance to managers and staff alike.

I am also very privileged to be a part of LEARN Teaching School Alliance.  My role as Director of LEARN is one of excitement and challenge as the Teaching School rapidly grows from strength to strength.  

I have worked in the education sector since 1988.   

Suzanne    Suzanne Fenn
Senior HR Administrator

Louise Perkins
Conversion Manager 
I joined C.I.T. in December 2015.  I project manage the conversions of schools joining the Trust.  I also complete the due diligence for academisations.

I pulled together the Free School Application and am now project managing the pre-opening phase of Poplar Farm School.

I am from a HR and Operations background so in between projects, I help schools across the Trust to manage their staffing levels to meet budget constraints.

I am married with two children, we live in Nottingham.  

mellissa   Mellissa McDonnell
Project Assistant
I joined C.I.T in July 2018. I work closely with Louise Perkins on various projects and will help manage the conversions of new schools joining the Trust.  This includes assisting with the due diligence for academisations. 

My background includes a BA Hons Degree in Business and Management obtained from the University of Lincoln.  My main areas of study were Project Management, Marketing, Strategic Management, HR and Business Finance. 

Following my graduation, I worked for Serco as a Co-ordinator and Planner for NHS contracts for IT projects. 

I am already enjoying working for the Trust.  All members of the team have given me such a warm welcome, and I look forward to working with the new schools who want to become a part of the C.I.T family. 

I live in Lincoln with my partner of 9 years, along with our gorgeous dog Buster.

 Me Jacki   Jacki Bartram
Head of Communications & Fundraising
I have worked for C.I.T. since it was formed in September 2014.  Prior to this I worked at the founding schools, Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF). 
My job is to look after Public Relations and Marketing for all schools across the Trust, and also to source funding for specific projects for individual schools across the Trust.
Before joining GANF, I worked as a Marketing Manager for a midlands based HR Consultancy and prior to that, I was Sales Director for Hereward FM, part of The Global Radio Group.
I am married with four children and a mischievous dog called Murphy. 

Kris   Kris Mantle
Bid Writer/Fundraiser 
I joined C.I.T. in January 2018.  My primary responsibilities are to source funding opportunities and write persuasive bid applications to secure funding for individual projects at all schools across the Trust.  As well as working with the schools, I also support the school PTA’s where I can, to assist their fundraising efforts and help maintain fundraising organisations at each school.

Prior to joining the Trust, I worked as a bid writer for a Social Care tender writing company. 

I live in Nottingham and am a prominent dog wanter. 

Chris Lincoln   Chris Lincoln
Marketing Assistant 
I joined C.I.T in August 2018 and will be supporting Jacki with various PR, Communications and Marketing responsibilities, to ensure the smooth running of this function, and to support the fundraising team in this rapidly growing, developing and exciting environment.
I have extensive knowledge of Google analytics and social media, and I am looking forward to using my skills to raise awareness of all the schools across the Trust.
Before joining C.I.T, I worked as a PR and Communications Manager for a health and wellbeing company that support local children.  Prior to this I delivered physical and emotional support programmes to pupils in a number of primary schools across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. 

I am married with two daughters and live in Bourne.

Tom   Tom Booth
Strategic Lead of Technology
I have recently joined C.I.T. after many years working at Woodlands Academy as a teacher and senior leader. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there working with SEMH children. 
I am responsible for all aspects of ICT across the Trust including procurement, communication and training.
My background prior to that was spent within the information and technology industry for over 20 years. 

Grace New   Grace Tavener
Company Secretary & Clerk to the Board 

I joined the C.I.T. team as Company Secretary in April 2018.

My main responsibilities are to assist the Board of Trustees to ensure they discharge their duties effectively and within best practice.  I am also responsible for maintaining the Trust’s statutory registers and centralised records, to ensure efficient administration of the Trust.  I will make sure C.I.T. business is conducted within the regulatory environment, and ensure compliance with  legal obligations.

I will be the primary source of advice on the conduct of business across all areas of the Trust, from risk management and internal control, governance and compliance, conflicts of interest, to the development of strategy and planning.

Prior to joining C.I.T. I worked in the private sector with senior management across all areas of business.  In my most recent role I supported the board of directors as Assistant Company Secretary for a public limited company on the Alternative  Investment Market.

I am in the final stages of completing The Chartered Secretary Qualifying Scheme which has equipped me with knowledge of Governance, Risk and Compliance, Company Law, Business Law, Strategic Planning and Financial Reporting and Analysis.

I decided to make the move over to C.I.T. as I wanted to use my skills to work in an environment more aligned to my conscience.  I am seeking to expand on my skills within the Charity Sector, which I anticipate will bring new and welcome challenges.

I aim to provide professional advice and support across the Trust ensuring that C.I.T. delivers on its obligations within the business and Charity environment.

I have a BSc (Hons) from the University of Southampton and am currently training to become a Chartered Secretary with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. I hope to become fully qualified next year. 

In my spare time I enjoy reading, travel and spending time with my family. 

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