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Central team


Anne Davey, Chief Executive Officer

Anne Davey

Anne is a Theology graduate from Murray-Edwards College, Cambridge.  Her first career was in retail management, before training as a teacher at Moray House in Edinburgh.

She was Head of Bristol Cathedral School from 2004 to 2007, then School Development Adviser and later Deputy Director of Education in Salisbury Diocese. She became Diocesan Director of Education for the Oxford Diocese in 2011. When ODST was formed in 2012, Anne undertook the role of CEO on a part-time basis, becoming full-time CEO in 2017.

Ian Elkington, Deputy Chief Executive


Ian is an experienced headteacher of two large schools, and also spent 12 years as a County Adviser in Buckinghamshire, working in a variety of roles at both national and local level across all phases.


From 2011, Ian was appointed as the School Improvement Manager for the Wycombe area of schools. He led and managed strategic initiatives across the local authority and in partnership with other local authorities. Ian has also worked as an Ofsted inspector and School Improvement Partner, and has qualified as a tutor for the NCSL.


Ian also has significant experience as a governor trainer, and has worked closely with schools, academies and other agencies, including the DfE, in order to foster partnerships and new ways of working.


School Effectiveness

Sharon Mullins, Principal Schools Adviser

Sharon is the Principal Schools Advisor with responsibility for ODST schools in the north and central areas of Oxfordshire. She brings a wealth of teaching and senior leadership experience in the primary sector in a range of settings from large inner-city schools in Derby and South London through to semi-rural and smaller rural schools. Whilst in London Sharon also worked alongside the School Improvement team in Wandsworth.

Sharon was the Headteacher of a primary school in Oxfordshire and successfully led the school from Special Measures to an Ofsted grading of Good and more recently has worked in school improvement across the region. She believes passionately in supporting schools to ensure high quality teaching and learning so that every child can realise their potential.

Suzanne Lane, Schools Adviser

Suzanne supports ODST schools in South Oxfordshire. Suzanne has over 36 years teaching experience in the primary sector in a range of settings from inner city, semi-rural to rural schools, both large and small.

Prior to working for ODST, Suzanne was, for 14 years, the Headteacher of a Church of England primary school serving a diverse population. In 2011 Ofsted described the school’s curriculum as ‘innovative, creative and exciting’ and the school’s SIAS was judged outstanding in all categories. In September 2014 she led the school through conversion to an academy.

In addition to Headship, she worked as a School Improvement Adviser for the Local Authority.  In these unprecedented and exciting times in education, Suzanne is dedicated to supporting and challenging schools to become the best that they can be.

Sara Lawrence, Schools Adviser

Sara has many years experience working in schools of varying contexts, including 3 as as headteacher. 

In 2017, she led her school in Hertfordshire to an Ofsted judgement of Outstanding. Whilst working in Hertfordshire, she also supported RI and Inadequate schools as a Local Leader of Education.

She believes that every child deserves the very best provision and opportunities so that they can reach their full potential, and is looking forward to bringing her experience to supporting ODST schools.

David Cousins, Training and Development Manager

David is an experienced primary school Headteacher and a lead Ofsted inspector.

He was previously Director of Schools for ODST, and now leads on training and development alongside his role as Chief Executive of ODST's sister trust, Oxford Diocesan Bucks Schools Trust.

David has also served on the Diocesan Board of Education and led a school improvement team in Buckinghamshire.

Julian Hehir, Governor Support Officer

Julian graduated with a degree in Political Theory & Government and is qualified by the Institute of Personnel & Development, as well as being an Information for School & College Governors (ISCG) accredited governing body clerk.

He has 30 years’ experience in local government, principally in committee administration and in overview and scrutiny. Julian currently clerks for two multi-academy trust boards, a local governing body and a maintained school governing body.


Mark Jones, HR Manager

Mark is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and began his professional career in retail management. After a period of voluntary work in Bosnia, he returned to the UK and has since experienced HR across several sectors over the last 10 years including higher education, logistics and SMEs.  He also served as a Governor for his local primary school, chairing the Finance & Staffing Committee.

Angela Eaton, HR Administrator

Angela worked in a school environment for 2 years before joining ODST, and holds a CIPD qualification in HR. Previously Angela worked for Thames Valley Police for over 5 years, and in Social Housing. She also trained pupils as an Approved Driving Instructor for 9 years.

Christine Gibbins, HR Adviser

Christine is an associate member of the CIPD with over 13 years’ experience working as a HR Adviser. She has worked within both the public and private sectors and over the last 10 years worked in partnership with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxfordshire County Council.  With a strong employee relations focus she has also delivered people management training to managers at all levels.  She volunteers as a brownie guide leader and a scout group treasurer.

Sian Bray, Payroll Officer

Since leaving university Sian has worked in accounts and finance in different environments from PLC to small charities. She has spent the last 10 years working within Early Years settings. 


Madhu Richards, Finance Manager

Madhu is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sector. Most recently, Madhu was a Team Leader in the Schools Finance Team at Oxfordshire County Council for over five years – with the last two spent assisting secondary schools to convert to academy status. She then worked for a smaller MAT before joining the ODST Finance Team in April 2018.

Abbe Irving, Schools Finance Officer

Abbe is a CIMA qualified accountant and previously worked in the finance team of a local NHS Trust for 10 years.

Martin Bayliss, Schools Support Officer

Martin is an AAT qualified accountant. He previously worked for Hampshire County Council as an Education Finance Advisor, and prior to that with Oxfordshire County Council as a Schools Finance Support Officer.

Chloe Badger, Finance Assistant

Chloe has worked for ODST for the last four years, seeing the organisation grow from four schools to 32. Previously she worked within the finance team for a construction company.


Mike Bingham, Operations Manager

Mike was previously a Health and Safety inspector for schools with Oxfordshire County Council, following a thirty-year career with the Fire Service.

He was operational throughout his Fire Service career and performed a variety of different roles including Fire Risk Area Manager, Brigade Performance Manager, Community Safety Manager and Employee Resources and Relations Manager. Upon retirement he worked closely with the Mill Arts Centre and the Oxfordshire museum, during times of upheaval, and helped them ensure that short term disruption did not produce long term issues.


Terri Royds, Executive Assistant

Terri’s career spans 25 years within Human Resources, specialising in TUPE and Change Management, beginning at Oxfordshire County Council and an Oxford-based entertainment business.  Her role prior to joining ODST was Regional HR Business Partner for a large corporate organisation and her responsibilities spanned the Midlands and East Anglia region.  She was involved with an array of contracts to include health care, libraries and parks, crown courts, as well as Oxfordshire schools.  In her spare time, Terri is also a bereavement support worker at Oxford Cruse Bereavement Care supporting the bereaved in North Oxfordshire.

Jennifer Payne, Communications and Events Officer

Jennifer has worked in marketing, communications and events for ten years, much of it within the education sector. Prior to joining ODST she worked in educational publishing and qualifications, and has previously worked for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as well as in healthcare.

Additional support from the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (ODBE):

Christine Jones Admissions and Appeals Officer
Tom Fry Buildings Surveyor
Jane Maharry Premises Officer