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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.

David Cousins, Director of Schools

David has been a primary school Headteacher and has served on the Diocesan Board of Education.

He is a lead Ofsted inspector and is qualified to lead inspections of Early Years and Foundation Stage, Primary and Secondary schools, Children’s Centres, Special Schools and PRUS. He has experience of working across the full age range with schools in Buckinghamshire as a School Improvement Adviser and a manager of the service.

In addition to his role of Director of Schools at ODST, David is also the Chief Executive of ODST's sister trust, Oxford Diocesan Bucks Schools Trust.

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 the West and South Oxfordshire areas. 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.

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 Webb, 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.


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.  Terri is also a volunteer at Cruse Bereavement and is working towards becoming a bereavement counsellor.

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