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Central team


Anne Dellar, 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, 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

Ian Connors, Lead Education Officer

Ian Connors has been a successful headteacher for three outstanding primary schools including an international school in Thailand. During Ian’s twenty-five year career in primary education, he has been committed to putting children at the heart of every decision and he is proud to be part of an organisation imbued with such strong compelling values.

Ian was an Advanced Skills Mathematics teacher earlier in his career and is currently advising HarperCollins on their global mathematics strategy. Ian is passionate about technology and inclusion in education. He holds Apple Distinguished Educator status and he is a qualified Google for Education Certified Innovator. 

Bob Pattenden, Schools Adviser

Bob was a successful primary school head for nearly 27 years in five schools, ranging from a small rural village school in Wiltshire through to a large primary in Oxfordshire which included responsibility for two Children’s Centres. He has also held two Executive Headteacher posts, was seconded to the National College as a Regional Leader, and was a member of the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education.

Bob has a keen interest in developing the future school leaders and as a music graduate is a strong advocate for the arts in primary schools.

Ian Frost, Schools Adviser

Ian has been a senior leader in schools for 20 years and a headteacher for a decade, with experience of securing improvement in a range of contexts. He has worked in schools facing challenging contexts, with high proportions of disadvantaged and SEND children.

He has had significant experience of working in a Trust supporting primary and secondary phases and has a particular interest in improving pedagogy, curriculum and behaviour. As a school improvement advisor for ODST and also an ILM Level 7 Coach, Ian works closely with headteachers to support both their schools and also their own professional development.

Lisa Austin, Schools Adviser

Lisa has a passion for rapid school improvement and for embedding effective leadership and management through the development of people.

She is an experienced leader who has worked in a number of primary school settings of differing size and context. Lisa has 14 years of Headship experience, 7 of which were as Executive Headteacher of two schools. Lisa has a keen interest in developing new models of leadership.

Lisa has also worked with schools in an advisory capacity with significant experience of supporting schools identified as requiring extra support. As Headteacher she has provided school to school support and has been commissioned by Local Authorities to conduct school improvement reviews.

Since joining ODST Lisa has taken leadership roles in three ODST schools, in addition to her role as a School Improvement Advisor, and will be coaching senior leaders in ODST and other schools as part of the NPQ programme.

Clare Powell, Governance Manager

Clare is an experienced and accredited clerk to the governing body, having worked as a local authority clerk for 12 years. She has also held a range of positions in school governance including being a Chair of Governors, and has facilitated, developed and led training to support good governance across a variety of subjects.

In her role as part of the Central Team, Clare’s work is focused on providing high quality, strategic guidance and support for governance across ODST. This involves the design and delivery of a programme of training for Local Governing Body (LGB) Members and Trustees, as well as playing an active role in briefings for Headteachers, LGB Chairs, Members and clerks. Clare’s role is also to support effective governance in the following areas.

  • LGB reviews, development planning and evaluation
  • LGB structures and processes
  • Guidance and resources for clerks
  • Succession planning and recruitment
  • Sharing good practice
  • Coaching and mentoring


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 Officer

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 Business Partner

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

Sian has worked in accounts and finance in many different environments from PLC to small charities. Prior to joining ODST she spent 10 years working within Early Years settings.

Maria Anna Strapatsalou, HR Administrator

Marianna is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Before acquiring her CIPD qualification in HR, she worked for 5 years in Children's Social Care as a specialist administrator. Prior to moving to the UK from Greece, she worked at the Thessaloniki Opera House as a professional choir singer and taught English language to young children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Agricultural products quality control.


Madhu Richards, Chief Finance Officer

Madhu is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sector. Prior to joining ODST, 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 in finance for several years, seeing the organisation grow from four schools to 32. Previously she worked within the finance team for a construction company.

Stacey Carbon, Schools Bursar

Stacey is an AAT L4 qualified accountant. She has previously worked as a School Business Manager at a primary school, an Office Manager at a Foundation Stage School and a private Nursery, as well as experience in running her own Bookkeeping business.


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.


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.

Helen Mitchell, Executive Assistant

Helen supports ODST's senior leadership team. She has extensive administration experience and, prior to working for ODST, worked for the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education.

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

Katie Paxton Admissions Adviser
Tom Fry Buildings Surveyor
Jane Maharry Premises Officer