CLIVE WEBSTER - CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Clive is a former teacher, Principal Educational Psychologist and local authority Director of Children's Services of seven years. Having attended Catholic primary and secondary schools where he grew up in Harlesden, North West London, he studied Philosophy and Psychology at University College, Cardiff, graduating in 1985 with a BA Joint Honours before gaining a distinction in his PGCE with La Sainte Union, Southampton. Following teaching posts in Hampshire and abroad, and completing his MSc. Educational Psychology, Clive began his career as an Educational Psychologist with Essex County Council before becoming the country’s youngest Principal Educational Psychologist with the London Borough of Hillingdon in 1996. He completed his MBA with the University of Kingston in 1999. His career to date includes leading strategic educational developments in two large County Councils (Essex and Surrey), system re-design of psychology services in inner- and outer-London Boroughs (Wandsworth and Hillingdon), and transformation of social care and educational outcomes across a south coast unitary authority (Southampton).
Clive accepted the post of Chief Executive of the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership because he believes in the powerful and positive results that are possible when schools work together and pool resources in a climate of increased autonomy. Clive is married to Lesley with three children, Amy, Annabel and Charlie. He enjoys football, all things Spanish, poetry and playing squash.
MARK HARRIS - DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & HR
Mark initially began his career with British Coal, qualifying as an Accountant during that time, and was finance lead on the last deep mine sunk in the UK. Moving into the education sector, Mark spent a number of years at Further Education establishments, leading on College new builds and re-location projects before moving to Northamptonshire County Council to work on school support services and Academy transition. Prior to joining KCSP Mark was Finance Director with an Academy sponsor on the South Coast. Having worked in the Academy sector for over 7 years, from both a local Authority and a Sponsor perspective, Mark is an avid supporter of the advantages that Academy status can bring to schools. More recently Mark was appointed a Fellow of his accounting body. Mark is married with two daughters. He spends much of his free time either watching football, or car detailing.
HEATHER LEATT - SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DIRECTOR
Heather joined KCSP in September 2016 as Director of School Improvement, moving from the London Borough of Lewisham where she was the Service Manager for School Improvement and Intervention, with responsibility for Early Years through to Post-16 standards and outcomes in the Borough. Heather has a wealth of experience in secondary and Further and Higher education and was a senior leader in one of Kent’s most challenging schools, with responsibility for raising standards in teaching and learning. She worked for Kent County Council for more than 7 years as a National Strategy English Adviser and School Improvement Partner. Heather was also a Lead Ofsted Inspector for a number of years. As Director of School Improvement supported by her team of two advisers, Heather works closely with primary and secondary academy leaders and governors to implement KCSP’s Framework for Continuous Academy Improvement and ensure the very best outcomes for all the trust’s children and young people.
MICHELLE BONIFACE - COMPANY SECRETARY & DATA PROTECTION OFFICER
Michelle began her career working with British Gas and Lloyds TSB Life, Pensions and Investments and more recently spent a number of years working for Cabot Credit Management and OneSavings Bank plc. Michelle holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Law, London and has worked within company secretarial functions in the financial services industry. She was formerly Senior Assistant Company Secretary at OneSavings Bank plc, a FTSE 250 company where she acted as Secretary to subsidiary companies in the UK, Jersey and Guernsey, the Board Risk Committee and Risk Management Committee. Michelle also has experience of undertaking governance reviews, implementing authority matrices, has managed corporate insurances for subsidiaries in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and India and has experience of implementing new policies and procedures, privacy notices and information security requirements in line with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.
Michelle supports the Chairman and the Board in the discharge of their responsibilities and ensures that the Trust overall complies with its regulatory and statutory obligations. Michelle is passionate about ensuring decisions of the Board are implemented and evidenced correctly and has a rational approach to governance issues.
ANOUSKA MAY - FINANCE & HR MANAGER
Anouska has worked for Kent County Council for the past 15 years, supporting Kent’s Schools with all aspects of their Finances. During this time she qualified as an Accountant. More recently she has been a part of Kent’s Schools Financial Services Training Team, providing training to Schools Finance Staff, Senior Leaders and School Governors.
Anouska is passionate about helping Schools to make the best use of their funding to benefit the children’s education.
SARAH McBENNETT - SENIOR PRIMARY SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT ADVISER
Sarah originates from County Down in Northern Ireland where she graduated with a B.Ed. Hons degree from St Mary’s Teacher Training College in 1988. She was Head Teacher of Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School in South Kensington, London, where she led the school for nearly nine years taking it from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ both in respect of Ofsted s5 inspection but also s48 inspection of Religious Education. As a committed, practising Catholic, Sarah brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience and expertise. Allied to time spent teaching and leading schools abroad, Sarah has taught in and been a leader in a number of primary schools, including being a Deputy Head in Kent before taking up post in London. She has also experience of Executive Headship.
Sarah is passionate about enabling all children to reach their full potential and firmly believes that having the highest aspirations for all, regardless of their starting points, is paramount to achieving better outcomes for all pupils. She is delighted to be part of the KCSP team and is looking forward to working alongside schools, in a supportive capacity, to help them reach their improvement goals. Sarah lives in Rochester with her husband Tim. She enjoys travelling and going to the theatre and is a fair weather golfer!
DEBORAH WAKELIN - SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT ADVISER
Deborah has held several leadership positions across two large Local Education Authorities, firstly Kent, where she was an Advisor for the Primary and KS3 National Strategies and Bedfordshire, as a School Improvement Officer, for a range of Primary schools. Deborah also led on training mentors, Assessment and Transition.
Deborah commenced teaching for ILEA, in Southwark in 1985, moving to the Far East in 1989, where she taught for several years in British and International schools, leading on Curriculum Development with a multi cultural and global perspective. Deborah undertook her Masters in Curriculum Management in 1996 and is now studying for her Doctorate.
In 2010 Deborah worked on a large scale International School Development project in the Middle East, where she held an advisory role, working with Head teachers on Leadership Development and capacity building. Deborah has continued to work on various International Education Projects and has recently been working with the World Bank in the Middle East. For the last five years Deborah has worked at Canterbury Christ Church University,having held the position of Director of PGCE and leading on Professional Studies for post graduate students.
Deborah is delighted to be working with the Kent Catholic School Partnership, as she is a strong believer in the benefits of schools working together, to support and develop each other, in order to maximise and create the very best opportunities in learning for children. She is passionate that every child experiences an exciting and stimulating curriculum, that enables them to achieve to their very best. Deborah brings with her a wide range of experience and skills.
Deborah loves canoeing, literature, theatre and travel.
RACHEL BUSHELL - POLICY & PROJECTS MANAGER
Rachel is a former pupil of two KCSP schools: St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary and St Gregory’s Catholic Secondary. Rachel worked for the Department for Education (DfE) for over ten years in a variety of roles from policy making to project & programme management. Rachel works closely with schools leaders, so that schools can be reassured about all policy compliance and reduce valuable time given over to school-by-school policy production and review.
EMMA JOHNSTON - FINANCE & HR ASSISTANT
Emma joined KCSP in September 2017 from the National Trust where she had been providing finance and administration support across three sites. She began her career at Kent County Council where she worked for 15 years this included 8 years supporting schools with their finances in the Schools Financial Services team. During her time at KCC she qualified as an Accountant and worked across several other departments, including Landscape Services and KCC’s central finance systems team.