TRET Leadership

Leon Dowd – Chair of the Tame River Educational Trust Board

Leon became the Chair of Trustees at the Tame River Educational Trust when the Trust formed in January 2022.  Prior to his role as Chair of Trustees, Leon was Chair of the Local Governing Body at Droylsden Academy. Throughout his 6-year tenure, he was heavily involved in the significant improvement journey the Academy has been on. 

Leon’s academic and professional background is business quality management, and he holds a Masters degree in Strategic Leadership and Change. He is the Deputy Principal of Tameside College and Clarendon 6th Form, which is the Trust’s sponsor.   Prior to joining Tameside College in 2016, Leon was a senior leader in a large, successful inner-city Further Education College.  

Leon leads on people services and strategies at Tameside College, having responsibility for the student experience and human resources; this role means oversight of many areas of college life, including safeguarding, pastoral care and learning support. Leon also has responsibility for the College central service functions of customer services and marketing.  As part of his quality remit, Leon works closely with the Deputy Principal (Curriculum) on quality assurance and improvement of curriculum performance. 

Leon is actively involved in relevant national, regional and local partnership working.  He also has extensive experience in school governance, having chaired governing bodies in both the primary and secondary phase.

Phil Wilson – Trust Chief Executive

Phil read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. After completing his Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), he gained extensive teaching experience in schools across the North West before completing the nationally accredited Future Leaders programme in 2012. Since then Phil has held various senior leadership positions in urban schools in Greater Manchester, most recently as Headteacher at Droylsden Academy from 2015 – 2023. During this time the school moved from a 2014 Ofsted Inadequate judgment to two consecutive Good judgments. The Academy also celebrated year-on-year success with students securing very strong educational outcomes. Phil has worked closely with Mossley Hollins High School for many years and this close relationship led to the two schools co-founding the Tame River Educational Trust.

Phil has visited the leading schools in the UK and the United States to research pedagogy and school culture. He has also coached Headteachers and delivered the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) to aspiring school leaders. After 8 years of Headship, Phil was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Tame River Educational Trust in 2023.

Away from school life, Phil is kept busy, spending time with his family. He has two daughters who are both school age.

Lena Ledson – Trust Chief Operating Officer

Lena has a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature and has completed her MSc in Human Resource Management.

Prior to starting work with the Trust in November 2022, Lena worked in various management positions in the finance sector, before moving to the Education Sector 15 years ago.  During her time in education Lena has held a range of key HR, operational and leadership roles across both the Independent Sector and the Maintained Sector which included consultancy roles for schools across the region.

Lena is passionate about creating an environment where all staff feel that they belong, irrespective of role or position, where they are valued on their own merit, encouraged to undertake further learning related to their chosen career and are provided with every opportunity to succeed both in their current role and in that which they aspire to achieve.

Andrea Din – Headteacher Mossley Hollins High School

Andrea began her teaching career in 2003 in Leeds, as an ICT teacher. In 2005, she was appointed as KS3 ICT Co-ordinator at Droylsden School for Girls, where she quickly established herself, improving the ICT curriculum and provision with a significant positive impact on the ICT results. She was part of the ICT teachers network across Tameside. She then took on the role of Head of Department ICT in 2005 and then successfully secured a Temporary Assistant Headteacher, (Alternative Curriculum) role in 2008. Andrea worked alongside other curriculum leaders across Tameside as part of the Curriculum Network Group and the Diploma Board, where she led on aspects of Diploma development. In the same year she also successfully underwent an assessment to become a school based Advanced Skills Teacher for ICT, supporting staff across the school in their use of ICT for teaching and learning.

Andrea first joined Mossley Hollins in 2010, where she was Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for whole school ICT and alternative curriculum and senior leader of Technology.   She has led on different aspects of school leadership since this time, including Raising Achievement, Curriculum Development, Timetabling and Pupil Development.  She was appointed as Headteacher in September 2021. 

Georgina Arnold – Co-Headteacher Droylsden Academy.  Trust Lead: Safeguarding, Attendance, Behaviour and Attitudes.

Georgina gained a BA HONS in Management at UCLAN before moving on to studying for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Sheffield University, leading onto a Masters Diploma in Education Leadership at Edge Hill University. She has experience working in prisons with prisoners and their families across the North West. She has since held pastoral senior leadership positions in schools across the North West and won the DATA Design and Technology Teacher of the Year in 2011. Georgina is on the National Future Leaders programme cohort 2012, and has facilitated programmes for the National College, Future Leaders, NPQSL and NPQML. She has also been involved in the change of the national strategy for the British Nutrition Foundation, Schools Food Trust, sits on the Management Committee for Manchester Pupil Services and has worked on Department of Education round tables, influencing and shaping national policy. Georgina is also the Tame River Education Trust lead for Safeguarding, Attendance, Behaviour and Attitudes.

Ed Mayell – Co-Headteacher Droylsden Academy. Trust Education Lead and Chair of the Teaching and Curriculum Institute.

Ed studied at the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Post Graduate Certificate of Education; as part of his degree, he completed his dissertation on Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Ed taught English at schools in the West Midlands and Manchester before joining the leadership team at Droylsden Academy and is also a senior examiner for GCSE English Language.

Emma Upton – The Tame River Teacher Gold Standard

Emma completed her BA Honours Degree in English in 2007 and her PGCE in Secondary Education in English at Keele University in 2008. Miss Upton began her teaching career in 2008 in a secondary school in Stockport. Within her first few years at this school, she qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher before being promoted to the Head of English in 2012. In her 7 years as the Head of English, Emma transformed the outcomes for pupils in English by sustaining results which were significantly above the National Average. As a result, she was promoted to the Senior Leadership team and was nominated by her Headteacher, and won, the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award in Stockport. Emma joined the Senior Team at Mossley Hollins High School in September 2019 and is responsible for Teaching and Learning, English and Literacy.

Angela Wood – Trust Lead: Curriculum Design and Impact

Angela completed A-Levels in Maths, Law and History before achieving a BA(Hons) in Sport and Leisure Management at Staffordshire University. Following this she completed a PGCE in Physical Education at Liverpool John Moores University. Since then she has had a successful career leading the Sport and Healthy Lifestyles faculty at Droylsden Academy before moving into her current role of teaching Mathematics. During this time she has also completed the National Professional Qualification of Senior Leaders (NPQSL) and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team leading on Raising Attainment (including Pupil Premium), Curriculum and Timetable.

Rob Pilkington – Trust Lead: ICT Strategy

Rob started as an IT apprentice at a secondary school in South Manchester in 2007. From there his career has seen him work at 5 Greater Manchester schools, in positions ranging from Deputy Network Manager, Network Manager and most recently as Director of ICT for the Tame River Educational Trust.

Rob brings a wealth of knowledge relating to the running of ICT both strategic and operational across education. Ensuring the resources available to both teachers and students across the Trust are appropriate and sustainable.

Outside of school life, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Whilst contributing to the local community within grass-roots football.

Victoria Dodd – Interim Leader: ITT and Early Careers’ Framework

Victoria graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003 with a BA(hons) Degree in Physical Education with a second subject in History. Her teaching career began in 2003, in Rochdale she then joined Mossley Hollins as a Coordinator of Physical Education. Before becoming Faculty Leader of Arts and Sports in September 2017.

Adele Sherlock – Trust Lead: Learning Support and SEND

Adele studied Dance at Northern School of Contemporary Dance affiliated to the University of Leeds and obtained a BPA.(Hons) with distinction. After completing her conservatoire training, she undertook a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Liverpool John Moores in Physical Education with Dance , she completed her second placement at Droylsden High School for Girls. Following the success of this placement, she was offered a teaching position in 2001. Since then Adele has held various leadership positions at Droylsden High School for girls and then Droylsden before completing her NASENCO qualification in 2017.

Adele  was appointed Director of Learning Support in 2020 and has worked closely with Mossley Hollins High School for the last 4 years since the two schools joined the Tame River Educational Trust in 2020.

Away from school life, Adele is kept busy, spending time with her family, travelling to lots of different places experiencing different cultures and going to the theatre.

Mick Fallows – Trust Director – Data and Data Protection

Mick graduated from Huddersfield University with a BSc Degree in Computing & Statistics and began his career working in schools across East Manchester before joining Mossley Hollins in 2005. Since then, Mick has served as the school’s Raising Achievement Manager with overall responsibility for data, assessment and examinations. He has extensive knowledge of performance data including accountability measures relating to maintained schools and academies. He also brings a wealth of experience of analysing national trends in education taken from a range of statistical sources.

Away from school life, Mick enjoys hiking in the hills around the Pennines, Lake District and Snowdonia.

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