Our Team

Education and Sector Experts

Executive Team

At Discovery we have employed a wide range of education and sector experts to support the sustained improvement of our schools on all fronts. Here is a profile of our staffing.

Paul Stone
Trust LeaderPaul Stone
James Brown
Deputy Chief Executive OfficerJames Brown
Louise Barber
Director of OperationsLouise Barber
Emma Clarke
Director of FinanceEmma Clarke
Nathan Thirlby
Director Of ICT Nathan Thirlby
Helen Stockill
Head of GovernanceHelen Stockill
Nathan Odom
Head of Estates & AdmissionsNathan Odom
Liz Braithwaite
Head of Safeguarding and WellbeingLiz Braithwaite

Senior Managers

Our service managers oversee a core partnership within the Discovery Trust and its associated partnerships.

Clare Hearn-Palmer
SCITT DirectorClare Hearn-Palmer
Paula Hopkins
EPIC Educational PsychologyPaula Hopkins
Mel Carte
EPIC Speech and Language TherapyMel Carte

We have a team of coordinators and administrators who work within the team to ensure that our services are effective and well managed.

Executive Heads

Each of the Executive Headteachers below play in a senior role in leading school improvement with a Cluster of schools in the trust in addition to having a key responsibility for an area of school improvement.

David Briggs (Director of Primary Education)
David Briggs (Director of Primary Education)
Dawn White (School Improvement Partner)
Dawn White (School Improvement Partner)


Here is our family of Discovery Headteachers.

Braunstone Community PrimaryHalil Tamgumus
Farndon Fields PrimaryNikki Matthew
Leighfield AcademySarah Eaton
Mowmacre Hill PrimaryMatthew Peet
Woolden Hill PrimarySarah Sadler
Captains Close PrimaryJulia Hancock
Fossebrook PrimaryKathie Wade
Kibworth C of E PrimaryGilly Paterson
Parkland PrimarySarah Bishop
Enderby Danemill PrimaryTracey Lawrence
Greystoke PrimaryRonnie Richardson
Merrydale JuniorsCatriona Mugglestone
Sileby Redlands Community PrimaryMichelle Tobin

Lead Professionals and SLE

Our Lead professionals and Specialist Leaders of Education support improvement in all schools in the trust, here is our team of experts:

Tim Gilbert
Lead Professional for Early YearsTim Gilbert
Afshah Deen
Lead Professional for MathsAfshah Deen
Andie Bailey
Lead Professional for MathsAndie Bailey
Emma Turner
Professional Development LeadEmma Turner
Helen Smith
Lead Professional for SENDHelen Smith
Estelle Ewing
Lead Professional for EnglishEstelle Ewing
Jez Smith
Lead Professional for EnglishJez Smith
Lisa Gackowska
Lead Professional for EnglishLisa Gackowska
Lisa Turland
Lead Professional for EnglishLisa Turland
Phil Page
Lead Professional for EnglishPhil Page
Louise Saunders
Lead Professional for Year 6Louise Saunders

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