Mr Ian Bacon, Education Director

Ian has 20 years of Senior Leadership experience at large secondary schools in Milton Keynes and further afield. Most recently, he has been Headteacher of Watling Academy, a brand-new secondary school on the western flank of Milton Keynes, leading the school from its pre-opening phase through to its successful ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED inspection in May 2023. Ian was Strategic Lead for the Enigma Maths Hub from 2015-2020 and acted as Senior Lead to establish the MK and South Northants Computing Hub. He has proven experience in school improvement and strategic planning and been commissioned to conduct ‘Quality of Education’ reviews in other schools.

Mrs Sarah Georgiou, Executive Assistant to CEO and Lead Governance Professional

Sarah has worked for the Trust for over twelve years, having previously supported a senior executive at UBS Ltd. Sarah’s provides support to the CEO of the Alliance as Executive Assistant and is Lead Governance Professional to the Trust. Sarah is a capable and efficient administrator who offers expert guidance and advice on governance matters to the Members and Trustees, coordinating meetings and contributing to research and reports. Sarah’s children have all attended Denbigh Alliance schools. Local School Boards have a governance professional who Sarah liaises with.

Ms Shannon Webb, HR Manager

Shannon Webb joined the trust in March 2022 as HR Manager from a logistics firm in the private sector. She has worked in HR for a number of years in a range of different industries including accountancy and events management. Shannon brings with her acute knowledge of strategic change management and employee engagement. When not working Shannon enjoys creative pursuits such as painting and drawing. Shannon manages a Team of HR Advisors and HR Administrators.

Mr Richard Hayward, IT Netwok Manager

Richard Hayward has worked in the IT environment for 20 years, mainly for a large manufacturing company running a centralised IT environment spanning sites across the UK and mainland Europe. This included frequent travel to these sites when in a support / implementation role, and as the IT Infrastructure Manager. Richard has also spent time working for a fledgling IT Service provider where he was able to use his experience to help develop process and procedures. He has now worked with the trust for over a year now and looking forward to helping the Trust develop and realise a sustainable IT Strategy. Outside of work Richard has 3 young children to keep him busy, along with DIY projects and Drag Racing. Richard manages a Web Systems Administrator and a team of IT Technicians

Mr Gary Kennedy, Estates & Lettings Co-ordinator

Gary commenced employment with the Trust in October 2022 with over 35 years’ experience in the building services and facility management sector, the last 14 of which have been in education.
During this time, he attained an MSc in Facility and Environment Management whilst studying at University College London.
His key strengths are solving building and engineering problems as well as sharing knowledge to support the numerous members of staff within the schools individual site teams.

Mr Adrian Francis, School Improvement Partner

Adrian is an independent education consultant working across the country. His work includes pre- and post-inspection support, as well as a wide range of staff and leadership training that is bespoke to a school’s needs. As a Lead Inspector, accredited School Improvement Partner and qualified Consultant Leader (National College) Adrian’s breadth of experience enables schools and senior staff to tap into a high degree of challenge, support and general school improvement discussion. Increasingly, this includes work with Headteachers and governors as part of the HT’s performance management process, as well as governing body training and development. Preparation for Ofsted inspection and whole school self-evaluation plays an increasingly key part of Adrian’s work.

Ms Jayne Webster, Director of Professional Services

Jayne has taught Mathematics for over 20 years in a variety of secondary schools across the country. For the past 15 years she has worked in schools across Milton Keynes as a Senior Leader involved in developing mathematics teaching and learning. Jayne joined Denbigh School in 2018 as Maths Hub Lead. The Maths Hub program is a collaboration of schools that lead and support maths CPD throughout England. Since 2022 Jayne’s role has grown to have a systems leadership role in all Denbigh Alliance professional development partnerships including local primary and secondary schools and national organisations including NCETM, NCCE and UCL. Outside of work Jayne plays rugby and enjoys winding down in the local rivers and lakes as a member of MK Bluetits wild water swimming group.

Miss Helen Jameison, Enigma Maths Hub Lead

Having worked in the corporate and financial sectors previously, Helen retrained as a maths teacher over 15 years ago. Working initially as a Secondary Maths Teacher across schools in Bedford, and successfully rising through the ranks of key stage lead and Head of Department, Helen moved into school improvement work as Director of Maths for a MAT in Bedfordshire. Helen joined The Denbigh Alliance in 2021 as Enigma Maths Hub Lead, part of the National Maths Hub Programme aimed at improving teaching and learning in Maths across England. She has developed close ties with local authorities, Teaching School Hubs and MATs within the Enigma Maths Hub region. Away from the work, Helen enjoys going to the gym, walking and volunteering with a local homeless charity.