Alex started her accounting career in the NHS in 2000, and qualified as a CIMA accountant in 2005. After 18 years working in NHS Finance, she decided to venture into the education sector and joined Aurora Academies Trust in January 2019. Alex is part of the Executive Team, and works closely with the Academy Business Managers to ensure that Aurora receives excellent value for money for goods and services purchased, whilst maintaining effective and robust financial systems, as evidenced in internal and external audit reports. Alex also manages the Trust contracts, including HR support, ICT and Catering services, to ensure that all these services support the educational aims of Aurora Academies Trust. Alex is married with two daughters, and during her spare time enjoys holidays with her family, being outdoors and horse-riding.
Director of Education and Standards
James is Director of Education and Standards. He has worked for the Trust since it was formed in September 2012, initially as Headteacher of King Offa Primary Academy before taking on Executive Headship of schools within the Trust. Prior to this he held senior leadership positions in a number of schools and has taught internationally. He has a strong record in bringing about rapid school improvement and building sustainable and successful schools. James is also vice chair of East Sussex Schools Forum, Chairs the Rother, Rye and Hastings Education Improvement Partnership and is a member of the East Sussex Primary Board. In addition to this, James has significant experience of conducting Ofsted inspections as a contracted inspector.
Martha has over fifteen years’ experience of providing legal advice to schools and education institutions. After seven years as a solicitor in London with two leading education law firms, Stone King and Veale Wasbrough Vizards, she moved to an in-house role as company solicitor for a large education and training group with a turnover of over £80m. She is currently Executive Vice President of Pansophic Learning responsible for its international schools including the International School of Berne in Switzerland, where she serves on the board. Martha is a Fellow of the RSA and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators.