Chief Executive Officer
Tim McCarthy is the CEO of Aurora Academies Trust, a group of seven UK academy schools sponsored by Pansophic Learning, and he is responsible for the safety, wellbeing, educational provision and performance of 3,000 students and 400 employees. Prior to joining Aurora in 2012, Tim had over 30 years of extensive educational and leadership experience, initially as a Physics and Maths teacher, followed by being the Principal of three different schools: two Middle and High Schools in the Manchester region of the UK and; an all-through International Bricks and Mortar school in Dubai, UAE, for children aged 2 to 18. Tim’s skillsets include successful leadership of schools in extremely challenging neighbourhoods as well as the management of start-up projects. Aurora has a track record of school improvement and is financially very sound.
Tim is one of the UK’s most experienced Trust CEOs and has been selected by the UK’s Department for Education to train, coach and mentor other CEOs across the South East region.
Tim has been married to Rachel for 27 years and they have three children, Katie, Sam and Georgia who are all currently at Universities. He is a keen follower of sports and a lifelong Manchester United fanatic.
Director of Education
Qualified and began teaching in 1991 in Hastings.
Senior Teacher in 1997, Burwash CE Primary.
Deputy Headteacher one form entry primary 2000, Parkside CP Heathfield.
Deputy Headteacher large 3 form entry 2002 Blacklands, Hastings.
Headteacher CE Primary 2005, Dallington.
Headteacher new primary school 2008, Rye.
Executive Headteacher/Director of Education with AAT 2013-present Bexhill, Crawley, Brighton, Eastbourne & Horley.
Qualified with a specialism in Early Years. Leading Maths Teacher 1999 onwards.
Tutored maths teaching on Graduate Teacher Programme for Sussex University and East Sussex.
Collects music avidly and owns every UK number one single and every UK number one album since 1974! Patient owner of three Jack Russells, proud father of three adult daughters and loves spending time with three beautiful grandchildren.
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.
James is Executive Headteacher of three of Aurora’s primary schools. He has worked for the Trust since it was formed in September 2012, initially as Headteacher of King Offa Primary Academy before taking on his current role. 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 also chairs the East Sussex Education Improvement Partnership which brings together local authority schools and academies and works across all phases of education to improve pupil outcomes.
Company Secretary & Data Protection Officer
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.