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Executive Team
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Catherine Anwar
Chief Executive Officer
Catherine Anwar, our Chief Executive Officer, joined us in May 2017. Prior to joining us, Catherine was a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted and served 8 years as a secondary school headteacher in Hampshire. In her role at Ofsted, Catherine led focused reviews of Multi-Academy Trusts, and inspections of complex academies, and free schools.
Gaetano Ferrante
Director of School Improvement; Secondary & 6th Form
Gaetano is Director of Improvement for Secondary & 6th form at Ninestiles Academy Trust. He has been at Ninestiles since 1993, having had a number of roles which have included, being a Deputy Head of Year, an Advanced Skills Teacher in Science supporting schools locally and nationally, Head of Science, Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Principal and Deputy Vice Principal and Principal.
Usha Devi
Director of School Improvement, Primary
Usha Devi is the School Improvement Director, Primary. She joined Ninestiles Academy Trust in April 2018. Prior to joining the Trust, Usha had a number of local and national roles. Usha was one of Her Majesty’s inspectors for Ofsted. During her time with Ofsted, she led inspections and monitoring visits in primary and secondary schools. Prior to joining Ofsted, Usha had extensive leadership experience in schools and was a successful headteacher in the West Midlands. Usha has also held a number of additional roles, including working as an educational consultant, an advisor to the Department of Education, a member of the General Teaching Council, a community governor, and a visiting lecturer at a university.
Steve Ralph
Finance Director
Steve Ralph is the Director of Finance. He is a Fellow of the ICAEW and has responsibility over the finance function of Ninestiles Academy Trust. He spent 18 years working in audit services before joining the Trust in 2014.
Steve Smith
Estates & Facilities Director
Steve is the Estates & Facilities Director for the Trust and joined us in September 2016. He is a member of the British Institute of Facilities Management and has over 15 years’ experience in Facilities management, bringing extensive experience of service focused multi-site management to his role.
Costas Tzartzalis
IT Director
Costas Tzartzalis is our IT Director. He is an IT professional with over 25 years’ experience in Education, managing high quality and extremely successful projects. He has a proven track record of delivering IT services and ensuring strong alignment with organisational goals and increasing value, while maintaining high standards within budget and tight timescales.
Kate Purchase
Executive Assistant to CEO
Kate Purchase is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She started with us in August 2015 having previously worked as a Conference & Event Organiser. Kate offers broad and effective support to the CEO, SIDs and Executive Team and leads on Trust-wide events such as conferences and awards evenings.
Donna Farrugia
HR Director
Donna joined the Trust in February 2018 as the newly appointed HR Director. Having worked in the education sector for over 25 years she brings a wealth of experience in providing strategic and operational support on a range of HR areas. Prior to joining the Trust, Donna has had extensive HR leadership experience working within the Further Education sector, and more recently she has worked in a number of educational settings as an HR Consultant undertaking specific project based work.
Clare Sutton
Strategic Business Director
Clare Sutton leads the Procurement Team for the Trust. She has recently joined the Trust to implement and extend best practice in procurement across our schools. Her aim is to secure the maximum quality and quantity of resources for our pupils whilst eliminating any waste and inefficiency in buying the Trust’s goods and services. Clare is also Finance Director at The Sixth Form College, Solihull.