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Lisa Pruden photographLisa Pruden

Lisa Pruden is the current Chair of the Pathfinder Schools' Trust Board. She sits on a number of committees and is a proud member of the Pathfinder Schools' Wellbeing Group. 

Lisa has a BSc in Psychology and gained Qualified Teacher Status through the Graduate Teacher Programme. She also has a qualification in counselling skills and has undertaken professional development relating to her various roles in strategic governance and leadership, pastoral leadership and safeguarding.

Having started her career in training & development within the retail industry, she moved into the public sector as a Probation Service Officer, training and counselling offenders. Lisa then went on to teach at KS5 in local outstanding secondary schools where she has been Head of Business, Head of Year and a Pastoral Lead. Lisa has also run a series of businesses that she brand built from scratch and sold on as part of an ongoing model. She still works in education whilst running her own business, giving her a tangible insight into Business Leadership, Accounts, HR and Marketing.

Alan Bindley photographAlan Bindley

Alan is Vice Chair of the Trust Board with lead responsibilities for Performance Management and Reward.

A former pupil of the Havelock Schools in Desborough and of Montsaye he has worked for the last 37 years for Barclays Bank where he has held the role of Relationship Director since 2001. In this role he is responsible for the care and control of up to 35 corporate connections with turnover between the ranges from £6.5M per annum to £50M per annum.

Prior to taking a position as Trustee, Alan was a Governor and the Chair of Governors at Havelock Infant School. His other interests outside of work include being Secretary of Desborough Town Cricket Club and being a qualified Level 3 cricket umpire officiating as a panel umpire in the Northamptonshire Cricket League.

Craig Charteris PhotoCraig Charteris

Craig Charteris is a Trustee representing the Diocese of Peterborough.  He is the Head Teacher of Hayfield Cross Church of England School in Kettering which he has led since its inception from before it was built in 2015.  Craig has a local connection, living in Desborough and having seen all three of his children pass through the Monstaye cluster. 

Craig qualified with BA(Ed) Hons from Canterbury Christ Church University and has taught in Northamptonshire for over 20 years in a range of different schools.  He holds a Masters Degree in Professional Studies in Education, a Certificate in Professional Studies and the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers for which he is now also an accredited assessor.

He first became a Headteacher in 2010 at Trinity Lower School near Oundle.  During his time there he was the Chair of the local schools cluster and sat on the steering group for the 2-3 tier change that took place in the area.  He was also seconded by the local authority and Diocese to take on the role as Consultant Head for a school in difficulty to address the capacity of leadership and improve teaching and learning.  Prior to headship he was an Advanced Skills Teacher working with a range of schools specialising in behaviour.

Ann Davey photographAnn Davey

Educated in Yorkshire, Ann subsequently attended Birmingham University graduating with an English and Philosophy degree. She then worked in sales and recruitment consultancy for several years before returning to education to complete her PGCE at Leeds University. Ann has completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship and is a National Leader of Education, which enables her to support other schools in the country.

Ann has taught throughout the primary age range at a number of schools in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. She started her career at Stilton Primary School as a Reception/Year 1 teacher. Whilst bringing up her own family she worked as a supply teacher and part time SEN support teacher at a number of schools in Northamptonshire including Barton Seagrave Primary and Latimer Secondary School. She then joined Thrapston Primary School as SEN Coordinator and whilst there taught year groups from Reception to Year 4 and carried out roles of PSHE Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, Governor and Assistant Head Teacher.

Having successfully completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship, she joined Trinity Lower School at Aldwincle as Head Teacher and Year 4 teacher. She then moved to Havelock Infant school as Head Teacher and was instrumental in setting up Montsaye Community Learning Partnership in 2013. In May 2015 she became Executive Head Teacher across Havelock Infant and Junior school as the two schools federated under one Governing Body. Under her leadership, the Infant School gained an outstanding OFSTED judgement in 2015 and the Junior School moved from Requires Improvement to Good.

In 2016 Ann became Acting Chief Executive for the Trust in addition to being Executive Head Teacher at the Havelock Schools. Since September 2019 she has been full time CEO for the Trust.  

Jo Woods pictureJoanne Woods

Joanne Woods was a School Governor at Montsaye Academy from January 2015 and a member of the School Improvement Board at the school from January 2017 until March 2019, successfully supporting the school to come out of special measures.

Joanne has a BA (Hons) in History and Politics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and is a member of the Career Development Institute.

For 30 years Joanne has worked in the field of careers guidance providing independent and impartial advice and information to students aged 13-19 across a number of secondary schools in Northamptonshire. Whilst working as the Lead for CE/IAG she has been a KS4 and a sixth form mentor. She has also run training courses for schools and both trained and mentored careers advisers. She has used this experience to undertake a child welfare role for a number of local voluntary organisations.         

Julie Edwards pictureJulie Edwards

Julie Edwards was a member of Montsaye Academy School Improvement Board between September 2017 and March 2019, successfully supporting the school to come out of special measures.

After a career in schools spanning 25 years, including posts as head of year, science subject leader and a member of SLT, Julie joined Northamptonshire Inspection and Advisory Service (NIAS) and became County Adviser for Science. In this role, she led the science team, advising on specialist science teaching and learning for 4-19 year olds and worked in whole school improvement, both in a number of Local Authorities.

Julie became an Ofsted inspector for science and ICT.  She later retrained to be able to inspect under the new frameworks and worked as an Additional Inspector for both primary and secondary inspections until the summer of 2015.

Julie went on to join the National Strategies as a Regional Adviser, specialising in science, working with many different schools, settings and Local Authorities, mainly in the South West of England, in different situations and with diverse needs.

MM photoMandy Mottram Mandy is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary at Methodist Homes, a leading charity in the adult care sector who provide services to over 18,000 older people helping them to live later life well.
Mandy is a qualified solicitor and barrister with significant commercial, property and legal experience at a senior level as both Company Secretary and Director gained at EMIS Group, The Co-operative Group, Trinity Estates and Eversheds.
In her spare time she enjoys walking the family’s two dogs.

 Claire Photo

Claire Green

Claire Green joined the Senior Leadership Team at Northampton School for Girls in September 2020 as Director of Sixth Form, teachers History from Key Stage 3 to 5 and was apppointed to the Trust Board in July 2020.

Claire has a BA in History from Durham University, PGCE from Cambridge University, has completed the SSAT Senior Leadership training programme and is safeguarding trained. 

Claire had been privileged to spend her teaching career working in outstanding secondary schools locally, previously holding positions as Head of Gifted and Talented provision, Head of History, Head of Humanities, 'Troubleshooting' for Assessment within specific subject areas, Intervention at KS5 and Sixth Form Leadership. Claire follows developments in education and reads widely on the subject, sharing any ideas she finds that might help to improve practice with colleagues.


Chris Wright

Chris Wright is currently the Founding Partner of a small education company which specialises in the logistical setup of new schools or the development of existing facilities.

He has spent his entire working life in education and is a former teacher and for 16 years was a successful Headteacher / Principal in the UK and internationally. As a former UK OFSTED inspector and LEA Development Adviser Chris has participated in over 50 school quality reviews. He has working experience of UK, American and IB curriculums and has been heavily involved throughout his career in teacher and school leader recruitment. Having worked for three large commercial education groups Chris is fully aware of the KPIs that such a group should be judged against.

Chris’s most recent projects have been leading on all aspects of the development of a 2400 student school in Doha, Qatar on behalf of Orbital Education, for Qatar Airways which serves the children of their workforce. Also United International School, The Pearl, Doha through the detailed design stage leading to construction of a 2800 school located in one of the most prestigious locations in the world. This school opening has been delayed until September 2022 due to COVID impact on the build schedule. He is currently supporting a project in Saudi Arabia for local students funded by the country’s Misk Trust.


Peter Winder

Peter started his working life as a Quantity Surveyor, providing a great insight into construction, financial management and office administration. When he graduated as a teacher, the knowledge and skills that he acquired became increasingly more pertinent, particularly when progressing into school management and leadership. His first headship was in a school judged by Ofsted to be  ‘failing’, with the budget overspent by £100,000. When Ofsted inspected the school one year later, the judgement was ’Satisfactory with several Good features’ and three years later, their judgement was ‘Good with Outstanding features in many areas’. After twelve years as a Headteacher, he decided to establish his own business as an Independent Education Consultant and worked across several local authorities as a School Improvement Partner and secured school improvement contracts abroad. Whilst fulfilling one of these UAE contracts, he was offered Principal's role in an all through private school, with the KPI of securing a ‘Good’ inspection report, which took fourteen months. He then took on the role of Founding Principal of a new school and repeated this role for a different company before working for an international company as a Development Manager/Assistant Chief Academic Officer, improving the Learning and Teaching provision of their schools and others. After three years, he was appointed CAO, in a larger company, responsible for the performances of staff and students across almost 150 private schools and 250 franchised schools. Peter would like to strategically support Pathfinder Schools Leaders  to ensure that the buildings and facilities are fit for purpose to enable their Governors and SLT’s to improve their deliverables, standards and outcomes.

Declaration of Interests October 2021



Name of Business


Other Interest             

Lisa Pruden

Pru Partnerships

Non-Executive Director

Teacher - Northampton School for Girls

Alan Bindley



Ann Davey

Chantry Business Associates LLP


Member NAHT

Craig Charteris



Headteacher - Hayfield Cross CofE School

Jo Woods


Julie Edwards

Julie Ed Ltd


Mandy Mottram


Claire Green


  Head of 6th Form - Northampton School for Girls

Chris Wright

 School Business Solutions  Director

Governor - Upton Meadows Primary School

Long Buckby Parish Council

Peter Winder

N/A   Governor - Irthinglingborough Primary School

Directors Serving Over the Past 12 Months






Attendance 2020/21

Attendance 2020/21 to date

Mrs Jill Moore






Mrs Ann Davey






Mr Alan Bindley






Mrs Lisa Pruden



Appointed by default by virtue of holding the position of Chair of Strategic Advisory Board (this is set out in the Trust’s governance structure arrangements)



Mr Craig Martin Charteris






Mr Adrian Cummings






Mrs Jo Woods






Mrs Julie Edwards 8.7.19   Directors 11/11 7/7
Mr Kris Malde 14.10.19  16.9.21 Directors Sabbatical N/A
Mrs Mandy Mottram 14.10.19   Directors 9/11 5/6
Ms Claire Green 1.9.20   Members 4/4

Sabattical from 1.1.21 to 31.8.21


Mr Chris Wright 26.1.22   Members    2/2
Mr Peter Winder 26.1.22   Members    2/2
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