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Chief Finance Officer

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Sam Golding

Sam Golding is an experienced School Business Manager.  She started working with The Pioneer Academy when her school joined the Trust in September 2018.  In her role as Chief Finance Officer, Sam works alongside the Chief Operating Officer to ensure the financial sustainability and development of Multi-Academy Trust.

Head of HR (part-time)

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Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson joined The Pioneer Academy in September 2020 and has over 15 years’ experience of working in Education.  She is skilled in Talent Management, Labour Relations, Personnel Management and Employee Engagement.  Emma joined the Trust from working within Further Education and holds a Post Graduate Diploma focused in Psychology from the University of Westminster.

Head of IT

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Chris Money-Chappelle

Chris Money-Chappelle has worked in education for 12 years in various roles progressing into his preferred field involving Information Technology.  Chris relishes the continual challenge of taking The Pioneer Academy forward as the Head of IT Support.

Head of Estates


Simon Frampton

Simon Frampton joined The Pioneer Academy in September 2020.  Previously working as a Commercial & Projects manager in the Landscape Management & Construction sector, he has many years’ experience in working closely with site teams and contractors and using his experience to lead projects from idea through to fruition.

Executive Team Assistant

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Sam Warwick

Sam Warwick joined The Pioneer Academy in June 2022 as Excecutive Assistant.  She has nearly 20 years experience in corporate organisations, as well as the NHS.  Sam provides administrative assistance to the CEO and COO.

Executive Assistant for Recruitment (part-time)


Carly-Louise Roostan

Carly joined the The Pioneer Academy in 2022 as an Executive Recruitment Assistant and is based in our Central Team. She has over 20 years experience in Administration roles within a corporate environment and in her role as Executive Recruitment Assistant, she deals with short term supply cover and also assists with long term recruitment requirements.  

HR Assistant (part-time)


Lucy Samuel

Lucy joined the Academy’s central team in 2022 having recently returned to the UK from Norway, where she worked for 12 years in various roles across the education sector. She works alongside the Head of HR to support staff needs and safer recruitment.

Bank Reconciliation Manager (part-time)


Sukhi Dhesi

Sukhi Dhesi started working at The Pioneer Academy as a School Business Manager before moving to the central team as the Bank Reconciliation Manager where she supports the Chief Finance Officer.

Central Finance Manager (part-time)


Leonie Freeman

Leonie Freeman joined TPA in June 2022 and has worked in different finance roles within the education sector since 2015.  In her role as Central Finance Manager she supports five schools in Bexley and Kent.

Central Finance Manager

Suzanne Lawford - Central Finance Manager

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Suzi has worked in education finance since 1994, initially as a finance officer.  She obtained her School Business Manager qualification in 2011 and became an SBM in a secondary and then primary school before joining a primary school MAT as a Finance Lead in 2019.  Suzi joined TPA in February 2023 as a Central Finance Manager.

Central Business Manager


Stuart Dearsley

Stuart has over 25 years of Leadership and Management experience having worked across a range of sectors and held positions within areas such as Customer Service, Business Management, Operations, HR, and Finance. Stuart was also previously a School Governor at a West Sussex primary for seven years, (where he was Chair of the Premises Committee and a member of the Finance Committee) as well as being a former Charity Trustee and Youth and Children's Worker. 

Central Business Manager


Lorrayne Sanders

Lorrayne Sanders is an experienced School Business Manager and has worked in an educational setting since 2013 and joined The Pioneer in March 2022.  In her role as Central Business Manager she supports five schools in Bexley and Kent.  She believes passionately that every child should have the same opportunity to make the most of their abilities and succeed in life and believes that education plays a vital role in this aspiration.

Central Business Manager


Jane Whiteman-Bruner

Jane Whiteman-Bruner is an experienced School Business Manager and has worked in educational settings across London for over 20 years and joined the Pioneer in February 2023. In her role as Central Business Manager she currently supports two schools in Croydon and is passionate about education.

Central Business Manager

Carly Regan CBM

Carly Regan

Carly Regan is an experienced business leader, having worked across nursery, primary, and secondary phases since 2014.  Prior to working in the education sector, she spent several years in cross functional leadership roles at a FTSE 100 organisation.  Carly is committed to striving for excellence and believes that every child deserves to achieve their potential.  In her role as Central Business Manager, she currently supports two schools in the Brighton area.​

Operations Manager


Kinza Tahir

Kinza Tahir graduated with a BScHons in Computer Science, She has been working in the IT industry for over 10 years. Initially specialising in CRM Software, she moved away from this specialty so that she could expand her skills and help more people. This is the first time she has worked in a school environment.

Senior IT Technician


Gheorghita Onosa

Gheorghita, known at George, is from Romania.  He has lived in the UK for two years and joined TPA in March 2022.  In Romania, he completed a programming degree and uses his skills to support staff and children at TPA.

Administrative & IT Officer (part-time)

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Anita Dowdell

Anita Dowdell has worked in education for over 25 years starting in a Nursery school and moving up to teach IT in a Primary School. ​Whilst in the role Anita always helped the external IT company whenever they were on site to further her knowledge of IT.  Anita is the Administrative & IT Officer working alongside the IT Department in supporting The Pioneer Academy.

IT Technician

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Jay Neighbour

Meet Jay, a dynamic team member with a background in education and a knack for technology. Having achieved A Levels in film and media Studies.  Jay seamlessly transitions his skills to the digital realm, serving as an administrator in a well known online game.  A fast learner and tech-savvy individual, Jay brings a unique blend of experience and adaptability to our team. His commitment to continuous learning and proficiency in computers make him a valuable asset.

Senior Groundsman


Kevin O'Neill

Kevin O’Neill joined The Pioneer Academy in November 2020 as a Groundsman and is now the Senior Groundsman.  He ensures all the grounds across our sites are maintained, including grass cutting, hedge and shrub trimming, installing sports markings, general site tidying, leaf clearing, weed treatment, tree and shrub planting and ad hoc requirements to assist the Academy. 



Charlie Tidy

Charlie joined The Pioneer Academy in March 2022 as a Groundsman. Working closely with the rest of the Grounds Maintenance Team, he ensures that all TPA school sites are maintained to a high standard.

Central Cleaner (part-time)

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Toni Harris

Toni has worked at Stewart Fleming Primary School as a Lunchtime Supervisor since September 2008. She has always enjoyed working with the children at lunchtimes; for the last few years she has worked with Year 6. A majority of them enjoy football so she plays twice a week on the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area).  Toni also undertakes the important role of ensuring the central educational offices are kept clean.

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