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Executive Leadership Team

The Consortium Multi Academy Trust has established an Executive Leadership Team, which meets regularly to monitor, assess and provide strategic direction to the Trust and our Academy Schools.  The ELT consists of the following senior leaders who actively work with our schools to ensure that they are striving to achieve the best possible outcomes for our pupils.

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, Chief Executive Officer & Principal

Andrew has been an educationalist since 1999, and established the Trust whilst Executive  Headteacher  of  the Waveney Valley Partnership, for Suffolk County Council. Previous appointments  include Deputy Headteacher at  Greenacre Primary School and Deputy Headteacher at Bignold Middle  School,  both  maintained under Norfolk County Council.  Andrew gained the National Professional  Qualification in Headship in 2010.

Andrew has achieved a strong track record of school improvement, supporting Greenacre Primary School and leading St  Edmund’s Primary School at Hoxne both out of ‘Special Measures’ to 'Good’ schools. Delivering quality outcomes for pupils is Andrew's passion and as a former Suffolk Local Authority  Challenge Partner, had been deployed to several schools to support the existing school  leadership.

School to School support and partnership working is fundamental to Andrew's ethos, having previously headed a group of six rural primary schools in Suffolk, as a Family of Schools, where best practice, resources and headteacher support was shared; monitoring, mentoring and moderating forming the backbone of our collaborative work.

Prior to teaching, Andrew worked for a bio-medical research organisation as a Staff Cytogeneticist, trained in environmental sciences and gained a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Biology.  During this period Andrew also served with Territorial Army & Volunteer Reserve as a Commissioned Officer and has a background in local government, sitting on Norwich City Council for 12 years as an elected Member and served four years as the Cabinet Member for Public and Support Services.

Drawing on these vast experiences and training, Andrew was awarded Fellowship in the Institute of Leadership and Management in 2011.

On the 1st November 2017, Andrew was appointed by the Regional Schools’ Commissioner to sit on the Headteachers Board for the East of England and North East London area.

Andrew is a passionate believer in community involvement and engagement and has also worked as a Primary Headteacher on the UK Advisory Group for Youth Social Action Education.  This work has overlapped with his main outside interest working as a volunteer within the Scout Association, as Group Scout Leader/Trustee, District Training Advisor within the Southern Norfolk Scout District,  heading up a Scout Group of around 150 members in the Waveney Valley area.

Married to Donna, they have two grown up sons and grandchildren, and all live locally within the Waveney Valley area.  Rest and relaxation is important leisure time with gardening and keeping fit and being as active and outdoors as much as possible are their main pastimes, with their mantra - 'show us a mountain and we will climb it'!

Andrew can be contacted by email at:  http://principal@consortiumacademy.org

Tamsin Little, Education & Learning Manager (Vice Principal)

Following a successful career in social     regeneration supporting adults into learning and work, Tamsin entered higher education as a mature student, achieving a bachelor degree focused on the theory of education and learning, with the principal of       equality and access for all learners running through its core. 

In 2009,  Tamsin was appointed in her first post as Classroom Teacher & SEN Coordinator at Great Finborough Primary School and in January 2013 took on the headship of Thorndon CEVCP School. Following an intense and rapid period of improvement, the school was proud to achieve a very secure ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement in May 2015 along with a ‘Good’ judgement with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership and Management in the SIAMS (Church Inspection), also in May 2015. 

The Ofsted inspection document highlighted the positive impact of the school’s partnership working, in particular its work with the Mews Family of Schools, which included the Waveney Valley Partnership.   This collaborative working, in a safe and transparent environment, enabled leaders and the wider school communities to benefit from joint strategic planning, with individuals focussing on their specific areas of specialism and proving that effective partnership working and collaboration can enable all to fulfil their full potential - mirroring the Trust's central ethos of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust.

As Vice Principal and Education & Learning Manager, Tamsin is responsible for ensuring that the teaching and learning in our schools is exceptional.

Tamsin can be contacted at:  http://education@consortiumacademy.org

Liz Frere-Smith, HR & Finance Manager

Liz began working within the education system in March 2007 at Halesworth Middle School where she completed the Certificate in School Business Management. 

In September 2011, Liz was appointed as Administration Assistant at St Edmunds Primary School (Hoxne), later being promoted to bursar across the partnership with Mendham Primary School, where she established joint finances, a single bank account and associated budget plan across both schools sites. Liz was instrumental in re-negotiating many contracts for the Federation, which created substantial savings.

Prior to this employment, Liz worked in the Financial Sector in London, completed the FSAs Stockbroking exams, and became a qualified stockbroker. 

Liz and her family live in the village of Mendham and is an active supporter of her children’s activities; she can usually be found most weekends either in a dance studio or by the side of a hockey/rugby pitch! 

In her spare time, Liz loves the countryside, enjoys gardening, helping with the restoration of the family cottage and looking after their 2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 horses and a variety of chickens ! 

As the Trust's HR & Finance Manager, Liz is responsible for the financial and HR management, compliance and reporting of the Trust and its schools.

Liz can be contacted at:

Facilities & Compliance Manager

Robin worked for many years in the City of London as an equities analyst in the fund management industry. He later worked as a consultant, advising companies on their relations with institutional investors and advising investors on corporate governance arrangements at UK companies.

Moving to Suffolk in 2001, Robin worked for Suffolk County Council for over four years, where he resolved highways problems by achieving negotiated solutions and preparing the associated legal orders.

As Facilities & Compliance Manager, Robin is responsible for managing our premises, including buildings, capital and maintenance, health & safety across the Trust and supporting joining schools through the conversion process.

Robin can be contacted by email at:  http://facilities@consortiumacademy.org

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