Meet the Team

Patrick Leeson has been a senior leader in education and children’s services with many years’ experience at a strategic level in national and local government, following a career as a teacher, headteacher, Ofsted national director and HMI and local authority senior officer. Most recently, between 2011 and 2017, he was Corporate Director, Children, Young People and Education in Kent. In that role he led the project to develop the new education services company, The Education People, and he now chairs the company Board.

Tim Byles founded Cornerstone Assets in May 2011 as a new breed of social investment company. From 2006 – 2011, Tim was the Chief Executive of Partnerships for Schools, the Government’s school building agency, managing large scale multi-billion-pound investment programmes. Prior to this, Tim was Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council, where he raised the Council’s performance to the highest level. He has worked extensively with central government and also served as National Procurement Champion for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

John Humphrey joined Kent County Council’s holding company, Kent HoldCo Limited, as Group Chief Executive in February 2019.

Prior to joining Kent, John was the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, a Ministry of Defence trading fund; Managing Director of Admiralty Deutschland GmbH, a UKHO-owned  company based in Hamburg, Germany; VP Sales Infrastructure Products for Verint, a NASDAQ listed business, based in Montreal, Canada; Founder of BraddaHead Limited, a UK-based electronics company which he sold in 2004; and Group Managing Director of Dedicated Microcomputers Group Ltd, a large private electronics business.

John is a lay trustee of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

Simon joined Kent County Council in July 2018 as the Director, Highways, Transportation and Waste. Previously, he had spent 6 years as a senior civil servant, operating as the Regional Director for the South East and M25 with Highways Agency then, since April 2015, with Highways England.

Before becoming a civil servant, Simon spent over 15 years within the rail industry providing high speed and mass transit signalling and train systems both nationally and internationally. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor having been a member of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors for almost 20 years.

Steve is an experienced, successful senior manager of major programmes, services, projects and procurements including Business Development and relationship management, Joint Venture LA/ Commercial Partnerships, Service Provision for Schools and Data and Information Management for Children’s Services. A strong education, teaching and school / LA senior management background in addition to leading commercial services in the private sector and excellent strategic and working relationships with senior managers.

Richard has over 30 years commercial experience initially in Financial Services with the last 5 years as CEO in the legal services sector.  Richard holds NED positions in both the commercial and charity sector.  He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Chartered Insurer and holds an MBA. Born and educated in Kent Richard now lives in East Northamptonshire and has two daughters still in full time education.

Tina has held a variety of senior leadership positions across the education sector. She was a headteacher, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools, director for education in a local authority, school adjudicator at the DFE and, latterly, an educational consultant for school improvement.  In 2012, Tina led the strategic development of Education Kingston, a school improvement partnership funded by schools and a local authority. This stakeholder led organisation was one of the first of its kind in the country and later became part of Achieving for Children.

Head Teacher of Tonbridge Grammar School since April 2005, Rosemary studied Religion and Philosophy with History at the University of Stirling, completing her PGCE and Masters in Education at the University of London.  Her teaching career began in 1988, teaching at comprehensive and selective schools in Sussex, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire. She was Deputy Head at Nonsuch High School for Girls in Sutton, prior to her appointment as Head Teacher at Tonbridge Grammar School.

Rosemary is Chair of the Management Committee of Two Bridges School.  Judged outstanding by Ofsted, Two Bridges offers a nurturing alternative learning environment for vulnerable young people in the local area.  She represents secondary schools on the West Kent Association of Headteachers Area Board.

Alice is the Headteacher at Kings Hill School, a Kent Leader of Education and a representative for the KAH. She has been passionate about raising the aspirations and achievements of all children since qualifying as a teacher in 2002 in Greenwich. Alice has significant experience of raising standards successfully and particular strengths in leading high performance teams, strategic vision and implementing robust action plans for school improvement based on rigorous data analysis

Michelle has run an Early Years Setting as Manager and achieved outstanding from Ofsted since 2009. She represents Canterbury district as part of the Early Years providers Association; and is part of the Herne Bay Training Collaboration. She has over 20 years’ experience as a Nanny, Childminder, nursery assistant and finally pre-school manager. Michelle also has 15 years’ experience within a large limited company, managing large financial budgets.

Neil is the Executive Headteacher of The Beacon Folkestone, one of the country’s largest Special schools, and is Lead Professional of KsENT, (Kent Special Educational Needs Trust) a cooperative trust of all of 24 Special schools in Kent.  The Beacon Folkestone is a national support school and it, and he, lead the teaching school alliance (CLASS) that drives forward the collaborative support and development at the heart of KsENT. He also Chairs the Advisory Board of the Cooperative Schools Network for London and the South East.