James joined as CEO of The Education People in July 2018. He started his career in education as a teacher in inner city London secondaries, progressing through senior leadership roles in both challenging and outstanding schools. With two successful headships under his belt he then moved into the role of Director of Standards for the second largest education group in Dubai: working closely with the CEO to drive transformational change across the group of all-through schools and nurseries by raising educational standards and expanding the business in a highly competitive market.
He brings over 20 years of educational expertise to the role of CEO, along with experience of forming sustainable business partnerships with local, national and multinational companies. His most recent role involved successfully establishing an education service that had a significant impact on improving outcomes for children and young people. He is committed to ensuring the same impact is felt at The Education People, as the company strives to become the one-stop shop for professional education services, support and products across the country.
Mirela has 20 years of financial experience across practice, charity and industry. She started her career in accountancy practice where she qualified as a chartered accountant. Since then she left practice and her keen interest in education led her to join the Institute of Physics in 2005. As financial controller she supported the teams across the entire institute and led the finance department to be integrated as a true partner in the business.
In 2013 she joined GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) where she supported the business while it was going through significant growth of over £140m over 5 years. In addition to managing all day-to-day finances for the company, she was involved in many projects such as implementation of new EPR system and changeover of banking arrangement, business restructure and provided key support for the bids for the management of Council owned leisure centres and libraries.
Throughout her career she used her expertise to support the business, improve and deliver efficiencies, growth and significant cost savings.
Tel joined The Education People as Head of Service for Primary School Improvement in 2020, taking on the role as Divisional Lead for Educational Improvement in 2021.
Tel works in partnership with colleagues from School Improvement, Secondary, Special and PRU, Skills and Employability, Education Safeguarding, Governor Services and the Equality Diversity Inclusion Team to provide cohesive educational improvement support to our customers.
In addition, Tel remains Head of Service for Primary School Improvement, leading a team of highly qualified and experienced advisers to deliver a comprehensive range of training, consultancy and support.
Alex Gamby is Head of Early Years and Childcare for The Education People, taking on the role as Divisional Lead in 2021.
Alex works in partnership with Outdoor Learning, Schools Financial Services and Specialist Employment. This Division and these services work with other services across The Education People in pursuit of providing effective business support and related services to our customers.
Integral to this, Alex remains Head of Early Years and Childcare, leading an extensive team of highly qualified and experienced officers and advisers in support of a sufficient, sustained, high quality and inclusive Early Years and Childcare sector in Kent.
Tracy is the Executive Business Manager for The Education People and a member of the Executive Committee. Her role is to provide business support to both the executive team and the company board, whilst acting as the executive lead in a number of strategic functions of the business, including health and safety, company policies and procedures and business continuity. She is responsible for supporting the executive in all elements of communications including external events, presentations and reporting. Tracy also leads the Executive Office Team to provide all areas of administrative support for the Executive Committee.
Tracy has over 14 years experience of working for education services in Kent, including providing director level support. She played a key role in the set up of the company and has now transferred her drive and organisational ability to providing comprehensive business support to the executive team and company board.
Tracy has an interest in voluntary and charity work. She regularly volunteers at a local wildlife reserve and also undertakes Race for Life each year in aid of Cancer Research.
Sarah is the Executive Business Deputy Manager for The Education People. She brings with her significant support and administration skills in an education environment. Sarah supports the Executive Office ensuring that the office runs smoothly and effectively. Her role includes supporting the Executive Committee with diary and email management, action capture and onward monitoring, liaising with the Extended Leadership Team to ensure actions are progressed and closed, drafting key documentation, proof reading, managing key recruitment and providing general office support.
Her role also supports the wellbeing of staff, ensuring the Executive Office is operational and effective, and liaising with suppliers. Her previous experience of working in education allows Sarah to apply context to requests and liaise with external parties to effectively triage contacts and ensure the right person is dealing with the appropriate enquiry.
Sarah has worked with a large Local Authority since 2008, most recently supporting the Head of School Improvement supporting in day to day activities and liaising with schools. Prior to this Sarah held roles within customer services giving her a wider understanding of customer experience.
Sarah is a keen fundraiser for Kidney Research UK, Macmillan Cancer and Breast Cancer in her spare time.
Claire started with The Education People in October 2022 and is supporting the Executive Business Deputy and Executive Business Manager. Her role includes supporting with the weekly updates, organising and minuting of Business Reviews, monitoring sickness and mandatory training, booking meetings, assisting with staff events, updating NexTEP and providing general office support.
Claire is a Wellbeing Champion for the company and is leading on updating the Wellbeing page on NexTEP.
Prior to joining The Education People, Claire worked for Kent County Council for 11 years, including Adult Social Care and Special Education Needs & Disability Team.
Claire is a keen runner and has completed the London Marathon twice and fundraised for City East London Bereavement Service and Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People. Claire attends her local Parkrun and is part of the core volunteer team.