Barnsole Primary Trust

Trust Team

nick osborNe – interim CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICEr

       Nick Osborne, CEO of Maritime Academy Trust has been appointed as Interim CEO of Barnsole Primary Trust.  Prior to founding Maritime, Nick was the Executive Head             Teacher of Millennium, Brooklands, and Timbercroft Primary Schools. He is a National Leader of Education. 

       Under Nick’s leadership, Brooklands went from a ‘Satisfactory’ Ofsted rating to ‘Outstanding’ and became a London Gold School, and Millennium went from ‘Requires               Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’. All three schools' attainment and progress have accelerated rapidly, with the progress at Millennium and Timbercroft being in the top 3%         nationally.  During the most recent Ofsted inspection his leadership was described as exceptional. 

       He is currently also a governor on the Transition Board for Featherby Infants & Juniors Schools and is a governor at his son's school, Hustmere School.


Sean has worked within the education sector since 2001. Prior to this he had a successful career in sales and marketing. Sean brings over six years of experience as a Primary Headteacher and also has experience working in secondary education.

Sean is a registered Ofsted Inspector. His area of expertise is Leadership and Management and he has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation. He has a passion for developing leaders across the primary phase and the raising of achievement for all pupils.



Leanda Arnold is the Chief Financial Officer for Barnsole Primary Trust. She contributes to the corporate, strategic and operational leadership management of the trust. In particular Leanda is responsible for leading the Trust’s finance team, accounting and delivering a financial strategy to support the Trust’s objectives. Leanda  has played a significant role in modernising systems and processes which contributed to the Barnsole Primary School outstanding Ofsted judgment in March 2016.  Leanda has successfully completed the Certificate of School Business Management qualification.  She has now completed the Level 7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership which has been developed by CIPFA and NASBM.

Louise Mitchell - Finance Manager

Louise is the Finance Manager for Barnsole Primary Trust, with over 3 years’ experience in Education Finance. Prior to this she worked in corporate Finance in the City of London. Louise is responsible for the day to day running of the finance function within the Trust, including implementing robust financial procedures and maintaining oversight of budgets to ensure the best possible use of funds for the benefit of all pupils. She has recently completed the Level 7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership which has been developed by CIPFA and NASBM.

Keiran Humphreys - Finance Assistant

Keiran was appointed as Finance Assistant of Barnsole Primary Trust in January 2018. He has four years’ experience of working in Administration and Finance within the education sector.  Kieran’s main role is to efficiently process orders and invoices for all schools within the Trust and he is also responsible for maintaining and updating the Trust’s Asset Register.  In June 2019, Keiran will commence: Level 4 School Business Apprenticeship.





Philippa Barnes - Human Resources officer

Philippa looks after HR for all schools in the Trust. Prior to this, Philippa has a wealth of experience as the Business Support Officer at Danecourt School and transferred her skills to the central Trust team upon their conversion in to the Trust on 1st April 2018. She is responsible for the day to day running of the HR function within the Trust, including Safer Recruitment, staff absence management and ensuring all HR policies are followed consistently. Philippa’s next project will be to ensure that as a Trust we are offering the best possible package to all staff.


tina wood - Human Resources assistant

Tina is currently undertaking a secondment to the HR team as an HR Assistant. She has worked within the education sector for 7 years and has been at the Trust for almost 4.

Tina’s role is to act as first point of call for any HR queries and provide administrative support to the team within areas such as recruitment and payroll.



Rachelle Stevens - Clerk to the Board of Trustees

Rachelle is the Clerk to the Board of Trustees and Company Secretary at Barnsole Primary Trust.  Rachelle has worked within the education sector for the last 10 years, prior to this she worked in the International Software industry.  Her management roles varied from Quality Manager (BS EN ISO 9001 and TickIT), Finance, Human Resources, Office Manager and PA to the CEO.


Rachelle provides the Board with advice on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. As Company Secretary, Rachelle is responsible for ensuring the Trust is managed in accordance with the Companies Act 2006 and the Articles of Association.

Rebecca Byrne - PA to Chief Executive Officer & Data Protection Officer



Rebecca joined Barnsole Primary Trust in June 2019 as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Data Protection Officer.  Prior to joining the Trust, Rebecca worked as an Executive Assistant and Senior Operations Executive for a Global Recruitment firm in London.  Rebecca will be providing PA support to the Central Trust team and acting as the point of contact for all data protection queries ensuring the Trust is fully compliant with GDPR.

sarah ryan - early years improvement lead (SLE)

Sarah has strategic responsibility for Trust wide Early Years school improvement. Sarah has a twenty five years of experience working in the primary phase.  She is a Specialist Leader in Education for Early Years and is passionate about our youngest children getting the very best start to their education. She has experience of working in a variety of teams, both within the maintained primary sector and in supporting the private, voluntary and independent sector to improve the quality of provision for young children.  She is committed to empowering others to lead and be the voice for high quality Early Years education.