Senior executive team
Claire is the CEO at the GLA, a multi-academy Trust of 9 primary schools. Prior to this role she was the Director of Academies in the Trust, leading on School Improvement and new Free School Projects.
Claire has been an Executive Head teacher across 3 primary schools and was the Head teacher at one of the GLA’s founding schools, Rowanfield Junior School since 2005. Under Claire’s leadership, Rowanfield achieved an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED judgement in 3 consecutive inspections.
Claire was a National Leader of Education for 12 years providing system leadership regionally in failing schools. She provides executive coaching for the NPQEL and is an experienced facilitator for the NPQH. She is a Trustee for the Futura Learning Partnership.
Lisa HarfordFrom January 2024 - Director of Education
Joining January 2024
Laura SpenceDirector of Research & Development
Laura leads the GLA School Improvement Team (SIT) and is Director of the EEF Gloucestershire Research School, the first of it's kind in the county. She has extensive experience of trust wide implementation, including leading ELS phonics across the trust. Laura also leads on NPQ facilitation and is an accredited BASIC coach facilitator. She is a leader of evidence-led teaching and learning and has supported many schools to bring evidence to life in the classroom both within the trust and externally.
Hannah DellChief Operations Officer
Hannah DellHannah joined the Trust in November 2022 as the Chief Operations Officer, a role which incorporates the Chief Financial Officer responsibilities. She is a highly experienced, dynamic School Business Leader who is committed to facilitating the best possible educational outcomes. Prior to joining the GLA, she was School Business Manager in a large secondary SAT in Buckinghamshire and has a CIPFA Level 7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership.As Chief Operations Officer, she is responsible for leading all of the Trust’s operational and administrative services in support of our vision, mission, values and strategy. This includes supporting and leading on HR, Estates and Facilities Management, Finance, Governance, ICT, Marketing and Communications, and GDPR. She is also the Company Secretary of the Trust.