The Members and Trustees of the Trust have a wealth of experience, brought together by a passion for giving children the best start in life. Our team is highly committed, hugely experienced, and has a proven track record for excellent outcomes for those in their care. We are well placed to support, complement and even enhance the vision and values that all ready exist in your school.

Neville Diffey: Chair of PLT Board & Member

Neville is a Solicitor, having trained in London and practised in both London and Hong Kong. He specialised in company law, developing particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, financial services and corporate governance. After private practice, Neville first joined a global investment bank and became a Managing Director in the Legal Department and, subsequently, was a Managing Director in the Compliance Department of another investment bank with wide-ranging and extensive responsibilities for the Investment Banking Business and across many functions of the department. Most recently, Neville worked in the Compliance Department and the Chief Controls Office of a universal bank. Neville has broad expertise in risk management, regulation, governance, M&A, conduct, and change management. He has operated as an advisor and as a consultant as well as in governance/oversight roles. Neville has a Master’s Degree in Law from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

Victor DaSilva: Member - Commercial and Enterprise

Victor is a founding member of Parallel Learning Trust. He is an experienced business leader, having founder his own company supplying premium paper products based in South London. He brings a wealth of commercial acumen and is able to provide the board with strategic advice and guidance on business and commercial matters. Victor has been instrumental in providing direction and challenge to the formation and business plan for our community interest company and ensuring its success.

Catherine Malec: Member – Business Development

Catherine is a general manager with responsibility for negotiations within financial and legal settings as well as managing a profit and loss account.  In addition, Catherine is involved with building commercial models and proposals and has experience of presentation skills and influencing/communicating with senior management in other financial institutions.

Catherine has a BSC in Biological Sciences and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing. She started her career in Marketing and has experience in Project Management roles before moving into Business Development and General Management. She has worked in the travel, publishing, charity industries and, for the last 10 years, in financial services. She has a degree in Biological Sciences from University of Birmingham; Diploma in Direct Marketing from the Institute of Direct Marketing. She has a specialism in Enterprise Entrepreneurs, Maths - using it at work, Financial Literacy.

Neville Diffey: Chair of PLT Board & Member

Neville is a Solicitor, having trained in London and practised in both London and Hong Kong. He specialised in company law, developing particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, financial services and corporate governance. After private practice, Neville first joined a global investment bank and became a Managing Director in the Legal Department and, subsequently, was a Managing Director in the Compliance Department of another investment bank with wide-ranging and extensive responsibilities for the Investment Banking Business and across many functions of the department. Most recently, Neville worked in the Compliance Department and the Chief Controls Office of a universal bank. Neville has broad expertise in risk management, regulation, governance, M&A, conduct, and change management. He has operated as an advisor and as a consultant as well as in governance/oversight roles. Neville has a Master’s Degree in Law from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

Ceri Howells: Vice Chair of PLT Board

Ceri is a CIMA qualified accountant and has over 25 years accounting experience across Mining, Media and Logistics with over 18 years at Anglo American PLC. Ceri’s roles have primarily focused on forecasting and analysing results to provide decision supportive information to senior Executives and the Board as well as Finance Transformation and Savings Projects. Ceri has a degree in Mathematical Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Mark Jordan: CEO

Mark is the current Executive Headteacher and Chief Executive Officer for the Parallel Learning Trust and has had a range of successful leadership experiences in mainstream secondary schools, as an Executive Headteacher of SEMH and ASD 5-18 provisions as well as senior Officer posts in Local Authority. He is a skilled negotiator who actively encourages a truly personalised curriculum underpinned by a holistic support for students whilst being relentless in pursuing excellence in all aspects of performance. He has a wide range of experiences ranging from strategic lead of Primary and Secondary Alternative Provision, Special Educational settings, Teenage Mothers Provision, Hospital School, Home Tuition Service, Outreach service and as a School Improvement Partner. One of his most significant achievements was leading his last SEMH setting out of difficulty to be judged by Outstanding in all areas placing it in the top 1% of special schools in the country and successfully managed the education delivery of a £5 million pound a year, 5 year contract from a LA.

Mick Martell: Trustee

Mick is a Trustee of PLT. He is a retired teaching and learning consultant and education advisor and worked for over 10 years on the government’s national strategies initiative. Mick has worked extensively with a variety of schools settings in raising standards and in the five  years prior to his retirement had a lead focus for behavior and safety. He was instrumental in the introduction of restorative approaches to justice in a large inner city Local Authority and a regional coordinator for the national programme for specialist leader of behavior and attendance.

Jonathan Alvis: Trustee

Jonathan is a Portfolio Manager, investing in global equities on behalf of financial institutions and high net worth individuals. He has previously worked as an equity research analyst and started his career as a auditor, qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. His various roles have involved understanding, analysing and assessing the financial position and strength of companies and their value as a potential investment. Jonathan holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from University College London.

Naomi Alderson: Trustee

Naomi is a strategic communications professional, currently working as an External Affairs Manager at the Department for Education, where she is responsible for strategic communications engagement with the Department’s key stakeholders. Naomi’s experience is primarily focused on strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, partnerships and events. Previous roles include working on corporate communications for the CEO of L’Oréal in Paris and managing parliamentary and business events for the Industry and Parliament Trust. Naomi holds a master’s degree in International Public Management from Sciences Po in Paris and a bachelor’s degree in Law and Politics from Queen Mary University of London.

David Heaton: Trustee

David is a financial services Programme Director, who has worked for several global banks, managing extensive transformational change programmes. He currently works as an independent consultant and advisor to several businesses, advising on Foreign Exchange, International Payments, and delivering value enhancing and risk reducing business and technology change. He has previously worked as both an Economist and a Foreign Exchange Trader. David holds a BA in Economics from University of York, a PGCE from University of London and an MA in Economics from Lehigh University in the USA, where he also held the Warren York Research Fellowship.

Dr. Indranil Nath: Trustee

Dr. Indranil Nath has wealth of leadership experience and a broad background in financial services and technology where he has performed customer facing and CIO functions globally. He has lately severed as Vice President and General Manager, Property & Casualty Operations and Technology at DXC Technology [NYSE: DXC]. Previously he was Vice President for Europe and earlier in Japan/Asia leading the Insurance sector for IBM Corporation [NYSE: IBM], General Manager at AXA Life Insurance Co. Limited [CS.PA] in Japan. He has served as an executive on the Board of Directors for Sun Microsystems Japan Limited [NASDAQ: SUNW] and most recently on the Board of Ins-sure Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries in the UK. He has served as Non-Executive Director of Micello Inc., (now part of HERE Technologies, HERE Global B.V. Netherlands), and chaired the Executive Remuneration Committee. In March 2018, Indranil was elected as Vice President and Trustee Director of BCS Learning & Development Ltd, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in England and is a ex-officio member of the BCS Council and the BCS Trustee Board. Indranil is a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor and Practitioner Member of the Chartered Quality Institute and the Chartered Insurance Institute. He is a Chartered Engineer and has a postgraduate degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management. He completed the Advanced Leadership Programme and is an Associate of Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Nick Cross: Trustee

Nick is CEO of King’s Group Academies, an eight school multi-academy trust. He is a National Leader of Education and served as an Ofsted Inspector for over four years. Additionally, he is a Pupil Premium System Leader. Nick is a former Head of an ‘Outstanding’ school, he led PiXL6, a national school improvement network of over 600 schools and FE colleges for five years. Nick is married to Jane and they have two children. He enjoys competing in triathlon and playing golf.

Sunila Lobo: Trustee

Sunila Lobo is an experienced educator and leader who perceives education as a driver for change, especially in empowering the disadvantaged and those with little support, to widen their horizons and improve their quality of life. She has an international perspective, having worked in universities in the UK and MEA as well as periods in industry with international start-ups and global corporates like Accenture. This includes working across Imperial’s Business School and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering on an EU-funded project, at Warwick University and at the University of Reading, publishing award-winning papers and book chapters, presenting at local and international conferences, supervising dissertations and lecturing to undergraduates and postgraduates. She has leadership experience, exercised through Chair roles in the voluntary and public sector and in healthcare. She believes in the importance of governance so that key principles such as integrity, transparency and accountability are integral to decision-making. Her international experience in organisations of various scales means she has collaborated with people from diverse backgrounds, skills, experience and motivations, and thus honed her cross-cultural and inter-personal skills. She understands and harnesses the power of networks through the development and growth of partnerships and corporate alliances, resulting in significant support materialising from these. Her networks include Imperial Women’s Network and as Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors engaged in pro-bono outreach work in the non-profit sector including criminal justice, homelessness, abuse survivors, and in education/knowledge development in marketing and careers events for schools/school-aged children. She has a PhD from Warwick and other postgraduate qualifications from the UK and Malaysia where she was raised. She is married with grandchildren and with interests in food, travel, design, reading and more recently, trying to keep fit.