The Members and Directors 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.
Rosemary Newlove: Education and SEND
Rosemary is a member for the Trust. She is a dedicated education professional of 30 years and a retired Primary Headteacher of an inner London school which was judged outstanding in 3 consecutive inspections. Rosemary’s expertise in teaching and learning and improving outcomes for children, provides invaluable advice and strategic challenge to the trust. In addition she has extensive knowledge and experience of SEND and has sat on numerous Local Authority SEN panels to advise on pupil placement and the assessment process.
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.
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.
Richard Pugh: Director
Richard is a founding Member of Parallel Learning Trust as well as a Board Director. He also chairs the Finance, Resources and Premises Committee of the Trust. Richard has significant experience in school governance, having been a school governor since 2009. He is a qualified and practicing solicitor for a large City Bank in London and therefore in particular is able to provide the Board with strategic and professional advice on legal, regulatory and financial issues.
Mick Martell: Director
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.
Liam Farrow: Director
Liam is a senior policy adviser at the Department for Education, working on issues relating to international and higher education. He joined the board of directors in 2019 and sits on the Staffing, Performance and Safeguarding Committee. Previous roles include working in the Department for Exiting the European Union and for the secretariat of the European Parliament in Brussels. Liam holds a master's degree in European politics and administration and graduated from the University of Bath where he read modern languages and European studies.
Jonathan Alvis: Director
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: Director
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: Director
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: Director
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: Director
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.