Our People

Trust team

Our people and their dedication to providing high-quality education are a key part of what makes our Trust special.

Stephen Munday

Chief Executive Officer

Formerly Headteacher at William Edwards for seven years, Steve was appointed full time CEO of SWECET in July 2018. Having led William Edwards through successful academisation as an early Outstanding convertor school in 2011, he has been instrumental in the formation and growth of SWECET including gaining DfE approval to build our new secondary school, Orsett Heath Academy. Steve is also an accredited facilitator of NPQH and NPQSL training.

Christina Pumfrey

Executive Headteacher - Primary

A vastly experienced and highly successful Headteacher both in Thurrock and Havering. Christina joined the Trust in 2017 and led Deneholm Primary through rapid improvement to a successful inspection and significantly improved outcomes at KS2. She now supports our Primary Heads with all aspects of school improvement. She also provides consultancy on school improvement to a successful London Borough.

Peter Melville

Chief Operating Officer

Peter was appointed as the COO in 2015, CFO since 2010 and leads the Trust’s central finance team.comprising four colleagues. He was the ISBL Associate Practitioner (London) and Specialist Leader of Education (Academy Conversion). Previously, Peter led two School Sports Partnerships.

Steven Ball

HR Director

Steve joined SWECET in 2018 and has quickly established the Trust central HR team comprising four colleagues supporting our schools with all their HR and payroll needs. He has more than fifteen years educational HR experience across a range of settings. Before joining SWECET he worked with the largest academy trust in the country. Steve is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and has a master's degree in HR management.

School leaders

Christina Pumfrey

Executive Headteacher (Chadwell St Mary Primary School, Deneholm Primary School & Stifford Clays Primary School)

A vastly experienced and highly successful Headteacher both in Thurrock and Havering. Christina joined the Trust in 2017 and led Deneholm Primary through rapid improvement to a successful inspection and significantly improved outcomes at KS2. She now supports our Primary Heads with all aspects of school improvement. She also provides consultancy on school improvement to a successful London Borough.

Kelly Moorcraft

Head of School

Kelly has worked in education for 24 years in a number of primary schools across Essex. She has 8 years of senior leadership experience and previously held the Deputy Head post at Stifford Clays Primary School.

Jack Lloyd

Head of School

Jack has worked across each of the primary schools whilst progressing through senior leadership levels and is now the Head of School at Stifford Clays Primary. He led Chadwell St. Mary Primary School, alongside Christina Pumfrey, through a successful Ofsted inspection in 2019.

Sadie Goyette

Head of School

Sadie has worked in primary education for 20 years in schools across East London and Thurrock. She has worked for SWECET since its inception and has held a range of leadership roles within Deneholm Primary School.

Neil Frost

Headteacher, Marshalls Park Academy

Neil has previously held senior roles including a Deputy Headship in Norwich and then within the national Ormiston Trust before starting at Marshalls Park Academy.

Simon Bell

Headteacher, William Edwards School & Executive Headteacher of Orsett Heath Academy

Simon has previously held senior roles across schools in Southend and was previously the Deputy Headteacher at William Edwards School before becoming Headteacher in 2018 and Executive Headteacher of Orsett Heath Academy in 2020.

Governance

Viv Northall

Chair of Trust Board & Safeguarding Lead

Local Leader of Education with 12 years experience as a Headteacher
Overseen growth of successful &
popular primary school
Judged good by Ofsted in all areas

Ray Moore

Vice Chair of Trust Board & Chair of Finance, HR & Audit Committee

Ray is the former Director of Global Trade at HSBC. Ray runs his own training company.

Stephen Munday

Trustee, Chief Executive Officer, Accounting Officer, Secondary Education Lead

Formerly Headteacher at William Edwards for seven years, Steve was appointed full time CEO of SWECET in July 2018. Having led William Edwards through successful academisation as an early Outstanding convertor school in 2011, he has been instrumental in the formation and growth of SWECET including gaining DfE approval to build our new secondary school, Orsett Heath Academy. Steve is also an accredited facilitator of NPQH and NPQSL training.

Connor Stowers

Trustee

Connor has previously worked as a tutor, Operations Manager at DWP and an HMI at the HSE.

Garry Tapsell

Trustee

Garry is the Group Manager of Impulse Leisure Trust and a parent of a child at William Edward School.

Linda Bostock

Trustee

Linda was previously the local Strategic Lead for 14-19 and has broad experience of Post 16 provision including growing a successful sixth form and area wide inspection.

Peter Melville

Trustee, Chief Financial Officer

Peter was appointed as the COO in 2015, CFO since 2010 and leads the Trust’s central finance team.comprising four colleagues. He was the ISBL Associate Practitioner (London) and Specialist Leader of Education (Academy Conversion). Previously, Peter led two School Sports Partnerships.

John King OBE

Member

John is the former Headteacher of Gable Hall School and William Edwards School, with 4 outstanding Ofsted judgements whilst as Headteacher. He is the former Head of School Improvement for the London Borough of Newham. John was Chair of the Trust from 2015 to 2021.

Reverend Andrew Higgs

Member

Reverend Higgs is the Rector of Stifford. He has also held the role of local Governor at Stifford Clays Primary School
He also edits the The Legal Review.

Ralph Henderson

Member

Ralph is the current Vice President of Thurrock Rugby Club. Ralph was also the former Deputy Headteacher
William Edwards School for 40 years.

Layla Martin

Member

Layla is a ACA & CTA qualified accountant
Tax advisor & partner for Barnes Rolfe LLP.
Layla has extensive experience in tax and audit .

Paul Smith

Member

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of the Treetops Learning Community. Paul has overseen 4 outstanding Ofsted judgements during this time. Paul is also a National Leader of Education.