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Strive4 Academy Trust

Striving for excellence...





Michael Duffell

Michael is a Financial Services professional working in Regulation, Culture and Governance. He has wide experience in policy, governance and project management and offers to use these skills in order to help build on the success of the Trust. Michael lives locally and has a keen interest in social mobility.




Caroline Roberts

Caroline is Global Head of People and Talent at Zaha Hadid Architects.  Previous roles included the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, where she was Director of HR and Marketing and HR Director, Europe and Africa, at Fox International Channels.  She began her career at the BBC, as a studio manager, making radio programmes for a worldwide audience.  She is  a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and studied post-graduate conflict resolution and mediation studies at Birkbeck, University of London.  She is qualified in various psychometric tools, including MBTI and Firo-B.


Joanne Coton

Jo Coton is an Executive Headteacher of three Academy schools (Latton Green, Abbotswold and Longwood Acadmies in Harlow) as part of the National Education Trust Academy Trust with a proven track record of effective and rapid school improvement. She has a breadth of leadership and strategic experience across the primary phase, with additional experience in leading school improvement initiatives nationally as an associate of the National Education Trust. Jo's career as a teacher has been predominantly based in London before moving to Essex two years ago when she joined NET. Jo is currently working on a RSC funded 'Mat2Mat' project to assist local CEOs that are new to post by establishing local support networks and provide training. She is also a qualified Ofsted inspector.


Ikbal Hussain

Ikbal is a contracts and performance manager working for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He has extensive experience in managing large third party contracts, holding suppliers accountable for delivery against key performance indicators and strategic planning of ICT services. He had previously served as the chair of governors at Farnham Green for 2 years and has been a governor for over 9 years. With a keen interest in education and engaging local communities with school activities, Ikbal lives locally to Farnham Green Primary School and was a parent to pupils in the school.


Strive4 Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee in England and Wales registered number: 10863245.
Registered Address: Strive4 Academy Trust, Ray Lodge Primary School, Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green, IG8 7JQ