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Strive4 Academy Trust

Striving for excellence...





Jon Drane 

As the senior pastor at the church neighbouring Ray Lodge Primary School and a trustee of the local community centre, Jon provides very close links to the community the school serves. His responsibilities as pastor and Chair of the Governing Body, allow Jon to advise the school on a range of aspects from management and recruitment, to marketing and mediation. Jon joined the Ray Lodge governing body in 2011 driven by a real desire to see all aspects of the school improve, especially the level of teaching and learning - for the benefit of the children. Under Jon’s tenure as chair of governors, the school improved its Ofsted rating to Outstanding.


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.


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