Our people

Tim is Chief Executive of Samuel Ward Trust.

Darren is Director of Education (Primary) for the Samuel Ward Academy Trust. Previously, Darren was Headteacher for 8 years at Kedington Primary School leading it to an Outstanding rating in October 2011 then subsequently taking  it through conversion to academy status in April 2013.
Darren is a Local Leader of Education and has supported a number of schools and headteachers in this capacity within Suffolk as well as acting as a mentor to headteacher.
His entire career has been in Primary Education, working in three authorities and five schools

Mark is Deputy CEO of the Trust and also Headteacher at Samuel Ward Academy. 
Previously Mark worked at The Thetford Academy as Vice Principal for Achievement as part of the senior team that led its transformation from one of the lowest performing schools in the country to being in the top 18% of schools for value added. He was appointed as Acting Head Teacher (secondment) of Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in September 2014 and whilst in that position was one of the strategic leads for the Norfolk and Suffolk Maths Hub. He was also a delegate on the Shanghai Maths exchange programme in September 2014 and was a member of the Commission on Assessment Without Levels at the Department for Education.

Debbie is Director of Operations  for the Trust.


Andy is Director of the Teaching School & Director of the Research School.

Chris is Director of Teaching and Learning.

Lisa is the Trust Secretary. She supports the Directors and Board members.

Sarah Garner is the Director of Finance for the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, supporting the Trust in upholding Financial control and compliance across all academies. Sarah significant experience working in a commercial environment having worked in both the Healthcare and retail sectors and can therefore bring a different experience to the Trust. Sarah has been a Governor and is a Trustee at another Multi-Academy Trust and therefore has a good understanding of the challenges facing the education sector and will help to shape the financial outlook for the Trust with robust policies and procedures whilst keeping a firm eye on performance and quality, so that all children receive the education they deserve.

Trish is the Trust Finance Manager for the Samuel Ward Academy Trust. She has over 20 years’ experience in accounting. Trish supports all the schools within the Trust with an overview of all finances.

Director of IT.

Russ is a creative designer, art director and photographer. His role at Samuel Ward Academy Trust is to oversee the design and communications team. Russ has worked on developing the new academies' identities, brochures and advertising, as well as supporting the Arts and Media Departments.