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Dianne Smith
Interim Chief Executive Officer, KGA 

Di is an expert strategic leader and change manager with 40 years experience in the public service sector. She had an outstanding career as a school head before joining the Training and Development Agency to implement key national reforms across the South East of England.

As Founder Head at the Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth, she created an award winning, dynamic ICT rich learning environment which was used as a blueprint for new schools. She is an outstanding leader (OFSTED) with an excellent track record of raising standards, coaching and mentoring aspiring new headteachers and those in schools facing challenging circumstances. Dianne has advised and supported Government at national, regional and local level on workforce reform to tackle standards and raise achievement focusing on professional development, performance management and the Change for Children agenda particularly in the delivery of Extended Services in and around schools.

Dianne also works as a senior education advisor for a number of organisations, including the Virtual Staff College as project manager for the Succession Planning and Leadership Development Program and training and developing over 200 public service senior officers from Children’s Services, Health and the Voluntary sector for 19 Local Authorities.


Sue Collins
Director of Finance & Corporate Affairs 

Sue is a Chartered Management Accountant with extensive experience in both the commercial and schools sector. She is the chief financial officer for the MAT.

Dianne Smith
Lead for Secondary Improvement and for East Sussex 
Richard Hunter
Lead for Primary Improvement and for Work in Portsmouth 

Richard is the former Director of Primary Education for the SSAT and is also a highly experienced and successful Primary School Headteacher. Richard has considerable experience of school improvement and support work across England as a National Leader of Education.

Other Consultants Available to KGA

David Cross
Financial Planning 

David has extensive experience of school finance. He has advised schools, school groups, local education authorities, academies and free schools on all matters of financial management.  He is asked to act as a ‘trouble shooter’ on financial issues.

He has provided support to a number of Local Authorities (LA) in reviewing their use of the Dedicated Schools Grant and the impact of the  Academies Act on their funding and organisation. This includes project managing the interface between the LA, its relevant departments and the converting school. Other experience includes Special Educational Needs Reviews, Early Years Reviews, School Business Management and BSF Project Management from a school perspective.

David has direct experience of supporting schools undergoing change, supporting schools and  a carrying out financial analysis and budget construction for a range of establishments.

Dame Sylvia Morris
Standards and Quality Assurance - Primary 

Sylvia is the former outstanding primary head teacher of the Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy in Southwark. Sylvia has considerable experience of supporting schools as a National Leader of Education and has been instrumental in providing fast turnaround support to schools in London and the South East. She also has extensive experience of school governance..

Gareth Long
New School Development (Operational Lead) 

Gareth is recognised for his expertise in education transformation, design of learning spaces, school leadership and leading a wide range of projects. As a leading education specialist and independent advisor with 30 years experience, Gareth brings a wealth of knowledge and a dynamic approach to all areas of education. He is involved in a wide range of UK and international school projects.

As a ‘trouble shooting’ Headteacher he very successfully led four secondary schools, three in London and one abroad, including two simultaneously.

Hannah Jones
Innovation & Technology (SEND) 

Hannah has extensive experience in the strategic national integration of ICT in learning.  She has led several of the UK’s largest leadership programmes at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL), including the highly successful Strategic Leadership of ICT (SLICT) and Building Schools for the Future programmes.

During her time at NCSL, Hannah initiated, designed and delivered high quality leadership programmes for over 15,000 school leaders.  External evaluations of these programmes were extremely positive with Ofsted identifying the programmes as a strong agent for change in teaching and learning practices and for leadership and management.

Prior to her time at NCSL, Hannah was Director of the first Interactive Whiteboard Pilot at the National Strategies that was, within one year, rolled out to a National Programme, with £50M secured for schools.