Meet the Trustees

If you would like to find out more about each member of the team, please click on the names below.

Robin is the Chair and a Trustee of the Lion Education Trust.

Robin is a fully qualified teacher and professional musician, working as an assistant head and previously as an AST in music. Robin has been performing for over 20 years a cellist, playing internationally and leading orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, and has recorded four solo albums and contributed to many others.

Robin has been the Barclay Primary School Chair of Governors for over 10 years, working as a governor and chair, and acts the safeguarding lead for the Lion Education Trust in his role as trustee. Robin is keenly motivated by retaining a critical overview of whole school performance, and played a critical role during the recent Ofsted outstanding judgement at that school.

Robin’s career has seen him working as a teacher at the Royal College of Music for over 25 years where he teaches cello and working as an orchestral coach. As a professional musician and teacher, he has previously acted as the Head of Strings at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith – broadening his reach across the primary and secondary phases. Robin’s role as chair of the Barclay Secondary School PAB is thus based on both his Trustee role but also his excellent understanding of data, performance and working with the Trust and staff to achieve the highest outcomes.

Roy is the Vice-Chair of the Lion Education Trust and is a Member and Trustee of the Lion Academy Trust.

Roy’s long association with Barclay and the Trust stems from being a parent and grandparent to children at Barclay Juniors and Infants – before the amalgamation in 2006. Roy originally joined as a governor from 1981-84 and then became the Treasurer of the PTA. Roy’s grandson was attending Barclay when it went through the amalgamation to become a primary school, which led to Roy getting involved again as governor. He has become increasingly convinced by the quality of the model the Trust has developed and is keen to see this taken out into other schools locally and further afield. Roy’s main focus is on the quality and standards the Trust achieves and on ensuring all our schools operate at the highest level for all our learners.

Justin is the founding Member of the Lion Education and Lion Academy Trusts and is the Chief Executive Officer of both Trusts.

Justin has been a Head teacher and Executive Head teacher for over ten years, an early years specialist, dive master and a hockey coach. He was approached by the Department of Education in September 2011 to turn Barclay Primary School into a multi-academy trust and assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. With a history of only ever working in the most difficult schools with complex needs, high deprivation, mobility, and low outcomes, Justin led the formation of the Lion Academy Trust (2011) and the Lion Education Trust (2014) to provide structural solutions and support for schools in need of rapid and sustained improvement. Since 2012, Justin and his team have sponsored and converted three inner and outer-London schools, in addition to the new 1400 place Secondary Free School, slated to open in September 2020. As the Executive Principal of Barclay Primary, Justin oversaw the achievement of the Outstanding Ofsted judgment in April 2016 and continues to drive standards, aspirations and expectations across all the schools in the Trusts.


Hayden is a Member of the Lion Education Trust and is the Director of Schools for both Lion Academy and Lion Education Trusts.

Hayden qualified as a teacher in New Zealand where he taught for five years in deprived urban areas, including a 1,200-place intermediate school for Years 7 and 8. In 2005, he relocated to the UK to work in primary school settings, firstly as a class teacher, then a middle leader and then as a head teacher, and now as an Executive Head Teacher. Hayden has been part of the leadership team of Barclay Primary since 2008. Between 2011 and 2013, he also supported the leadership teams in several local East London schools that were causing concern as part of a local authority support package. In 2013, Hayden was seconded to Sybourn Primary as the Interim Head Teacher to support the school through a period of instability and turbulence, and to convert the school to academy status. In 2015, 18 months after the conversion of Sybourn Primary into the Lion Academy Trust, the school was judged to be "good" overall with “outstanding” leadership. Hayden is a member of the Trust executive team and is responsible for standards, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and leadership and management of the schools. The most recent Ofsted inspection of Barclay Primary school was judged to be "outstanding" in all areas. Hayden is committed to ensuring that all children are given the right to an outstanding education.

Tessa chairs the Parental Advisory Body for Brook House Primary School and is a Trustee of the Lion Education Trust.

Tessa is Head of Press and Marketing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, one of the UK's top five drama schools, where she oversees PR, communications and student recruitment. She has previously worked at leading theatres such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Theatre Royal Stratford East and enjoyed a brief stint as a talent agent working with renowned actors including Simon Callow and Tamsin Greig. Her spare time has seen her produce fringe theatre and undertake freelance marketing projects with clients including the University of Leeds.

Carol is a Trustee of the Lion Education Trust.

Carol is a qualified architect working as a partner at Hawkins/Brown. She has significant experience working across the education sector, and her recent experience of redeveloping six schools in Southwark, and developing a university technical college in Cambridge and the Eltham Hill Secondary School, is invaluable to helping the Trust understand the challenges around the built environment. Carol is passionate about the impact good design can have in an educational environment. She is championing Hawkins/Brown’s current #greatschools social media initiative in partnership with the Architects Journal and has participated as an expert panel member in debates about school design in the current climate.

Tim Wong is a Trustee of the Lion Education Trust

Tim has spent over 25 years in investments, first as a researcher and then leading the team as a quantitative investment manager at AHL, with strong emphasis in technology and scientific research. Since 2016, Tim has also worked as the Asia Chairman of Man Group, helping all their investment teams to developing our business in Asia. Tim’s experience includes all aspects of managing investment funds, whether it is research, portfolio or risk management and execution, both as investment manager and the leader of teams. Tim is an engineer who enjoys problem-solving in a team environment, and believing in taking a practical approach to balance delivery with long term goals.