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.

Natalie is the head of commercial operations for a large London Council and leads on the traded-services development and delivery programme for that Council. Natalie has a strong track record in establishing and overseeing the delivery of new and innovative commercial structures within the public sector and to working successfully tailoring how these are relevant and applicable to a broad spectrum of consumers and organisations. With a core focus on social impact, organisational design and developing teams to deliver on complex agendas, Natalie brings a wealth of expertise in commercial and operational governance to the board of trustees. Having worked in support of the trust as part of the Infrastructure, ICT and Premises committee, Natalie has demonstrated a clear fit with the vision and values of the trust and her appointment is a timely expansion of the capacity and skills the board needs to continue to operate at the highest level.

Oliver is a project management professional working for a large utility company in the renewable energy industry. Oliver has worked on the development and construction of many large scale wind farm projects since graduating from Loughborough University with a Master’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 2011. Oliver is skilled in project delivery & oversight, commercial negotiation, process design and improvement, and people management and development.

Oliver has a particular interest in the promotion of STEM subjects and the wide and varied careers these subjects can lead young people to.

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 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.