Executive Team


To contact the Executive Team please email info@lionhearttrust.org.uk


Kath Kelly

Kath joined Beauchamp in 2011 in a Vice Principal role covering curriculum standards and achievement. She was appointed Head of College and then Principal of Beauchamp College in 2015, before becoming CEO of Lionheart Academies Trust in 2016.

Kath has 20 years’ experience in education and has worked to raise standards across the trust by changing staff culture through empowerment and encouragement to share best practice, with outstanding results.

Deputy CEO

Jennifer Piper-Gale

Jenny joined Beauchamp College in 1998 as a Teacher of Biology with a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. She had previously taught at a mixed 11-16 comprehensive in Hereford. During her time at Beauchamp College and within the trust she has had numerous roles including AST, SENCO, Head of Inclusion as well as extensive SLT experience. Most recently she has been supporting the leadership in a school rated inadequate.

Jenny has a wide range of experience of all areas of education with a particular interest in holistic development, inclusion (including raising the aspiration of disadvantaged students), attendance and behaviour. Since being with the trust she has attained an MSc (Distinction) in Educational Leadership and her NPQH.

Executive Headteacher

Michelle Walton

Michelle joined Lionheart Academies Trust as Executive Headteacher and Primary Director for the trust in 2019.

Michelle became Headteacher of Brocks Hill Primary School in 2011. She was appointed as a National Leader in Education in 2016. Prior to this she has achieved NPQH and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management. She has over 20 years’ experience in education and works to develop both the holistic and academic development of all students, to achieve excellent outcomes, that promote life-long learning. Michelle promotes a culture of leadership at all levels, CPD and coaching that enables collaboration and the development of a professional learning community.

Mo Chatra

Mo joined the Trust in September 2019 from the Department for Education where he worked for seven years as a Project Director on the Priority School Building Programme.

A CIPFA-qualified chartered accountant, Mo brings considerable public sector finance skills and experience to the Trust, having previously worked for Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council and NHS Leicester City in a variety of roles covering financial management, financial planning, financial accounting and projects finance. Furthermore, Mo's stint at the DfE has seen him gain considerable experience of project management, procurement, commercial and contract negotiation and management.

Director of IT

Ben Jackson

Ben joined the Trust in April 2016 having previously worked for a large IT managed service provider with overall responsibility for managed service operations throughout the UK and Channel Islands.

Ben has 20 years’ experience delivering and supporting IT systems in all types of educational establishments. His experience covers the full life-cycle of IT solutions, successfully managing complex projects and delivering large scale change to improve outcomes for staff and students.

Director of Estates

Roger Taylor

Roger has been with Beauchamp since 2008; his previous roles include site manager at William Bradford Community College and an area manager for Leicestershire City Council.

He has over 30 years’ experience in working in different types of educational establishments, with a vast experience in managing projects culminating in the management of a £10 million master plan rebuild of the Beauchamp site.

Head of Governance

sam Abel

Sam joined the Trust in March 2021, previously working for Two Counties Trust in Nottinghamshire where she worked for seven years, most recently as Governance and Compliance Officer leading governance in nine secondary schools.

Sam leads the governance arrangements, providing strategic leadership to ensure that the Trust and local governance measures are robust and accountable for educational and financial performance. She supports and guides Governors and Trustees to ensure that their role is both fulfilling and effective and, along with the Executive Team, provides assurance for the Board in relation to some of the key areas of Trust compliance.

ICSA Academy Governance qualified, Sam brings a wealth of governance, and associate educational experience to the Trust, having worked in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire across different educational organisations and she has extensive experience in customer service, previously working for one of the UKs large retailers in a leadership role for eight years.