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Stuart Busby CEO

A National Leader of Education (NLE), Stuart twice led the Copplestone Primary, a rural school in Devon, to Outstanding Ofsted status as its headteacher. He has also been headteacher of three other schools, which ranged in size from 26 to 330 pupils. A key feature of his leadership has been developing strong and positive links with local communities.
Stuart previously worked as a teacher for over 20 years in a range of settings. He has significant experience of establishing nursery provision and has developed several innovative links with schools in Tanzania. Stuart believes passionately in the personalisation of learning and in ensuring a chance for every child.
Stuart lives in Devon with his wife and two young children. In his spare time he enjoys reading historical fiction and supporting Aston Villa Football Club!
Stuart is thrilled to be working for the Levels Academy Trust And is determined to build on the strong foundations that exist in all of our schools to ensure that we continue to provide the very highest quality of education for each and every child.

Gary Piper Chair of Trustees

Gary is Chair of Governors for Middlezoy and Othery Schools where his children attend. Gary has been successful in business over the past 30 years and brings to the Trust a great deal of commercial and management experience. Outside of the Trust, Gary now uses his expertise as a Business Consultant. He is passionate about education for our children and ensuring we deliver the best we possibly can to enhance and enrich the lives of our young ones as they learn and grow. A very active Governor and Trustee, Gary has led and supported significant changes including the re-launching of websites, establishing the Pre-School facility at Othery School as well as leading the marketing for the Trust. Gary is also an active member of the Trust Business Committee, who endeavour to get the best possible value out of every penny that goes through the Trust to fulfil their aims and values.

Linda Moss Vice-Chair of Trustees

Linda qualified as a Teacher in 1979. She has worked in both State and Public Schools in a variety of roles having been a Head Teacher for a number of years she retired in July 2016. Linda's specialism is working with pupils with Additional Needs and Emotional Difficulties. She now works independently as an Education Consultant. Linda was made a Trustee in January 2019.

Tiffany Doughty Davis Headteacher at Huish Episcopi Primary School

Tiffany worked in business before entering the education sector in Switzerland. Since then she has gained a wealth of experience having worked in the independent and state sectors; primary, middle and senior schools; single sex and co-educational establishments both in the UK and abroad. Tiffany secured her first headship within two years of qualifying as a teacher. Her enthusiasm for ensuring all children aim high has been a common feature of her leadership with Huish Episcopi Primary School being placed in the top 1% of the country for KS2 maths results in 2018.

Peter Brandt

Pete was the former Chair of Hambridge Local Governing Body and has an interest in ensuring pupils in our local community have access to good education from the ages of 2-18.

David Cunningham

Dave has been a Chair of Governors of an outstanding Surrey Academy for over 10 years. His career was as a senior corporate banker with Barclays for 30 years, spending 5 years as Head of Management Training, and running Business Centres in Sussex and Kent. For the last 17 years he has run a Strategic Planning Consultancy, helping more than 50 SME businesses make sense of the World! He is interested in Geography, Local History and has a lifelong passion for anything to do with railways.

Janet Limberg Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL)

Somerset SCITT is an outstanding school-based teacher training programme based within Somerset Local Authority. Janet is the programme Manager for both for SCITT and under-graduate programmes (Foundation Programme for Teaching and Learning and Foundation Degree for Learning and Development from EY to Adolescence). Janet has had an extensive career in education, including Head Teacher, Teacher, Local Authority Adviser, Lecturer and Education Consultant.

Rosalind Fanshawe

Rosalind is very committed to children being educated in their home community and has a particular interest in early years and special education needs.

Sharon Chapman Associate Trustee (Headteacher at Hambridge Primary School)

Sharon is an experienced teacher of 20 years. She has worked in schools within the UK and Spain. Since 2008 she had been in a number of leadership roles with her specialist subject being Literacy. In the last few years she has taken a keen interest in children's mental health and has worked with a number of coaches to further develop best practice within schools. Since she secured her first headship in 2015 Sharon has continued with the mantra, 'How does this benefit the children?' In doing this she ensures that children are at the heart of every decision. Away from school she has two children, one at University and one of school age. Together they enjoy family walks in the woods, with their little Spanish dog Fernando.

Chris Rutland Associate Trustee (Headteacher of Middlezoy and Othery Primary Schools)

I have been in education for 17 years and the last 6 I have been successfully heading schools. I started my careers in Kent, in a large school that was incredibly culturally diverse. During my time there my passion for science led me to leading an Advanced Learning Centre for Science, this ran successfully for 5 years before funding was changed. The centre was attended by pupils from 14 different school and developed Gifted and Talented young Scientists.
My passion for extending learning in all its forms has always driven me to push for the best opportunities for all young people. This drive has helped me to raise the quality of provision and standards in all the schools I have worked in and headed.
I enjoy working for the Trust and the potential to improve the schools under my leadership. I also see the benefits of working alongside my peers to help develop the quality of provision and opportunities across the Trust.