Key Leadership Staff

Trust Leadership Team
W. Hermon - Chief Executive Officer
E. Gilbert - Chief Finance Officer
J. Callow - Deputy Executive Officer
T. Martin - Governance Officer/Company Secretary
Trust Executive Team 
J. Callow - Executive Head Teacher (Hub 1 Schools)
L. Hussey - Executive Head Teacher (Hub 2 Schools)
N. Swait - Trust Improvement Officer
D. Saunders - Trust Improvement Officer
C. Paul - Trust Safeguarding Officer
R. Brewer - Trust Curriculum Consultant
Trust Central Office Team
M. Basford - Trust Finance and Procurement Officer
S. Cardew - Trust Operations Officer
D. Little - Trust Property Compliance Administrator
C. Haynes - Trust HR Administrator
H. Hawken - Trust Finance Administrator
D. Little - Trust Finance Admin Assistant
E. Gooding - PA to the CEO & Data Protection Representative (DPR)
O. Hamley - Finance Apprentice
Trust Improvement Team Biography
Neil Swait 

Neil Swait is an Academy Improvement Officer. Neil has worked in primary education for over 25 years. He is an experienced teacher, who has taught in the early years, key stage 1 and key stage 2. Neil has extensive senior leadership experience in schools, including headship. His qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH); a Master’s in Education (leadership & management); and the Professional Qualification for School Inspector (PQSI). Neil also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education (PGCE). In addition to his role for the An Dara's Multi Academy Trust, Neil also works closely with several other trusts, federations and individual schools undertaking school improvement work, which includes leading inspections for Ofsted.  


Neil is responsible for providing high quality leadership mentoring and support for school leaders in order to secure effective school performance, including consistently strong outcomes for pupils. Neil’s work with schools regularly includes visits to lessons, work scrutiny and discussions with staff and pupils. He also checks on the implementation and impact of trust wide school improvement initiatives. In addition to this, Neil routinely plans and leads bespoke staff training that is led by the specific needs identified by the trust schools. Neil reports directly to the Board of Directors and the trust CEO

Deborah Saunders

Deborah became a primary teacher in 2005 after obtaining her degree, at what was King Alfred’s College in Winchester, having always wanted to be primary teacher. Deborah began teaching in inner city Southampton, teaching both Key Stage One and Two, leading the Creative Arts and obtaining the Artsmark award for the school before relocating back home to the South West. After teaching in Plymouth, Deborah took on the role of Key Stage One Leader, at what was Launceston Primary school in 2010. During this time further, professional qualifications including NPQSL and a master’s in education were completed. Deborah took on an Assistant Head role, before moving onto being a Head of School at a Trust school. Whilst Head of School Deborah successfully completed the NPQH qualification. Deborah has for many years undertaken the role of Key Stage One external moderator for Cornwall LA. Deborah is a programme facilitator on the NPQLT programme with Leading Schools South West. 


As a Trust Improvement Officer Deborah leads and support schools with assessment and moderation procedures through various training and support processes. Deborah maintains a full overview of the Trust wide assessment systems and processes. Deborah also provides coaching and mentoring support to leadership at various levels as well as providing regular training for schools keeping them updated with the latest educational research. Deborah leads a team of Trust subject leaders and Visible Learning Impact Coaches enabling the development of leadership. All Deborah's improvement work is undertaken under the direction of the Trust CEO and evaluations are provided which support the Trust leadership and Board with decision making and accountability. Additional to this Deborah also leads the Trust wide 'Visible Learning' improvement programme across all of our schools, providing training and bespoke support to staff on the 'Visible Learning' approach. Having helped the Trust secure 'Visible Learning Partner School Status' in 2019 Deborah now regularly liaises with external providers and trainers about the programme and regularly presents on a local, national and global platform. 


Rebecca Brewer


Rebecca is Cornish and graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor in Education and has since taught for over 20 years. She is an experienced teacher, having taught from Nursery to Year 6, and in a wide variety of schools: within East London's inner city primary schools' of 1000 pupils to smaller rural Cornish schools. During her time in London, she sat on Newham Council's SACRE (Standard Advisory Board for Religious Education) and has sat on and Chaired Governing Bodies in schools in London and Cornwall for over 15 years, including overseeing Headteacher recruitment and the formation of An Daras. She is especially interested in children's social and emotional development and more recently studied a Masters Degree relating to how the curriculum and the wider development of children intersect. She is particularly interested in how to measure social and emotional progress and value this area of learning alongside academic attainment. Her MA research in this area, which was based in An Daras schools, won her a University ethics award and her work has been published in education journals. Her work into social and emotional development in children is ongoing Action Research within the An Daras Trust and she is currently pursuing an EdD with the Institute for Education.