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

Justin has been a headteacher and executive headteacher for over ten years, an early years specialist, dive master and 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 and 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 1,400-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.

Appointed: 20th June 2018

Term of office: 4 years

Business and pecuniary interests:

  1. CEO - Lion Academy Trust




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