The VNET team comprises a small group of highly skilled education specialists and business professionals whose focus is to run the CIC as a non-profit organisation for the benefit of the schools, academies and colleges – and ultimately the children and young people – that make up the network.
Denise has over thirty years experience in the education sector, nine years of which were as a successful Headteacher. The first all-through school in Norfolk was created through amalgamation under Denise’s stewardship giving her practical experience of leadership across each phase of education being supported by VNET.
Since 2013, Denise has led the highly successful support for school improvement strategy Better To Best in all phases of school across Norfolk – a strategy that has led to 89% being judged good or better if inspected during this timeframe, and a pivotal part of the 30% improvement to good or better outcomes county wide.
Leadership and teacher development were a crucial part of this improvement strategy, led personally by Denise, and a critical part of the improvement approach of VNET which she now directs.
Sonia has just under twenty-years experience in the education sector, fourteen years of which were as a successful Headteacher in three different schools.
Since the development of the Better to Best strategy in Norfolk, Sonia has been a stalwart supporter. She has worked as a system leader on behalf of the strategy, a Change Leader on behalf of VNET and a system leader, former member of the Diocesan Board of Education and mentor for the Diocese of Norwich.
Sonia believes that the systems of improvement for schools in Norfolk are well-placed to work in partnership to ensure the best possible outcomes for children. She is committed to high quality induction for new headteachers in Norfolk (which she leads on behalf of the Norfolk headteacher’s association, Educate Norfolk) and the development of leadership to secure improvements in schools.
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Emma has just under twenty years of experience in the education sector, ten years of which she has spent working as an English Consultant for Norfolk Schools.
Simon has twenty-two years’ experience in the education sector, working as a class teacher and as Local Authority Mathematics Adviser, School Improvement Adviser and Achievement Adviser. As an Achievement Adviser, Simon was charged with supporting and training head teachers and leaders in all aspects of achievement, and in his role as the Achievement Lead for the highly successful school improvement strategy ‘Better to Best’, Simon was quick to develop an excellent reputation among Norfolk’s Headteachers.
In 2018, Simon joined the Inclusive Schools Trust as their Director of Achievement. As well as leading on Achievement across the 6 schools within the trust, Simon continues to support Headteachers and senior leaders with their pupils’ achievement in over 200 schools across the county for Norfolk’s largest school improvement provider ‘Viscount Nelson Education Network’ and also for the largest Academy Trust in Norfolk.
Ann has over thirty years’ experience in primary education including successful headteacher and executive headteacher posts. She has worked as an Improvement Partner with Herts for Learning supporting schools in Hertfordshire, Essex and London. Currently Ann is one of our senior associates and offers Norfolk schools a wide range of in-school support for continued improvement. She also leads our Headteacher Performance Management Programme.
Mary-Jo has worked with over 300 Schools, Trusts and Organisations in the UK delivering whole-school leadership and management of change programmes. This included the roll out of National Strategies at borough level across London. Her strength as a coach is to enable transformational thinking of the individual, in role and within a complex organisation. She provides 121 coaching and Headteacher Group Supervision.
Gaining her NPQH in 2010, she started Coach for School Improvement in 2012. Mary-Jo’s strength is in engaging with individuals to support and challenge current practice, finding the levers of change to increase distributed leadership, with a pace and rigour that moves organisations forward in a more effective manner.
Mary-Jo is passionate about the importance of employee well-being and how their resilience impacts the ability of people to become leaders of the change. Her belief is that through inspired, motivated and valued employees we create the circumstances for more capable followers and leaders.
Clare has over twenty years’ experience of working in Early Years Sector, as a EY teacher, Forest School leader and Early Years Advisor, in the School Achievement Team, for the local authority. For the past two years Clare has been supporting our VNET schools to consistently improve teaching and learning in Early years Foundation Stage. Clare leads the VNET Early Years team and together they bring diverse skills and experience to the Early Years VNET offer. This has really grown in response to need and takes the form of EY reviews, training, EYPC, 1:1 surgeries.
Kim Frazer is a qualified Professional 1-1 Coach with over twenty years’ experience of leadership; including fifteen years in the role of head teacher. She has been supporting and coaching leaders in Hertfordshire and Norfolk for a number of years and believes that maintaining a work/life balance is not only do-able but an essential component in sustained, effective leadership and management.
She has a history of supporting new leaders and head teachers and delivers training which involves motivating and inspiring leaders to develop school self-evaluation, reflect on current practice and go on to raise the bar, whilst still maintaining a healthy work/life balance. She believes that there are three main components that make up an effective educational setting: Sound and Robust Procedures, Culture and Impact
Leaders in both Hertfordshire and Norfolk, who have accesses her “Effective Confrontation Skills” training, consistently feedback on the impact and relevance of the course on both a professional and a personal level. Kim also delivers training in the areas of: Managing Under Pressure and Effective Time Management.
Rosemary has vast experience in education, many years as a headteacher in a variety of schools, often in challenging circumstances, as an adviser, chairing governing boards and Interim Executive Boards. Her expertise is in school improvement, working alongside headteachers and other senior leaders particularly focussing on action planning and self evaluation. Additionally she offers training and support to governors, and mentors and supports new or acting headteachers.
Tim is an experienced education consultant and author, focusing on primary maths, reading, writing and effective assessment practices. Tim also carries out work for the DfE around primary writing and maths, and is involved in developing assessments and the statutory moderation processes. Tim has a great track record of school improvement, and has also been invoked in the development of over 75 published projects, with some of his work in use in around 1 in 3 primary schools in the UK.
Jolyon is an organisational consultant and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He has consulted to organisations, leaders and managers for 20 years and prior to that held senior leadership roles in manufacturing and commercial businesses. He also has a clinical practice.
As a consultant, Jolyon has worked in commercial business, public and not for profit sectors, specialising in leadership and management selection and development, coaching, performance improvement and organisational change. From the late 1990’s he has worked as an Advisor to a global plc. on leadership selection. In the education sector, Jolyon consults to school leaders, provides leadership development for senior teams and is involved in advising on selection processes for school leadership roles.
Throughout her career as a teacher, senior leader and senior adviser for a local authority, Julie’s work has focused on inspiring , enabling and empowering all parents and schools to work in partnership in order to ensure best outcomes for each child, not only in terms of their academic achievement but also their emotional health and well-being. She currently provides consultancy, advice and training to schools across the U.K. on how to do this, drawing on a wealth of experience and research in the field of stakeholder engagement and parental support for learning.
Cafés for All®, the highly successful whole school approach to parental engagement and support for learning, is now used in 500+ UK primary schools.
Sue has over thirty years experience in primary education , working in a range of Infant, Junior and Primary settings . Most recently she held the post of Executive Headteacher and CEO of a small Multi Academy Trust which she established and led for over 5 years.
Alex currently chairs or is a member of several school governing bodies across East Anglia, is a National Leader of Governance, and until taking on his role with VNET, sat on the Norfolk Education Challenge Board in a governance capacity.
Currently an IT and Management Consultant, Alex was formerly the CEO of the UK National Skills Academy for IT. Alex has global and local business experience having been UK CIO, IT Director, European Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Transformation Director at Aviva PLC, and has also been a non-executive director for a community health trust.
Alex is also Director and co-founder of Ortoo Technologies, creators of Governor Hub, used by over 30,000 school governors across the UK.
Paul has over twenty years experience in the education sector having originally trained and worked as a teacher and moving into the education business. Paul brings to VNET considerable professional and educational experience having worked for numerous education service providers and business.
Paul worked for ICL Education Systems (Fujitsu) on the European ERDF funded MEON and Primary Step Projects, acted as Learning Services Director at MerseyGrid managing consultancy teams and projects, including outsourced management of Local Authority provision, and was Sales Director, Managing Director and then Principal Consultant at national educational software development organisation Angel Solutions.
Paul has also operated his own small education consultancy businesses focussing on school improvement, financial management and ICT.
Anita was born, bred and educated in Norfolk, and brings to the team a vast amount of administrative experience. Anita has worked in the National Heath Service as a Senior Secretary/PA to the Director of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, and also for the Education Department at Norfolk County Council for nearly 30 years.
Anita held numerous senior administrative roles during her tenure – supporting advisory teams and line managing administrative colleagues in Early Years, Assessment, Primary, the National Secondary Strategy, Post-16, OFSTED inspections, Inclusion and finally the Better To Best programme before joining VNET to help continue the network.
Chris has worked with Norfolk schools for the past 28 years, initially as an administrator supporting Education Advisers and then, from 1998, taking on responsibility for collecting and analysing Norfolk schools’ data at all key stages. This led to her involvement with various national organisations relating to data and school improvement, including Fischer Family Trust (FFT) and National Consortium for Examination Results (NCER), ultimately becoming a Development Director for NCER which involved commissioning data analysis software for Local Authorities, while also continuing her full time job within the Norfolk Education Achievement Service. Following her retirement in December 2017 and a brief spell travelling round Australia, Chris was delighted to be offered the opportunity to return to work on a part-time basis in an administrative role supporting VNET.
Nania brings to VNET a wealth of experience of project and operations management. For the last decade she has run a thriving graphic and web design business in Norwich.
Nania has been a parent governor at Avenue Junior School for the last 6 years and Chair of Governors for the last year.