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C.I.T - Community Inclusive Trust. Where learning comes first

Meet the Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team inform and drive the Strategic Vision set by the Trust Board.
They review challenges and successes within the Trust, so that we can continue to provide the highest level of education and care to all our pupils.

Peter Bell


A National Leader of Education and member of the Regional Schools Commissioners Head Teachers Board. Bringing drive, ambition and the skill set to ensure that the individual pupils across the Trust receive the highest levels of education and care, Peter is fully invested and passionate about achieving our purpose of putting learners first.

Claire Buffham

Director of Education – SEND

Claire is a Lead Ofsted Inspector. She ensures high standards of education across the Trust. Claire completes regular health checks across all the SEND schools in the Trust and makes sure that bespoke development packages are in place for each school. Claire is also responsible for the LEARN Teaching School Alliance, which meets the special educational needs of all Lincolnshire schools.

Paul Hill

Director of Education – Primary

Having been in education for the past 18 years, Paul has accomplished the roles of Teacher, Headteacher and Executive Head. Now as Director of Education for the Trust, Paul completes regular health checks across all our primary schools and makes sure each school is supported and challenged to deliver the best education for our pupils. 

Daran Bland

Director of Governance & Operations

With a proven track record in leading schools through to Good or Outstanding Ofsted Inspections, Daran is dedicated to special educational needs and is responsible for 3 schools within the Trust. Daran is a National Leader of Education and supports and improves outcomes for pupils within special school settings.

Chris Armond

Executive Head – Woodlands Academy & Greenfields Academy

Having worked in special education (BESD/SEMH) in Lincolnshire for 22 years, Chris supports the Trust with educational decisions that impact our pupils, with a specific emphasis on our schools that cater for pupils with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health difficulties.

Michelle Allbones

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle heads up the central finance function to support and assist the schools to meet their strategic vision. The aim is to take the financial administrative burden away from teaching staff so that they can concentrate on doing what they do best, teaching.

Ann White

Head of People & Performance

Ann visits and shares good practices between schools across the Trust, while contributing to policies and procedures, and leading on recruitment.  Ann gives advice and guidance to managers and staff alike. The Trust employ Croner HR Consulting to support Ann and her team.

Becky King

Associate Headteacher

Becky is an Associate Headteacher for C.I.T. She advises the Trust on standards across our mainstream primary schools. Becky has 25 years experience in education with 10 of those years as a Headteacher. Her length of experience supports school development across Lincolnshire with her work as an LLE and Ofsted Inspector.

Seriena Hodder

Trust Safeguarding Lead

Seriena worked as a medic in the RAF before moving in to Early Years Education and completing a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies. Seriena went on to manage three Lincolnshire Early Years settings for the next 10 years and found a passion for Special Educational Needs. She joined GANF in 2014. With her wealth of educational experience, Seriena is now the Safeguarding Lead for the Trust.

James Ellis

Headteacher – Ambergate Sports College

James has been teaching children of all ages since 2009. Discovering a passion to work with pupils who have additional needs, James felt very strongly about providing a balanced education for all, regardless of ability.  James also leads on Assessment Developments for pupils working below expected progress across Lincolnshire.

Stela Plamenova

Headteacher – Sandon School

Stela has worked in special education since 2003, beginning as a class teacher and then progressing into senior leadership. Stela has held senior leadership positions since 2010 with a particular focus on teaching and learning, project management and staff development.

Katie Brockington

Headteacher – Caythorpe Primary School

Katie has worked in primary education since 2002. She is passionate about inclusion for children and makes sure they learn through memorable first hand experiences. Katie uses her Leadership role to ensure that all staff and pupils across the Trust achieve their full potential, whatever that may be. 

Graham Almond

Headteacher – Chapel St Leonards Primary

Graham has worked in a variety of primary schools across Lincolnshire for over 10 years. Having experienced a happy primary school education himself, Graham believes it is the job of all those connected with the school to give children the very best start. He empowers his staff to provide academic challenge but also educate ‘the whole child’ socially and emotionally, as he feels strongly about equipping children with the skills and experiences they need to move confidently on to the next stage of their education.

Chris Heathcote

Headteacher – Isaac Newton Primary

Chris has worked at a number of primary schools within the Grantham area over the past 6 years. He went into teaching to make a difference and has always held the belief that every child has the right to a fantastic education enriched with memorable and inspiring experiences. High expectations are at the centre of Chris’s educational philosophy and as a leader he ensures that all his staff and pupils are supported and encouraged to be the very best that they can be.