Paul StubbingsCatholic Executive Officer
Paul Stubbings joined the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in 1989 and has been its Headmaster since 2011. In 2018, Cardinal Vaughan was named The Sunday Times's Comprehensive School of the Year and London State Secondary School of the Year. An Outstanding Ofsted inspection judgement followed in November 2021.
Paul is a National Leader in Education, offering support across a number of schools seeking to develop in terms of leadership and the curriculum. He is currently Westminster Diocese's Interim Director of Academisation, supporting heads and governors who wish to participate in the Diocesan plans to preserve and strengthen Catholic education by forming Catholic Academy Trusts.
Convinced of the ability MATs have to support learning by sharing expertise, particularly across the primary and secondary phases, while providing staff within them with a more secure and dynamic environment, Paul is dedicated to promoting the formation and achievement of all pupils within the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust.
Nicholas KehoeSecondary Lead and Academy Improvement Partner
Nicholas has previously been:
- Deputy Head (Curriculum) at a secondary level
- SEND Director
- Executive Head of a Primary School
- A Local Authority Advisor for Vocational Education
- A former Vice Chair and Trustee of a National Charity working with Young People.
His experience over the last thirty years has been in developing a range of curriculum solutions for schools. In recent years he has worked with other colleagues, the DfE, and Formatio (SE Hub) in developing bespoke training programmes to meet the individual needs of schools. His aim is always to ensure that the pupils and staff are provided with the best opportunities and experience possible.
Steven KeoghChief Financial Officer
Steven Keogh is an experienced School Business Professional with over twenty-five years' experience. As a member of the leadership team of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, he supported the school through its transition from grant-maintained to voluntary aided status and then to becoming a single academy Trust and most recently to the formation of the current Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust. He is a long-term member of the Local Authority's Schools Forum and supports various working parties at both local and diocesan level as well as maintaining various roles including as a governor of a primary school, catechist in his local parish and as a volunteer or trustee in several other charities.
Hannah ThackwrayChief Development Officer
Hannah has spent 10 years working in development offices within prestigious educational institutions, starting her career at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, where she was part of a dynamic fundraising department working towards a campaign goal of £30 million.
Since 2014, Hannah has worked in fundraising and alumni relations across a number of London secondary schools in both the private and state sectors including St Paul's Girls' School, which is regularly named the top performing school in the U.K. Since 2020, she has used her experience in development to lead on fundraising at primary school level.
Outside of the workplace, Hannah has sat as a committee member of AROPS: a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the exchange of best practice, creative ideas and thought leadership in alumni engagement for professionals and volunteers working in independent and state schools, both in the UK and overseas. She was a Trustee of the Cambridge University Student Union for three years and has been a governor at the King Alfred Federation of schools since 2017.
Karen WyattPrimary Lead and Academy Improvement Partner
Karen Wyatt, Executive Headteacher, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
Karen has taught in London for over 20 years, taking her first bite at headship 10 years ago. In September 2013 she took up the substantive headship at St Joseph's Catholic Primary school in Chelsea. Judged as Satisfactory by Ofsted in April 2012, the school then went on a journey of improving practices in teaching and learning, bringing rigour to monitoring systems. In November 2013, Ofsted judged the school to be Outstanding in all areas.
In September 2016, Karen took on the role of consultant head, working with another local school, St Thomas of Canterbury, to support them in the drive towards improving standards. In 2017, this developed into an executive headteacher role. During this time, St Thomas' secured a Good judgement in its 2018 Ofsted and, in its 2019 Section 48, secured Good for Classroom Religious Education and Outstanding for the Catholic Life of the School.
Jackie NichollsGovernance Professional
Jackie Nicholls has worked within the education sector for many years. She has a local authority background in school management support working mainly with headteachers and governors in Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea. She has also worked on a consultancy basis to set up management information systems, strategic planning and provided bespoke training to schools.
She was asked to join the staff at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School as Clerk to Governors in 1997 and became the Headteacher's professional adviser in 2005. She guided the governing body through the school's transition to academy trust status in 2015 and is responsible for establishing the structure and systems which support effective, inclusive governance across the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust.
Her areas of specialist knowledge include school admissions, governance policy and effective self-evaluation systems.