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Meet the Trustees

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Roy is the Chair of the Lion Academy Trust.

Roy’s long association with Barclay and the Trust stems from being a parent and grandparent to children at Barclay Juniors and Infants – before the amalgamation in 2006. Roy originally joined as a governor from 1981-1984 and then the Treasurer of the PTA. Roy’s grandson was attending Barclay when it went through the amalgamation to become a Primary School – which led to Roy getting involved again as governor. Roy has become increasingly convinced by the quality of the model the Trust has developed and is keen to see this taken out into other schools locally and further afield. Roy’s main focus is on the quality and standards the Trust achieves and ensuring all our schools operate at the highest level for all our learners.

Khalida is a Trustee and is the Vice-Chair of the Lion Academy Trust.

I became a parent governor in 2007 to gain insight into education and to be involved in the community. This has been a very rewarding and enlightening role. My primary education also took place at Barclay infants and junior school. Since 2013, I have been a director appointee governor and in 2014, I became a trustee of Lion Academy Trust (LAT). Within the trust, I also sit on the Finance and Resources Committee.

I have seen Barclay go through so many changes, including the amalgamation in 2006 and conversion to academy status. With each change the school has gone from strength to strength.

In my supportive role as a trustee of the LAT my passion for creating the best opportunities for children in education continues and it is a privilege to continue this journey with the trust.

I believe, “our actions decide our future. There's a bright and prosperous future for all stakeholders”.

Miranda is a Trustee of the Lion Academy Trust

Miranda has a broad financing practice as a partner at Slaughter and May that covers general bank financing, structured finance, acquisition/leverage finance, debt capital markets, derivatives, and restructuring and corporate recovery. As a lawyer, her skill set includes detailed planning, undertaking due diligence, problem-solving, project management, team building and applying general principles to specific facts, which are of enormous benefit to the Trust. In addition, as a finance lawyer, Miranda has a very good grasp and understanding of commercial and financial matters. She has had exposure to other areas of work including being part of a large team advising a bank on LIBOR investigations, and assisting financial institutions with regulatory and structural reforms that have taken place since the financial crisis including ring-fencing and recovery planning.

Miranda was voted in as the new Chair of the Trust in May 2017.

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.

Hayden is a member of the Lion Education Trust and is the Director of Schools for both the Lion Academy and Lion Education Trusts.

Hayden qualified as a teacher in New Zealand where he taught for five years in deprived urban areas, including a 1,200 place intermediate school for Years 7 and 8. In 2005, he relocated to the UK to work in primary school settings, firstly as a class teacher, then a middle leader and then as a head teacher, and now as an Executive Head Teacher. He has been part of the leadership team of Barclay Primary since 2008. Between 2011 and 2013, Hayden also supported the leadership teams in several local East London schools that were causing concern as part of a local authority support package. In 2013, he was seconded to Sybourn Primary as the Interim Head Teacher to support the school through a period of instability and turbulence, and to convert the school to academy status. In 2015, 18 months after the conversion of Sybourn Primary into the Lion Academy Trust, the school was judged to be "good" overall with “outstanding” leadership. Hayden is a member of the Trust executive team and is responsible for standards, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and leadership and management of the schools. The most recent Ofsted inspection of Barclay Primary school was judged to be "outstanding" in all areas. Hayden is committed to ensuring that all children are given the right to an outstanding education.

Claire is a Trustee of the Lion Academy Trust

Claire has over 20 years’ experience as an owner and operator of SME’s working with large, complex organisations across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors primarily in the media, events & training industry. She has held a range of senior strategic leadership roles with specific responsibility for driving revenue, sponsorship and commercial partnerships and spearheading growth. She has extensive experience of using digital media, online marketing & data management & insights, to promote engagement & connect communities.
Claire also has public sector experience having worked as a strategy consultant for the Central Office of Information as well as board level experienced as a non-executive director and board advisor of technology, event and not-for-profit organisations and most recently joining the Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Skills for Londoners Taskforce looking at getting more 16-year-olds into further education and training as well as plugging the skills shortages after Brexit.

Khurshid Khan, Trustee - Lion Academy Trust


Khurshid works as a business leader with over 27 years of experience in IT solutions and services. Based on clear analytical thinking, with a track record of building and motivating teams in changing and challenging markets, Khurshid has worked for a wide range of large corporates and start-ups. With a strongly commercial background in the Telecoms, Finance, Education and Local Government sectors, Khurshid has for the last 13 years worked at the forefront of education data systems and curation and brings this wealth of vendor and solutions expertise to the Trust.

 Khurshid also acts as a mentor in the Prince Wales Trust Mosaic programme, providing group mentoring in secondary schools located in challenging areas of the country.

This continuous pursuit of improvement permeates each level of leadership. Those with positions of responsibility demonstrate passion, purpose and effectiveness in all they do.

Ofsted report, Barclay Primary School