South Orpington Learning Alliance Multi Academy Trust

Life at South Orpington Learning Alliance Multi Academy Trust
sola - a brighter future


Trustee Profile

Rob Summers – Chair of Trustees


I have spent more than twenty years as a senior business leader in two of the UK's largest and most notable firms.  With extensive experience in operational leadership, project management, finance and business transformation I support the SOLA leadership team with strategic planning and by providing rigour and challenge to the decisions that are made.  I am also a Governor at Green Street Green Primary School and have been involved with SOLA since before it was founded playing a part in the working group that was set up to establish the trust.  As Chair of Trustees I am committed to leading the Board and ensuring that the children and staff of SOLA are well looked after, that educational standards continue to improve and that the trust is financially robust.


I have many strong links to education with several current and former teachers in my immediate family, a school aged daughter and my wife who is also a trustee for a multi academy trust.  Away from work you will find me either on the touchline and sometimes on the pitch of my rugby club, with a camera in hand indulging my love of nature and photography or making a horrible noise as I continue to learn to play the saxophone.


Sarah Gardiner – Vice Chair of Trustees


I am the Vice Chair of the Trust board having previously served as its Chair when the Trust was originally formed. I am also a Governor of 11 years at The Highway Primary School. 


In my professional capacity I work for the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and worked as a solicitor locally prior to a career break to raise my family. I have three children who have all been pupils at one of the Trust’s schools. 


June Riley

June Riley


I first became a school parent governor in 1995 when my children were attending Pratts Bottom Primary School. After they left I became a co-opted governor. At the time, I was working in the Finance Office at Kelsey Park School in Beckenham. I then took the post of Bursar at Newstead Wood School, where I saw the school through the change to academy status. I now work as the Chief Operating Officer for Impact Multi Academy Trust (Hayes School & Ravens Wood School). I am a member of the SOLA Trust Board and remain a member of the Local Governing Body at Pratts Bottom until the end of my current term of office. I hold the Diploma in School Business Administration.


Robert Sampson


I have been a Governor for 20 years first at The Highway Primary School then at Tubbenden Junior School which federated with the Infant school became a primary and then a standalone Academy.

Given my extensive Governing Body experience and Governing Body change experience I was happy to bring this to the Multi Academy Trust.


During the years my main focus has been on the Finances/Resources as I have brought my knowledge of analysing Accounts, Management information and Forecasts that I use on a daily basis in my Coaching & Training role at Barclays Bank.


I am a true advocate of ensuring the best education for all of the children within the Trust and encouraging continual improvement within the schools and ensuring that the annual budgets are aligned to these two.


In my personal life I am married and have 3 daughters with my youngest daughter now in her final year at Canterbury Christ Church University studying to be a primary school teacher. My wife works at Aquinas Multi Academy Trust in the Finance team.


As for hobbies I have started running the fantastic Park runs (free weekly 5 kilometre runs) and have recently run my first 10K, I also regularly play badminton. I am interested in most sports particularly Cricket (a happy Kent supported) and football. I have also co-written and acted in a number of Pantomimes as a Dame and am working on the next one which will be performed in March 2019


Clive Howse


Clive Howse was co-opted to the SOLAMAT board of Trustees in 2017. He has lived most of his life in the Bromley area and both he and his two sons were educated in the borough. 


Clive believes all children should experience a stimulating, rewarding and happy time at school. He is committed to doing what he can to make this a reality for any child attending a trust academy. 


Outside of the trust, Clive is the MD of a media buying and marketing agency that works closely with a number of UK charities amongst other clients. 


James Turvey – Chief Executive Officer/Executive Headteacher


I was born and grew up in Orpington - believe it or not my educational journey began as a pupil at one of our SOLA schools. At eighteen I spent a short period working in banking, and then pursued a career in teaching after attending University in Wales. My education experience has been gained in various schools in East London where I lived for ten years, in Kent and latterly in Bromley, as Headteacher at Darrick Wood Junior School for eleven years, and most recently at Tubbenden Primary.


I am passionate about education, and wholly committed to the moral purpose of SOLA, and its success. I want to ensure that children in our schools receive the very best education we can give them. That means that as well as achieving academic success every child should be introduced to strong values, have access to a broad curriculum and enjoy a wide range of experiences.


I am a committed family man, with two adult sons who also attended local schools. I love music, modern westerns and Arsenal.  


Nicola Diamond – Chief Operating Officer


Prior to the Trust establishing in April 2016, I worked as the School Business Manager for Tubbenden Primary School and since then, have greatly enjoyed my role as the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Before joining Tubbenden 5 years ago, I worked for a large American investment bank for 19 years in a similar role, and for a support group for bereaved children.  


As COO, I’m responsible for overseeing the ‘back office’ of the Trust - the finances, ICT, premises and administrative support. I’m keenly focused on operating the Trust to ensure that we make the very best use of all we have to ensure best outcomes for children.