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Fiona Bannister – Education and Business Expertise (Foundation Trustee)

Fiona has a degree in Business and is head of the Business Department at Poole High School, a local Secondary school. She has taught for over 20 years and has a thorough knowledge of the education system.  Fiona served as a Foundation Governor at Lilliput Infant School from September 2013 and was able to use both her business and educational background to support the school. Fiona served on the Finance and Premises Committee and was the Vice-Chair of Governors at Lilliput.


Derek Bayley - Expertise in management information systems and data analysis for assessment and quality

Derek is currently Funding and Data Manager for the Apprenticeship programme at Specsavers. For 12 years prior to this, Derek had been a management information consultant to Further Education colleges in London and across the south. In this role, Derek worked with over 20 college management teams, providing information and analysis for assessment and quality improvement, as well as improving internal systems. Derek has also supported colleges through more than a dozen Ofsted inspections and several funding audits.


Martin Baynham–Knight – Strategic, business and legal expertise

Martin is an economist who specialises in providing strategic and financial insight to support major transport investment decisions.

Martin is the Financial Strategy Manager for a major international transport operator and advises the Executive and Board on the corporate strategy and attractiveness of each opportunity they pursue. Martin works at the interface between the technical, legal, commercial and financial disciplines to deliver clear and valuable advice and to formulate successful bid winning strategies.  Prior to this Martin was a consulting economist, advising governments and businesses on strategic planning and transport investment for more than a decade. This included a broad spectrum of work, from multi-billion dollar international rail projects to small local public transport upgrades.  Martin was a parent governor of Courthill Infant School from 2015.


Paul Howieson, Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer 

Previously the Headteacher of one of our Partnership’s schools, Paul has considerable experience of senior leadership roles within schools, including ten years of Headship across two schools in the Poole area. Paul has enjoyed a varied route through his career to date. Primary trained initially with particular strengths in English, Drama and Science, Paul has worked extensively across Key Stages 2 and 3 in a variety of roles including teaching, middle and senior leadership and Local Authority advisory. Paul was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Harbourside Learning Partnership in October 2016.



Emma Jackson – Education, governance and operational leadership experience, Chair of the Trustees (Foundation Trustee)

Emma has been involved in education for the majority of her working life. She started out as a Maths Teacher in Secondary Schools in Rugby, Swindon and Bournemouth, before becoming a Maths Consultant for Dorset Local Authority between 2001 and 2005. A move out of education came in 2006 when Emma took on a newly created role as the Operations Coordinator for St. Mary’s Longfleet Church in Poole overseeing the church budgets, resources, administration and volunteers; a role where she honed her leadership, organisational and problem-solving skills. In 2012, Emma returned to work in the education sector this time at Bournemouth University where she co-ordinated examinations and graduation for the university until taking up the post of Education Service Manager for the Faculty of Management in January 2018. She oversees the Programme Support and Placements Teams within the Faculty and sits on the Faculty Executive Board.

Emma was appointed as a Foundation Governor at Longfleet CE (VC) Primary School in October 2012 and was the Chair of Governors there from September 2013 until becoming Chair of Trustees at HLP when the Multi-Academy Trust was formed in July 2016.


Brendan McCarthy ­– Legal, property, risk and insurance expertise

With expertise accumulated over a 25 year career at an international law firm in the City of London, Brendan brings to the Trust a wealth of experience in property and insurance law, risk and incident management as well as legal and contractual issues. As a partner, Brendan has fulfilled a number of management roles relating to compliance, accountability and strategy. Brendan is delighted to join the Board of Trustees and looks forward to using his skills and expertise to the benefit of the Trust.


Amanda Procter – Marketing and communications expertise

Amanda is the Head of Marketing Services at Bournemouth University, having spent over 20 years working in marketing and communications.  Amanda started her career at the Daily Mail Group, before working in a variety of marketing management roles in the technology, publishing and educational sectors. She ran her own marketing and brand communications agency for five years where she created award-winning marketing campaigns, including the Best School Website Award from Poole Borough Council. She worked for McCarthy & Stone as Brand Manager and latterly joined Bournemouth University in her current role in 2014.

Amanda was governor at Courthill Infant School from 2009 and was the Chair of the Development Committee. As well as being the Vice-Chair of the Interim Board, Amanda led the Engagement and Communications workstream.


Sarah Spivey – Strategic, governance, finance and marketing expertise

Sarah is the Managing Director of a global manufacturing company based in Poole. With a Degree in Business focusing on finance and marketing her skills and capability are underpinned by a Diploma from the Institute of Directors focusing on corporate governance, enhancing her ability to provide best practice across the business from finance to HR and marketing to legal responsibilities. With previous experience in non-executive and board director roles in trade associations, education and commerce, Sarah has a broad spectrum of experience at a strategic level.



Matthew Waterfall – Audit, finance and budget forecasting expertise

Matthew has a degree in Business Strategy from Nottingham Business School and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales).  He has held a range of senior finance positions within a mixture of Blue Chip / FTSE 250 companies, across a range of industries that include Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Retail and Logistics as well as time working in the public sector as part of a non-departmental public body.  Matthew has extensive experience of audit, statutory reporting, assurance & controls, budget and forecasting alongside commercial business partnering with senior stakeholders.