Eden Academy Trust

Meet the Team

Neil Nottingham

CEO & Executive Headteacher Stranton Primary School & Bluebell Meadow Primary School


He has been in education for 24 years with 17 years as a Headteacher including 11 years as CEO. As Headteacher, he led Stranton School to Outstanding before supporting many other challenging schools to ’Good or better’ through his NLE status. 


Philip Pritchard

Deputy CEO and Headteacher Jesmond Gardens Primary School


He is the Headteacher at Jesmond Gardens School and has a passion for CPD. He has been in education for 22 years – including 6 years as Headteacher and 2 years as Deputy CEO. He is Trust Lead for the NPQ programme and delivery.


Miss Kirsty Whitehouse



Miss Gill Lawson

HR and Governance Manager


Mrs Catherine Watts

Trust School Improvement Lead


Having been the designated SIP for 5 years, Cath is now working with Eden 0.5FTE as School Improvement Lead. She takes the lead in providing support and challenge for both existing primary schools, growing leaders and supporting schools joining the Trust



Mrs Elizabeth Killeen

Headteacher Eskdale Academy


Mrs Karla Grant

Head of School Stranton Primary School


Mrs Susan Henry

Trust Inclusion Lead


Sue offers a rigorous programme of bespoke support for each school around implementation and review of SEND procedures. Sue Henry also helps to develop a culture of inclusion, challenging our leaders to ensure that every child in Eden gets the support and opportunities they require.  Sue has worked as an SLE for Inclusion for over 10 years and sits on numerous SEND advisory bodies developing strategy and inclusive practice.


Mrs Louise Mazzey

Senior Finance Officer



Estates manager


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