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Meet the Team

Selene Sawyer - CEO/Executive Headteacher - Inclusive Schools Trust

Selene Sawyer - CEO/Executive Headteacher - Inclusive Schools Trust 1

Selene Sawyer -Chief Executive Officer, Accounting Officer and Trustee


Selene is CEO of Inclusive Schools Trust and Executive Headteacher of the Lionwood Schools' Federation. Lionwood Infant and Nursery School  was rated ‘outstanding’ across the board in March 2016 and the Junior School was rated ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ for leadership and management and behaviour welfare and safety in October 2016.


As part of her CPD Selene has completed her OFSTED inspection training and is also a National Leader of Education. Lionwood Infant and Nursery School is now a designated Teaching School and National Support School.

Caroline Mandilakis - PA to CEO/Executive Headteacher - Inclusive Schools Trust

Caroline Mandilakis - PA to CEO/Executive Headteacher - Inclusive Schools Trust 1

Caroline has over twenty-five years’ broad experience working in a variety of roles within the financial sector. After leaving school, she worked for the Co-operative Bank before joining Aviva Commercial Property Finance as Business Manager with responsibility for the analysis and agreement of lending in the PFI and Primary Care Sector. She later joined the Senior Management Team where she remained for five years in the role of People and Organisation Manager and led the delivery of organisational change, leadership development, talent management and business coaching. Caroline is a qualified Coach-Mentor.


In 2010, Caroline moved to work for Aviva HR as an MI Partner supporting organisational change across the UK. She remained in HR for two years before making the decision to change career to work in the education sector.


Caroline joined Lionwood Schools’ Federation, firstly as a Teaching Assistant at Lionwood Junior School and then as School Secretary at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School. Caroline now works as PA to Selene Sawyer (CEO of Inclusive Schools). She is also Clerk to the Trustees, Teaching School Administrator and the Trust Data Protection Officer.

Louise Knights - Business Manager - Inclusive Schools Trust

Louise Knights - Business Manager - Inclusive Schools Trust 1

Louise has over twenty years of financial and administrative experience. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she progressed from a business administration apprentice to a senior auditor within the Public Services Audit department. Along with various administration qualifications, Louise completed AAT during her time here. She then moved to the Fiduciary Accounts department of Marsh into the role of Senior Accounts Technician where her main role was the reconciliation of inter-company balances for Marsh offices throughout the World.


After a short break to start a family, Louise returned to work taking the role of Finance Officer at Lionwood Junior School. On formation of Inclusive Schools Trust Louise gained promotion to her current role of Business Manager incorporating Company Secretary. This role enables her to use both her accounting background and six years of school finance experience to support the financial operation across the Trust and build capacity within the finance team. Louise has recently completed Level 3 Accounting for Finance in Education qualification and is currently working towards Level 4 Managing Finance in Education.

Simon Davis - Director of Achievement, Teaching and Learning

Simon Davis - Director of Achievement, Teaching and Learning 1

Simon Davis - Profile

Simon has twenty years’ experience in the education sector, working as a class teacher and as Local Authority Mathematics Adviser, School Improvement Adviser and Achievement Adviser. As an Achievement Adviser, Simon was charged with supporting and training head teachers and leaders in all aspects of achievement, and in his role as the Achievement Lead for the highly successful school improvement strategy ‘Better to Best’, Simon was quick to develop an excellent reputation among Norfolk’s Headteachers.

In 2018, Simon joined the Inclusive Schools Trust as our Director of Achievement. As well as leading on Achievement across our 6 schools within the trust, Simon continues to act as the achievement lead for Norfolk’s largest school improvement provider ‘Viscount Nelson Education Network’ and also for the largest Academy Trust in Norfolk.

Schools can commission the following support through VNET or Lionwood Teaching School:

  • Interpretation of key data reports such as Analysing School Performance (ASP) and the new Inspection Data Summary Report.
  • Analysis and presentation of Key Data outcomes across the primary phase on a school or MAT level, including identification of key school improvement priorities.
  • Analysing and evidencing in school attainment and progress.
  • Writing School Data Narratives for different audiences such as governors, trustees, HMI, RSC, etc.
  • Completing school self-evaluations and writing these up in the Outcomes for Pupils section of the SEF.
  • Completing school and MAT level reports for both historic and in school data.
  • Supporting middle leaders with data and the presentation of and evidencing of data in their area, for example SEN coordinators, subject leaders, Pupil Premium Champions.
  • Target setting including using FFT Aspire.
  • Setting up tracking and reporting systems.
  • Assessment, including ensuring the security of in school assessment.

Maria Cornish - Head of Lionwood Teaching School

Maria Cornish - Head of Lionwood Teaching School 1

Maria Cornish - Profile

Maria is an experienced leader who has taught in a range of Norfolk schools, most with high percentages of children presenting with challenging behaviour and low starting points.  Maria has taught in all year groups from Nursery to Y ear Six and came to Lionwood as a Deputy Head at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School in 2010.  Since then she has been Head of School at the Infant School and now oversees the Teaching, learning and Inclusion across both Lionwood Schools, as well as carrying out School 2 School Support in schools across Norfolk.  She has a commitment to inclusion and has worked to support schools in ensuring that their practice is as inclusive as possible while making sure that standards do not fall.


She has been a national SAPERE trainer in Philosophy for Children and has trained teachers across the country in a wide range of schools through her consultancy "Childrenthinking" with her colleague Sara Stanley.


She is able to offer support to Headteachers and leaders in:


Inclusion, Positive Behaviour Management, Developing Middle Leadership, Effectively Managing Personnel including Difficult Conversations, Assessment for Learning and Systems for Student, NQT and New Teacher Development.





Sharon Forder - Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust


Eileen Hansell - Vice-Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust