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‘Inspire, Support, Teach’

Meet the Team

Selene Sawyer - Executive Headteacher of Lionwood Schools Federation and CEO of Inclusive Schools Trust

Selene studied at Kingston University and has worked at senior leadership level in London and Norfolk, including Headteacher roles in four different schools. She is Executive Headteacher of Lionwood Schools Federation and CEO of Inclusive Schools Trust.


Lionwood Infant and Nursery School was rated ‘outstanding’ across the board in March 2016 and is now a national support school. Lionwood Junior School was rated ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ for leadership and management and behaviour, welfare and safety in October 2016


Since 2010 Selene has been a National Leader of Education. She has also completed her OFSTED inspection training.

Lionwood Infant and Nursery School is now a designated Teaching School and National Support School. Lionwood Teaching School is central to the development of the Trust and a key driver for support for school improvement across the six schools and beyond.


Caroline Mandilakis - Trust Office Manager and PA to Executive Headteacher/CEO

Caroline has over thirty 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 the Trust Office Manager and PA to Selene Sawyer. She is also the Teaching School Administrator and the Trust Data Protection Officer.

Louise Knights - Business Manager

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 Level 4 Managing Finance in Education.






Eileen Hansell - Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust


Maureen Hanke - Vice-Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust