Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Mr Simon Garrill


Having taught and led, in and around London for the last 25 Years, I established two new schools in Haringey, running a small multi academy trust. Passionate about social mobility, fairness and opportunities for young people, I am looking forward to leading Education for the 21st Century to ensure that all of our schools achieve excellence through collaboration.

Mrs Cathy Whiting

Director of Operations

After 20 successful years in retail management, I joined The Ravensbourne School in 2006. Qualified in Business Management, financial management and Nebosh Health and Safety, I was instrumental in the conversion to academy and development of E21C in 2011, taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer. Since 2011, I have been responsible for the conversion to academy and the transition of schools joining the Trust and the operations and business functions of all of the schools within E21C. I am passionate about the Trust, its staff, and most importantly the students we educate ensuring that they all receive the best possible chances they can.

Mr Rob Carling

Director of Finance

I am a CIPFA qualified accountant with significant experience of Local Authority and school funding, both operational and policy, including setting and reviewing school and Local Authority level funding formulas. I have worked in three Local Authorities, a Secondary Academy and an two Multi Academy Trusts. Previous posts include Senior Finance Officer in a Multi-Academy Trust, Vice Principal of Coopers school responsible for all business functions, Head of Children and Young People Finance, Head of Education Finance and Head of Social Services Finance.

Miss Marion Drake

Executive Head – Primaries

I am the Executive Headteacher of Blenheim Primary, Mead Road Infants, Mottingham Primary and Scotts Park Primary. I was previously the Headteacher of Mottingham Primary where I and my dedicated staff took the school from an Ofsted ‘Notice to Improve’ category to ‘Good’ in 14 months. Prior to this Headship, I worked in a variety of Primary Schools in Inner London, Outer London and Kent in order to gain as wide an experience of education as possible.

Mrs Olivia Page

Director of Curriculum and Standards

I was previously Associate Headteacher at St Mark’s Church of England Academy in Mitcham and a school improvement adviser for Lambeth Council. My other role is as a team inspector and quality assurance reader for Ofsted and I will continue to do this work. I started my career as a Music teacher and have a passion for the role of the arts in developing learning competencies and raising the cultural capital of young people. I have 16 years experience in schools, 11 years as a senior leader specifically leading the areas of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum, Quality Assurance and Staff Development. I am a firm believer that high quality teaching delivered by teachers who really know their pupils and are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject will secure strong outcomes for all pupils. I am fully committed to ensuring high quality, personalised CPD and research opportunities which empower all teachers and leaders to realise their own potential and make schools learning communities in the broadest possible sense. Ultimately, I am driven by a moral purpose to promote social equality through inclusive education delivered to the highest possible standards.

I am really looking forward to working alongside all of the Headteachers and Senior Leaders across the 8 Trust schools and within the central team to drive forward school improvement and ensure each E21C pupils receives the quality of education they deserve.


Executive Head Bromley Secondaries

 I have over 25 years of secondary school teaching experience, with  significant knowledge of school leadership. As an experienced headteacher and Local Authority School Improvement Adviser I have had the opportunity to lead schools culture and standards to securing great outcomes for learners. I have a passion for driving systematic change  to empower staff to make the difference for every child. As educators we have the privilege to serve our communities and provide impactful change at all levels. To elicit change is to galvanise staff to ensure we create high performing individuals and teams. I am excited to be joining Education for the 21st Century as Executive Principal for the Bromley Hub at this juncture I have the ambition and drive to deliver substantial and sustained change. I am excited about the future and working with you as partners in this journey.