Our Team

Mr Mark Bailie
Executive Headteacher

Mark has worked in schools for over 25 years and has been in leadership positions for 22 years. He has been a Headteacher for over 11 years (7 years at Finham Park School).

National Leader of Education (NLE); has significant Ofsted experience and is a qualified Ofsted Inspector; he has taken different schools from 4 to 3, 3 to 2 and 2 to 1 in Ofsted terms.

Specialist knowledge:

Educational leadership; marketing, finance, operations; Human Resources, including recruitment; estates, curriculum; business; strategy.

Relevant interests:

  • National Leader of Education
  • Ofsted Inspector – West Midlands Regional Team Member
  • Director for Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Headteacher Steering Group for Confucius Institute based at IOE, UCL
  • Trustee of Central Academies Trust, West Midlands
Paul Green
Headteacher (Lyng Hall)

Paul worked as a Research and Development Chemist before completing a degree in Natural Science at Canterbury Christ Church University.  He began teaching in 1986, while considering taking up a post with the British Antarctic Survey, studying molluscs.  25 years later he is still teaching.

Following Head of Science, Advisory Teacher and Deputy Headteacher roles in two schools, Paul became Headteacher of Lyng Hall in 2004.  Since becoming Headteacher, he has also supported other schools in Birmingham and Coventry.

Paul is a member of a European Agency Working Group which is exploring best practice across Europe for raising the attainment of vulnerable students and those with SEND.

More locally, Paul is a member of the Local Children Safeguarding Board, the Children Services Improvement Board and is currently Chair of the Secondary Headteachers’ Partnership.

Russell Plester
Headteacher (Finham Park 2)

Russell  has more than 15 years’ experience in educational leadership roles in London, Birmingham, Solihull & Coventry. He was Deputy Headteacher  at Finham Park School for 6 years before taking up the position of  Headteacher at Finham Park 2..

With a core team Russell has been key in setting up a brand new school in Coventry- (currently oversubscribed and fully staffed) in newly refurbished, high quality buildings.

Specialist knowledge:

Educational leadership; marketing- including social media, operations; recruitment; estates, strategy, Free Schools, teaching and learning, student support.

Chris Bishop
Headteacher (Finham Park)

I am headteacher Finham Park School, a large comprehensive secondary school in Coventry that strives to inspire students through the delivery of an innovative ‘World Class’ education. Our school strives to be a beacon of excellence for the community where everyone feels safe, valued, included and proud.

As a parent with a young family, I appreciate personally the importance of nurturing every learner’s natural curiosity, providing them with life enriching opportunities to develop socially, academically and morally. Students are given opportunities to develop in the ‘5 Finham Values’ that we hold most dear – courageousness, perseverance, integrity, humility and kindness. Learners become valued members of the Coventry community and contributors to both the national and international stages.

I am passionate about seeing the life chances of young people improve as a result of receiving a high quality, free education. This cannot be delivered in isolation but has to be done through supportive partnership structures; a joined up approach that is sustainable for the long term so that we can provide an environment that enables young people to not only have the ‘time of their lives’ but to also leave well equipped for life and the world of work.

Sarah Bracken
Headteacher (Finham Primary)
Theresa O’Hara
Headteacher (Pearl Hyde)

Prior to entering the teaching profession, Theresa worked for a number of years in the world of Graphics and Illustration.

Theresa then entered the world of education and taught in three primary schools in Coventry prior to becoming the Headteacher at Pearl Hyde Community Primary school.

One of her areas of expertise is in the development of a curriculum designed to embrace all learners, adapting provision to suit the needs of each cohort. “By playing to the strengths of our young people we aim to provide them with a purpose for learning and help them to believe in themselves as learners.”

Laura Slaymaker
Head of HR

Joining the Multi Academy Trust in 2015, Laura has over 15 years of Human Resources experience across the public and private sector. Her broad experience includes employee relations, payroll, recruitment, policy development and management. She has experience in various industries including engineering, banking and healthcare.


Laura has a BA in Business Administration from Coventry University and is qualified with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Laura is responsible for developing human resource management strategies that enable the Trust to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce that will facilitate the high standards of education to be maintained.

Hana Cribb
Head of Finance

Joining as the Head of Finance in September 2019, Hana is a Chartered Certified Accountant with experience of working across public and private sectors. Hana has worked at both Single and Multi Academy Trusts and an educational advisory firm prior to joining Finham Park Multi Academy Trust.

Rachel Canning
Business Director

Rachel is responsible for managing the strategy and operations of the non-teaching functions of the Trust including: financial management; health and safety; human resources; estates; IT; compliance and administration.

A former pupil of Finham Park School, Rachel joined the Trust in September 2018 as Head of Finance and was promoted to Business Director in September 2019. Rachel has many years of experience in financial roles in the public and private sector including, ten years employed as Finance Director for a successful SME in Coventry.

Having three school-age children Rachel appreciates the importance of ensuring that all of the pupils within the Trust receive an outstanding education and that the school estate should be maintained to the highest possible standard.

Mandy Gilmore
Special Projects Officer

Mandy is the Business Director and provides professional leadership and management of Multi Academy support staff in partnership with teaching staff, to enhance their effectiveness in order to achieve improved standards of learning and achievement in the MAT.
Mandy has worked in the Public Sector for over 30 years and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has a Diploma in Professional Marketing.

Jason Hart
IT Services Manager