The biographies of our current Members can be found below:
sarah conant MSc, NPQH, BA Hons - chair of members
Sarah has over 25 years’ experience in primary education having had a number of headships. The first of these was in Saudi Arabia setting up a new primary school for BAE systems as part of The British International School in Riyadh. When she returned to the UK she became head of a large primary in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. This was followed by two consultant headships; a primary in Peterborough and a large junior school in Ely working for The Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT). She led all the schools to become academies.
She moved into the central support team of the DEMAT, where she became the COO with responsibilities for a number of central services, school improvement and the conversion process of schools wanting to join the MAT. She helped growing the MAT to 34 primary schools in 4 years.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. She and her husband have a passion for Formula One racing and have over the last few years tried to go to a different Grand Prix each year.
dawn carman-jones - member
Following a 6 year period of marketing management positions in Further Education Colleges, in Norfolk, Dawn set up Mercatus Marketing in 2000 to provide business development, research and impact evaluation, and event management in the wider education environment and SME businesses within East Anglia.
Dawn was a driving force in the research and modelling of the Consortium Trust structure and continues to work closely with Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne to ensure that there is a clear, viable and sustainable model tabled. Her interest in pursuing the concept of responsible delegation within the Academy Trust model comes from her determination that schools play a vital part of community life and as such should retain influence over their futures.
Dawn is also part of a small team of mentors and governance consultants commissioned by the Confederation of School Trusts; working on a national basis, to develop governance practices and provide independent scrutiny for Academy Trusts through Trust Governance reviews and bespoke support.
Dawn has completed the Eastern Leadership College course ‘Leadership Development Programme’ and has completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training and First Aid Instructor Qualifications, allowing her to develop and deliver her own core package of education and training provision
Outside of governance, Dawn has a husband, and two children of secondary school age; she is a keen walker and combines her love of the outdoors with scouting where she is Chair and active member of a local Scout Group.
SARAH SHARLOTT - MEMBER
Biog to follow
alan williams - member
Alan has worked in education for over 38 years, teaching children in a variety of schools in Birmingham, Worcestershire, Germany, Norfolk and Suffolk, and adults at GCSE mathematics evening classes in Germany. Currently, he works as Interim Executive Principal at Dell and Elm Tree Primary School in Lowestoft.
Before taking the Interim Executive Principal role at Lowestoft’s Dell and Elm Tree primary schools, Alan was Head Teacher at Glebeland Primary School, near Beccles. Glebeland developed from an extremely vulnerable institution, having gone through a period of immense turmoil, to one which is considered to be very successful and popular, with increasing numbers of children on roll.
As a small local primary school at the heart of the community, it's successes included the awarding of the Artsmark, Healthy Schools and International awards. Alan has strong links with schools in Africa and several European countries, exposing Glebeland's pupils to cultural understanding of, and joint working with, there peers in other places.
Alan also jointly held the title of 'Cluster Lead' for the thirteen schools in Norfolk's London Cluster, facilitating joint working between, and offering support to, colleagues in these establishments. In addition, Alan is one of Norfolk's System Leaders - schools working together for the mutual benefit of pupils and staff members, is one of his passions.
Alan is currently leading an international research project about schools' learning environments, initially involving nine Norfolk school leaders, with a focus on the Flanders area of Belgium, the Trondheim region in Norway and Norfolk. As part of this, twelve Belgian headteachers visited Consortium's Glebeland Primary in September 2017.
Alan's interests include travelling, both to places within the United Kingdom and beyond. He is treasurer and membership secretary of ESTA (East Suffolk Travellers' Association), the local public transport lobby and promotion organisation, a one time member of the TUCC (Transport Users Consultative Committee) for Western England and, until recently Haddiscoe's station adopter under the Greater Anglia station adoption scheme. Alan is also a trustee and the treasurer of a local charity, which supports the education of children at a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is treasurer of the local Raveningham Community Magazine.
Raised in a village post office and stores, at the heart of the community, Alan is passionate about the place of local schools and other facilities within such communities and carries this vision through his passion for education, particularly in schools such as those in The Consortium Trust.
damian wraight - member
Senior Project/Contract Manager for United Technologies (Otis UK division)
Following 22 years’ service as a UK Armed Forces Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineer, Damian has been the Senior Project and Contracts Manager for United Technologies (Otis UK division), for the past 25 years. In this role, Damian is responsible for profit & loss in over 11 counties throughout the East & South of the UK, including ground operations, financial control, debt recovery and personnel for there Elevator New Equipment department, with a budget of £5m.