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The Futures Trust

The Futures Trust

Meet Our Team


Peter Thomas, CEO The Futures Trust

NLE, Ofsted Additional Inspector, Pupil Premium Reviewer

Head Teacher for 5 years of President Kennedy School which in that time improved from RTI to Outstanding in all categories. The school has been in at least the top 3% of all schools for progress between 2012-2016 and twice in the top 100 state performing secondary schools.

Steve Toor, Deputy CEO - Education 

Previously Deputy Headteacher at President Kennedy School with a remit on standards, curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning, whilst also working on school improvement across the trust.

Mark Baker, Finance Director

Qualifications: Certificate in Accountancy (1984), ACCA part qualified Background: 25 years in Head of Finance roles in SME’s (manufacturing, retail and ICT sectors)

Specialisms: Credit Management, Financial and Management Accounting and Compliance.

Chantelle Bayliss, H.R. Director

Qualifications: BA (Hons)  CIPD (Grad) MA HR Management

Background: H.R. Professional, over 10 years experience advising schools.

Specialisms: Statutory H.R. requirements in education, strategic H.R. review, H.R. consultancy and managing complex casework.


Elisabeth Rowlands, Trust Development Director

Qualifications: BA Hons. (1987) M.B.A. (1998)

Background: Financial Economist (13 years City of London), 9 years working in Education leading on business improvement and marketing at President Kennedy School. Specialisms: Business Planning, Academy Conversions, Marketing and PR, Risk Management and Project Management

Niamh Field, Trust Company Secretary

Qualifications: BA Hons (2000), MA (2011)

Background: over 10 years’ experience advising on operational, procedural and statutory obligations in both public and private sector organisations. Specialisms: Corporate Governance, regulation and stakeholder engagement.


“Converting to an Academy is a significant undertaking and it’s only when you become involved that you realise the impact on the life of a school’s support functions. In agreeing to join The Futures Trust, we have worked alongside colleagues who have taken us through the conversion process based on their experience and professional contacts. I would recommend their support to any Head or School Business Manager tasked with becoming Academy particularly with the financial challenges which lie ahead as we seek to manage resources effectively.” Bernard Peffers, School Business Manager, Barr’s Hill School, December 2015