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Meet the Team

Selene Sawyer - CEO/Executive Headteacher

Selene Sawyer - CEO/Executive Headteacher 1

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 CEO of Inclusive Schools Trust and Executive Headteacher of the Lionwood Schools Federation.


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 behavior, 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 - PA to CEO/Executive Headteacher

Caroline Mandilakis - PA to CEO/Executive Headteacher 1

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 PA to Selene Sawyer (CEO of Inclusive Schools). She is also Clerk to the Trustees, Teaching School Administrator and the Trust Data Protection Officer.

Louise Knights - Business Manager

Louise Knights - Business Manager 1

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 is currently working towards Level 4 Managing Finance in Education.

Simon Davis - Director of Achievement, Teaching and Learning

Simon Davis - Director of Achievement, Teaching and Learning 1

Simon Davis - Profile

Simon has twenty years’ experience in the education sector, working as a class teacher and as Local Authority Mathematics Adviser, School Improvement Adviser and Achievement Adviser. As an Achievement Adviser, Simon was charged with supporting and training head teachers and leaders in all aspects of achievement, and in his role as the Achievement Lead for the highly successful school improvement strategy ‘Better to Best’, Simon was quick to develop an excellent reputation among Norfolk’s Headteachers.

In 2018, Simon joined the Inclusive Schools Trust as our Director of Achievement. As well as leading on Achievement across our 6 schools within the trust, Simon continues to act as the achievement lead for Norfolk’s largest school improvement provider ‘Viscount Nelson Education Network’ and also for another Academy Trust in Norfolk


Simon offers the following support to our schools within the Trust:

  • Interpretation of key data reports such as Analysing School Performance (ASP) and the new Inspection Data Summary Report.
  • Analysis and presentation of Key Data outcomes across the primary phase on a school or MAT level, including identification of key school improvement priorities.
  • Analysing and evidencing in school attainment and progress.
  • Writing School Data Narratives for different audiences such as governors, trustees, HMI, RSC, etc.
  • Completing school self-evaluations and writing these up in the Outcomes for Pupils section of the SEF.
  • Completing school and MAT level reports for both historic and in school data.
  • Supporting middle leaders with data and the presentation of and evidencing of data in their area, for example SEN coordinators, subject leaders, Pupil Premium Champions.
  • Target setting including using FFT Aspire.
  • Setting up tracking and reporting systems.
  • Assessment, including ensuring the security of in school assessment.


Susannah Hinchliff - Speech and Language Therapist

Susannah Hinchliff - Speech and Language Therapist 1

Susannah qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2004.  For 13 years she worked in the NHS with a range of client groups (both children and adults) in Norfolk and Oxfordshire.  Susannah has experience working at a Speech, Language and Communication Needs Specialist Resource Base and has jointly led a rehabilitation team.  


Susannah Joined Inclusive Schools Trust in 2017.  Since then she has become an ICAN trainer for Early Talk Boost and Talk Boost Key Stages 1 and 2.


Susannah offers the following support to our schools within the Trust:

  • Individual assessment and programme planning for children identified as having a Speech, Language or Communication Need.
  • Training and support for staff.
  • Talk Boost training and assistance to set up groups in schools
  • Information for families
  • Support with referrals to other services.
  • Input into EHCPs.

Eileen Hansell - Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust


Sharon Forder - Vice-Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust