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Meet the Team

Selene Sawyer - Executive Headteacher of Lionwood Schools Federation and CEO of Inclusive Schools Trust

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


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 behaviour, 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 - Trust Office Manager and PA to Executive Headteacher/CEO

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 the Trust Office Manager and PA to Selene Sawyer. She is also the Trust Data Protection Officer.

Louise Knights - Business Manager

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 Level 4 Managing Finance in Education.

Claire Wright - Trust Secretary

Claire has extensive experience working in a variety of administrative and finance roles within the Social Care and Education Sector.  She began working for the Children’s Services Assessment Service in 2003, initially as a Senior Team Assistant before moving to the role of Duty Worker the following year, where she remained until 2010.

Following a career break to bring up her young family, Claire returned to Children’s Services in 2013 as a Business Support Officer across the Central Finance Team and Educational Psychologist Service before moving to the Education Sector in 2015, when she joined City of Norwich School as Clerk of Governors and Administration Assistant. 

After spending 3 years in this role Claire joined Evolution Academy Trust, working primarily as a Finance Officer in their Finance Team before joining Inclusive Schools Trust in November 2020 as Trust Secretary. 

Gary Tame - Site Manager

Gary has over 30 years’ experience working in the building industry, having joined when he left school.  He trained in plastering and has completed a number of house renovations, including building his own house in 1989.

Following this Gary spent 12 years working in drilling on oil rigs and subsequently acquired extensive knowledge of hydraulic systems.

Gary moved into the Education Sector in 2014 when he joined Mousehold Infant and Nursery School as Caretaker. Over the next few years he developed skills in Schools and Grounds Maintenance before taking on the role of Site Manager at the same school in 2016.  He has since developed further skills in the areas of Health and Safety and Compliance before joining the Trust team as IST Site Manager in April 2021, overseeing the 6 schools within the Trust. 

Susannah Hinchliff - Speech and Language Therapist

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


Maureen Hanke - Vice-Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust