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Members

The Members of The Pioneer Academy are:

Richard Lockyer (by virture of his position as Chair of the Trust Board) - He is CEO and co-founder of OLEVI – an international education organisation.  He is also Executive Director of Jariram Ltd and is an Educational Consultant.  Richard joined The Pioneer Academy Trust Board in January 2016 and became the Vice Chair in September 2016.  He brings a wealth of experience in the education sector with credibility, drive and commitment to the craft of teaching and improving learning outcomes for pupils.  He was elected Chair of the Trust Board in 2020..

Nick Beal - Nick was a founding Trustee when The Pioneer Academy was first incorporated, having been the Chairs of Governors at Stewart Fleming Primary School.

Richard Kellaway - Richard was commissioned as an Officer of Customs and Excise in 1966 and enjoyed 33 years service with HM Customs and Excise. He specialised in investigation work but held other senior positions in the Department including Chief Staff Inspector, Head of Bermuda Customs and Head of Security and Estates. His final post was as Chief Investigation Officer when he headed the National Investigation Service comprising about 2000 people whose principal role was to investigate drug smuggling, tax fraud and money laundering. In 1999 he was appointed the Drugs and Serious Crime adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  In 2000 he was appointed the Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and held that post until his retirement in 2010.

Peter Birdsall - Peter joined the Metropolitan police in 1985 and retired in 2015. He was involved in many major investigations and received Commissioners and Assistant Commissioner commendations. When he retired he started a property investment company and a pub management company. The portfolio has nearly fifty outlets.  Peter is also Deputy Chairman to a road safety group and has been an active member of the PTA‘s at the schools his children have attended. 

Andrew McCormick - Andrew  is a qualified biochemist, with a PhD from The University of Bristol and a background in immunology and biochemistry. He has been a Civil Servant for the past 6 years, currently at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and previously at the Department for Education. He brings extensive knowledge of central Government and policy development, as well as expertise in stakeholder engagement and relationship management.

Jo Tanner - Jo began her career as a broadcast journalist before moving into political public relations. Prior to co-founding iNHouse Communications, Jo was the British Chambers of Commerce Media Chief, and returned to politics to mastermind PR for Boris Johnson’s 2008 Mayoral campaign.

Jo focuses on creative campaigns, public affairs, media training and crisis communications for a range of clients from individuals to major corporations. She has advised clients including Willmott Dixon, Starbucks and Diageo, and has personally advised on High Court actions and Public Inquiries. Jo regularly appears on television and radio as a political commentator and often reviews the newspapers for the BBC News Channel. 

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