Board of Members

Sarah Walker

I am an experienced finance, operations, people, contracts and project manager, with over 20 years’ experience in the management of government funded service delivery. My recent career in School Business Management has given me an in depth knowledge of school finance which I can use to support Tall Oaks, along with an understanding of issues and challenges facing a small Multi Academy Trust. Before working in schools, I had a successful background in operational and contract management, working with teams of people to deliver excellent service against complex delivery targets, whilst improving individual and team motivation and results.

As Area Manager for the Business Link business advice service I had responsibility for the Lincolnshire & Rutland area office, a team of 30 remote working business advisers, multiple contracts and service delivery targets, service improvement initiatives and local partnership development. I am used to leading and guiding large multi-disciplinary teams. Skills I have gained through my varied career include: People Management and Motivation, Change Management, Team Building, Staff Training and Development, Business Planning, Budget Management, Operational Management, Forecasting/Planning, Performance Management, Project Management, Relationship Building, Process Development, Auditing, Quality Management and Facilitation.

Lee Wallhead

I have worked for a major business within Gainsborough for almost 30 years and have overall responsibility for Finance, HR and Governance. As part of a European owned company with operations in over 8 countries, I am also the groups data protection officer. I have a passion for business and when I saw the request for additional support for the Academy, I felt my experience would be of benefit.

During my time working within Gainsborough, I have been part of local business forums and also supported initiatives to help new businesses get up and running.

Outside of work I enjoy sport and have been involved in triathlon and ultra running over the last 10 years. Within Triathlon, I have been a junior and adult coach for Lincoln tri club and have been honoured to serve as chairman over the previous 3 years. I am also a member of the regional committee and Council. I am a strong believer in promoting sport and activity within the community and regularly volunteer at sporting events.

Susan Bond
Alan Richards
Richard Punchon