Our Executive Team
Pamela Kilbey Chief Executive Officer
Pamela Kilbey has been Headteacher of Jack Hunt School since September 2010 and CEO since April 2018. During her career she has worked in two government secondary schools in Zambia; in the secondary section of two all through schools plus an adult education provider in South Africa; and in three secondary schools in Peterborough. In addition to an Honours degree in Education, Pamela has a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, and the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
During the time that she has been Headteacher of Jack Hunt School the school has also won the following: School of the Year, Living Sports Award on 3 occasions; the Aegis White Rose Award for its Pledge against Prejudice work; the Diana Award for promoting Deaf Awareness; the Youth Sports Trust ‘Closing the Gap Award; the Diana, Anti Bullying Ambassador Award; and the SSAT Award for Exceptional Progress, 2016 and 2017; Leading Parent Partnership Award; and Investors in People, Gold Award.
Furthermore, Jack Hunt School was also the first school in UK to be awarded Sports Leader Academy status and holds the International School Award; RE Gold Mark; Youth Sport Trust Gold Quality Mark; and Families First Award. In the January 2017 Ofsted one day Inspection HMI wrote, ‘Your clear vision, astute leadership and relentless pursuit of improvement have ensured that all the points raised at the time of the last inspection have been built upon, and strengthened further. The school is now securely good.’
Matthew Deere Chief Operating Officer
Matthew Deere BA (Hons) CertFRA FISBL combines the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Trust with the Business Manager role at Jack Hunt School, taking a lead on many aspects of our operations outside of the classroom. Matthew joined Jack Hunt School in January 2016 having served as a secondary school Business Manager in South Lincolnshire, in a Local Authority Maintained School that converted to an Academy under the sponsorship of a national Multi-Academy Trust. Prior to joining the education sector, Matthew has extensive experience in private enterprise and during his career he has worked in the printing and timber industries, latterly as an analyst working with a multinational Finnish forestry company on European change management projects. In this role Matthew’s work led to him being selected for and undertaking the AVANT residential future senior leadership course spending time in Helsinki, Finland throughout 2012.
Since joining Jack Hunt School Matthew has continued to refine his practice alongside undertaking formal professional development and has achieved a Level 5 Diploma in School Business Management through Anglia Ruskin University. Subsequently he studied parallel to the formation of our Trust to obtain a CIPFA accredited Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Academy Finance and Operations including the Certificate of Financial Reporting for Academies (CertFRA). During this course Matthew took the lead on the operational aspects of forming our Multi-Academy Trust along with our project management stakeholders and Trustee designates, in 2018. Since gaining these qualifications Matthew’s contribution to excellence in school and academy business leadership has been recognised by the professional institute to which he has belonged since 2014, and he was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of School Business Leadership (FISBL) in 2019. Matthew has been asked by the institute to blog on his experiences for the benefit of other professionals and has created articles including the challenges of recruiting, interviewing and onboarding during the pandemic.
Deborah Keith Chief Finance Officer
Deborah Keith, FCCA MBA has worked as an accountant for thirty years in a variety of settings, predominantly public sector such as Probation, English Nature/Natural England, the Environment Agency and the NHS, supplemented with both practice and industry roles. This varied spectrum has given a wealth of experience to draw upon when taking up the Jack Hunt School Finance Manager role in 2013. This was further exercised when becoming PKAT’s CFO upon conversion.
After leaving Jack Hunt School as a student, Deborah’s interest in education has been ever present through both being part of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ Cambridgeshire Network providing CPD opportunities for members, this included holding the office of President of the network, and completing a masters degree with a dissertation focusing on knowledge management in 2005.
Whilst Deborah has a penchant for numbers, she enjoys nothing more than relating them to the environment she has a role in, relishing the opportunity to have set up and develop PKAT’s finance related systems and processes. Achieving no audit points from the external auditors on the first full year set of PKAT’s accounts was a proud moment.
martin Fry primary lead headteacher
Martin Fry BA (Hons) + QTS , NPQH, is Headteacher of Ravensthorpe Primary and Primary Lead for the Trust. Martin became the Headteacher of John Clare Primary School in Peterborough in 2007 having previously taught in a variety of primary schools in London and Peterborough. He was also part of the start up team for the British School of Chicago in 2001. Martin was appointed Headteacher at Ravensthorpe Primary in 2011 and led the school out of Special Measures in 2012 with the school judged ‘good’ in all areas in its last Ofsted inspection (Jan 2016). Inspectors stated during this inspection that 'The headteacher is providing outstanding leadership in transforming the school'.
Since 2012, the outcomes and progress of Ravensthorpe pupils have consistently improved and the curriculum continues to evolve to ensure that every child 'explores, succeeds and soars'. Ravensthorpe is a School Direct ITT school in collaboration with Paragon Teaching School Alliance and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. Recent awards presented to the school include Achievement for All Quality Mark, International School's Award and Families First Accreditation. Ravensthorpe is currently working towards accreditation as a World Class High Performance Learning school.