Meet the Team



Libby Nicholas


Having graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in English & Philosophy, Libby realised her true vocation when working with the Prince’s Trust leading a group of young people ‘not in education or employment’.

Wanting to teach and help young people, Libby completed her PGCE and was accepted on the National Fast Track Teaching Programme ranking as one of the ‘Top Ten Nationwide Fast Track Teachers’. Progressing quickly from teaching English to increasingly senior roles, Libby has held positions such as Head of Year, Assistant Head, Head Teacher, Deputy Director of Education at the Girls’ Day School Trust and Regional Director of Education for the South & West at the Academies Enterprise Trust.

Libby’s areas of professional expertise include the delivery of school improvement, strategic organisational change, curriculum design and innovation and all aspects of teaching and learning – thinking, theory & pedagogy. She has conducted leadership development for middle and senior leaders in primary and secondary education and has also led staff development in the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.

Most recently co-authoring “Understanding Leadership” and “Stronger Boards, Better Education”, Libby is committed to learning centred leadership; securing high quality education through excellent staff development at all levels.

To this end Libby has completed the NPQH and is nearing the end of her MBA (Masters in Business).

Nicola Crossley

Director of Inclusion

Having run her own business as an educational consultant and Chartered Educational Assessor for the last three years, working with over 70 primary, secondary and special schools, Nicola joins Reach4 as the Director of Inclusion.

With a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management and a Masters in Practice-Based Educational Research, Nicola has worked as a senior leader in secondary mainstream, secondary special and primary and secondary school improvement roles and possesses the NPQH. She is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education where her research focuses on the conceptualisations of professionalism for teachers in compulsory education in England.

Working with schools to improve the learning experience for children who are disadvantaged and/or have SEND, Nicola’s specialist interests are around Autism and SEMH and she is passionate about improving understanding and provision in these areas, in particular.

Dean Anderson

Director of Education (Secondary)

Dean is an ex-secondary Principal and joined Reach4 in September. He has a BEd (HONS) and has achieved his NPQH. He started his career as a secondary PE teacher before taking up a series of leadership positions in schools in challenging circumstances. As Principal, Dean successfully turned around a secondary academy within a short period of time and was then appointed Executive Principal across a number of schools in the South West. He has provided support and challenge for a number of Headteachers and Principals as part of a large academy trust and has a proven track record of school improvement. Dean is passionate about ensuring all pupils are able to enjoy a knowledge rich curriculum which ensures they achieve the outcomes they deserve, alongside opportunities to lead and take part in a broad programme of enrichment.

Benedick Ashmore-Short

Director of Education (Primary)

Winner of the Pearson “Primary Headteacher of the Year” in 2014, Benedick joins Reach4 from Hamford Primary Academy in Essex prior to which he was the Primary Lead for the Tendring Teaching School Alliance. Benedick has a track record of school improvement with schools in special measures, both primary and secondary. He is speaks and writes regularly on leadership in education.

Adam Goldstein

Executive Director of Operations

Adam has joined Reach4 from PwC where he had worked for eight years, supporting organisations in the education, public and private sectors. His role was to provide advice on the delivery of large programmes, and implementing strategic and operational change to drive efficiency and effectiveness.

Prior to working at PwC, Adam was a civil servant in the Department for Education, working on the Every Child Matters agenda, focusing on closer working practices between the education and social care sectors.

Adam also provides pro-bono support to a range of charities tackling teenage pregnancy, reducing inequality, and widening participation in Higher Education. He is an independent director for Macintyre Academies (a special school MAT), and is the co-chair of CommUNITY Barnet, a voluntary sector infrastructure organisation.

Andy Redfern

Deputy Director of Education (Primary and Secondary)

Andy has held senior leadership positions with a pastoral and academic focus. An experienced senior leader, Andy has line-managed curriculum areas and managed school systems for quality assurance, assessment and reporting, along with the day-to-day running of a large Sixth Form. Prior to joining Reach4, Andy was Director of Sixth Form, Sheffield High School. Andy is also an educational author and Principal examiner at GCSE level

Laurence Mosley

Director of Finance

Laurence is a CIMA qualified accountant with a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and Finance.

He has a broad career spanning 30 years, the majority which was in the commercial sector, ranging from Finance Director of heavy manufacturing businesses, to Chief Financial Officer of an Australian listed company.

He formerly worked for Outwood Grange Academies Trust and oversaw the creation of an effective financial infrastructure during a period of rapid growth, which saw the Trust grow from 6 to 20 schools in just two years.


Susie Wilson

Regional Leader English

James Furness

Regional Leader Science

Vivienne Preece

Regional Leader Maths

Nicola Law

Leader Safeguarding

Chris White

Regional Sports Development Officer

Jo Littman

Programmes and Partnerships Manager


Aoife McGuinness

Senior Governance Advisor

Carl Bingham

Head of HR

Jamie Gibbs

Projects Manager

Ian Carnwell

Director of Estates

Emily Sharp

Exec PA to Libby Nicholas, CEO

Reach4 Academy Trust

Anna Thompson

Head of Governance

Beth Laidlaw

Regional HR Adviser

Michelle Wilkins

Head of Finance

Ann-Marie Jones

Regional Business Manager