Appointed as Executive Director for THE Partnership in September 2017, Tracy was at Seven Kings School in Redbridge for 21 years and was Headteacher from 2008, the last 3 as Executive Headteacher. Tracy oversaw the growth of the school to become an all through school with the opening of a brand new 4FE primary school in 2015.
Tracy has a track record of working collaboratively with schools and other partners. She has supported colleagues by acting as a professional coach, including for the GAL/Challenge Partners ‘Getting Ahead London’ programme, supporting aspirant headteachers and now coaches Headteachers and school leaders across London.
Tracy is an Associate of UCL/IOE, a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a Trustee of the Teaching Awards Trust.
As Executive Director of THE Partnership, Tracy leads school improvement and professional learning across the 92 schools in THE Partnership, working closely with school leaders and the Local Authority.
Director of Primary Education and Partnerships
Alison has worked in primary education in Tower Hamlets for over thirty years now, as a teacher and leader in school, and then as an advisory teacher and school improvement officer in the local authority. Alison has been involved in school improvement in primary schools for many years now and has a wealth of knowledge when supporting and challenging governors, leaders and teaching staff to ensure the best possible outcomes for their children.
Alison is very keen on developing school to school support and the sharing of best practice at all levels and is currently working on developing the partnership Lead Practitioner model to support schools in sharing this effective practice across the system.
Alison leads THE Partnership Primary Team, ensuring that a bespoke school improvement service is available for all schools to buy in to, and that high quality central training is provided for teachers and leaders relating to the curriculum and local and national needs.
Alison facilitates headteacher appraisal for many schools within the borough.
Director of Leadership and Development
James has been a teacher and senior leader in comprehensive secondary schools for over twenty-five years. From 2012-2018 he was Headteacher and latterly Executive Headteacher of Vyners School and the Vanguard Learning Trust in West London where he led a significant improvement in outcomes, Ofsted judgements and culture.
James has been working with THE Partnership since January 2018. As Director of Leadership and Development he has developed the suite of leadership programmes, our peer review model, KiT Bulletin and headteacher coaching initiative.
From 2017-2022, James was a Regional Leader for PiXL and the Strategic Lead for the School of Leadership. He is the founder of Flywheel Learning. James is a leadership expert with a track record of success at providing one-to-one executive coaching and personalised leadership development programmes to schools, Trusts and organisations, including SSAT, ASCL, The Football Association, Not on the High Street and NHS.
James is a TEDx speaker and is a regular contributor to national conferences, both as a speaker and facilitator.
Director of Operations
Ruth’s initial career was in Commercial and Corporate Banking, where she supported businesses in and around Tower Hamlets. This background in finance provided a deep understanding of financial management and systems.
More recently she moved to education where she has been a successful school business manager in a number of schools, involved with various networks, developing strong operational processes and providing leadership in the areas of Human Resources, Finance, Health and Safety, Premises and Administration.
This combination of experience in both the private and public sector bring a sound commercial sense alongside an understanding of what is important to schools.