Executive Leadership Team

Mr Simon Garrill

CEO Designate

Mrs Cathy Whiting

Director of Business/Acting CEO

After 20 successful years in retail management, I joined The Ravensbourne School in 2006.  Qualified in Business Management, financial management and Nebosh Health and Safety, I was instrumental in the conversion to academy and development of E21C in 2011, taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer.  Since 2011, I have been responsible for the conversion to academy and the transition of schools joining the Trust.  Now acting CEO, I am passionate about the Trust, its staff, and most importantly the students we educate ensuring that they all receive the best possible chances they can.

Mrs Shirley Puxty

Director of Education

Shirley has worked in education for thirty seven years holding senior positions in schools in Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley as well as working for London Challenge and Bexley LA in school improvement as School Workforce Adviser. She was lead teacher for Bexley on the National Strategies which involved working with a range of schools and liaising between schools and the Local Authority to embed the strategy and raise standards.

She became Associate Headteacher of a Greenwich school in 2007 and led on the LA 14-19 Diplomas with the LA.

Mr Rob Carling

Director of Finance

A CIPFA qualified accountant with significant experience of Local Authority and school funding, both operational and policy, including setting and reviewing school and Local Authority level funding formulas. Rob has worked in three Local Authorities, a Secondary Academy and an two  Multi Academy Trusts. Previous posts include  Senior Finance Officer in a Multi-Academy Trust, Vice Principal of Coopers school responsible for all business functions, Head of Children and Young People Finance, Head of Education Finance and Head of Social Services Finance.

Miss Marion Drake

Executive Head – Primaries


Miss Drake is the Executive Headteacher of Blenheim Primary, Mead Road Infants, Mottingham Primary and Scotts Park Primary. Miss Drake was previously the Headteacher of Mottingham Primary where she and her dedicated staff took the school from an Ofsted ‘Notice to Improve’ category to ‘Good’ in 14 months. Prior to this Headship, Miss Drake worked in a variety of Primary Schools in Inner London, Outer London and Kent in order to gain as wide an experience of education as possible.