Hannah Longley

Esteem FASST Team Manager

I'm really proud to be the Manager of the FASST - Esteem Team. I am based in the central team office in Annesley, but spend a lot of my time between the Esteem academies. Previously, I have worked in the private SEND school sector, Derbyshire and Staffordshire SEND schools and for Derbyshire Local Authority.

When I'm not at work I am a social butterfly and I love being surrounded by friends and family. 

We are a small team with big ambitions!




Bec Baber

Esteem FASST Key Worker

Hi I’m Bec, one of the FASST Key Workers.

I work with families and young people from AVESC, Holbrook and St Clare’s mostly.

I have always worked with families and young people needing a little extra help and I see the potential in everyone. Most recently I spent three years working with children with Autism at Holbrook School for Autism and I am also a respite foster carer for children with complex needs.

In the past I have worked with young people in the Youth Justice System and with families in crisis.

I am a HOPE practitioner trained to help young people understand their emotions and strengthen their resilience. I am also a trained Mental Health First Aider for young people.

 I am passionate about helping parents gain knowledge, skills and understanding to help their children develop strong emotional wellbeing. I jointly deliver the 5 week Youth Connect 5 course for parents and carers.

I have two grown up children of my own, I love walking in the peaks with my little rescue dog and love eating good food with friends.




Rachel Hopkinson

Esteem FASST Key Worker

Hi, my name is Rachel and I am one of the FASST Key Workers.

I mostly support the young people and families that attend the North East Derbyshire Support Centres and The Peak School at Chinley.

My previous employment has included being part of the Out of Hours Team managing Social Care emergencies for Derbyshire LA and being part of the admin team at Holbrook School for Autism.

I am trained to support young people using  HOPE and I am a  Youth Connect 5 trainer for parents and carers.  I hold a level 3 qualification in Understanding Autism and I am an Adult Mental Health First Aider.  

I am a mum to 3 children; my eldest son is Autistic with a Severe Learning Disability and an Anxiety Disorder, so I do understand a lot of the struggles that families with Special Needs children have.

In the past I have been a Governor at a special school and helped to set up a Parent Support group.

Outside of work I love to get out walking with my family which includes Eddie the dog! and I love holidays!




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Timara Soar- Hamilton

Esteem FASST Key Worker

Hi, I am Timara, I am one of the FASST Key Workers for Esteem.

I work with young people and families, mostly from Holbrook School for Autism, AVESC and St Clare's, who need a little additional support for various reasons.

I absolutely love my job and love being able to help people. In my previous employment I have worked at Holbrook school for Autism with children who have complex behavioural needs and children with Autism. I have also worked at mainstream schools with children with disabilities and worked along side Family Resource Workers in the Local Authority Multi Agency Teams.

I am a HOPE practitioner, trained to support children and young people maintain positive emotional wellbeing. I am starting my training to be able to support families and young people in the community where mental health challenges have a significant  impact on daily life.

A little bit about me; I love being around people and I am very chatty. My favourite place ever is San Diego; you can swim in the sea with Sea Lions! I have a pug who is probably the craziest pug ever called Franko. I enjoy going to new places and experiencing different cultures. I am such a foody person and I will try anything!




Chantelle Taylor-Walster

Esteem FASST Key Worker

Hi, my name is Chantelle, a FASST Key Worker supporting families and young people who attend St Clare's school, Bennerley Fields school and Stanton Vale school.

In my previous employment, I have been a teaching assistant at Bennerley Fields and at Stanton Vale school. I have also been a Personal Assistant supporting families and children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities within the home and have supported young people in the community through the Charity Umbrella.

I have a foundation degree in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and have recently been trained as a HOPE practitioner to support children and young people with their emotional wellbeing.

In my spare time, I enjoy going for days out with my family.


Chloe Newbold-Davies

Esteem FASST Key Worker

Hey there! My name is Chloe and I am one of the FASST Key Workers.

I am currently supporting families and pupils from the Staffordshire, Derby City and South Derbyshire Area.

 Previously I have worked as a teaching assistant within  SEND schools, Mainstream schools and Residential schools. I have completed a course in Social Pedagogy and draw on this knowledge regularly when supporting young people and families. I am due to complete Nurture Group Training which will allow me the run Nurture Groups within our academies.

I am also a HOPE Practitioner, enabling me to work 1 to 1 with young people in school or at home- these sessions are tailored to the needs of the child/young person.

 I’m a positive person that loves being able to support others to make a change!

In my spare time I enjoy walking my crazy Boxer dog, Rigby and exploring new places.

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The Members


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Kevin Dean


Peter Hamer


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The Trustees

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Mark Emly

Chair of Trustees

I am the Chair of the Esteem MAT Trust Board and a non-voting trustee as I am employed by the Local Authority. I have had a career in special education initially as a teacher in special schools in three local authorities and then in senior leadership positions including headship of two special schools.


My roles over the last 16 years have been within a Local Authority and have included being a school improvement adviser, senior adviser and latterly, for the last 7 years, a strategic role as Assistant Director. I have a good understanding of the Ofsted inspection framework and how inspections are undertaken.


There has always been a very strong partnership between the special schools in Derbyshire and the local authority. My role as a trustee sustains this relationship and enables me to bring along to the board my skills, experience and expertise to the benefit of the trust. I am committed to young people with special educational needs and trying to help them achieve the best possible outcomes and therefore maximise their life chances. By effectively governing and successfully driving the development of a strong and effective trust, I am confident that we can positively influence the evolving educational landscape and the learning journey of our children and young adults.

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Kevin Dean

Deputy chair of Trustees

I have two key governance roles within the Esteem Multi-Academy Trust being both a Member of the Trust and the Chair of the Trust Board. Members are similar to a company's shareholders and we sit above the board. We are responsible for appointing trustees and holding them to account for the successful governance of the trust. As the Chair of the Trust Board I have, along with the other trustees, the legal responsibility for conducting the business of the academy trust. Academy trustees are both charity trustees and corporate directors and we must ensure that we adhere to our statutory duties under charity and company law. The Board of Trustees holds the CEO to account and we oversee the management and administration of the trust and the academies run by the trust.


Having worked in senior education positions for 16 years and being a Governor at a Derbyshire Special School, I understand the challenges that the Esteem MAT academies and teaching staff face on a daily basis. I have also been a representative to the Federation of Derbyshire Special Schools and I am used to championing young people with special educational needs, leading and challenging others and driving improvements to improve learning outcomes . I am recently retired, and this enables me to take a more active role as a trustee helping to develop Esteem and the academies within it. I believe that with a collective focus and drive we can continue to raise standards and positively impact the lives of students and their families and carers. I am proud to be part of Esteem and strongly believe that our achievements and success as a trust, will help raise the quality of education in special schools across the midlands.

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Dawn Butler

I am a member of the Trust Board and sit on four committees, which meet on a regular basis to make decisions and provide a governing steer to the organisation.  I am passionate about the performance of the Esteem MAT and the success of the students within it. My son attended Holbrook School of Autism from the age of 5 to 19 years and I saw first-hand the impact that such a child-focused school and team of specialist teaching staff had on my son’s personal achievements and learning. Prior to being a trustee, I sat on the governing body at Holbrook and worked closely with the team there.


I bring along to my role over 30 years’ experience of working in the private sector, 25 of them within HR. I work for a successful global company and have partnered with business leaders in a wide variety of HR roles.  I currently lead HR Operations teams across Europe, working on people, process, systems and service transformation.  I am committed to the effective governance of the trust and in continuing to actively support the Leadership Team at Esteem in achieving positive outcomes. Being part a new MAT is exciting and supporting others in realising the opportunities that are presented helps ensure we continue to make a difference to the lives of the children and young adults that attend our academies.

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Christopher Griffin

Christopher's bio is currently being updated


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Craig Kennady

As an autistic man and father to five children, who also have disabilities, I am dedicated to standing up for and championing individuals with special educational needs. I am proud to be a member of the Board of Trustees at Esteem and my understanding of the difficulties faced by children with disabilities, and their families and carers, inspires me to always help others and apply my experience and knowledge to the benefit of the trust.


As well as being a trustee, I undertake several voluntary roles in education including being a Parent Governor and SEN&D Governor at a local school.  I am also a Commission member of two Parliamentary groups, advising and working alongside MPs and key stakeholders, defending the rights of people with dyslexia and neurodiversity.  I passionately believe in everyone having the same chance in life and, as a person with disabilities, I understand the challenges that a school has to ensure children are well looked after and that their needs are met. This is what inspired me to become a trustee and why I proactively work across the trust to support the development of the organisation; work with the board ensuring effective governance and,most importantly, make a positive difference to the lives of our students.

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Greg Longley

I am extremely passionate about education and the opportunities it brings to the lives of those that receive it. Being a trustee at Esteem enables  me to utilise my business acumen and commercial insight to make informed and considered decisions and to hold leaders to account.

My commercial focus and private sector experience helps support the financial oversight of the trust and the effective and compliant management of budgets and risk.


Along with my previous corporate positions I have also spent time working in education advising and mentoring MBA students for Durham University and lecturing MBA students. I am currently studying for a doctorate. I am passionate about the importance of and achieving equality and diversity in an organisation and challenging others to this regard. I have embraced being on the Trust Board of the Esteem MAT from its infancy and I am inspired by the positive steps that continue to be taken. I look forward to continuing to support the academies within the trust and being part of the exciting future ahead for the MAT, the staff and , more importantly, the children and young adults who are the reason we are all here.

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Ian Van Arkadie

Ian's bio is currently being updated

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