• Jonathan Culpin

    CEO Anglian Learning

  • Duncan Cooper

    Deputy CEO and Director of Education (Secondary)

  • Prue Rayner

    Executive Head Teacher

  • Kathryn Oliver

    Director of HR

  • Richard Mayer

    Director of IT

  • Charity Main

    Director of Finance

Jonathan Culpin

CEO Anglian Learning


Jonathan began his teaching career at Ashmole School in North London in 1991, having graduated from the University of Surrey where he studied History and English, followed by teacher training in Sussex. In 1998 he moved to a secondary school in Stevenage where he became Head of History and then, simultaneously with this post, Head of Year and PSHE/Citizenship Co-ordinator. From here, Jonathan took up the post of Assistant Head Teacher, then Deputy Head Teacher at Sawston Village College before becoming Principal of the school in 2010. In 2018, Jonathan became CEO of Anglian Learning.

Over the past eight years Jonathan has also been Chair of the East and South Cambridgeshire Inclusion Partnership; an Academy representative on Cambridgeshire Schools Forum and a strategic Board member for the Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance. He is a NCTL- designated National Leader of Education and was also an Ofsted Inspector.

Jonathan is passionate about the mission of Anglian Learning which is to promote innovation, creativity and individuality, underpinned by outstanding outcomes for all young people, and working in partnership with the community and the wider educational service to develop the citizens needed for the success, wellbeing and prosperity of our society.

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Anglian Learning, Bottisham Village College, Lode Rd, Cambridge CB25 9DL, United Kingdom

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Duncan Cooper

Deputy CEO and Director of Education (Secondary)


Duncan studied Biology at the University of Leeds which led to his first teaching position in a large comprehensive school in London, eventually becoming Lead Teacher for Science across the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Currently Principal of Bassingbourn Village College, a rapidly improving 11–16 secondary Academy in Cambridgeshire, Duncan was previously Deputy Principal of a small Multi-Academy Trust where he was responsible for the leadership of the Curriculum, Outcomes and Quality Assurance across Primary, Secondary and Post 16 learning phases. Both of these roles have been clearly focused upon improving standards.

For the past five years, Duncan has been a practicing Ofsted Inspector. This has greatly supported his School-to-School support work. He currently supports six secondary schools and two primary schools, and is also supporting an HMI improvement project across Cambridgeshire. For the last eighteen months he has also been a primary school Parent Governor in Suffolk.

Appointed Principal of Bassingbourn Village College in 2013, Duncan is proud of the strong positive ethos that has developed at Bassingbourn, where all students are known as individuals and where each student enjoys an education that focuses on their own individual skills, strengths and aptitudes. He believes that education is most successful when the College, the students and their parents form a strong partnership.

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Prue Rayner

Executive Head Teacher


Prue gained a BEd (hons) in 1983 at the University of London, and after graduation followed a career path which led her to, amongst others, Milton Road Infant School, Fulbourn Primary School and Stretham Primary School in Cambridgeshire. She took on leadership of Caldecote Primary School which saw her assume her first role as head teacher.

Prue has experience of taking on the leadership of a school in special measures and bringing about substantial improvement. She was drawn to primary teaching because of her love of children’s zest for life, ability to learn, to be resilient and to make life joyful. Her own experience of primary education was not as positive as those she wishes to create for the pupils of Anglian Learning.

During her career, Prue has developed experience of both secondary education and the provision of education for pupils who have special educational needs.

Prue has subsequently held a variety of positions leading school improvement across a variety of schools and circumstances. Her most recent position was as a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector with Ofsted during which, amongst other responsibilities, she led a variety of school inspections as well as local authority special educational needs inspections.

In joining Anglian Learning, Prue is returning to work in Cambridgeshire where she grew up and has spent most of her life. She has taken on this post wanting to use her experience working in schools making a difference to children and young people’s lives, which is where she loves to be.

Married with two much loved step-children, when not immersed in education Prue can be found in her garden, walking her dogs or mucking out her two rescue ponies.

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Anglian Learning, Bottisham Village College, Lode Rd, Cambridge CB25 9DL, United Kingdom

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Kathryn Oliver

Director of HR


Kathryn studied Business Studies at Coventry University and graduated in 1992. She then undertook a breadth of customer facing roles in mainly ICT companies within the commercial sector, giving her a wide experience of various commercial functions and structures.

In 2007 she joined an organisation which provided Human Resources and payroll services to schools. Kathryn had always had a keen interest in HR since studying elements of it as part of her degree. On joining, she immediately started studying for her Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development qualification. She completed the course and went on to do her MA in Human Resources which she achieved in 2011. She is currently a Chartered member of CIPD but is working toward obtaining Fellowship status.

As a senior HR adviser to the educational sector, Kathryn advised on a multitude of complex HR issues covering disciplinary, capabilities, grievances to TUPE and was also used to the different support levels that may be required by a very small primary through to a large secondary or MAT.

Kathryn enjoyed working for the public sector but wanted to have greater involvement and direct impact and therefore successfully applied for the post of Director of HR at Bottisham Village College in June 2015. Since then she has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the Trust and creating and leading a strong HR function within it.

She is passionate about ensuring that the Trust’s culture of valuing each and every member of staff is fairly and consistently applied and that Anglian Learning is the Trust of choice for staff to work at.

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Anglian Learning, Bottisham Village College, Lode Rd, Cambridge CB25 9DL, United Kingdom

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Richard Mayer

Director of IT


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Anglian Learning, Bottisham Village College, Lode Rd, Cambridge CB25 9DL, United Kingdom

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Charity Main

Director of Finance


Charity graduated from the University of York in 1993 with a degree in Economics.

She then trained with KPMG, leading on external audit of both profit and not-for profit organisations.

Following a period working for an accountancy training provider, leading on government funded apprenticeship programmes, Charity joined Cambridge City Council in 2004.

At the City Council she had a wide role which included leading on financial reporting, producing the financial statements and researching the implications of new Council projects and initiatives. She led on the forecasting of Council Tax and Business Rates income for the city, including the growth in communities and businesses in the southern and northern fringes.

She was a key project lead on the procurement and implementation of a new financial management system for the City and two neighbouring district councils.

Charity is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Throughout her career Charity has been passionate about the importance of education, training and the public sector and is excited to be bringing her skills and experience to Anglian Learning.

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Jonathan Culpin

CEO Anglian Learning

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Jonathan began his teaching career at Ashmole School in North London in 1991, having graduated from the University of Surrey where he studied History and English, followed by teacher training in Sussex. In 1998 he moved to a secondary school in Stevenage where he became Head of History and then, simultaneously with this post, Head of Year and PSHE/Citizenship Co-ordinator. From here, Jonathan took up the post of Assistant Head Teacher, then Deputy Head Teacher at Sawston Village College before becoming Principal of the school in 2010. In 2018, Jonathan became CEO of Anglian Learning.

Over the past eight years Jonathan has also been Chair of the East and South Cambridgeshire Inclusion Partnership; an Academy representative on Cambridgeshire Schools Forum and a strategic Board member for the Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance. He is a NCTL- designated National Leader of Education and was also an Ofsted Inspector.

Jonathan is passionate about the mission of Anglian Learning which is to promote innovation, creativity and individuality, underpinned by outstanding outcomes for all young people, and working in partnership with the community and the wider educational service to develop the citizens needed for the success, wellbeing and prosperity of our society.

Duncan Cooper

Deputy CEO and Director of Education (Secondary)

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Duncan studied Biology at the University of Leeds which led to his first teaching position in a large comprehensive school in London, eventually becoming Lead Teacher for Science across the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Currently Principal of Bassingbourn Village College, a rapidly improving 11–16 secondary Academy in Cambridgeshire, Duncan was previously Deputy Principal of a small Multi-Academy Trust where he was responsible for the leadership of the Curriculum, Outcomes and Quality Assurance across Primary, Secondary and Post 16 learning phases. Both of these roles have been clearly focused upon improving standards.

For the past five years, Duncan has been a practicing Ofsted Inspector. This has greatly supported his School-to-School support work. He currently supports six secondary schools and two primary schools, and is also supporting an HMI improvement project across Cambridgeshire. For the last eighteen months he has also been a primary school Parent Governor in Suffolk.

Appointed Principal of Bassingbourn Village College in 2013, Duncan is proud of the strong positive ethos that has developed at Bassingbourn, where all students are known as individuals and where each student enjoys an education that focuses on their own individual skills, strengths and aptitudes. He believes that education is most successful when the College, the students and their parents form a strong partnership.

Prue Rayner

Executive Head Teacher

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Prue gained a BEd (hons) in 1983 at the University of London, and after graduation followed a career path which led her to, amongst others, Milton Road Infant School, Fulbourn Primary School and Stretham Primary School in Cambridgeshire. She took on leadership of Caldecote Primary School which saw her assume her first role as head teacher.

Prue has experience of taking on the leadership of a school in special measures and bringing about substantial improvement. She was drawn to primary teaching because of her love of children’s zest for life, ability to learn, to be resilient and to make life joyful. Her own experience of primary education was not as positive as those she wishes to create for the pupils of Anglian Learning.

During her career, Prue has developed experience of both secondary education and the provision of education for pupils who have special educational needs.

Prue has subsequently held a variety of positions leading school improvement across a variety of schools and circumstances. Her most recent position was as a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector with Ofsted during which, amongst other responsibilities, she led a variety of school inspections as well as local authority special educational needs inspections.

In joining Anglian Learning, Prue is returning to work in Cambridgeshire where she grew up and has spent most of her life. She has taken on this post wanting to use her experience working in schools making a difference to children and young people’s lives, which is where she loves to be.

Married with two much loved step-children, when not immersed in education Prue can be found in her garden, walking her dogs or mucking out her two rescue ponies.

Kathryn Oliver

Director of HR

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Kathryn studied Business Studies at Coventry University and graduated in 1992. She then undertook a breadth of customer facing roles in mainly ICT companies within the commercial sector, giving her a wide experience of various commercial functions and structures.

In 2007 she joined an organisation which provided Human Resources and payroll services to schools. Kathryn had always had a keen interest in HR since studying elements of it as part of her degree. On joining, she immediately started studying for her Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development qualification. She completed the course and went on to do her MA in Human Resources which she achieved in 2011. She is currently a Chartered member of CIPD but is working toward obtaining Fellowship status.

As a senior HR adviser to the educational sector, Kathryn advised on a multitude of complex HR issues covering disciplinary, capabilities, grievances to TUPE and was also used to the different support levels that may be required by a very small primary through to a large secondary or MAT.

Kathryn enjoyed working for the public sector but wanted to have greater involvement and direct impact and therefore successfully applied for the post of Director of HR at Bottisham Village College in June 2015. Since then she has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the Trust and creating and leading a strong HR function within it.

She is passionate about ensuring that the Trust’s culture of valuing each and every member of staff is fairly and consistently applied and that Anglian Learning is the Trust of choice for staff to work at.

Richard Mayer

Director of IT

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Charity Main

Director of Finance

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Charity graduated from the University of York in 1993 with a degree in Economics.

She then trained with KPMG, leading on external audit of both profit and not-for profit organisations.

Following a period working for an accountancy training provider, leading on government funded apprenticeship programmes, Charity joined Cambridge City Council in 2004.

At the City Council she had a wide role which included leading on financial reporting, producing the financial statements and researching the implications of new Council projects and initiatives. She led on the forecasting of Council Tax and Business Rates income for the city, including the growth in communities and businesses in the southern and northern fringes.

She was a key project lead on the procurement and implementation of a new financial management system for the City and two neighbouring district councils.

Charity is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Throughout her career Charity has been passionate about the importance of education, training and the public sector and is excited to be bringing her skills and experience to Anglian Learning.

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