Meet Our Team
Sarah BakerChief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer
Sarah Baker is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Gatehouse Green Learning Trust (GGLT), which was formed in 2018, bringing� together two large Bristol secondary schools and three primaries.
Sarah began her career in Manchester before taking on teaching and leadership roles in inner-city comprehensive schools in London boroughs, where she relished the challenge of contributing to improvements in education in areas of diversity and deprivation.
She moved to Bristol to become the first headteacher of the new Redland Green School, an 11-19 comprehensive. Sarah opened the school with Year 7 in September 2006 and discovered that starting a new school from scratch brought skills and knowledge not delivered in teacher training.
As RGS became established, it became increasingly outward facing, and Sarah took on roles in the local authority including chairing the Bristol Association of Secondary Heads and Principals and developing the Bristol Inclusion Panel.
Sarah continues to work closely with schools and partners to further improve the quality of education in the city.
Ellie HartupChief Operating Officer
Ellie joined GGLT at the end of July 2020. She worked in HR for 15 years, including in Higher Education, and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Ellie broadened her experience in Business Administration, most recently in Automotive R&D, where as part of the Leadership team, she managed significant strategic and operational change. Ellie is passionate about continuous improvement, and excited by the opportunities the central team have to deliver an efficient, added value service to all schools in the Trust.
Jane PikeExecutive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer
Jane joined Gatehouse Green Learning Trust in January 2020 having spent several years working as a Headteacher's PA at a secondary school in South Gloucestershire. Previously she was PA to the Senior Leadership team at a large FE college in Devon. She has many years' experience supporting senior teams and leaders in educational settings. Educated to degree level, Jane also holds a qualification in Business Administration. Jane's role is key in terms of supporting the day to day work of the CEO and the Chief Operating Officer; she also has an integral role in the development of the trust as it grows and develops
Jacquetta WallaceTrust Accountant (CFO)
Jacquetta joined Gatehouse Green Learning Trust in June 2019. Jacquetta qualified as a Chartered Accountant before embarking on a finance career in Banking, Investment Banking, Marketing and the Care sector.� Having joined the Education sector, Jacquetta is delighted to support the development of the Trust bringing high-level financial expertise and experience to both the strategic direction and day-to-day operations.
Dan PitmanHead of IT
Dan has been working at Ashton Park School for the last 11 years, 5 years as ICT Technician and 6 years as ICT Network Manager, he has been supporting the IT within the School and also the Primary Schools which are now formed as part of Gatehouse Green Learning Trust.
He is keen to use his Educational IT knowledge and expertise across the Trust as Head of IT
Rachel StaggHR Manager
Rachel joined Gatehouse Green Learning Trust in September 2020. She has had over 20 years experience of working in education, firstly as a teacher then moving into senior leadership and deputy head positions. Rachel then changed career direction into HR management for schools and charities and is qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development. Rachel is delighted to be joining the trust at this exciting transition and helping to support the trust as it develops and grows.
Julia PrinceHead of Estates
Julia joined GGLT in July 2020. She has 25+ years of experience working in Business / Estates. She has worked as a School Business Manager and was a Collaborative Procurement Manager for 39 schools in the Stroud cluster. She moved to Bristol in 2016 and became the Facilities manager at Colston's School, Stapleton looking after maintenance, catering, grounds, housekeeping and health and safety teams over the 32 acre site. Her industry experience has primarily been within fire and security where she managed the business of 2 SME's.
Eva BernalData Protection Officer
Eva is originally from Spain but has lived in Bristol since 2004, where she taught Spanish for four years before joining RGS in 2008. Educated at degree level, Eva also holds qualifications in Business Administration and Management & Leadership. Eva is the Lead Admin Manager for Redland Green School and the Data Protection Officer for the Gatehouse Green Learning Trust.
Using her in-depth knowledge, Eva is working with all the schools within the Trust to ensure GDPR compliance.
Sue BurnsGovernance Manager
Sue joined Gatehouse Green Learning Trust in November 2018. She is educated to degree level with a PGCE and was originally a Primary school teacher before moving into the corporate sector. Sue is a professional Clerk and Governance Manager and supports the Board of Trustees with ensuring compliance with DfE legislation. She has many years of experience in developing governance within educational organisations and is passionate about supporting the trust through their next stage of development.
Ruth EagerFinancial Controller
Ruth has worked in finance since leaving school where she started off in the retail banking sector. Over the years she moved through to investment banking and prior to starting at Redland Green School was the Treasury Manager for the Audit Commission, the public sector QUANGO that appointed auditors to a range of local public bodies in England, set the standards for auditors and oversee their work.
Ruth started at Redland Green in February 2012, not long after the school first academised and so was tasked with putting all the new finance systems & processes in place. Following the MAT conversion, Ruth now manages the Central finance function for all 5 schools.
Yvonne BunceFinance Officer