Meet the Team

Debi Bailey

Chief Executive Officer

Debi has over 20 years experience of working in education in a range of different roles including Head Teacher, Local Authority Literacy Consultant and Additional Inspector for Ofsted. The vast majority of Debi's career has been spent in schools in areas of high deprivation. During her Headship at Walkergate Community School, the school formally federated with a local Early Years Centre and pupil numbers grew from around 400 to over 700.
Having graduated from Northumbria University with a Bachelor in Education, Debi taught for a number of years in primary schools as well as spending some time teaching in a secondary school. For a significant amount of Debi's career she worked as a leading teacher, working with colleagues to improve learning and teaching. She was also part of the working party which developed reading and writing exemplified materials for the DfE.
Debi has completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and has a postgraduate certificate in assessment. She has also undertaken a coaching qualification to support colleagues with aspects of school improvement.
Debi has extensive experience of governance having supported a number of organisations as part of their governing body. In her spare time, Debi can be found cheering on her sons who both play football.

Charles Turvill

Director of Finance

Charles has worked in a senior leadership role in schools since 2010, being responsible for all aspects of financial, risk and estate management and a wide range of support services. Prior to this he worked in the private sector, being finance director for a venture capital backed publishing group, as well as setting up and running a business services company.
He has been an Associate Practitioner for the National Association of School Business Management and is a vice chair of governors at two primary schools. He has successfully completed the School Business Director programme with the National College for Teaching and Leadership and CIPFA’s financial reporting for academies programme.
Outside of work he enjoys walking his dogs in the beautiful north east countryside.

Lisa Bilton

Assistant Director of Operations

Lisa has worked as part of the leadership and management team at Central Walker CofE Primary School since 2009 and is responsible for all aspects of financial, risk and estate management, human resources, as well as the management of all non-teaching support services. Prior to this she worked many years in the public and private sector, being a branch accountant for a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, a financial and management accountant for a local university, as well as working within IT as a Contract and Budget Support Manager for a neighbouring council.
Lisa has been a school governor for several years and also acted as Company Secretary. She has successfully completed the School Business Manager programme with the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
When not in work, Lisa enjoys travelling to new places as well as being an amateur photographer.

Suzanne Hendey

Central Support Manager/Clerk to the Trust Board and Local Governing Bodies

Suzanne joined NEAT in May 2017 having worked in education for over 20 years for a further education college, three different north-east local authorities and most recently as a School Business Manager for a federation of three schools. This last role included key responsibilities for governance, policy development and compliance, which are key elements in her job with NEAT in supporting the CEO. Her professional background is in HR and she is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, as well as holding a Business Studies degree, post-graduate qualifications in equal opportunities and a Diploma in School Business Management.
Suzanne is delighted to return to work in Newcastle where she supported many schools with HR issues between 2000-2009 including the five schools in NEAT. She has been a governor and Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee at a nearby primary school since 2012. You are likely to find Suzanne at The Sage Gateshead, the Tyneside Cinema or visiting National Trust properties across the UK outside of work.

Silvia Blenkley

Family Support Officer

Silvia has significant experience in education supporting children in early years up to adult education. She graduated from Northumbria University with a First Class Honours Degree in Professional Practice in Education and is a fully qualified teacher in post 16 year education and a qualified NVQ/HLTA Assessor.
Silvia progressed to roles as Advisor to Schools and Teaching and Learning Consultant as a member of the Newcastle School Improvement Team, delivering accredited training to support staff in schools and successfully createing, managing and supporting the development of training centres throughout the city.
Supporting whole families as an Intensive Family Intervention Project worker led to Silvia successfully supporting a number of families to improve outcomes and achieve social justice for disadvantaged children and young people living in challenging complex social circumstances.
When not in work, Silvia enjoys swimming and travelling.

Amber Milligan

Attendance Officer

Amber is a home-grown talent as she was a pupil at our own Tyneview Primary School. Since 2014 she has worked relentlessly to support pupils and families at Tyneview and West Walker Primary Schools as Attendance Assistant, which was her first full-time role after completing a Social Care degree.
In recent times Amber has combined continuing to work for Tyneview and West Walker with a part-time role across the trust as Attendance Officer, which involves her working with all children and young people in all five schools to improve their attendance.
Away from work Amber enjoys exploring the countryside with her Jack Russell, Django. She also loves reading all kinds of books and does not go anywhere without her Kindle.