Key Team

James Mckenna

PRINCIPAL

James is a qualified Head Teacher with NPQH and also an experienced A Level teacher.  He gained MSc in Educational Leadership from The University of Leicester in 2014.  He has 14 years leadership experience across 4 schools in a range of settings. James has extensive experience leading on teaching and learning, professional development and behaviour and inclusion. James’s particular subject expertise is in Psychology which he has been teaching at Beauchamp College since 2017.  As an accredited Pupil Premium reviewer, James works with leaders at schools across The Trust in both the Primary and Secondary phase to secure improved outcomes for disadvantaged students. James is Principal Designate for Beauchamp City Free School, leading the development project and design of the curriculum.

Catherine Bartholomew

Vice Principal

Catherine has been teaching A level philosophy, ethics & theology in Leicestershire schools for 25 years and also worked as an examiner during this time.  She studied Theology at Oxford University, trained to teach at Cambridge University and as a result, is committed to encouraging students to develop a love of subject and pursue their aspirations.  Catherine has over 10 years’ experience of senior leadership and also worked closely with a wide range of schools whilst leading a teacher training provision.   She has an MBA in educational management with Leicester University and most recently, completed the NPQH qualification.  Catherine was Vice Principal at Beauchamp College prior to her move to Beauchamp City where she focussed on safeguarding, curriculum, KS5 and exams.

Dr Raj Sangar

Leader of Science

Raj graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and pursued an industrial placement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals gaining a PhD.  Raj worked as a Research Scientist at Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals and Arrow Therapeutics in medicinal chemistry and computational modelling.  Raj researched therapeutic drugs related to the Central Nervous System, anti-virals and anti-inflammatories.  Some of Raj’s research was published in peer reviewed journals. 

Science education and STEM has been one of Raj’s passions, especially inspiring and raising aspirations of learners.  Subsequently, Raj changed career direction and trained to become a teacher at Beauchamp College through the Graduate Training Programme 

Raj has worked across several schools and Sixth Form Colleges in the Midlands, in leadership roles in Curriculum and Pastoral areas.  Most recently, Raj became Director of Science across the LionHeart Academies Trust.

Adrian Hubbard 

Leader of Mathematics

Adey is a committed, knowledgeable, experienced and successful teacher of A level maths and Further Maths.  In his 27-year career he has always taught A level and spent 14 years exclusively teaching A level maths and further maths to future engineers for the MoD.  He is keen to pass on his passion for the subject and to encourage students to actively partake in their learning.
Adey graduated from The University of Manchester with a BSc (Hons) Mathematics and achieved his Post Graduate teaching qualification at the University of Sheffield.  He then went and worked at a variety of schools in London and the East Midlands.  He has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher and has been a Head of Faculty on a number of occasions.  He is an A level examiner for Edexcel and has marked a variety of pure and applied papers.  He has been a team leader for one of the papers for a number of years.
Adey is a qualified Rugby coach and referee and spent many years involved with school teams.

Ryan Pemberton

Leader of Pastoral Support

Ryan has worked in sixth form pastoral care for 13 years and is passionate about offering advice and guidance to students. He is committed to raising student’s aspirations and removing any barriers that stand in the way of their learning. Throughout his time in education he has been actively involved in Student Voice and he was featured in The TES regarding the innovative student leadership programme at Beauchamp College. As a member of Beauchamp College’s leadership team, Ryan led on Admissions, Oxbridge and UCAS, and was the college’s link for parental and community engagement.  Ryan has a BA Honours in Journalism and Communication and a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management. 

Kath Kelly

CEO of Lionheart Academies Trust

Kath has over 14 years school and college based senior leadership experience. She is very proud to be Principal of Beauchamp College in Oadby who were recognised among the top 1% of all schools nationally in 2015. Kath’s other experiences include a range of successful school to school support work, in all cases schools in challenging circumstances have been able to make significant progress in improving student provision and experience.

Kath’s passion undoubtedly lies in developing the very highest quality learning and teaching experiences. Kath is driven to reach the very highest standards for all pupils, parents and staff. She highly values professional learning and research and after completing her NPQH has returned in complete an MSc in Educational Leadership at Distinction Level at The University of Leicester.

As CEO of The Lionheart Trust, Kath strives to ensure academic excellence and exceptional holistic development in all schools across The Trust.

Sally Wicken

executive Lead for the trust 

Sally Wicken is an Executive Leader for our Trust. She is currently responsible for the collaborative leadership of Beauchamp College with Kath Kelly CEO and BCSF with James McKenna. Sally is a Lead Ofsted Inspector and has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management. She has recently completed her National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership. Sally is passionate about ensuring we provide an excellent education for all young people, no matter their background and believes it is a privilege every day to work with such fantastic students and staff in the Lionheart Academies Trust.

ANNE LAMB

CHAIR OF the trust 


Anne is the Deputy Director of HR at Loughborough University, having previously been an HR advisor for the university and a personnel officer for Leicester City Council. She has an LLM in Employment Law from Leicester University, a Diploma in Personnel Management and a BSc in Psychology.
She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Management and has a wide and deep range of experience in delivering HR within large organisations.

Lee Machado 

Chair of the Local Governing Body

Lee is an Associate professor (Biochemistry) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, co-leader of the Molecular Biosciences Research group in the Physical Activity and Life Sciences Centre at the University of Northampton and Honorary Fellow in the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology at the University of Leicester.

Lee completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick and a PhD in cancer studies at the University of Birmingham. He did postdoctoral research at the Institute for Cancer Studies (Birmingham), the MRC toxicology unit (Leicester) and the Department of Genetics (Leicester) before working as a senior scientist for the cancer vaccine company, Scancell (Nottingham); Lee came to the University of Northampton as a Lecturer in 2013 and was Interim Head of Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences in 2017-2018 and has 3 years of University Board level experience.