Our team

Our team approach, led by our Board of Directors, blends the best educational and therapeutic practice, working closely with families and carers to identify and meet all the needs of our young people.


Our CEO is Susan Douglas, who plays a leading role in the strategy and direction of the Academy, creating and shaping its development.

Many people reading this will be surprised that a group of schools has a CEO - it sounds more like a business than a place where young people are educated. That is because, like all academies, we are set up as a business and therefore have responsibility and accountability for all matters relating to the Academy including premises, personnel and finance but all with a view to supporting the highest possible quality of educational provision across the Eden Academy schools. Our business is certainly not about making money, our business is to secure excellent provision for our pupils and ensure they achieve exceptional outcomes in their time with us.

Susan Douglas, CEO of the Eden Academy

Susan has been working for over 20 years in education - as a headteacher, at national level for the National College of School Leadership, and now internationally in her role as Senior Advisor for Schools at the British Council.


Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors comprises members that have been chosen for their extensive skills and experience in areas such as education, finance and asset management, some of whom may also be a governor of one of our family of schools.

It is the Board’s role to ensure that the collective eye of all our schools is firmly focused on the vision of providing outstanding education for all our pupils and to hold the schools accountable for delivering this vision.

Barry Nolan, Chair of the Board of Directors.

Our Principal

John Ayres OBE is the Principal of the Eden Academy and is a National Leader of Education (NLE). As Principal, John’s role is to have overall responsibility for the performance of the Academy.


Our Heads of School

The role of the Heads of School is to be responsible for the operational day-to-day running of the schools and to be the first point of contact for pupils, staff and parents.


Our Local Governing Bodies

The Local Governing Bodies are the people responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of each of our schools and to oversee the individual schools’ development in areas such as curriculum, premises and finance.

Read our Terms of Reference for our Local Governing Bodies and our Performance Management and Remuneration Committee.


Our Service Managers

We have also structured a range of Academy-wide roles and responsibilities that function across all of our schools to ensure consistency and best practice.  These are:

  • Family Services and Safeguarding
  • Therapies - Arts, Physical and Speech and Language therapies
  • Professional Development and Support services


Our Staff

We are very proud of our professional staff.  Everyone from teachers, assistants, therapists, administrative and support staff to pastoral carers, are all dedicated to the development of the children and young people that they educate and look after.