Our staff have a wealth of experience in governance and bring together leadership skills from the education, governance, HR and Legal sectors.  Staff are governors (or Chairs) at local schools and academies.

Our core focus is to support schools to keep abreast of their governance and business compliance functions.

We are expertly placed to offer comprehensive support, combining expertise in academic and business needs within education to ensure efficient practices and ongoing development.

Claire Mitchell

Leadership & Governance Partner

Claire is a Governance Academy Improvement Professional.

Claire has experience managing ESFA funded learning provision in excess of £10 million for 150+ education and skills providers.

With over a decade of experience within education and skills she is expertly placed to support Trusts due to her deep understanding of academic and compliance requirements.

Sue Richardson

Governance Support Service Manager

Sue is a Governance and School Improvement specialist who has worked in the field of Education for 30 years; her varied experience enables her to offer understanding of strategic working within both Academy and Local Authority maintained frameworks.

Paula Whiting

Office Manager

Paula’s vast experience at both the business and educational sectors over three decades will ensure the smooth management of the Berry Education office.

Paula was a parent governor for over 10 years and a school secretary which has given her a good understanding of the day to day primary school and the challenges this can bring

She is passionate about guaranteeing high professional standards are maintained and looks forward to building strong mutual relationships with the Trust Committees, Governors, Academies & Schools.  

Bill Deakin

Governance Partner

Over the years Bill has held a variety of roles in governance and has monitored a variety of subjects/areas.

Bill has also undertaken extensive training as a safeguarding-link Academy councillor and made a career change to professional clerking.

With the experience Bill brings to Berry Education it allows him to deliver clerking services to the highest standard for his clients.

Paula Marshall

Governance Partner

Paula is a Governance Partner with over 20 years’ experience working in the education sector, including being a staff governor and working with SEN learners as well as SEMH.

With the experience and skills gained through working with professionals and the Senior Leadership Team, Paula joined Berry Education to utilise her well-developed knowledge in governance and interpersonal skills to support Trusts and Governors.


Dee Murphy

Governance Partner

With the experience and skills gained throughout her working career ranging from professional and director levels and working for the Scottish government. Dee joined Berry Education to utilise her well-developed skills to support within the Academy sector.

Dee has a strong eye for accuracy and the understanding of compliance with many transferable skills to support our schools and Trusts.


Marie Skipsey

Governance Partner

Marie has worked in the education sector for over 25 years, taking on a number of roles including serving as a staff governor in that time.

Marie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of Primary Education to the Berry Team and is well placed to offer support to schools and governors

Kaye Nicholson

Business Development Manager

Kaye has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of sectors, ranging from Software, IT & Telecoms to Utilities, logistics and waste management. In her career she has worked for multiple FTSE 100’s to SME nationally and in Europe. With a back ground in Sales, Marketing, Communications, PR & Brand , Customer Service, Project management and Business Strategy she has a wealth of skills and experience.

Her wealth of experience allows her the ability to transfer her skills and business knowledge to the education and academy sector.

Ruth Callaghan

Governance Partner

Ruth joined Berry in March 2022 with over 20 years of experience in governance. Her career started in central government where she held a number of research and policy roles with bodies including London School of Economics (LSE)  Ofsted and the ESFA’s predecessor body.

During this time, she worked with a wide range of Boards from stakeholder engagement forums through to a national government advisory board. In her role as Board Secretary she worked with national experts, academics, politicians and business leaders to ensure robust governance arrangements were in place and were capable of upholding public and media scrutiny.

In 2020 Ruth took a governance role within a MAT and now applies those skills within the education sector. Within Berry she specialises in panel work including exclusions, admissions and complaints.

Ethan Campbell

Marketing Apprentice

Ethan is our marketing apprentice who recently started in the beginning of November.

Ethan has a deep interest in all things marketing and a fresh insight on the challenges schools face after leaving school in 2020.

He joined the Berry Education team determined to learn relevant skills for a successful career and to aid in the betterment of Trusts and education.

Trusts we work with..