Meet the Central Team

Seckford Education Trust’s vision is to develop a high performing Multi Academy Trust that allows our students to reach the high academic, personal and social achievements they deserve.

Our Trustees, CEO and Headteachers believe in providing our students with a knowledge-rich curriculum combined with a wide ranging extra-curricular programme so that they leave us with excellent results and extensive personal and character development to equip them for later life.


Mark Barrow - Mr Mark Barrow Chief Executive Officer

Mr Mark Barrow

Chief Executive Officer

On joining Seckford Education Trust (SET) in 2017 as Headteacher of SET Ixworth School, Mark brought a wealth of leadership experience to the Trust. Our school in Ixworth went from from strength to strength during his headship, seeing the School awarded a GOOD Ofsted report in September 2019 and then subsequently becoming over-subscribed.

In 2020 Mark was appointed to the role of Executive Headteacher across all of the SET Schools and subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Seckford Education Trust.

A politics graduate from the University of Bristol, Mark began his career teaching politics, critical thinking, French and German. His previous school leadership roles include Acting Head of Haileybury Turnford School in Hertfordshire and Deputy Headteacher at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford. He has also been a governor of an 11-18 secondary school. Having recently completed his Masters in Education, Mark became a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers and is interested in educational research.


Helen Rayner - Helen Rayner Trust Operations Manager

Helen Rayner

Trust Operations Manager

As the Trust Operations Manager, Helen assists the Trust Leadership Team in the day-to-day business functions of Seckford Education Trust, including the oversight and management of the school front office teams, cleaning, grounds, maintenance of the school sites, transport, contract management, compliance and risk management


Neil Philpott - Trust Quality Assurance Lead

Neil Philpott

Trust Quality Assurance Lead

Mr Philpott joined SET on 1st September 2021. As an experienced Assistant Headteacher and teacher of maths and PE, he is the Trust Lead for Quality Assurance and Standards. Mr Philpott works directly with the CEO and Heads of School and is a key member of the SET Saxmundham Senior Leadership Team.


Jacqueline Tomkins - Seckford Trust CFO

Mrs Jacqueline Tomkins

Chief Financial Officer

Jacqueline is the Chief Financial Officer for the Trust. She is an experienced and successful Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer who has over twenty years leadership experience in schools, local authorities, academies and multi-academy trusts. Jacqueline has in-depth knowledge of academy accounting and school business management and has worked as a Schools’ Resource Management Advisor (SRMA) for the Department for Education.