Discovery Multi Academy Trust

Our Central Team

Alison Nettleship

Chief Executive Officer/Accounting Officer/Executive Headteacher

Alison was born and raised in Plymouth, and has a background in business and finance, having worked in international banking.

After moving back to Plymouth to start a family, Alison trained as a teacher, with a specialism in Early Years and Maths and began working at Calstock school. During this time, she completed her NPQH (Headship training) and five years later was appointed as a non-teaching Deputy at North Prospect Community Primary School. Alison took up her headship Weston Mill after two years and moved the school forward in many areas, but in particular on standards.

Alison has trained as an Ofsted Inspector (Primary and Early Years) and continues to support other schools through the Plymouth Teaching School.

As Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Multi Academy Trust, Alison works to improve outcomes and opportunities for all of the MAT's children, by leading school improvement across each of our academies. Alison looks forward to developing links in collaborative working across the city, as well as furthering STEM development for the MAT.

Sarah Buckle

Business Support Officer & PA to the CEO / Company Secretary

Sarah joined Discovery MAT in 2016, having previously gained a Masters degree and working in school administration at Weston Mill. As Business Support Officer and PA to the CEO, Sarah supports the CEO and Board in addition to being the central helpline for academies within the Trust who require assistance. Sarah is Company Secretary for Discovery MAT, Clerk to the Board, and also Clerk to Weston Mill's Local Advisory Board.

Carolyn Howells

MAT Business Manager/Chief Finance Officer

Carolyn worked for Langley Infants School, before it joined the Southernway Federation (Oakwood and Beechwood Primary Schools). She has worked as School Business Manager for almost 20 years, joining the MAT in her current role when the Southernway Federation formed Discovery MAT with Weston Mill. As Chief Finance Officer, Carolyn has operational responsibility for all financial aspects of the Trust.

Dianne Butcher

MAT Business Manager

Dianne worked as Weston Mill’s School Business Manager for almost 20 years, taking her current role when Discovery MAT was formed in 2016. As part of the central team, Dianne looks after HR across our academies. Dianne looks forward to the development of her new role in Discovery MAT.

Kelly Mason

Finance and Personnel Assistant

Kelly has a number of years of experience providing administrative support in and out of school settings. She joined Weston Mill in 2016 as Administration Assistant. She now splits her time between Weston Mill and the MAT central office, providing support in finance and personnel to the Chief Finance Officer and Personnel Officer.

Leslie Rust

Facilities Manager

Leslie was born in Essex and moved to Plymouth, where he served 26 years in the Royal Navy. On leaving, he spent a further 4 years at Weston Mill Primary School as the Site Manager where he has enjoyed assisting with making vast improvements covering many different projects to benefit the children.

Leslie has both experience in Facilities Management and Health & Safety, and hopes to improve on the foundation already set out across the MAT.