Head Office Staff List

In order for the schools to run smoothly, there is an enormous amount of effort which goes on behind the scenes. With Head Office located so close to the schools in Loughton, areas such as finance, marketing, ICT, personnel, legal and general support are readily provided to ensure the schools can focus on the education.

Mr M Hagger B.A. (Jnt Hons), M.Ed., PGCE

Group Managing Principal


As Group Managing Principal, Matthew Hagger performs many roles. Overseeing all operational, financial, regulatory and staffing matters on a daily basis, he meets regularly with parents of children at all four schools both formally and informally. Following the family tradition that began in 1982 when the Hagger family acquired Oaklands School, he is a qualified…

Mr A Armstrong

Assistant Group Maintenance Officer

Joining the team in 2016 as a group maintenance officer, Anthony is happy to assist with general maintenance tasks across all four schools.

Mrs K Burton MAAT

Group Finance Officer


Part-ACCA qualified, Kelsey Burton is our Group Finance Officer and takes charge of the purchase and sales ledger.  Kelsey oversees the fees administration and processes our suppliers’ invoices.

Mr J Clark

Assistant Group Maintenance Officer

John joined the Oak-Tree Group in 2013.  His qualified electrician status has enhanced the Group Maintenance Team, and he has an extensive background with plumbing and general building maintenance.

Miss E Curtis

Group Secretary and PA to the Group Management Team


Emma Curtis works at Head Office as the Group Secretary and Personal Assistant to the Group Management Team.

Miss H Grace

Group Administrator


Hollie is part of the team in the Finance Department that looks after the processing of fees and purchase invoices. Hollie works in the Admin Office and takes credit card payments in person and by telephone and helps with any invoice queries.

Ms D Davis

Group Receptionist


Diana is the Group Receptionist and is the first port of call for telephone queries and for welcoming visitors to Head Office.  Diana also takes card payments from parents and carries out a variety of roles to allow for the smooth running of the schools.

Ms T Deacon

Driver/ Porter/ Gardener

As group Driver Tracy makes sure that pupils get to sporting events and trips safely and on time by driving the schools’ minibuses. Tracy also ensures the schools’ grounds are well kept at all times.

Mrs L Elder C&G 7307, ECDL

Group ICT Manager


Lesley Elder is our Group ICT Manager, working with various service providers and contractors to ensure the schools’ ICT systems, software and hardware run smoothly. Having previously taught ICT at three schools within the Oak-Tree Group, Lesley is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in all things ICT.

Mr M Elliot

Assistant Group Maintenance Officer

Martin joined the Group Maintenance Team in 2015 having been the Normanhurst main Caretaker for two years previously.  He has excellent experience with general maintenance and turns his hand to most tasks.  Martin also holds sports coaching certificates and coaches pupils at Normanhurst.

Mr J Farrow

Assistant Group Maintenance Officer

John joined the group maintenance team in 2017 having come over from Coopersale Hall School. He has a lot of experience in the field and is happy to assist with general maintenance tasks across all four schools.

Miss D Hagger

Group Health & Safety, Compliance and Premises Manager


Deborah’s role was created to address the increasing levels of regulatory compliance required by the Department for Education and to help safeguard and promote the welfare of our pupils, parents and staff. Amongst her many duties she also oversees all of the premises including the teams of contractors we use…

Mr M Hewitt

Group Maintenance Manager


Mark Hewitt has a wide set of responsibilities and oversees the teams of caretakers, gardeners and maintenance staff. He ensures that the buildings and grounds are all kept in excellent condition and helps to plan the bigger holiday renovations.

Mrs S Hewitt

Group Bursar


As Group Bursar, Sharon oversees the processing and collection of the day-to-day fee payments, staff payroll, staff recruitment and departmental budgets. Sharon liaises closely with each school office and provides knowledge and experience having previously been Office Manager at Normanhurst School.

Miss H Kennedy B.Sc.

Group Marketing and Development Manager


Hollie joined the Oak-Tree Group from Havering Council’s Culture and Leisure Services, where she worked as a Marketing Officer for several years. Experienced in a variety of marketing roles, she has responsibility for all things ‘marketing’ from PR to advertising. This includes editorials, photography, websites, prospectus design and production, events and strategy.

Mr C Lembe

Group ICT Technician


Christopher maintains the systems and hardware at the four schools.  Working with our external ICT support company, Christopher helps to ensure that the networks, systems and machines are working at all times.

Miss V Picking B.A.

Group Marketing Assistant


As Group Marketing Assistant, Victoria ensures that all school websites are maintained and up to date with the latest news, liaises with feeder schools and nurseries and provides programmes for school events among other duties. In addition, she oversees the lettings process of those seeking to use the schools’ facilities.

Mr S Smith

Group ICT Technician


Stephen is the newest member of the Group IT Team, working alongside Christopher, he maintains the systems and hardware at the four schools and ensures that all networks, systems and machines are working at all times.