Central MAT Team


Alison GarnerAlison Garner

Executive Principal

Alison was formally Headteacher at Goffs, and has held two Headships in very different circumstances. She led her first school to an Ofsted rating of outstanding in all areas with no identified areas for improvement – one of the first schools in the UK to achieve this at that point in time. Her leadership has been identified by Ofsted as being outstanding in both Headships. She has worked as an Ofsted Inspector, a School Improvement Partner, and as a District Adviser for Hertfordshire, overseeing school performance in two areas of the County. In addition, Alison has undertaken consultancy nationally on school improvement and school leadership and accountability, with high levels of requests for her time both from within Hertfordshire and nationally.

Alison is highly versed in leadership, and strategies aimed at delivering ongoing whole school improvement. Alison is fundamentally child centred in her work, which is rooted in her belief that the core purpose of leadership at all levels is to deliver the best possible learning outcomes for children. Alison now provides expert advice and coaching to the Principals and leaders within the Trust, combining a clearly articulated view of a no excuses culture of leadership, with support, guidance and a listening ear, and is responsible for the outcomes of schools across the Trust.

Ian DenchfieldIan Denchfield

MAT Chief Financial Officer

After gaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Business Studies from the University of Bradford Management School in July 1990, Ian Joined BAA PLC (previously the British Airports Authority) on their graduate management training scheme. Here he enjoyed a 21 year career in various roles predominantly linked to finance and financial analysis, and including time as Finance Director of one of their subsidiaries.

Ian’s interest in schools and education stemmed from being asked to become a Foundation Governor of his local primary school where he was subsequently Chair of Governors. Ian was appointed as Business Director at Goffs in the summer of 2011, and quickly established himself as a highly respected member of the senior leadership team, stabilising the school’s financial position. Ian supported the transition to academy status, and led on the successful application to the Priority Schools Building Programme and subsequent delivery of the Goffs multi-million pound rebuild.

Ian was central to the formation of the Generations Multi Academy Trust in the Autumn of 2017. Since this time, Ian was has led a highly efficient and informed financial and income generation function across the Trust, bringing significant expertise to all of these areas. As a result, all of the Trust’s schools enjoy secure finances, further underpinned by generous levels of funding from the income generation work.

Matt HarperMatt Harper

MAT Facilities Manager

Matt has been with the Generations Trust since April 2019. He brings his 14 years of facilities management experience to the Trust, and is focused on ensuring the delivery of first class facilities at the Trust’s schools, building contractor relationships and enjoying the challenges that busy sites can throw up.

Matt is NEBOSH qualified, having previously worked as a Health & Safety/Maintenance Manager in the property sector, delivering significant cost reductions by analysing & reorganising underperforming areas of the business, implementing processes that are more efficient and cost effective. He is enjoying delivering similar results in his Trust role.

Kerry PalmerKerry Palmer

MAT Director of Commercial ICT & Infrastructure

With over 25 years of experience in IT and 20 in the education sector, Kerry has been integral to the success of delivering ICT on both large and small scales in an educational environment.

At Davenant Academy, Kerry spear headed an initiative called “The Beacon project” with Essex Local Authority, promoting good ICT practice and advising on infrastructure, software and hardware across the County. More recently, at Haileybury Turnford School, Kerry overhauled the existing network and, with a newly created team, redesigned and rebuilt their ICT infrastructure, delivering within tight budget and time constraints.

Kerry has now brought his significant experience to the Generations Trust. With an able team of technicians, he is enjoying securing world class ICT facilities and infrastructure across the schools, to the benefit of students and staff.

Karen TannerKaren Tanner

MAT Finance Manager

Karen is a Chartered Accountant and has been a Finance Manager and a Business Manager in two previous schools before joining Generations Multi Academy Trust. Prior to this, Karen worked in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries and so brings a wealth of business experience with her. Karen is responsible for the Finance function across both Trust schools and is committed to improving the systems and processes as well as maximising the budgets to ensure the best possible support for Teaching and Learning.

Karen also believes in life-long learning and self-improvement for herself and her team and she is currently studying for an MBA in her spare time.

Kevin YardleyKevin Yardley

MAT Director of Income Generation

Kevin joined the Generations Trust in 2017 and has successfully restructured the Trust’s income generating activities, significantly increasing revenue at both Goffs and Goffs-Churchgate Academies. The work of the Income Generation team has directly contributed to the MAT being able to recruit additional teaching and support staff, reduce teacher contact periods, and invest in improving the facilities available to students.

With 18 years’ experience operating in the leisure industry and as an independent consultant, Kevin has helped local authorities and leisure operators across the country improve their businesses, and increase participation in the communities they serve.

Kevin played a key role in drafting strategy documents to ensure the host boroughs maximised their Olympic legacy from the London 2012 games. He is proud to have left a legacy of sustainable growth, new facilities and improved operations across the sector.

Kevin is focused on establishing our Academies at the heart of their local communities, and ensuring our services and facilities bring about the maximum benefit to all of our students and the wider community.