About Us

Management Team

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Chief Executive

Kieran McDermott

Kieran has worked in several local authorities as teacher, deputy and head teacher. In 2004, Kieran joined Manchester City Council to take up a role in school improvement and was promoted to Deputy Director of Children's Services, with responsibility for education. In 2011, Kieran established and was appointed Chief Executive for One Education.

HR Director

Rachel Foster

Rachel is an employment solicitor and CIPD HR professional. She has for many years worked in the education sector both as a lawyer and as a senior HR advisor. Rachel has represented schools, academies, local authorities and governing bodies in risk management, employment tribunals and other litigation, exit strategies and succession planning. She has vast experience in assisting school leaders.

ICT Director

Mark Seddon

Mark has over 20 years of experience in ICT and over 10 years in Programme Management across areas such as Health, Energy, Government and Education. He previously worked for Northgate delivering whole school ICT under the Building Schools for the Future scheme. Mark is focused on delivering ICT services that are education and pupil outcome centred. He joined One Education in 2012.

Finance Director

Stuart Fern

Stuart joined One Education in 2016 from the Higher Education sector and brings with him 30 years of finance management experience across financial services, manufacturing and engineering to most recently a university background. His areas of expertise are business processes, data as information and leading growing organisations through periods of change and development.

Head of Governor Services

Rob Merino

Before joining One Education, Rob had an extensive career in local authority service management and delivery, followed by a number of years as a programme and change management professional. As Head of Governor Services, Rob provides advice, guidance and support to head teachers and chairs across the region, and has managed the successful delivery of a new free school through application and pre-opening stages.

Account Managers

Claire Wells

Having worked within the education sector for over 7 years, Claire is passionate about the education of young people. An Account Manager professional with vast experience, Claire shares the ethos of One Education – Putting Children First, and strives to ensure with the right specialist support, schools achieve the best outcome for both staff and pupils. Claire was named Employee of the Year 2018.

Vince Slatford

Vince is currently our Service Development Manager but has previously had roles during his fifteen years in education managing the SIMS and CMIS support teams. He brings with him knowledge and expertise in accountancy and ICT consultancy and his continued passion in education has also seen him on the governing bodies of local schools.

Lauren Stott

Lauren is focused on developing strong relationships with schools and is committed to delivering the best value IT solutions that enhance teaching and learning. Lauren has 8 years’ experience working as an Account Manager and has worked for One Education for over 3 years.

Sarah Meakin

Sarah joined One Education in 2019. She has previously worked with schools in her capacity as an account manager for a educational supplies provider. She understands the importance of developing strong long term relationships with school leaders and is passionate about children's education in early years and beyond.