Meet the Executive Team

Our Executive Team

We have an in-house team of over 200 employees, supported by a dedicated executive team. Together, we deliver the level of customer satisfaction, service quality and expertise you need to achieve positive outcomes for your school or academy.

Kieran McDermott

Kieran McDermott

Chief Executive

Kieran has worked in several local authorities as teacher, deputy and headteacher. 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.

Jane Sowerby

Jane Sowerby

Education Director

Jane has extensive teaching and school experience through working in primary schools in London and Cumbria before moving to Manchester. She has a passion for reflective practice and coaching as improvement methodologies and believes that we should all be education research nerds regularly talking about pedagogy in the staff room.

Rachel Foster

Rachel Foster

HR Director

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.

Mark Seddon

Mark Seddon

ICT Director

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.

Stuart Fern

Stuart Fern

Finance Director

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.

Rob Merino

Rob Merino

Head of Governor Services

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 headteachers and chairs across the region, and has recently managed the successful delivery of a new free school through application and pre-opening stages.