SEA Committee

The Schools’ Enterprise Association Committee is elected by members annually, normally for a period of one year.  Diversity within the sector and representation from different disciplines is sought in order to provide appropriate insight and leadership for the association.

Adele Greaves, Commercial Director, Mill Hill School (Chair)

Adele has over twenty years’ experience of promoting and managing various companies. More recently at Mill Hill School Foundation in North London, as Marketing Director from 2010-2012 and now Director of Commercial Operations of the Enterprises Department.

Adele been a great supporter of SEA since its inception and strongly believes that the sharing of information and experience within this unique sector will ensure that best practices are developed to give schools the confidence to maximise the commercial return from many underused school buildings, whilst balancing this with the educational needs of the pupils.

Heath Gunter, Commercial Manager, Cheltenham Ladies’ College (Deputy Chair)

Heath brings a wealth of experience to the SEA, with more than 5 years’ experience in the independent schools’ sector and almost 15 years in the events industry.

Having set up the commercial team at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, the department now hosts over 200 events per year with more than 1,000 students staying in the boarding houses over the summer holidays and a packed residential programme throughout the year

Marie Wallace, Business Development Manager, Tonbridge School (Treasurer)

With more than 25 years’ commercial experience, Marie took over the Events department in 2012, integrating their activities fully into the school programme and ensuring that this essential aspect of the school’s business is accepted and recognised as a benefit to the school both from a commercial and reputational perspective.

Tonbridge hosts over 250 events a year on behalf of a wide range of clients across over 50 locations throughout the school and with hundreds of beds available during peak holiday periods.

Barrie Thomas, Head of Trading Operations, Warwick School

Barrie is a commercially focused leader with significant experience in the hospitality sector across catering, food & beverage service and event management.

Although Warwick School is Barrie’s first foray into the schools’ sector, he is committed to driving best practice across this sector and values the SEA as an important contributor to this development.

Lidia Pocock, Operations Manager, Kingham Hill

Lidia has been the Operations Manager at Kingham Hill for almost 4 years following 15 years’ experience in hospitality, events and facilities management. Lidia has been a member of SEA from the start and is passionate about delivering and sharing enterprise excellence in a school environment.
With responsibility for estates, lettings and leisure at Kingham HIll, Lidia has experience optimising commerciality within the quirky nature of the enterprise environment in a medium-sized rural school based in the Cotswold countryside.

Faye Scantlebury, Head of Events, Woldingham School

Faye joined the Woldingham team last year bringing with her 15 years’ of managing and running events for over 10,000 attendees per year.
Having worked within a corporate environment for the past 20 years, it’s great to use those transferable skills within the education industry.  Woldingham is a fantastic leading independent Catholic girls’ school with 700 acres of land. I am delighted to be joining the SEA Committee at a time when we start to leverage many of the school’s under-utilised facilities and as we are introducing new systems to maximise the opportunities.