Peter Agnew

As an experienced Peer Inspector with Estyn, Peter has a deep knowledge of what works well in schools, both from a pedagogic and management perspective. He will be drawing deeply on his experience of developing leaders within schools and the most recent research on successful schools, to create a programme that promises to be engaging, informative and focused on developing your leadership skills, in preparation for the next step in your career.

Peter Agnew is a freelance educational consultant with over three decades of experience in teaching and educational leadership. Peter has recently moved on from a ten year tenure as headteacher at Darland High School, during which time he reversed a negative budget and developed the school into a thriving oversubscribed establishment, which secured the Daily Post’s accolade of the Best School in Wrexham in 2018. Previously Peter had worked as a senior leader in both Flintshire and Denbighshire.

Nikki Ellis

Nikki currently lives in Whitchurch but originally grew up in Flintshire. After gaining a BSc Sport Science at University of Wales, Nikki worked her way into training as an assessor, IV and regional team leader with Trafford college in England.

Nikki’s main subjects are Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructing, Sports coaching & PE, STL, Health & Safety, Leisure operations and Leisure management. Nikki is also a qualified Indoor cycling, circuits and kettlebells instructor and a qualified First Aid tutor. Nikki is a keen hockey player and represented Wales as a teenager. Nikki also enjoys Kickboxing, walking her dogs and socialising with family and friends.

Gaynor Thomas

Gaynor has over 20 years’ experience within education. She taught all Primary age ranges and classes, from Nursery to Year 6, and held leadership positions for Science, ALNCo and Literacy, as well as serving as the Professional Mentor for her school.

Gaynor was selected for a five-year secondment to Welsh Government as an External Mentor and also took the role of interim Professional Planning Co-Ordinator for North Wales. During this time, Gaynor mentored both school-based and supply NQTs across both Primary and Secondary sectors, and supervised three cohorts of more experienced teachers participating in the Masters in Educational Practice (MEP). She also acted as the mentor liaison with Welsh Government and Cardiff University. Gaynor participated in the Welsh Government working party for reviewing and revising the teacher standards, and the working party to review leadership standards, and is an active panel member for the Education Workforce Council.


Richard Oliver

Rich has been heavily involved in sporting education throughout his career. He has held coaching and strength and condition roles in a variety of sports and has facilitated numerous sporting and educational programmes across the community.

Rich has also worked within SEN education specifically supporting students on the autistic spectrum. Previously, Rich has built and developed a sport and training consultancy business and ran this for 4 years before completing his PGCE and moving directly into education as an assessor. Rich teaches and assesses on the STL, PESS and leisure industry qualifications.


Mark Orme

Mark is an experienced Education and Sports Coaching professional with a background in health and fitness, sports coaching, and physical activity. Mark holds a UEFA A Licence qualification and an MSc in Advanced Performance Coaching.

Mark worked for Conwy County Council for 10 years within their leisure department, starting off as a Gym Instructor and working his way up to Senior Fitness Officer, with full management responsibility for three fitness sites. Mark have several qualifications within health and fitness, including Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 3 Exercise Referral and Level 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation. In his spare time, Mark still tries to play football, although this is getting harder at his age!! He is also a keen runner and mountain walker, and generally just enjoys being active outside!


Jennifer Maxwell

Jennifer has 16 years experience working with children and young people in varying settings, including; foster care, primary schools, special educational needs schools and Playwork.

Jennifer has gained a PGCE in Primary Education in addition to this Jennifer has achieved a BA Hons in Childhood Studies, a BTEC National Diploma in Early Years, a BTEC Diploma in Sports Science and a Level 2 in Playwork.