Core Education Trust
55 St Paul's Square
B3 1QS

Tel: 0121 389 2824




Who we are


  • Adrian Packer CBE

    Founder and CEO

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    Adrian Packer CBE is the founder and CEO of CORE Education Trust. He took over as Executive Principal of Park View Educational Trust (PVET) and Interim Principal of Park View School in September 2014 and guided the schools in that Trust to a successful turnaround by March 2016.  In 2012, Mr Packer was the founding Principal of Everton Alternative Provision Free School and 6th Form College, the first Free School set up by a Premier League football club. From 2010, Mr Packer was an Executive Director and part of the founding team of Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), an arts academy partnered with The BRIT School. Mr Packer was a senior Artistic Director at the BRIT School for 12 years and taught some of the country’s highest profile, award-winning talent in the music, theatre and television industries.

    Mr Packer is a Member of the LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) Council and Director and Governor of the LIPA 6th Form. He is Governor of the City of Birmingham School. Nationally, he is an independent non-executive Director of ukactive and a member of the UK Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation.

    Mr Packer was awarded a CBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to education.

  • Joanne Tyler

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Joanne as Chief Operating Officer is a founder member of the CORE Education Trust. She has a breadth of experience and expertise as a Strategic Business leader within the public education sector, having successfully enabled the financial and resource development of a number of schools as Strategic Business Manager. A respected professional in this field, she has mentored and coached a number of colleagues within their roles, leading to successful evaluations and inspections. Prior to working within education, Joanne had a successful career as a Contract Manager within the private sector. Joanne is also a Director at King Edward VI, Aston.

  • Emma Leaman

    Director of Education

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    Emma has joined CORE as Director of Education and is delighted to be working directly with and in CORE schools after her role as Assistant Director for Education at Birmingham City Council. She started her career as a maths teacher and has an absolute passion for placing teaching and learning right at the heart of school improvement.  Emma brings a wealth of experience in system leadership and partnership working across the education landscape that will help shape the Trust’s approach to collaboration as we grow.  She has a strong track record of securing rapid and sustainable improvement in outcomes for children, with an emphasis on leaders as learners and careful change management. Emma is driven by a desire to reduce inequality and champion the marginalised through a truly inclusive and inspiring education offer.

  • Cathy O’Driscoll

    Head of Development

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    Cathy is Head of Development for the Trust. Her career began in London as a Drama and English teacher.  She has had a breadth of experience within education as a teacher, senior leader and within Headship, having worked in a range of inner city secondary schools in challenging circumstances in London and Birmingham.  During her career she has mentored and coached aspirant and new Head Teachers within their roles, contributing to their success.   Prior to working in education, Cathy had a successful career within stage management in the theatre.  Cathy also has been a Governor of Greet and Conway Primary Federation and Teaching Alliance and is a Member/Director of its Create Multi Academy Trust.

  • Neelam Marva

    Head of Business Management

  • Neil Limbrick

    Head of IT Strategy

  • Emma Chapman

    PA to Adrian Packer & Joanne Tyler

  • Sara Finley

    Finance Manager

  • Nofeesa Riaz

    Finance Assistant

  • Tanya Jeffers

    Trust Administrator