Meet the team

The Crest Leadership Team

Cristalina Fernandes Headteacher

Cristalina joined the Academy in June 2016, having previously worked as a senior leader at Ark Globe Academy in Southwark, where she was also Vice Principal. Cristalina is passionate about Social Justice and ensuring that our young people at Crest receive the very best opportunities to allow them to flourish as successful, articulate and polite members of the community.

Indira Purushothaman Associate Headteacher - Standards
Indira Purushothaman Associate Headteacher - Standards
Danielle Finlay Deputy Headteacher - Deputy Headteacher Pedagogy and Curriculum

Danielle joined the Academy in September 2016, as Interim Curriculum Director for English. Passionate about both her subject and learning and teaching, Danielle is excited to lead the English team at Crest to bring the subject to life. A graduate from the prestigious Teach First programme, Danielle has recently had a leadership role at Balaam Wood Academy in the West Midlands

Vanessa McCrossen Deputy Headteacher Safeguarding, Behaviour and Pastoral Systems

Vanessa joined Crest in 2009 originally as Head of PE before leading the Performance Faculty at Crest. Passionate about her social justice and empowerment, Vanessa leads our Sixth Form provision at Crest, taking day to day responsibility for the welfare and safety of our Sixth Form students. Vanessa works closely with the Assistant Vice Principal: KS5 Progress, to ensure that all sixth form students leave our Academy ‘ready for university’.

Esther Marshall Esther Marshall - Deputy Headteacher Inclusion and MFL

Esther joined the Academy in September 2017 from Harris and is responsible for ensuring the development of our SEND and EAL support. She is also a teacher of Spanish.

Zeena Al-Hilli Assistant Headteacher for Data, Assessment and Outcomes
Zeena Al-Hilli Assistant Headteacher for Data, Assessment and Outcomes
Kate Ward Associate Deputy Headteacher Literacy and EAL
Kate Ward Associate Deputy Headteacher Literacy and EAL
Paul Morgan Assistant Headteacher Careers, Head of Sixth Form
Paul Morgan Assistant Headteacher Careers, Head of Sixth Form

Regional Team

Matt Watling Regional Education Director
Matt Watling Regional Education Director
Simon Bentley Regional Operations Director
Simon Bentley Regional Operations Director
Andrew Jones Regional Team lead in Teaching and Learning
Andrew Jones Regional Team lead in Teaching and Learning
John Spring Regional Safeguarding Lead
John Spring Regional Safeguarding Lead
Amber Scott Regional Coordinator
Amber Scott Regional Coordinator
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