Meet the team

Senior 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 Purusothaman Associate Headteacher - Standards
Indira Purusothaman Associate Headteacher - Standards
Danielle Finlay Deputy Headteacher - Teaching & Learning and Curriculum; & Network Lead of the Mastery Rubric

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, Sixth Form and Culture and Ethos

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 - Associate Deputy Headteacher - Inclusion and Quality First Teaching

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.

Mame Appah Mame Appah - Associate Deputy Headteacher - Behaviour and Pastoral Systems

Mame is a teacher of Health and Social Care and was a teacher at the Girls school prior to the academy’s amalgamation. Mame is responsible for our vocational subjects which include Business, Economics, ICT and Product Design.

Kate Ward Associate Headteacher - Literacy
Kate Ward Associate Headteacher - Literacy

Regional Team

Elma Lawson Regional Education Director
Elma Lawson Regional Education Director
David Walton Deputy Regional Operations Director
David Walton Deputy Regional Operations Director
Susan Challen Regional Team lead in Safeguarding and Attendance
Susan Challen Regional Team lead in Safeguarding and Attendance
Andrea White Regional Team lead in SEN and Behaviour
Andrea White Regional Team lead in SEN and Behaviour
Andrew Jones Regional Team lead in Teaching and Learning
Andrew Jones Regional Team lead in Teaching and Learning
Rumi Khatun Regional Team lead in Data and Curriculum
Rumi Khatun Regional Team lead in Data and Curriculum
Amber Scott Regional Coordinator
Amber Scott Regional Coordinator
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