Lighthouse Learning Trust

Executive Leadership Team

Matt Atkinson

Chief Executive

Matt has a degree in Physics, and became a teacher after first working as a Process Engineer on microchip manufacturing for Phillips. Before becoming CEO of the Trust he worked at Peter Symonds’ College as Head of Physics and at Brockenhurst College as a Curriculum Director. His first senior management role was as Deputy Principal at Richard Taunton College where he worked for 10 years before becoming Principal at St Vincent College. Since the year 2000, Matt has been carrying out Inspections for Ofsted on a part-time basis, mainly inspecting teaching and learning.

Annette Born

Director of Finance

Paul Swindale

Interim Principal, Richard Taunton College

Andy Grant

Principal, St Vincent College

Having completed an Honours Degree in Law Andy began his career in the voluntary sector working with disadvantaged young people. This included community work alongside delivery of education activities to youths within the Portsmouth community. Andy then pursued his passion for education by moving to Fareham College where he managed the student and learning support services for four years. He undertook a similar role at Eastleigh College before progressing to a senior management position at St Vincent College in 2012. Since then Andy has been instrumental in supporting the sustained improvements in student outcomes and destinations and was internally appoint to the position of Head of College in January 2020.

Our Trust Central Services Team

Louisa Calder​

HR Director

Alister Butcher

Director of Estates & Safety

Alister is an experienced Safety and Facilities Director who has worked extensively in the leisure and tourism sectors. With experience in both local authority leisure, working for one of the UK’s leading leisure providers, and internationally for the world’s largest cruise operator he has extensive knowledge of developing safety management systems to meet the needs of companies in a number of legal jurisdictions and in high risk environments.

Lukasz Grochowicz

Computing Services Manager

Andrew McVittie

Company Secretary and Clerk to the Trustees

Andrew is an experienced governance professional. He has worked previously as Head of Secretariat for The Post Office Board and has subsequently built extensive experience within the education sector working as an adviser in both school and further education governance. The Lighthouse Learning Trust Board is strongly committed to achieving excellence in its governance, and Andrew’s role is key in enabling this to happen. Equally, he provides direct support for the Trust’s schools and colleges and their Local Governing Bodies. Andrew is currently completing a Masters in Corporate Governance and Law at the University of Portsmouth.