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Jen Murphy

Director, Rainbow Teaching School Hub

Jen has over 16 years teaching experience and has held a number of senior leadership positions including leading the Wade Deacon Trust Teaching School for 7 years. In her current role as Director of the Rainbow Teaching School Hub, Jen oversees the coordination of Initial Teacher Training, Early Career Framework, National Professional Qualifications and delivery of quality Professional Learning for colleagues within and beyond the Hub’s region.

Jen holds an MA Degree in Education, has completed the NPQ leadership programmes; NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH and is a trained facilitator and assessor for Best Practice Network. 

Sue McEvoy 

Co-ordinator, Rainbow Teaching School Hub

Sue is an experienced administrator, having worked in a range of project support roles across a variety of industries.  Her expertise lies within development of operational processes, to deliver support services in line with KPIs and customer expectations.  In her role as Hub Co-ordinator, Sue supports all aspects of the Hub’s provision.

Anita Johnson 

Project Manager, Rainbow Teaching School Hub

Anita has over 20 years experience in leadership roles within the financial and legal services sectors, working on a range of national and international projects. In her role as Project Manager for the Hub, Anita assists with the co-ordination of Hub projects to help ensure the smooth running of the different strands of the Hub's delivery.

Anita holds a Diploma of Higher Education (History and Education) and a Certificate of Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, alongside qualifications in Project Management, Leadership and Coaching. 

Gina Donaldson

Executive Headteacher and CEO, Rainbow Education MAT

Gina has over 18 years teaching experience, having taught in a range of primary schools across several different local authorities. Having been appointed as Headteacher of St Silas CE Primary School in Liverpool 10 years ago, Gina subsequently became Executive Headteacher across two primary schools.  In her role as National Leader of Education, Gina provides valuable support to schools.

Following the sad passing of Jonathan Nichols, founder and CEO of Rainbow Education MAT, Gina was appointed as CEO for Rainbow Education MAT. Within the Rainbow Education Multi-Academy Trust, Gina currently leads on leadership development and is committed to ensuring that staff are inspired and empowered to reach their full potential. 

RIP Jonathan Nichols (8th July 1977- 6th March 2023)

James Ray

Chief Finance and Operating Officer, Rainbow Education MAT

James is the Chief Operating Officer for the Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust, situated in the Mersey City Region.  His role focuses on ensuring the Trust complies with all legislative requirements around Finance, Human Resources, GDPR, Estates, Health & Safety and Governance.

James has extensive experience of financial management, having worked for over twenty years in the industry across a range of sectors, including a local authority and a large Merseyside charity.  Initially employed as Management Accountant at the charity, James’ role developed to include management of the charity’s treasury and estates matters.