Advisory Board

The people who provide expert advice and direction to Arco Academy.

Paul Cleal – Chair

Paul has been a partner in PwC London since 2001 having joined the firm from local government in 1996. During that time he has served clients in infrastructure finance, government and international development and held a diverse range of leadership positions with PwC including heading, at various times, the Government & Public Sector practice, Africa Business Group and Human Capital function. He served as a member of PwC’s Executive Board first in the UK and then in Africa (during which time he was based in Lagos, Nigeria) and has been a member of the global leadership teams for both Government and Human Capital. He has been given a number of awards for his work promoting diversity in business and has served on the board of the UK Government’s Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission among other external appointments. He has a BSc in Economics from Warwick University and a Master of Business Administration from London Business School. I can be contacted on: pcleal@arco.academy.

Suzanne Cleal – Vice Chair

Suzanne is the founder of Marketing for Impact, a social enterprise that helps social entrepreneurs develop and implement marketing strategies that will help them make a positive social impact.  She has many years experience in marketing, as a senior executive in large corporate organisations and then as a marketing strategy consultant. In 2002 she trained as a business coach, set up Realise Coaching and since then has coached leaders in both large and small organisations. She now uses her experience and coaching skills to deliver marketing training programmes designed specifically for social entrepreneurs.  Suzanne has a BSc in Economics and Politics from Warwick University and an MBA (with distinction) from Kingston University. She trained as a coach with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is an NLP practitioner  She works on a voluntary basis with students at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, loves travelling and mountain walking, and is learning Spanish.

Stuart Ashby – Ex Deputy and behaviour specialist

Stuart worked at Deptford green for more than 30 years. During this time, he was Head of PE and headed the boys Basketball Team to the London Schools; a team an Ex NBA was apart of. Stuart served as Deputy Head teacher for 20 years and was responsible for overseeing pastoral care and behaviour across the school which is when he met Lisa.  Realising her talent in athletics, Stuart encouraged Lisa’s mum to take up athletics and was her biggest supporter and mentor to date!

Stuart worked at Deptford green for more than 30 years. During this time, he was Head of PE and headed the boys Basketball Team to the London Schools; a team an Ex NBA was apart of. Stuart served as Deputy Head teacher for 20 years and was responsible for overseeing pastoral care and behaviour across the school.

Ron St Louis – Inclusion specialist

Ron St Louis is an education consultant. He has a Bsc (Hons) Social Science degree with a Social Policy specialism from the London Southbank University. Ron was previously the Head of Inclusion for a large local authority and a senior manager in the Early Help Service. Ron also has experience in fostering and adoption and is a trustee and panel member for an independent foster agency. He has a huge interest in the creative arts and has previously worked in music publishing. He is a keen Manchester United supporter but please don’t hold that against him.

Claudia Lana– HR Specialist

Experience Regional HR Business Partner who effectively deliveries solution with a positive can do work attitude in support of the organisation goals. Forward-thinking and have expertise in the following areas: Management, Change Management, Employee Relations, Policy Development, Resourcing plan, Training, Coaching, Mediation and Regulatory Compliance. Effective communicator at all levels and experienced with dealing with Directors, senior managers and staff alike. Good problem solving and analytical skills, computer literate, exceptionally organised and commercially focus.

Dora Dixon-Fyle, MBE – Ambassador

Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle MBE, has been a Labour councillor for Camberwell Green in the London Borough of Southwark since 1998 and most recently served as Mayor. Before this she held senior cabinet portfolios such as Children & Education, Adult Social Care, and latterly Arts and Culture.

Dora has had a varied career which has included jobs as a lecturer in further education colleges, managing the constituency office of Harriet Harman MP in Westminster and small roles in soaps including Casualty and Eastenders. In her role as Mayor Dora abseiled down her local hospital to raise money for her chosen charity, the new state of the art cancer unit at Guy’s Hospital. Dora received her MBE from the Queen in 2011 for services to local government and she is also a Freeman of the City of London, and so is entitled to drive sheep across London Bridge – a task she has yet to achieve!

Arco has been able to combine both an academic and wellbeing personal and wellbeing development programme for our students, and evidence has shown that they have made progress in both areas.
Ms Williams, Acting Head of School, Platanos College