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Advisory Board

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

Ron St Louis – Chair

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. He can be contacted on:

Paul Cleal – Vice 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. He can be contacted on:

Suzanne Cleal

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 a part 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!

Claudia Lana – HR Specialist

Claudia is an experienced Regional HR Business Partner who effectively delivers solutions with a positive can do work attitude in support of the organisation goals. She is forward-thinking and has expertise in the following areas: Management, Change Management, Employee Relations, Policy Development, Resourcing plan, Training, Coaching, Mediation and Regulatory Compliance. Claudia is an effective communicator at all levels and experienced with dealing with Directors, senior managers and staff alike. She has good problem solving and analytical skills, is computer literate and is exceptionally organised and commercially focused.