The Quality Mark central team

Our National and Regional Directors are responsible for ensuring your Quality Mark journey is successful, valuable and above all impacts positively upon your setting.

Nicola and the team are supported by over 200 Assessors guaranteeing that leaders and practitioners always have the right assistance available as you work towards your Quality Mark accreditation. This team of education specialists also regularly comment upon best practice and innovative approaches to teaching and school improvement. You can access the articles via the 'Our Thinking tab above.

Nicola Morris

Nicola Morris, National Director

Nicola has significant experience of UK state schools and independent headship and has had roles in both voluntary controlled and voluntary aided church schools. She has moved schools from an Ofsted category to outstanding, and is therefore very aware of the leadership attributes which bring about change and improve quality provision. She is a school governor with a focus on strategic planning and monitoring standards.

Nicola also understands the international schools market, having coordinated the development of global talent for a large international schools group. She created a suite of leadership programmes for middle, senior and executive leaders. Nicola was also responsible for assessing the quality of high performing independent schools across the globe and supporting leaders in recruiting high quality staff.

Stella Owen

Stella Owen, Regional Director

Stella has significant experience of UK secondary schools and Further Education. She has experience as a senior leader, has brought about significant improvements in settings and is a governor in a large further education college with a focus on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for learners.

Her experience as an Educational Consultant and International Inspector has given her a broad range of experience of leading change and building capacity within senior leadership. Prior to her role as Regional Director, Stella was a Quality Mark Assessor.

Angela Taylor

Angela Taylor, Regional Director

Angela has taught in a variety of nursery, primary and secondary schools in England, and at British Forces schools in Germany. She held positions of responsibility for literacy across the curriculum. She was a Senior Assistant Director at the UK’s Basic Skills Agency, the national development agency for the promotion and development of the basic skills of literacy and numeracy across all phases of education. She supported the implementation and development of the Quality Mark Award.

Angela recently directed the Refugees into Schools programme across London.  She is currently a Regional Director for the National Quality Mark Programme for Tribal.

Di Hatherley

Diane Hatherley, Associate Regional Lead

Di’s role as Quality Mark Associate Regional Lead is underpinned by her extensive, successful educational experience. She has fifteen years of headship where Ofsted graded all aspects of her leadership and management as outstanding. This was followed by eight years as a Local Authority adviser and School Improvement Partner where, in addition to challenging and supporting school leadership, she had specific responsibility for the strategic development of English in primary schools and assessment. Currently an Independent Educational Adviser, she also prepares and assesses candidates for Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status across the South-West and is Vice-Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust.

Margaret Groom, Associate Regional Lead

Margaret Groom, Associate Regional Lead

Margaret has worked extensively in school improvement specialising in mathematics.  She has a great deal of experience supporting mathematics in schools with a focus on building the capacity of subject leaders and raising standards in mathematics through working with individuals, groups of teachers or all staff.

Margaret has developed and delivered bespoke training over many years for both teachers and teaching assistants on a range of topics including developing maths subject knowledge, problem solving, mental and written calculation strategies and extending the more able. She has also worked as an associate tutor on the MaST programme. Prior to becoming a Quality Mark Associate Regional Lead, Margaret led on Quality Mark in her Local Authority. She is also the Regional Director for the NCETM CPD- Standard for mathematics.


Rekha Bhakoo, Regional Director

After working for over 30 years in Education, Rekha recently left Headship and has taken up the position of Regional Director of Quality Mark. She is currently a School Improvement Consultant working both in the UK and the UAE. She is also an assessor for the Inclusion Quality Mark Award.

Rekha’s significant experience of leading primary schools includes leading an outstanding school for over a decade and working as a National and Local Leader in Education with London Challenge to support underachieving schools. She has extensive experience in mentoring newly appointed leaders in developing curriculum and assessment. She was appointed at ministerial level to the Teaching Development Agency as a Non-Executive Board.

Rekha also has a broad range of experience in the field of international education, making international educational visits to China, Iceland, Hungary and Dubai to lead and influence educational pedagogy; she has spoken at international conferences about pupil voice and inclusive education.

Rekha was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Education..

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Lisa Dunkley, Project Administrator

Lisa has several years’ experience working in administrative roles within a range of industries including environmental, insurance and legal, amongst others. Lisa has also spent time volunteering to help match people to the best volunteer route for them, and has also volunteered within an adult learning centre. Lisa is currently studying towards a law degree, and with a child of school age, education has become a great interest to Lisa, leading her to Tribal and the Quality Mark.