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Movers & Shakers: Marina Gardiner Legge, Marino Charalambous and Cathy Barr

Your weekly guide to who’s new, and who’s leaving.

Marina Gardiner Legge is the new head of Heathfield, a boarding school for girls in Berkshire.

She was the school’s director of studies for three years.

Legge began her working life in marketing and advertising, going on to head a charity in Paris before discovering a love of teaching while helping disabled children in Hong Kong learn how to ride horses.

She went on to train as a teacher before joining Rutlish school in south west London.

She was brought to Heathfield to spearhead a drive to raise academic standards. This year, the school celebrated record examination results and has just been named in The Telegraph’s top 10 small independent schools by exam ranking.

She takes over from Jo Heywood, headmistress for the past seven years.

“I boarded in the UK from the age of 10 and I am a passionate supporter of the boarding system,” Legge says.

“I am delighted to have been given the honour of heading Heathfield and I am dedicated to carrying on the high standards and ethics of the school, making it an outstanding institution in which to work, learn, excel, play and be inspired.”

Marino Charalambous is the new chief executive of Cuckoo Hall academies trust, which runs five schools around Enfield, north London.

He says he is excited by the chance to lead a school community and work closely with the board of trustees.

“Helping our students to achieve their maximum potential must be at the heart of everything that we do.”

He says he will work closely with the board and individual academy heads. He has had a long commitment to the trust and has made a considerable contribution to the development of academies in his previous roles.

Charalambous began his career in the finance sector and worked as a senior manager within HSBC and Siemens UK. He then started his own business, focusing on providing marketing services, working with various industries including travel, retail, manufacturing, finance and education.

Cathy Barr has been appointed chief executive officer at The Shared Learning Trust.

She has been principal of the trust’s Stockwood Park academy in Luton for the past five years and has almost 25 years of experience in education, qualifying as a teacher in 1993.

“I am thrilled to have been appointed CEO of Shared Learning. I care passionately about the students we teach and will do all I can to ensure each and every child, from the age of 2 to 18, gets the best possible care and education.

“I am looking forward to leading the trust into a new period of growth and development, working with staff, students and parents to ensure it is the best that it can be. I’m determined to ensure our academies continue to go from strength to strength through great teaching and the dedication and commitment of staff and students.”

Barr’s interests outside the classroom include martial arts, and she has a black belt in Korean martial art tang soo do.

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