The Management Team

Our team is deliberately small with just 4 core staff. In addition we rely on a wealth of experience from retained specialists such as finance and graphics as well as brilliant volunteers.

The Management Team

You can contact the main office at:

Index House
St George’s Lane

Tel: 01344 636413
Fax: 01344 627701

Paul Finnis - CEO

Paul FinnisPaul Finnis

Chief Executive
Tel: 01344 636413

Peter Thorn-Davis - Head of School Liaison

SLM Peter Thorn-DavisPeter Thorn-Davis

Head of School Liaison
Mob: 07826 844707

Alex Rose - DMS Manager

Alex RoseAlex Rose

DMS Administration Manager
Tel: 01344 636413
Alex is responsible for parent & school liaison

Elizabeth Anderson - Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth has over fifteen years’ experience working within the not for profit sector.  Prior to joining the DPA, she was Chief Executive of the British Interplanetary Society, a learned society with a global membership focusing on space exploration.  Before this she has worked for the Aldridge Foundation, a multi-academy sponsor focusing on using entrepreneurship to transform life chances for young people and their communities in areas showing multiple indicators of deprivation; and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, where she led the President & CEO’s Office alongside being the governance lead for this global health body.  In all of her roles, Elizabeth has worked with local and central government, industry and NGOs to progress the causes of her organisations.

She holds a MSc in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs from Robert Gordon University, alongside a BSc in International Relations and a Diploma in the Common Law from the University of London.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  Elizabeth has a strong commitment to empowering communities by giving them access to the tools and technologies that they need to develop and grow.  She also holds trusteeships in wildlife and cultural charities.

Jackie Mitchell

Jackie Mitchell joined The Learning Foundation in November 2021 as Schools Liaison Manager working with Peter Thorn-Davis.  A Graduate in International Business with a postgraduate qualification in Human Resources and extensive experience in tendering for large scale contracts.  Prior to joining the Learning Foundation, Jackie specialised in business development and marketing focusing on growth strategies, business partnerships and digital branding in a range of business sectors.  Jackie has volunteered with local charities in her community for over 20 years and understands the challenges facing families to provide their children with digital access for learning.  When not at work, she is to be found walking her little dog in the countryside, visiting her family in London and enjoys an extensive social life around her business networking and charity connections.

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