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Meet Our

Welcome to the 'Meet Our Team' section of the Quest Trust Academy. Here, we invite you to acquaint yourself with the dynamic professionals who drive the vision and excellence of our academy.


From our accomplished CEO to our dedicated SEND Director, each member of our leadership team plays a crucial role in fostering an environment of growth, innovation, and community across our academy schools. Get to know the names behind the strategic guidance and operational brilliance that define Quest Trust.

Meet Our

Explore the heart of Quest Trust Academy by meeting the esteemed individuals who guide our vision and uphold our commitment to excellence. Our trustees bring a wealth of experience, passion, and dedication to ensure that the academy thrives as a center of outstanding education and community impact. Get to know the faces behind the strategic decisions that shape the future of Quest Trust Academy.

Marc Doyle

Chief Executive Officer

Marc is a qualified teacher with significant leadership and management experience in the secondary sector. He joined Quest following four years as Director of Education in a large MAT, having previously held Headteacher and Executive Headteacher roles in two Academies and a free school. Marc has 20 years of experience as a senior leader in six schools across the Yorkshire and Humber region. He holds a National Professional Qualification for Headship and is a lead Ofsted Inspector. He is a Trustee at Reach2, the largest Primary Academy Trust in the country. Marc is a proud dad to two daughters, Eve and Ami, who are both Primary teachers and is a lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC.

Tonianne Hewitt

Chief Finance Officer

Tonianne has extensive experience in Finance & HR with over 15 years’ experience in school, Academy and CYPS finance and HR. Starting her career as a Finance and HR Officer, she progressed to the Head of Finance and is now the Chief Finance Officer for the Trust.


Tonianne has supported the growth of the Trust from a hard Federation to a Multi Academy Trust. Tonianne is a CIPFA Affiliate and has the ILM Award in Leadership. She has achieved Level 7 Diploma in School Finance and Operational Leadership and holds the Certificate in Financial reporting for Academies CIPFA. Tonianne provides strategic advice to the CEO, Trustees and Headteachers on complex financial issues. Her expertise includes strategic and operational management of finance and HR and extends to the areas of facilities and operational management, governance and legal matters.


Tonianne is also a Director of Play Pals Childcare and the Trust Mental Health First Aider.

Debra Finch

Operations Manager

Having  joined the Trust in 2016,  initially in the role of Executive PA, Debra has gained extensive knowledge and experience across areas within the Trust.  As Operations Manager for the Trust Debra will be part of the centralised support services including Estates and Facilities and Governance. She also works closely with the Trust’s IT Solutions provider trust-wide and has responsibility within the Trust for Data Protection.

Jill Hilton

HR Officer

Jill has worked within Education for the past 20 years. Working for the Local Authority in the schools Education Department.

During this time, Jill has worked within the HR sector in the Remodelling Team, School Workforce Development Team, Governor Services, Governor before moving into schools to become Assistant Business Manager of a primary school. When the school became an Academy in 2016, Jill was able to draw on her previous experience and became the HR/Business Manager for that Trust.

In 2021 Jill joined the Quest team as the Trust HR Officer, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and qualifications including, ILM in Leadership; DSBM and CIPD HR Management (Associate Member).

Stephanie Maloney

Trust Business Manager

Stephanie has worked for Quest since 2011, firstly as the Admin Officer at St John's Hindley Green then, after successfully completing her CSBM qualification, as the Trust Finance Assistant across all the schools. She uses her previous experience in both Admin and IT to support the Admin team and the Business Development Department in her current role as Trust Business Manager.

Vicky Klage

Director of SEND

Vicky has worked for Quest since 2013 as the Inclusion Manager and now the Director of SEND. 


Vicky is a qualified teacher with over 29 years of experience, who has worked in a range of educational settings in the UK and internationally, supporting children with SEND from birth to 18yrs.  Vicky holds the National SENDCo Award and Trauma Informed Diploma and is a deputy DSL for the Trust.  Originally from London, Vicky has lived in the North-West for over 10 years.  She is a passionate advocate for our SEND students and their families.

Ian Barry

Education Advisor

Ian joins us from the Targeted Education Support Service at the local authority where he worked with primary and high schools across the borough offering specialist support. Prior to this, Ian accrued thirteen years’ experience in education as a high school and college teacher, Head of Faculty, Lead Practitioner, Director of Learning and Assistant Headteacher. His subject specialism is English and he is a qualified phonics practitioner.


He holds an honours degree in English and history, national diploma in management, postgraduate certificate in education, distinction masters in creative writing and - most recently - he achieved the national professional qualification in senior leadership. 

Zohra Zaheer

Trust Employer Engagement Lead

Zohra began her career in the Education Sector in a supporting role working with students in a group or on a 1:1 basis.

Zohra then progressed to supporting students secure and log work placements so they would gain valuable industry experience. Zohra’s skills allowed her to forge long-lasting professional relationships with Employers and Stakeholders as she developed within the Business Development Team, her specialism being T-Level course placements.


Discover opportunities to join our dedicated team at Quest Academy Trust. Quest values passionate individuals who are eager to contribute to our mission of providing exceptional education. Explore current job vacancies below and take the first step towards a rewarding career with us.



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