The OPAL Business Team

Lee Pender

Director of OPAL

Passionate about personal and professional development, Lee has utilised OLEVI’s models, approaches and principles to enable growth through her roles within educational and organisational leadership.

As an OLEVI Professional Coach and facilitator, with over 20 years working in leadership, Lee has experienced how effective coaching and development can transform individuals, teams and organisations, making her a great OLEVI advocate.

Lee also draws upon her training and practice in a range of wellbeing approaches to support groups and individuals to find their headspace, hone their thinking and achieve their goals.


OPAL Professional Alliance for Learning

Ros Bartlett

President of OPAL

Richard Lockyer

Chief Executive

Richard has been at the forefront of educational leadership and innovation for more than 25 years. His cutting-edge theories, conceptual models and learning programmes have transformed the practice, approach, and culture of countless educational institutions. He loves working with school and system leaders to challenge the system and drive-up standards.

Damian Mitchelmore

Managing Director

Damian joined the OLEVI team in 2017 after almost 12 years, as a teacher and deputy headteacher. Damian utilised the OLEVI programmes and principles to transform the school culture and achieve Outstanding in its recent inspection. He is passionate about empowering high performing people to lead change and improve outcomes of all students.

Anne Le Baigue

Head of Accreditation

Dr Anne Le Baigue has worked in education for over thirty years, first as a secondary school teacher and then in leadership roles, more recently leading and developing the Initial Teacher Training programme for a large multi academy trust.

As an OPAL Fellow, Anne has been associated with OLEVI for over ten years, and as a professional coach and facilitator, and is passionate about sharing the models, the thinking and the values of OLEVI to help to enhance teachers’ skills and thereby to improve outcomes for pupils.

She has taught from Key Stage 4 up to and including Masters level, and has earned a PhD in History from the University of Kent. As Head of Accreditation, she is responsible for liaising with The International Federation for Coaching & Facilitation, to ensure that our programmes are both credible and challenging, and of the highest quality for our delegates.

Jeanette Lockyer

Operations Director

Jeanette joined OLEVI 8 years ago having enjoyed a career in Social Services where she qualified as a Social Worker. Her passion for high quality education combined with her own personal organisational skills have enabled over 2000 facilitators/coaches a year to be trained to facilitate/coach over 8000 delegates a year in our TLC Programmes.

Mark Northwood

Finance Director

Mark has worked in business for over 35 years and joined OLEVI over 5 years ago. He brought his accumulated knowledge and experience to the organisation and has assisted in our current growth and success. A finance specialist and number cruncher who thrives on and enjoys working in the fast-moving educational sector.

Mona Bhatti

Business Manager

Having worked as a Risk Underwriter for a Credit Insurance company for 17 years, Mona took a career break to look after her young family. Mona joined OLEVI ten years ago and has not looked back. She loves working and supporting our OLEVI people and places, helping them achieve their vision using OLEVI’s TLC model of school and organisational improvement.

Viv Emery

Communications Manager

Viv oversees all communication with delegates and information management at OLEVI. Before joining the team, Viv has worked in various sectors, from finance to medicine.


Highly organised and thorough, Viv is committed to ensuring delegates receive a 5-star service throughout their learning and accreditation journey with OLEVI.

Becca Lockyer

Executive Assistant

Becca is a highly engaging and deeply creative being, enjoying gaining new skills and mastering the promotion marketing side of OLEVI.

She is a valuable and energetic new member of the team, who adds a design flair and a youthful perspective to all.

We wish her every success in any one of her chosen vocations whether it be in music, drama or psychology when she moves on to university or a prestigious music conservatoire.

Sam Chapman

Executive Assistant

Sam is a highly confident, outgoing young man. He is mature beyond his years and is extremely ambitious for the future. He has a passion and a thirst for knowledge.

His work ethic is of the highest order which is shown in his ability to throw himself into any role or task.

Sam has been through the accreditation process and is now a Fellow of OPAL: with the intention of leading some of the youth work across the network. He is a highly valued member of our team.

Our OPAL Fellows

Fellowship Presentations July 2023

  • Anne Le Baigue
  • Damian Mitchelmore
  • Lee Pender
  • Richard Lockyer
  • Ros Bartlett (President)
  • Stephen Edgell
  • Angela Jenkins
  • Becky Hipkins
  • Liz Rew
  • Paul Day
  • Sam Chapman
  • Jamie Tegerdine
  • Shalina Patel
  • Chris McGeehan
  • Alys Finch
  • Cynthia Symon
  • Helen Reynolds
  • Nikki Meredith
  • Anna Cavanagh
  • Emma Cavender-Morris
  • Gavin Williams
  • Simon Thompson

Let’s have a conversation

Arrange a call with a member of the team to find out about joining OPAL and growing your humbition.

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