Hart Group
senior management

Kit Davies – CEO, Hart Learning Group and principal, NHC


Kit Davies was appointed CEO of Hart Learning Group in December 2017. He joined the Group in August 2015 as Deputy Principal of NHC and was promoted to Principal in September 2017. Kit began his FE career in 2001, having previously lived and worked in Spain, Mexico and Japan teaching and training English language teachers.


Kit is a fully qualified teacher, teacher-trainer and language specialist with a broad set of classroom practitioner and management skills gained from over 20 years’ experience in a range of educational settings. His academic background is in the field of linguistics, having completed a degree in Spanish at Portsmouth University and then a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at King’s College London. He has one published book to his name, a secondary school book on Spanish language and culture called ‘Spain Live’.

Mark Lewis – Headteacher, Thomas Allenyne academy


Mark Lewis is Headteacher of The Thomas Alleyne Academy in Stevenage and Managing Director of The Hart Schools Trust, a multi-academy trust currently comprised of two schools. Mark is also a Trustee of Stevenage Education Trust, a charitable trust supporting 47 education institutions in Stevenage. Since gaining qualified teacher status in 2004, Mark has taught in three secondary schools and has been in senior leadership roles since 2008.


He became Headteacher of The Thomas Alleyne School in April 2012 and led the school through its conversion to an academy in 2013. The successful transformation of the school was recognised in 2015 when Ofsted judged Thomas Alleyne’s to be ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ leadership and management. The school successfully maintained its ‘good’ rating following an Ofsted inspection in November 2019. Mark was promoted to the role of Managing Director of the Hart Schools Trust in September 2014. Mark holds a Masters Degree in Modern History from Oxford University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University. Mark has also been awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Lizzie Jones – Executive Director, Hart Learning Group


Lizzie joined the Group in 2019 as Executive Director of Corporate Services. Lizzie has 14 years experience in the Further Education sector, having worked in senior management roles at Barnet and Southgate College and Oaklands College. She has worked across a range of corporate services, leading strategic organisational projects and transformation initiatives. Lizzie started her career in HR within local authority and Further Education settings.



Paul Harte – Group Finance Director, Hart Learning Group


Paul has worked across education, food and medical sectors. Graduated from Dublin Institute of Commerce and Trinity College, Dublin with a Degree in Business Science. Paul spent the majority of his professional life working across educational services and publishing with Simon & Schuster and then FTSE 100 company Pearson Education focusing on developing markets across Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East. He also stepped in to manage the Middle East region as well as Saudi Arabia from 2013 to 2015. Paul is a Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Lindsey Sherring – Managing Director, Hart Learning Group


I love doing anything that is a challenge or competitive. Christmas growing up always involved card and board games and the loser had to do the washing up. I’ve played hockey, tennis and football in the past and more recently competed in triathlon. My desire to do the best I can translates into my work. I’m always thinking about how we can make our apprenticeship programmes better. I love that we have a team of like-minded people at Hart L&D who are focussed on helping learners to progress in their careers, and helping employers to get the most of their employees.