Senior Leadership Team & Heads of School

Mrs Helen Hickman

Moorland Federation
Federation Business Manager | Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Additional Roles:

Helen Hickman is our dynamic Federation Business Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Hailing from Yorkshire, Helen embarked on her West Somerset journey in 2011, coinciding with her daughter’s academic journey in our very own Dunster First School. She brings a unique blend of administrative expertise and a deep understanding of educational environments to our team.

Helen has been instrumental in various roles throughout her career. As an Admin Manager at a residential college for young adults with autism, she honed her administrative skills and developed a profound understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in the educational sector. This experience was further enriched by her time as a Learning Support Assistant at West Somerset College, further deepening her empathy and understanding of student needs.

In 2014, Helen joined us at Dunster First School in an administrative capacity. Her commitment to the role, combined with her professional approach and friendly demeanour, quickly saw her ascend to the position of Federation Business Manager. Helen's journey from being a part of the Dunster team to now serving our wider federation is a testament to her dedication and resilience.

Possessing a knack for problem-solving, Helen has demonstrated exceptional technical prowess in developing financial solutions and innovative processes. This skill set has been pivotal in creating a streamlined approach to school budgeting and financial management across the federation.

With Helen at the helm of our business operations, we look forward to seeing our schools flourish both individually and collectively.

Key Certifications and Abilities:

  • Proven expertise in administrative management, particularly within the educational sector
  • Technically mastery in developing innovative financial solutions
  • Experience as a Learning Support Assistant, providing a deep understanding of student needs
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, demonstrating a commitment to student safety and wellbeing
  • Stellar track record as Federation Business Manager, underlining her leadership and strategic planning skills.

Helen is a true champion of our federation's growth and success. Her dedication, expertise, and passion continue to drive our federation towards new horizons.

Become part of an exceptional team dedicated to providing high-quality education

By joining the Moorland Federation, you are not only becoming part of our team of professionals in either the teaching or administrative and operational departments, but you are also contributing to our collective pursuit of excellence in education. Let your career soar with us as we continue to strengthen our brand and make a lasting impact on the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

Our team of educators and specialist staff leading the way

Our Senior Leadership Team

Our team of Leader creating and inclusive and diverse workforce dedicated to delivering excellence

Mrs Naomi Philp
Executive Headteacher for the Moorland Federation | Designated Federation Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Lizi Pravato
Federation Business Manager | Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Helen Hickman
Federation Business Manager | Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Our team of educators and specialist staff leading the way

Central Business Administration

Our Central Business Administration team support the Moorland Federation and our Executive Head

Mrs Rosy Arch
Central Business Administrator | PA to Executive Head | Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Our team of educators and specialist staff leading the way

Heads of School

Our team of educators leading the schools in our federation

Mr Paul James
Head Of School - Dunster | Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Nicky Stenner
Head of School - Exford | Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs Jo Smith
Head of School - St Dubricius | Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs Alison Blackmore
Head Of School - Cutcombe | Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs Carys Barnett
Head Of School - Dulverton Juniors & All Saints | Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Jonathan Moise-Souch
Head Of School - Langford Budville | Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Angela Hall
Head of School - Timberscombe | Designated Safeguarding Lead


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