Our Senior Team

Thomas Keaney - CEO and Schools' Proprietor

Thomas Keaney

TCES Group’s Chief Executive and Schools Proprietor, Thomas Keaney, is a Qualified Social Worker with a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Child Care.  Thomas has 25 years of management experience, both in the public and private sector, including managing Local Authority Children’s Homes with Education, Social Work Recruitment Agencies and a Therapeutic Community. In these management positions Thomas has been responsible for the financial management of the companies as well as the marketing and management of the businesses.

All of Thomas’s management experience is in the field of social work and education services, thus providing TCES Group with the benefits of his extensive and successful management experience. Thomas has been managing TCES Group from its inception as a Social Care Company to its transition into the niche market of education for pupils with special educational needs. The Company has evolved in its focus over the past 15 years from an initial provider of alternative education services to one of the larger providers of Independent School Education in London and the Home Counties.


Thomas Davies - Non-Executive Director

Thomas Davies

Thomas is supporting TCES Group as Non-Executive Director.

During his ten years at Google, Thomas led the UK&I Cloud business as Country Manager, then became Director of Northern, Eastern & Central Europe, before leading the Global Partnerships team. He has a particular passion for helping organisations use technology to drive cultural change and develop a sustainable strategy for future success. Thomas is an expert in the business use of machine learning, digital technologies, leadership and the complexities of operating in multiple markets in times of unprecedented change.
He strongly believes that every organisation is unique and has the power to choose their own destiny. He has a humanistic approach to life and work.

Thomas is a highly regarded keynote speaker and has had articles published on FastCo and Medium. He is an accredited executive coach, has sat on the Technology Advisory Board for one of the UK’s leading banks, and is currently an Executive Advisor to the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

John Dunning - Consultant - Strategic Partnerships

John Dunning

Strategic Partnerships Consultant John Dunning manages the Business Development Team and Marketing activities for TCES Group. John is also the Group lead for all external relations and partnerships with Local Authorities.

John has many years’ experience working as a commissioner for Local Authorities, as well as the NHS, spending the majority of his career negotiating contracts with the private and commercial sectors. John originally trained as a social worker over 20 years ago, progressing into strategic roles and then as a joint commissioner of children’s services in local government and the NHS.

The past six years have seen John working as a Consultant/Interim Manager for different Local Authorities and the NHS, with senior positions held in the London region.

Peter Finn - Director of Inclusion and Clinical Services

Peter Finn

Peter is a qualified teacher and Group Analyst who works as an independent consultant with expert and specialised interest in consulting to multiagency services for children and young people with complex needs.

He has worked in therapeutic communities to Director level and has experience of leading preparation of family assessments for child care proceedings and as an expert witness to the High Court in civil litigation proceedings. Peter has been a visiting lecturer in therapeutic childcare and psychosocial care to postgraduate level at the Universities of Essex, Middlesex and Exeter.

More recently he has held clinical roles working with young adults at the London School of Economics and at King’s College London. Peter currently holds a position as a senior NHS psychotherapist at the Maudsley Outpatients Psychotherapy service where he provides individual and group psychotherapy to adults in the community.

For the last ten years he has worked as a consultant to services for children and young people who are excluded or at risk of social exclusion. Peter’s research interests and areas of expertise include service user advocacy and peer support; risk management; communication skills training and well-being and positive psychology.

Cheryl Rutter - Head Teacher at Essex Fresh Start School

Cheryl Rutter

Cheryl is both Head Teacher of Essex Fresh Start School and is also a member of  the TCES Group Senior Management Team and School Improvement Team respectively.

As Head Teacher, Cheryl manages Essex Fresh Start School, the largest of the TCES Group schools which has the most pupils across three sites. Cheryl’s role in the Senior Management Team expands upon her invaluable knowledge and expertise across the company in teaching,  learning, assessment and curriculum. Cheryl provides the Senior Management Team with invaluable quality assurance and support across all schools and sites.

Cheryl has previous leadership experience teaching pupils with special educational needs in challenging circumstances  at our East London Independent School.