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.


Daniel Powell - Finance and Operations Director

Daniel Powell

Daniel Powell is TCES Group’s Finance and Operations Director. A qualified Accountant with 22 years’ experience across auditing, banking and not-for-profit sectors, Daniel has spent the last nine years working within the Academy sector in both Mainstream and Alternative Provision, seven of which as Finance Director. Apart from the finance function of his roles, his remit has included IT, premises, catering, administration, HR as well as being a Clerk to the Governors and Company Secretary. He was a key member of two successful Free School applications in north London; a primary and a secondary. He has also been jointly responsible for the build of a sixth-form centre, from choosing the contractor, funding the build, selecting the design, to choosing the colour of the carpets. Daniel joined the Group in August 2018.

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 with 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.

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.