We catch up with Anna Coulson and Nik Tunley to talk Galileo - a 10 school multi-academy trust in Redcar and Cleveland.
Nic and Anna

Anna, former Executive Headteacher of St Bede’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy – a school which she helped lead to be one of the top 25 primary schools in the country – is the newly appointed CEO of Galileo. Nik, a partner in the Corporate Team at The Endeavour Partnership, is Chair of Trustees at Galileo. The Trust was created on 1 April 2018 and is now setting out on its journey to provide an unrivalled state sector education experience for the children it serves.

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NT Obviously my family; but, otherwise, someone who challenges me, motivates me and make me laugh/smile.

AC My family and friends. I’m lucky to still have a group of friends that I went to school with. We always have the best times. They never judge and are incredibly loyal. My trusted PA, Rebecca; my husband jokes that even he needs to go through her for an appointment.

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For a weekend >

NT: Marbella in the summer; Nikki Beach for the daytime and the Pangea in Banus on the night; such good fun.

AC: The Cotswolds. I go at least twice a year and love the surroundings, way of life and I always shop in Daylesford.

For a long holiday >

NT: Somewhere in the Far East; culturally diverse, the scenery is stunning and some amazing hotels.

AC: Although it is only a three hour flight, I love Portugal; the South of France is another favourite.

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Best food >

NT: A wagyu steak with chunky chips and a side of peppercorn sauce with a glass of red.

AC: I love seafood. Scallops are my ultimate favourite but nothing beats a cup of tea and an Aero mint.

Best wine >

NT: Red would be an Australian cab sav (Wolf Blass Yellow label); white, a bottle of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and on a hot day an ice cold Minuty Prestige rose.

AC: Good quality bubbles!

Favourite restaurant >

NT: Locally, Muse, in Yarm.

AC: I got married at The Star Inn at Harome so I always like going back. I love Novikov in Mayfair for a real treat!

Perfect weekend >

NT: Nice hot weather; early morning round of golf then home with the BBQ on and a house full of friends and family, plenty of food, drinks and music late into the night; Sunday, lazy day, movies and pizza with the kids.

AC: My family loves horse racing so definitely a day out at the races followed by a gorgeous dinner.

Downtime means >

NT: Hopefully getting on a plane somewhere hot.

AC: Spending time with my family. I have twin girls who have just turned five and are getting more mischievous by the day. I love to see the girls having great fun and one thing I tell them is to be as naughty as they want, just don’t get caught.

Best telly >

NT: I’m not a big fan of TV but probably a major sporting event.

AC: I don’t get to watch much TV but, when I do, I enjoy a bit of escapism with Britain’s Next Top Model and The Crown 
is next on my list as my friends tell me it is worth a watch.

Best book >

NT: I’m not really a book person; but those that I do read tend to be autobiographical.

AC: Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. It is all about a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job every day. I have referred to this book throughout my career, none more so than when setting up Galileo.

Best theatre >

NT: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; it’s spectacular.

AC: I saw Dancing at Lughnasa with my beautiful Mum at the Old Vic in London. It was the most breathtaking piece of theatre and to share it with Mum was gorgeous.

Best sounds >

NT: My two girls laughing. Musically, something with a decent beat that will get your foot tapping while you listen along.

AC: Liam Gallagher, always.

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Best shopping city >

NT: London; although I spend more time in Hamleys than anywhere else at the minute.

AC: London, without a doubt.

Favourite shop >

NT: Locally, Psyche. It’s convenient and covers everything I need.

AC: I love Bicester Village. I always go after my visits to The Cotswolds. Designer goods at a bargain price.

Luxe retail treat >

NT: Although it clearly doesn’t happen very often; a new car. I’ve just bought a BMW M3; it makes me smile every time I start the engine.

AC: I love expensive makeup, skincare products and good quality candles. Tom Ford’s makeup is the best and the packaging is divine.

Favourite item of clothes >

NT: Paul Smith suit for work. Tailored shorts, polo shirt and a pair of boat shoes in the summer.

AC: I love Paige jeans. No matter how much you wear them, or wash them, they never lose their shape. I also have a leather dress that my friend Jill bought me in the BCBG Max Azria sale.

Best Buy >

NT: My watch. When I was promoted to partner, I treated myself to a Rolex GMT Master II; it’s a lovely watch but it also represents the culmination of a lot of hard work and also the start of a new phase of my professional career.

AC: On my last visit to Bicester, my husband bought me a beautiful Gucci bag that was reduced by over 70%. I use it every day, even with my work and twin girls, it never seems to get full!

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A memorable night out >

NT: A few years ago, I went to Las Vegas for a friend’s birthday; the first night there at Hakkasan was incredible, a night I’ll never forget!

AC: My close friends and I went to Leeds last year and spent the night dancing, catching up and having great fun. It’s a rare treat to get everybody together but, when we manage it, it is always memorable.

Perfect party >

NT: A full house; friends, family, drinks and music.

AC: The parties I remember most are the ones spent with family, close friends, champagne and dancing.

Dinner date >

NT: Depending very much on my mood; a business leader like Richard Branson, or someone much more light-hearted like James Cordon. Either way, not someone who takes themselves too seriously.

AC: I would love to meet Brigitte Bardot. There is so much more to her than her beautiful appearance. She announced her retirement from bombshell duties in 1973 and turned instead to highly visible political activism. She’s also a strident supporter of animal rights and established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.

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