Head of Academy
Mr Van Lier started his career as a Production Chemist for Courtaulds Textiles following the completion of a Chemistry degree at Cardiff University. He soon moved onto a career in retail management with Marks & Spencer, ending up as the Assistant Food Manager of their flagship store in Oxford Street before commencing a food buying role in their Head Office. After 4 years he moved north to Spalding following the birth of his daughter for a “better life”. He worked with several suppliers to the multiple retail sector culminating in the role as Managing Director of UtopiaUK a supplier of tropical and exotic produce to customers like M&S, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. He then made the positive career decision to become a Teacher of Chemistry starting his training at The Thomas Cowley High School. He then completed several roles including Deputy Headship for the Greenwood Dale Academies Trust in Corby and in May 2018 he was selected to be the Headteacher of Haven High Academy. During his civilian career he has also served his country as an Officer in the Army Reserve, currently holding the rank of Field Officer at the Army Training Regiment, Grantham.