Giving our leaders time to focus on what matters most

We recognise that our academy leaders need time to focus on the strategic leadership of school improvement.

Our central services teams aim to free up more of our academy leaders’ time by providing professional operational management support. A key function is to provide our academy leaders with assurance that, within a continually changing political and legal landscape, they are keeping up with statutory requirements, school compliance obligations and management of risk.

Finance Services Team

Tracy Cartmel – Assistant Director of Finance & Estates

David Horwell – Finance Lead

Yvonne Mitchell – Senior Finance Officer

Heather Rundle – Finance Officer

Hollie Jones – Finance Officer

Phil Lean – Finance Support Officer

May Matthews – Finance Support Officer

Eloise Bolatre-Pettit – Finance Assistant

Sam Lippett – Finance Assistant

HR Services Team

Lesley Sale – HR Manager

Rebecca Spencer – HR Lead

Sue Green – HR Officer

Chris Lobb – HR Officer

Faye Shuttlewood – HR Officer

Abbie Debaene – HR Assistant

Property Services Team

Chris Bennett – Chief Estates & Facilities Officer

Jon Purshouse – Facilities & Compliance Manager

Information Services Team

Mark Braham – Chief Information Officer

Chris Kellow – IT Services Manager

Andrew Gasiorowski – Senior IT Engineer

Doug Brownridge – Senior IT Engineer

Damon Brown – IT Engineer

SEND Services

Joe McGovern – Trust SENDCo

Data Management Services Team

Richard Horswell – Director of Data & Information

Governance & Executive Support Services Team

Claire Carter – Governance Officer

Betty Sincock – NTLearning Operations Manager

Lesa Potts – PA to Trust Lead


Financial Sustainability

Our academies pay an annual central services charge at a flat rate across the trust which is generally no more than 5% of their general annual grant income. This funds the cost of trust governance, executive leadership and central services management.

The financial sustainability of our trust is as important as its academic sustainability. In order to continue to support our academies, we aim to continue to be a robust and efficient organisation which is effective at maximising resources and potential.

The strength of MATs in building teams that have finance, HR, IT and site management expertise means that more teachers and leaders can focus on what they do best; great teaching.

Sir David Carter, December 2016