The Trust Team
The Trust has a core team focussed on critical areas of school improvement, with a wide range of experience across all educational sectors. As more academies join us, additional capacity will be created so that schools and colleges can access all our centralised services and school improvement expertise.
The Chief Executive Officer is accountable to the Trust Board for school improvement and the academic performance of all the academies in the Trust. He is responsible for supporting the Trust Board in formulating and implementing the strategic plan and ensuring the Trust’s vision and values are consistently applied in all its academies. The CEO is a successful and highly experienced leader, manager and teacher, with a track record of achievement in senior roles in education. While one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors he led inspections of a wide range of post-16 educational providers. He retains his links with Ofsted and is a practising inspector in addition to his current duties. As a result of his wide experience, he has extensive knowledge of what works (and how) and what doesn’t (and why) in education.
The CEO is also the Principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College which is a beacon of excellent practice in education. As an Ofsted outstanding provider, the college has been ranked as one of the most consistent colleges in terms of A level progress in the country. The college has an excellent track record for disadvantaged pupils (e.g. level 3 progress data 18/19: +0.26) and has been instrumental in improving the life chances of young people in the borough. The CEO also has a high profile in the local community and works closely with a wide variety of stakeholders to improve education and tackle disadvantage. Examples include primary and secondary schools, the local FE college, the local authority and local businesses.
The Chief Financial Officer is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience of managing the finance functions of both a sixth form college and a secondary school, as well as broader experience of all support functions in a school. Her role will provide expert advice and enable Trust academies to draw on a wealth of experience in a range of services such as finance, HR and IT. At a time of increasing cutbacks to educational budgets, it is vital that all academies can operate on a sound financial footing. Close monitoring using a central finance system is another aspect of the Trust’s capacity that has a direct impact on school improvement. Our aim is to provide financial expertise and support to headteachers, which allows them to focus on the progress and welfare of the children in their care.
Rachel works in the education and charity sectors providing clerking/company secretary support to boards. She is legally trained having worked as a fee earner in private practice for 25 years before moving into governance in education in 2013. Rachel’s specific practitioner experience within the education sector includes:
- Working with chairs, chairs of committees, individual governors and boards as a whole to develop board engagement and overall effectiveness
- Ensuring governors receive relevant induction and ongoing training to enable them to provide relevant support, scrutiny and challenge to the executive team
- Encouraging and developing greater self-assessment for individual board members and the board as a whole
- Working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and FE Commissioner Team through informal and formal intervention
- Supporting a board through a Structure and Prospects Appraisal (SPA) process and working on mergers and a de-merger
The Operations Manager is a fully qualified Business Leader who works as part of the senior team, graduating from the National College of School Leadership in 2017. The Operations Manager provides professional leadership and management of support staff in partnership with teaching staff to promote the highest standards of business ethos within the administrative function. She has worked across a number of secondary schools and has a vast array of knowledge and experience in areas such as Health and Safety, GDPR, ICT, Estates Management and Procurement. Her role ensures that the school makes the most effective use of its centralised resources and delivers a first-class service for all our academies.
Natasa is a fully qualified accountant with over 13 years’ experience in the childcare and education sector. Her main role is to support the Chief Financial Officer in the financial management of the Trust to enable the best possible educational provision in each of the Trust’s academies.
Her main duty is to enable the smooth-running of the finance function, both strategically and operationally, to ensure effective monitoring and reporting of all financial aspects across the Trust.
Having worked previously in a multi-academy trust, her experience provides a valuable contribution to the forthcoming Trust expansion.
Alex is a highly qualified IT professional with over 10 years’ experience in education. He leads an outstanding MIS service that supports the senior leadership team in improving the quality of education and raising standards across the Trust. He has worked in a number of secondary schools and colleges within the Greater Manchester region, and has a wide range of knowledge and experience in areas relating to: educational management information such as funding and compliance, data analysis, database management, reporting and business intelligence. Alex’s role is to ensure that every academy in the Trust benefits from the centralised expertise and efficiencies that arise from a responsive and reliable MIS service.
Kim is a highly experienced Marketing & Communications professional with over 15 years’ experience in the education sector. Her experience in devising and implementing effective strategies for the launch and growth of a wide range of educational establishments has ensured the successful establishment of several Multi Academy Trusts.
Kim’s role is to support the Trust and the Altus Academies to develop strong marketing, admissions and communication strategies whilst taking an active, hands-on role in all aspects of the Trust’s marketing.
As the Trust expands, it will look to further develop its capacity to ensure that academies in different phases have access to high-quality support and expertise.