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THE CENTRAL SERVICES TEAM

Our Central Services Team provides the staff and senior leaders within our schools with an invaluable range of specialist expertise and high-quality challenge and support.

Adrian Rogers - Chief Executive

Experience

Adrian has been CEO of the Chiltern Learning Trust since July 2015. Prior to that, he was Headteacher for thirteen years at the three times outstanding Robert Bloomfield Academy and Executive Principal in a Multi Academy Trust. Since 2005, Adrian has also been an Executive Head and a National Leader of Education. Adrian also established and led the innovative Central Beds Teaching School that grew to 138 school partners.

Strengths

Strategy development, senior leadership, and school improvement.

Areas of responsibility

Strategic leadership, the growth and development of the Trust and maintaining our high standards.

Emma Gough - PA to CEO and Business Support

Experience

Emma has over 18 years' experience working as an Executive Assistant and Admin Team Manager. She joined CLT from a large secondary school where she supported the Principal and managed the support services including administration, IT, site and lettings. Prior to this Emma worked in the private sector providing support to Directors at board level. Emma is a customer service professional with good knowledge of service delivery and working to KPI's. She is also a Governor at a secondary school.

Strengths

Administration, clerical, customer service, streamlining processes, problem solving, and administration management.

Areas of responsibility

Supporting the CEO and Trustees. Central point of contact and support for Headteacher's within the Trust and sharing best practice. Clerk to Board of Trustees.

Rob Parsons - Director of Operations

Experience

Rob was previously the Head of School Organisation, Admissions and Capital Planning for Central Bedfordshire Council. He has worked in this senior capacity at Central Beds since its inception in 2008 and prior to this held a management post in Mid-Bedfordshire Council, looking after buildings, planning and project management. Rob has vast experience in working with schools, in delivering new schools and in the effective delivery of new educational provision. Rob is highly regarded by the schools across the county and region and has worked closely with the DfE, local authorities and other stakeholders. Rob has expertise in the areas of compliance, risk and the strategic growth of schools and trusts.

Strengths

Operational management, strategic planning, project management, strategic liaison with the DfE and local authorities and the opening of new educational provision.

Areas of responsibility

Admissions, facilities management, health and safety, risk management and the strategic growth of our estate and buildings. 

Teresa Kelly - Finance Director and Compliance

Experience

Teresa has led and managed the operational, compliance and governance functions in Denbigh High School for the last 15 years and she has been instrumental in taking the school through academy conversion, sponsoring a local primary school and setting up the Chiltern Learning Trust, which included planning and creation of an effective governance structure for the MAT.

Teresa has been the company secretary for the Trust since 2013, ensuring the governing reporting structure is effective and timely to meet statutory legislation.

During this time, the Trust has increased its teaching excellence, student numbers, financial strength, value for money and employee relations.

Teresa also has strong links with local businesses, which gives her an insight into educational business management from a different perspective.

Strengths

Finance, governance, school business management, and operations.

Areas of responsibility

The strategic development and operational implementation of governance, compliance, and finance. 

Lorraine Hughes - Director of Education

Experience

Lorraine was previously a Deputy Headteacher for 8 years where she was instrumental in transforming school standards. She has gained significant experience through a range of leadership roles and from teaching for twenty years across different Luton and Hertfordshire schools.

Strengths

Formulating and implementing a strategic vision, school improvement, working in partnership, senior leadership.

Areas of responsibility

Maintaining high standards across the Trust, leading the CTSA including all school-to-school support and leading a team of SLEs. 

Jean Leech - Finance and HR Manager

Experience

Jean is a qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and joined Denbigh High School as Finance and HR Manager in June 2008. Since this time Jean has overseen the financial management of Denbigh High School through its various times of change including its soft federation status with Challney High School for Boys, Academisation in November 2010, an introduction of the teaching school in 2011 and becoming a Multi Academy Trust in July 2013.

Jean has extensive experience in management accounts and consolidation of year-end statutory accounts as well as the changes and challenges of recruitment within schools and the requirements to look more creatively at staffing.

Strengths

  • Financial management and accounting.
  • Staffing and HR planning and management.

Areas of responsibility

  • Year-end procedures.
  • Compiling statutory accounts.
  • Lead induction/training and support for finance staff.
  • Management and administration of the monthly CLT financial management systems for each school.
  • Analysing monthly finance reports.
  • VAT - reconciling control accounts.
  • Standardising practices across the Trust to ensure efficiency and clarity of reporting.
  • Budget setting and monitoring. 

Anton Beehl - Director of ICT

Experience

Anton has over 15 years of experience working in Education, providing ICT support and services to aid Teaching and Learning from early years through to key stage 4. Anton has overseen the procurement and deployment of whole ICT systems, managed IT networks teams and delivered changes that have had a measurable impact on efficiencies and IT robustness.

Strengths

IT Service delivery, project management, procurement, team leadership and a sense of humour.

Areas of responsibility

Managing ICT service contracts, IT procurement, development and implementation of the Trust ICT Strategy. 

Julian Axford - Director of School Improvement

Experience

Julian has been teaching for 34 years, and most recently was Principal of the successful Robert Bloomfield Academy, and BEST Teaching School. He has helped deliver a number of its leadership courses over the last few years and has carried out support work with schools focusing on curriculum and assessment.

Strengths

Leadership in a variety of roles, curriculum and assessment expertise, school improvement strategies.

Areas of responsibility

Maintaining high standards across the Trust, supporting schools with improvement planning, leading a team of SLEs and supporting the work of CTG. 

Sufian Sadiq - Director of Teaching School

Experience

Sufian is a talented teacher with extensive management experience within the further education sector. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and holds various roles with awarding bodies, specialising in quality assurance, examination and assessment. He is experienced in curriculum planning and design, standards and training.

Strengths

Quality assurance, staff development, project management, leadership.

Areas of responsibility

Teaching School, Continuous Professional and Leadership Development, School-to-School Support and SLEs. 

Lydia Braisher - Admissions Manager

Experience

Lydia has over 15 years of experience working in the education support sector and was Admissions Manager at Central Bedfordshire Council prior to joining the Chiltern Learning Trust. In this role, she managed a team of staff and the admission allocations for over 130 academies and schools in Central Bedfordshire and was responsible for consulting on and determining the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools and providing advice to academies and own admission authority schools on all admission related matters. In addition, Lydia was the lead person in preparing and presenting school admissions appeals for the community and voluntary controlled schools and those academies and schools who bought back the service.

Strengths

Operational and strategic management of the admissions and appeals process and policy.

Areas of responsibility

  • To formulate, develop and review the Trust's policies and practices on admissions.

  • Managing the evaluation of statistical information and comparative data to enable analysis of key trends on an academy or area basis to inform admission policies.

  • Researching, preparing and presenting the case for Academies in the Trust at admission appeals. 

Steven Tingey – Estates Manager

Experience

Steve has 18 years of experience working within schools and leisure services in the public sector. He has performed the role of clerk of works delivering a range of capital programmes from minor refurbishments to major capital schemes including new schools. Among the various partners, he has worked are the Football Foundation and Sport England who have been key in delivering community schemes and enhancing Sport provision. He has worked with a range of local and national construction and facilities management companies and has an in depth knowledge of procurement processes. Steve also has experience in delivering a number of Civil Engineering schemes and has been responsible for various facilities management contracts.

Strengths

Steve has a well established track record of working closely with Schools and their leadership teams and he has an in depth appreciation of the challenges facing schools and school environments. He is very effective at delivering efficiencies and driving improvements in performance of contracts and learning environments.

Areas of Responsibility

Steve supports and assists school Facility Managers across the Trust and advises on Health and Safety and statutory compliance. He gives specific advice on building development and maintenance programmes within the Trust schools and contract manages Trust wide Cleaning and Catering contracts. 

Julie Gearey - Finance and HR Officer

Experience

Julie has over 25 years of experience in finance, working in both the private and public sector. Julie joined Denbigh High School in 2010 as they became an Academy and has been instrumental in implementing new systems and working practices to ensure a smooth transition to the Chiltern Learning Trust and a growing MAT.

Strengths

  • Financial management and accounting.
  • The development and implementation of systems and processes to ensure sound financial management and reporting.

Areas of responsibility

  • Inter-company accounts and budgets.
  • The financial management of the Chiltern Teaching School Alliance.
  • Training and supporting colleagues on financial matters. 

Emma Darcy - Director of Technology for Learning

Experience

Emma spent ten years as Manager of elearning@luton, Luton's City Learning Centre where she worked with staff and pupils from every infant, junior, a primary and secondary school in Luton, using cutting-edge technology to improve engagement and outcomes. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and was shortlisted for a NAACE Impact Award.

Strengths

The use of new technologies to improve pupil engagement and outcomes and the development and management of associated learning programmes.

Areas of responsibility

Supporting teachers with their use of technology across the curriculum to enhance learning and raise attainment.

The development and delivery of Technology for Learning strategies to maximize the use of existing hardware and software and help schools plan for the future.

The delivery of technology-based enhancement and enrichment activities for pupils such as the Digital Leader and Apps for Good programmes. 

Anna Rogers - CTG Manager

Experience

Anna has worked in education for 18 years. She has been involved in leadership since 2005, working to transform standards in the schools she has worked in. Her last role was a Headteacher of a larger lower school. Anna is passionate about development and training needs and especially enjoys working with people to support them becoming the best they can be.

Strengths

Leadership in a range of areas, teaching and learning, development and improvement, people management.

Areas of responsibility

Leading and managing the primary ITT provision for CTG to include recruitment and selection, training and assessment as well as the management and quality assurance of our training programme. 

Caroline Hatcher - Finance Officer

Experience

Caroline previously has 14 years of experience working in retail within HR, Finance and Customer Service management. She joined Denbigh High School as a Finance Officer in November 2015 and took on work assisting other schools in the Trust, becoming a member of the Central finance team in 2017.

Strengths

  • Organised and hard-working 

  • Ability to implement and adhere to procedures that work in line with the Trust Finance Manual
  • Strong understanding of systems and processes

Area of responsibility

  • Provide a bursary service to Putteridge High School, Chiltern Training Group and Chiltern Teaching School Alliance

  • Support other schools in the Trust with processing of orders and payments when required

  • Train all new starters to the Central Finance team to use our chosen finance packages and support with implementing required processes

  • Support Finance Officers in new Trust schools to learn and embed Trust systems and processes 

Rachel Taylor - Secondary SCITT Lead

Experience

Rachel initially joined the Chiltern Learning Trust as a Specialist Leader of Education, providing essential school-to-school support in science across Luton. Prior to that she has a proven record of accomplishment of outstanding Teaching and Learning practice, working in schools within London and Hertfordshire, and has worked as a Lead Practitioner to raise academic performance in science and improve the quality and consistency of marking and assessment at whole-school level.

Strengths

Leading on teaching and learning development, coordinating and delivering CPD and individual support to staff, implementing curriculum and assessment models to raise academic standards, creating systems and processes for effective leadership and management.

Areas of responsibility

Leading and managing the secondary ITT provision for CTG to include recruitment and selection, training and assessment as well as the management and quality assurance of our training programme. 

Rachael Rochester - HR Officer

Experience

Rachael has spent most of her working years carrying out various administration roles coming to the Trust from a local nursery school.

Strengths

Administration and organisation skills.

Areas of responsibility

HR administration. 

Catherine Giles - Administration Assistant

Experience

Catherine joined the Chiltern Learning Trust in September 2019. Previously she worked in a finance and admin role for Total UK Ltd for 14 years.

Strengths

Administration, organisation skills, diary management and clerical.

Areas of responsibility

Admin support to the Director of Operations, Director of Education and the PA to the CEO. 

Sam Simkins - Marketing and Communications Officer

Experience

Sam joined Chiltern Learning Trust on a one-year placement while in his 3rd year of studying at Nottingham Trent University. Sam now has his degree in Business Management with Account and Finance, and has re-joined the Trust permanently as Marketing and Communications Officer.

Strengths

Knowledge of Social Media and other platforms of communication. Planning and delivering marketing campaigns.

Areas of responsibility

  • Responsible for planning, developing and executing marketing communication campaigns across digital platforms and print media.

  • Tracking and reporting on the effectiveness of campaigns (including marketing spend) to optimise current and future marketing activities 

Sophie Malamatenios - Design Assistant

Experience

Sophie has over 2 years of experience in Print and Digital design. She has previously worked for Mynews magazine as well as Hult Executive Education, a leading international business school. 

Strengths 

Diary Management and organisation skills.

Areas of responsibility 

  • Digital and Print Marketing materials for Chiltern Learning Trust

  • Supporting schools with design publications