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Sarah Baker

Chief Executive Officer

Sarah has experience of working for a large Multi Academy Trust operating across 30+ schools across the East Midlands where she held responsibilities for Inclusion, and shaping the future direction for vulnerable young people, considering provision and organisational requirements, supporting and holding Principals to account around quality of leadership, teaching and learning, curriculum development, student outcomes and financial resourcing.

Sarah has completed her National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders and is a qualified facilitator for coaching, specialising in educationally leadership although has supported global business leaders.

Sarah has experience of leading whole school and Local Authority training and development programmes at a local and regional level, with findings being reported into the DfE. Additionally, Sarah has lectured on the National SENDCo Award.

More recently Sarah has gained Local Leader of Education status and works for Matrix Teaching School Alliance. Sarah sits on several Executive Boards and several strategic groups helping shape practice within Derbyshire. These Boards include Health Commissioning, P16 into adulthood and the current ‘Shaping Futures’ for Derbyshire working group (response to COVID19).

 

Alison Bingham

Director of Development

Alison brings unique blend of education, business and economic development experience to the Trust. She has worked as a senior leader in education for over eleven years with practical experience of teaching, leading academic departments, supporting school improvement and leading the administration/community engagement within a large secondary academy school in inner-city Nottingham. During this time, Alison has worked as an adviser to local and national Government to influence policy supporting student progression and education: business partnerships. She is an experienced speaker providing a voice for education at business events. Alison was awarded the Business in the Community’s Sieff Award in 2013, and is a graduate of Common Purpose and led the Bulwell Academy’s School of the Year award in 2013 and 2015.

Alison is a qualified careers practitioner and has received many accolades for her work creating business to education partnerships and community engagement; she is also accredited for the design, delivery and leadership of innovative careers programmes. Alison has led a number of international education and enterprise initiatives having previously worked for the regional development agency leading on enterprise skills.

Alison’s business experience was honed as she ran her own business for eight years before selling it and moving into the field of economic development. She also maintains active involvement in her family’s farm in North Nottinghamshire and the local farming community.

Alison’s key skills include education improvement, business management, marketing/communications, project development & management, careers management and community/parent engagement.

 

Theresa Garrod

Chief Operating Officer

Therasa is a passionate business professional with over 20 years’ experience in the public sector at a local and regional level, in the private consultancy sector and more recently in the education sector. Her public sector experience in the Regeneration and Economic Development sectors included securing, managing and delivering European and other National Funding programmes. Leading on project audits, developing the local and regional Growth and Economic Development strategies and strategic priorities and procuring and manage external Council contracts – writing tender briefs, evaluating tenders and managing contracts. She has experience of delivering feasibility studies and business plans. Her responsibilities were also to lead on marketing and communications involving the re-branding of a destination area, delivery on national marketing campaigns and event management.

Therasa’s consultancy experience includes leading on funding projects, the production of high-quality reports including: options appraisals, needs analysis, economic impact assessments, activity planning, business plans, funding strategies, strategic context, income and expenditure forecasting. She has also delivered policy and strategies for organisations as well as reviewing of strategic and policy documents as well as leading focus groups and client workshops, including on behalf of the National Trust. Through her roles in education, she has had financial responsibility for budget planning, budget management, procurement, external funding and sponsorship opportunities, as well as being the lead on: H&S, Policies, Safeguarding, Communications, Catering and IT.

Therasa has led on the implementation of new contracts and systems in schools and project managed CIF building projects and other building related projects. She has embedded a business acumen into a school setting and led whole school strategic vision workshops as well as integrating schools into the local community.

Therasa is an associate of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) and is currently carrying out a Level 7 Certificate in School Finance and Operational Leadership.

 

Leanne Noone

Chief Financial Officer

Leanne is a Chartered Accountant and, in her role of CFO, is committed to working collaboratively to ensure the finances across the Trust are well managed and controlled. Leanne previously worked as a Senior Accountant at a top regional firm and specialised in Charities and Academies during this time. She has worked with not-for profit clients, including single academy and multi-academy trusts in the Derbyshire and Yorkshire regions.

Leanne has experience in both internal and external audit, which has given her the skills and knowledge to ensure the Trust operates effective financial systems and can identify where improvements are required. Leanne worked with organisations to prepare management accounts and analyse the results against the budget on a monthly basis.

Working with a variety of different Trusts, including new conversions in the region, has enabled Leanne to find best practice within the Education sector and she works alongside our schools on all aspects of finance including preparing efficient processes and systems; an effective framework of financial control; strategic performance, risk and decision analysis.

 

Rachel Watson

Director of Education & Achievement

Rachel has worked in education for the last 15 years, and in that time has enjoyed supporting a range of students with Special Needs to grow and develop. In addition to this Rachel has used her talent to coach and mentor other teachers both in the Special and Mainstream sectors to improve their quality of teaching and thus the outcomes of their students.

Rachel has a BA Honours in Primary Education with a Specialism in Science, and an MA in Autism. In 2015 Rachel was designated a Specialist Leader of Education working for Synergy Teaching School Alliance. Rachel continues to take part in continual professional development activities and remains keen to develop her own skills and knowledge whilst supporting others. Rachel has recently successfully completed her National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership, leading on a whole school project around the use of Coaching to improve the quality of Teaching and Learning and reduce the variation in pupil outcomes.

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