Trust Team

The Focus-Trust operates with a small central team as the core work happens in academies. The Focus-Trust pulls on a range of expertise and services from external consultants and organisations to meet specific needs, e.g. legal, audit, finance, HR, payroll etc.

 

Central Team

The following individuals are key points of contact in the central team:

Helen Rowland
Chief Executive

Helen leads on work with schools becoming academies, academy principals, academy governors and prospective governors, school improvement and liaison with the DFE. Helen also works in partnership with academy leaders and academy teams on developing & improving teaching and leadership for positive impact on children.

Tracey Thornton
Academy Improvement Partner

Tracey works in partnership with academy leaders and academy teams on developing & improving teaching and leadership for positive impact on children.

Donna Tandy
Academy Improvement Partner

Donna works in partnership with academy leaders and academy teams on developing & improving teaching and leadership for positive impact on children.

Claire Livingstone
Head of HR and Organisational Development

Claire leads on the strategic development of HR, recruitment and organisational development.

Paul Leigh
Chief Financial Officer

Leading strands of work linked to finance and risk management.

Luke Kennedy
Business Support Accountant

Luke works closely with the academies providing financial support to them and the Trust central team

Charlene Day
Business Support Accountant 

Charlene works closely with the academies providing financial support to them and the Trust central team

Janet Berry
Executive Assistant

Janet deals with day to day queries and provides administrative support to the Chief Executive and Trust team.

Connor Hallwood
Business Admin Apprentice

Connor helps deal with day to day queries as well as providing support to the Central Team

Academy Leaders

Academy leaders play a central role in the leadership of the Trust:

Nadia Hannam
Principal, Birstall Primary Academy

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Kyrstie Joslin
Principal, Boothroyd Primary Academy

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John Taylor
Head of Academy, Coppice Primary Academy

Ewan McPherson
Principal, Deeplish Primary Academy

Victoria Saville
Principal, Fieldhead Primary Academy

Angela Leach
Principal, Freehold Community Primary Academy

Nigel Fowler
Headteacher, Lyndhurst Primary School

Jackie Lomas
Principal, Manor Green Primary Academy

Judith Stott
Principal, Old Trafford Primary Academy

Lisa Needham
Executive Principal, Coppice & Roundthorn Primary Academies

Andrew Ross
Principal, Rudheath Primary Academy

Sarah Thornton
Principal, Shibden Head Primary Academy

Michael Rowland
Headteacher, Thornhill Junior Infant School

Liz Davison
Headteacher, Thornton Primary School

John Davison
Headteacher, Wilsden Primary School

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