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Leger Education Trust

Leger Education Trust

Meet Our Team

Trust Members

Mr David McEwan (Chair of Members)

David is the Trust Chair, a Trust Member and Director of Leger Education Trust. He has been fully involved in the transfer process of Campsmount to Academy and MAT status.   He also has experience in recruitment and staff monitoring for schools and has specific skills in assessing risk and reviewing health and safety process. Additionally, is engaged in community policing with the South Yorkshire Police.

Mrs Tracy Millard

Tracy has been the Head Teacher at St Hugh’s School since September 2008. Her experience across 20 years in the sector on special education is a special asset for the free school. During her roles, she held responsibility for Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Accreditation. She was also a senior teacher at Kilton Thorpe School, where she has been head of Primary Department, of Sixth Form Provision, she was also an Advanced Skills Teacher for SEN and a class teacher for Primary Autism Key Stage 1 and 2.

Mr Anton Maree

Anton has specific knowledge of education standards and regulatory requirements. He has worked as the History teacher and Director of Boarding at King William’s College, Isle of Man from 1993 to 2009, as the Deputy Headmaster and History teacher at Rossall School from 2009 to 2014 and has been the Head of Ackworth School since 2014. In each of these schools, he was ensuring compliance with regulations and helped improving the quality of education provision.

Ms Jo Kazmarek

Jo is CEO of Partners in Learning school improvement organisation based in Doncaster. She was  the Regional Engagement Lead at Sheffield Hallam University and a policy manager at Sheffield City Region Combined Authority since January 2019.  She has been a trustee for a multi academy trust in Sheffield since July 2018, and prior to this a school governor since June 2016. She has been a trustee for two different CIOs and therefore bring a range of education, policy and strategy, programme management experience.

Mr Mathew Lynds

Mathew has been the group chairman and co-owner of Rejus Ltd since 2000 through which he has developed his strong skills in finance and marketing. Previously he was a Property Management Assistant at FKI plc in Halifax from December 1997 to January 2000, as well as being a surveyor at Stuart Bell. He has been a Governor of DN Colleges Group. Experienced in the supervising of many TUPE situations, he is skilled in managing individuals and teams, improving effectiveness and pushing for better achievements.

Trust Board of Directors

Mrs Babs Lynds (Chair of Directors)

Since 2003 Babs has used her skills in strategic leadership, coaching, finance and development in various school and education-based roles. These have included Chair of Directors at Leger since November 2018; CEO/Co-Owner of Rejus Ltd since 2000; Chair of Trustees at Partners in Learning and the Chair of Governors at Plover Primary School. Prior to this, she was the Vice Chair Governor at Campsmount Academy. Babs has chaired a number of finance and recruitment committees.

Mrs Bridget Gill (Vice Chair of Directors)

Bridget has been a Charity Manager at Spectrum People since February 2015. She was also the Operations Manager at South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living, where she led operational management of disabled user-led persons organisation (DUPLO) from April 2014 until January 2015. She was the Associate Director for Business Planning and Continuity for the Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority (NHS), 2008-2014, where she created services to support vulnerable people across all ages. She had contributed in each of these position to the improvement of the organisations’ standards.

 Mr Marc Warris

Marc has over 30 years’ experience in Investment & Retail Banking covering Operations & Technology with assignments in London, Europe, India, South Africa & Hong Kong

For the last 10 years.  Marc has been providing his Project services under contract with a number of major financial institutions including RBS, Barclays, HSBC & more recently Bank of New York Mellon.  He has extensive man management skills & a proven track record in building cohesive, motivated teams. 

Mr Chris Knight

Christopher is a CIMA qualified accountant and finance and business manager for Highways England in Major Projects, North Division. He was also the Head of Financial Services for Lincoln University from 2006 to 2007, where he was responsible for all financial aspects of the university. He has held senior management roles for over 25 years. He is experienced in managing and reporting HR, leading staff and performance management, and developing the implementation of business and financial planning.

Mr Tony Mulvey

Tony is the joint managing director of Optima International limited and he takes overall responsibility in technical sales. Highly qualified as a managing director, he has significant experience in the private sector and specific skills in finance, health and safety, sales and HR. He also has 10 years’ experience of being an Infant School governor of which the last 4 years as Chair.

Mrs Fiona Couper

Since June 2016 Fiona is the Policy Team Leader at the Department for Education, where she advised the Education Secretary and the Minister for the School System on policy matters relating to the academies system and school place provision across England. She has exceptional understanding of school performance data and its uses, the measures of academy trust financial performance and the principles of the Academies Financial Handbook.

Mrs Beverley Moxon

Bev Moxon has recently joined Leger Education Trust as a Trustee, as a passionate advocate of children and young people with understanding of the education system. In her role as Skills Development Manager at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, Bev brings 25 years experience in the education and skills sector to improve education and employment in Doncaster and South Yorkshire, and is well placed to offer support and challenge to ensure the Trust offers the best educational experience to students.

Ms Rachel Nash

Rachel Nash has recently joined Leger Education Trust as a Trustee, bringing a wealth of experience from her current role as Leadership Development Strategic Lead at Learners First School Partnership, and her previous role as Executive Principal at Maltby Learning Trust. Rachel is a self-reflective, driven and committed professional who offers alternative perspectives through challenge and support, and believes that Trustees uphold a great duty of care, prudence and compliance to ensure that the Trust delivers truly great students in truly great schools.

Executive Leadership Team

Mr Adam Dale (CEO)

Adam has extensive experience of managing the Trust. He successfully led the application for the establishment of Leger Education Trust (LET) into a Sponsor Multi Academy Trust. Upon commencement of the Trust he became CEO and he currently leads the significant strategic development of the LET including the lead in growth of the Trust and school partnerships. He also has numerous positions on boards and organisations across Doncaster and beyond, including chair of DASH (Doncaster Association of Secondary Heads), he OA Board and other strategic partners.  Prior to becoming CEO was Principal of Campsmount Academy leading the School through significant change and improvement, moving from Requires Improvement to Good in all areas in 2016, having spent 20 years in Headteacher and leadership roles in the London area.

Mrs Rebecca Grange (Executive Director of Operations)

Rebecca is the Executive Director of Operations for Leger Education Trust, a multi-academy trust in Doncaster with secondary, primary, junior and infant schools, and a KS4 alternative provision. She is an experienced and skilled leader, developing ‘operational excellence for educational excellence’: ensuring that operations are led effectively, allowing educational leaders to focus on school improvement.  

She is responsible for the strategic leadership of operations, which includes staffing and HR, training and CPD, and performance management; Estates management including capital projects, health and safety, and premises management; development of commercial services for the trust – Leger IT, Leger Catering, Leger Estates, and Leger Sports; policies, governance, and acts as data protection lead for the trust. Working with the Executive Director of Finance, she ensures robust financial planning and monitoring including budgeting, best value reviews, tenders and procurement, contracts and SLAs.

She has managed all operational aspects of running Academies across all age ranges during her 12 years in education. In her previous role she provided management and commercial leadership to the operational teams at English Heritage as Visitor Operations Manager for South Yorkshire and North  Lincolnshire for 7 years. 

Mr Andrew Halliwell (Executive Director of Finance)

Andrew is an experienced financial professional having qualified as an accountant with CIMA in 2009. He manages the finance function of the Trust, ensuring accurate and timely financial reporting is delivered effectively and efficiently. He is also responsible for providing strategic financial advice to the CEO, Directors, Headteachers and School Business Managers. Prior to joining the LET, he was Managing Director of Schools Plus, a leading school lettings operator having previously worked in senior finance roles within the financial services sector.

Mrs Carol Ann Turner (Executive Headteacher)

Carol has substantial leadership experience in education spanning 20 years. She is the Executive Headteacher at the Askern Littlemoor Infant Academy and Askern Moss Road Infant Academy. During her leadership at Littlemoor, the school has improved standards and received “outstanding” Ofsted judgement. She has exceptional knowledge and skills in teaching Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1. 

Mrs Ruth Hartley (Director School Improvement)

Ruth is currently an Associate Principal at Campsmount Academy, where she is leading Teaching and Learning, CPD, Behaviour and Attitudes, and Quality Assurance. She was also an Advanced Skills Teacher in Science and Associate member of SLT for 5 years at Hall Cross Academy. She has completed NPQSL and NPQH, illustrating her wide leadership skills and capability to drive academies strategic priorities. She is experienced in leading schools’ self-evaluation strategy, ensuring target setting, and improving teaching methods. 

Executive Support Team 

Mrs Lesley Sullivan (Trust Executive Assistant)

Lesley supports the CEO, Executive team and schools with a focus on communications, compliance and governance. Lesley has worked in education for six years and has a strong background in administrative and finance roles. Lesley previously worked for Firstdirect for 21 years and was a Schools Service Volunteer with Childline, working in primary schools across the Wakefield area.

Mrs Ali Dwight (Trust Executive Assistant)

Ali supports the Executive Leadership Team and schools with a focus on social media, policies and recruitment. She has worked in secondary education in data and attendance roles, was a Business Manager in the NHS for 10 years and has held senior admin roles in both the public and private sector.

Mr Harvie Palmer (Assistant IT Manager - Primaries)

Harvie is an experienced IT professional within education, having worked in schools since 2013. He now works as Assistant IT Manager for the Trust, with responsibility for the primary academies. Part of his role is to assist the IT Manager in developing the Trust IT Development Plan, looking at ways to continually improve how we work with IT. Before working for Leger, Harvie worked for the Local Authority in Kent & before that was a Trust IT Manager for an academy group of primary schools. 

Executive Improvement Partners (EIPs) 

Mrs Maggie Blount (Leadership and Management / Governance)

Maggie is a former headteacher of an outstanding primary school in Doncaster - Hatfield Woodhouse Primary.  Associate headteacher, supporting a school in special measures. Primary Strategy Consultant Leader Status. SIP Accreditation and SIP for eight schools. Support work in 16 schools after retiring from headship and currently supporting seven schools as a Standards and Effectiveness Partner in Doncaster.  Also, currently supporting other local Doncaster schools by leading reviews, supporting new headteachers, advising governors for headteachers’ performance management, developing leadership teams, leading school improvement planning, supporting school governance, as well as creating various training packages, bespoke to specific schools  Experienced in MAT support for Exceed Learning Partnership Trust and Inspiring Futures.  

Mrs Ann Marshall (Raising Outcomes / PP)

Ann is Headteacher of Warmsworth Primary School in Doncaster, a high achieving, oversubscribed and outstanding school.  The school moved from good to outstanding in 2014.  Strategies to improve attendance have been highly effective and resulted in the school being consistently ranked amongst the highest nationally. In 2015 the school was recognised for its innovative teaching and in the same year, secured exceptional outcomes for all disadvantaged children and were awarded a prize of £25,000 in the national Pupil Premium Awards.  As a result of the award, Ann has provided training and advice to schools across the Yorkshire and Humber region.  As an LLE the main focus of the work has been raising attainment and progress of learners by improving quality of teaching and learning.

Mrs Jill Northwood (Behaviour / Attendance / Parental Engagement / Travellers)

Jill was Headteacher at Toll Bar Primary School in Doncaster from 2006 to 2016.  The school was in bottom 10% of most deprived schools in England, with high proportion of GTR pupils and high mobility. During her headship Ofsted rated Toll Bar as consistently good with outstanding features.  Jill has been an LLE since 2010 and has been a Standards and Effectiveness Partner since leaving Toll Bar in 2016. Jill is the current STEP for Littlemoor School). In her work as a systems leader she undertakes Teaching and Learning Reviews, Safeguarding Audits and also trains Middle & Senior Leaders for Partners in Learning.

Are you interested in becoming part of our team? If so please get in touch by phone or email, or complete one of the enquiry forms on our 'Joining our Trust' page.