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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 which 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.
     
     

    Jenny Davis - PA to CEO and Business Support

    Experience:
    Jenny has over 19 years of PA/Administrative experience and previously worked for Luton Borough Council in the Chief Executive and Lifelong Learning Department.  Jenny has substantial experience working as a Clerk to Governing Bodies which has included support to many Governing Bodies across the Borough and she is also a Governor at a local school.
     
     
    Strengths:
    Clerical and administrative management.
     
    Areas of responsibility:

    Supporting the CEO and Directors in addition to being the central helpline for schools within the Trust who require assistance.

     
     

    Rob Parsons - Director of School 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.
     

    Lorraine Hughes - Director of Teaching School and Standards

    Experience:
    Lorraine was previously a Deputy Headteacher for 8 years where she was instrumental in transforming school standards.  She has gained significant experience though 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.
     

    Teresa Kelly - Chief Finance Officer and Company Secretary

    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.

     

    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, 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 maximise 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.

     

    Chris Gill - Director of the Chiltern Training Group

    Experience:
    Chris worked within schools for many years before managing school improvement and CPD for the Local Authority. He has been on the Senior Leadership team at Denbigh High School since 2010 and has led the Chiltern Teaching School Alliance (CTSA) since 2011 and the Chiltern Training Group (CTG) (SCITT) since 2015.
     
     
     
    Strengths:
    • Experience and understanding of how large and complex structures work.
    • The effective use of staff development to ensure improved outcomes from children.
    • Partnership building.
    Areas of responsibility:
    • Staff development, including designing and running CPD programmes, and identifying and meeting individual and organisational needs.
    • Lead the CTG, ensuring a high quality supply of teachers for Luton.
     

    Angie Woodcraft - Chiltern Teaching School Alliance Coordinator

    Experience:
    Angies working life has always been in schools, beginning as Head of Music for a local middle school before moving to administration after a career break.
     
     
     
     
     
    Strengths:

    Administration and the coordination and management of planned activities and events.

    Areas of responsibility:
    • Coordinating the many different activities of the teaching school.
    • Promoting and managing the organisation of events, courses and programmes.

     

    Wendy Wells - Director of Assessment and Network Services

    Experience:
    Prior to working for Denbigh High School and the Chiltern Learning Trust Wendy worked for Capita Business Services and managed one of their outsourced contracts with a local authority providing their ICT support.  The role also involved supporting schools within the Bedfordshire area with the use of their management information systems and implementing assessment and timetable systems.
     
     
    Strengths:
    • Data analysis and reporting.
    • School network, MIS and communication infrastructures.
    • Timetabling.
    Areas of responsibility:
    • Guidance and support for the sharing and monitoring of performance data across the Trust.
    • Helping schools with the target setting process to ensure performance indicators are challenging.
    • Advice and assistance with the setting up of systems to enable schools to produce accurate data.
    • The management of third party contracts for network and communication services.

     

    Jean Leech - Finance and Personnel 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, 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.
     

    Julie Gearey - Finance and Personnel Officer

    Experience:
    Julie has over 25 years’ 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 Leaning 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.

     

    Lydia BraisherLydia Braisher - Admissions and Appeals Officer

    Experience:
    Lydia has over 15 years experience working in the education support sector and was Admissions Manager at Central Bedfordshire Council prior to joining the Chiltern Learning Trust.

    As Admissions Manager, Lydia 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 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 

    • Admission policies and process for the Trust.
    • Preparing and providing admission appeal evidence for the Trust.

     

    Sam SimkinsSam Simkins - Business Development Intern

    Experience: Sam is an intern who is currently on a placement year from Nottingham Trent University. He studies business management with accounting and finance and he also has an A* grade in business Studies.
     

    Strengths: Marketing, finance, economics, problem solving and utilising new technology.

    Areas of responsibility: Setting up and maintaining the social media accounts for the schools within the Trust and assisting with the promotion of new job opportunities.

     

    Deborah GarnerDeborah Garner - Administration Assistant

    Experience: Deborah has over 20 years’ experience as a council committee clerk and a long history of administrative roles at Luton Borough Council in the Chief Executive’s and other Departments.  

    Strengths: Clerking of meetings and production of accurate records, time management, clerical, administrative management.

    Areas of responsibility: Supporting the PA to the CEO.

     

     

    Rachael RochesterRachael Rochester - Administration Assistant

    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.

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