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    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

    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.
    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

    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.
    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 School Operations

    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.
    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 - Chief Finance Officer and Company Secretary

    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.


    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 Standards

    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.
    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.

    Karen Bateman - Director of Training & CPD

    Experience: Karen has worked in a Luton school for the last 20 years, and was part of its journey from good to outstanding as a Middle, and then Senior Leader. Prior to becoming Deputy Head, she led the Chiltern Training Group SCITT, an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training, and was also the Training School Lead.

    Strengths: Leading on teaching and learning, ensuring that professional development and staff appraisals support high-quality outcomes, creating systems and processes for effective leadership and management.

    Areas of responsibility: Initial Teacher Training, professional development, teaching and learning, and school support.


    Jean Leech - Finance and Personnel Manager

    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.

    • 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.


    Julian Axford - Deputy Director of Standards

    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, and leading a team of SLEs.



    Sufian Sadiq - Head 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, Continous Professional and Leadership Development, School to School Support and SLEs.                                                                                                                                           


    Lydia Braisher - Admissions and Appeals Officer

    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 the community and voluntary controlled schools and those academies and schools who bought back the service.


    • 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.


    Julie Gearey - Finance and Personnel Officer

    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 Leaning Trust and a growing MAT.

    • 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

    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.
    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.


    Wendy Wells - Director of Assessment and Network Services

    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.
    • 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.

    Anna Rogers - Primary Lead for the Chiltern Training Group

    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.


    Rachel Taylor - Secondary Lead for the Chiltern Training Group

    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 track record 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.


    Chris Gill - Professional Tutor for Academic Delivery

    Chris taught in schools in North London for many years before moving to Bedfordshire Local Authority where he was an advisor, an inspector, and manager of CPD across the county. In 2010 he joined the Senior Leadership team at Denbigh High School and went on to lead the Chiltern Teaching School Alliance (CTSA) and the Chiltern Training Group (CTG) (SCITT). He now combines his part-time role with consultancy work for the Teaching Schools Council, Local Authorities and other Teaching School Alliances.
    • A breadth of experience in teaching and learning across a wide range of subjects and age groups.
    • Experience of devising and running ITT including academic programmes at masters level.
    • Experience and understanding of how large and complex structures work.
    • Partnership building.
    Areas of responsibility:
    • Design the content, structure, delivery and assessment of the PGCE strand of our ITT provision.
    • Liase with our Higher Eductation Partner (University of Buckingham)
    • Maintain links with relevant research and other opportunities that may support the development of the Teaching School Alliance.


    Claire McMaster - Lead for Professional  Development and Growth

    Experience: Claire has 20 years experience in teaching and leadership roles in Middle Schools in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. Including 4 years as Headteacher of one of the CLT schools. 

    Strengths: Experience in teaching and leadership across phase, knowledge of requirements for joining a Trust.

    Areas of responsibility: Development and support of CTG systems, NQT Appropriate Body Lead, Delivery of Teaching School CPD,                                                                                            GDPR compliance responsible officer within CTG and CTSA


    Gio Torrano - Business Development Intern

    Experience: Gio 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 D*D*D* grades in Business Studies.

    Strengths: Marketing, finance, economics, problem-solving and utilizing 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.


    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.



    Helen Rogers - Administration Assistant

    Experience: Helen has worked in Administrative roles for 20 years for a Financial Management company and a global manufacturer before joining the admin office at Challney High School for Girls in September 2017.  In March 2018 Helen joined the Trust on a part-time basis splitting her time between the school and the trust.

    Strengths: Organisation skills, diary management and being adaptable.

    Areas of responsibility: Admin Support to the Director of School Operations and to the PA to the CEO.

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