Our Central Team

The Executive Group, comprised of the Heads of Academies and supported by our Central Leadership Team, provide strategic leadership to the Trust as well as a valuable forum for our work with Associate Members.

The Executive Group comprises:
  • Mark Kent – Chief Executive Officer and Sixth Form College Principal
  • Simon Ascroft – Head Teacher, Biddulph High School
  • Simon Clarke – Head Teacher, Moorside High School (Associate Member)
  • Philip McLauchlan – Head Teacher, Werrington Primary School (Associate Member)

The Trust provides a number of central support services to members using expertise drawn from across our Academy teams.

Our Central Services Group comprises:
  • Eddie Shotton – Chief Financial Officer
  • Sally Bryan – Human Resources
  • Chee Cheung – Estates and Health and Safety
  • Tina Manning – Information Services
  • Helen Ryles – IT Services
  • Rachel Basnett – Marketing, PR and Liaison

In addition, the Trust is supported in a number of key roles by;

  • Claire Gaygan – Strategic Lead for Wellbeing and Safeguarding
  • Anthony Gribben-Lisle – Data Protection Officer

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