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Central Team

Our highly qualified and experienced Executive and Central Team work with leaders, trustees and local governors to assess every aspect of need and form a complete picture of how each academy can be best supported. Our offer of central support is tailored to create bespoke support.

Peter Cooper

Peter has worked within the school and sixth form college sector and chairs the Midland Sixth Form Colleges’ Association, being a member of their national council and is an expert advisor with the Department for Education, recently working on the post 16 maths reform.  He is part of national networks of Trust leaders and was the founding CEO of the Heart of Mercia Multi Academy Trust.

Andrea Marshall

Andrea Marshall

Andrea has worked in the schools and colleges sector and has most recently been the Associate Head at John Kyrle High School.  She has worked within teacher training and mentoring and has recently completed her NPQEL.  She co-ordinates the improvement work across the Trust and has strong connections with other national operators.

Sal Griffiths

Sallyanne Griffiths

Sallyanne is responsible for the strategic financial direction of the Trust and has extensive experience within the education sector at both college and secondary level. She is a member of the Sixth Form College Association Funding and Finance Committee.

Mark Ridgway

Mark Ridgway

Mark has worked in the health services, agribusiness and education sectors in IT and software engineering roles. Mark has also worked in senior management roles in the college sector and now leads on IT across the Trust, shaping the technology strategy and operations. Mark remains informed about the latest technological trends and has just completed the Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme.

Anna Meade

Anna Meade

As the Trust HR Director, Anna oversees the HR functions across the Trust. Her background includes senior roles in both financial services and retail, where she developed her expertise in recruitment, employee relations, and organisational development.

Ceri Morgan

Ceri brings a wealth of educational experience and connections for the Trust, having been an HMI, Chief Education Officer for an LA and Deputy RSC. Ceri also has a primary school background at the Trust begins to work with this new phase for us. Ceri also works closely with the CEO on the determination of Trust strategy and expansion.

Linda Watkins

Linda Watkins

Linda has been a governance specialist for over 20 years, previously at both Hereford College of Arts and Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College.  Alongside these, she had a portfolio of schools within the county ranging from primaries, secondaries, MATs and a SEND MAT.  Linda has been involved in governance locally, regionally and nationally. She has conducted governance reviews, offered advice and guidance within the sector  and delivered training and mentoring to governance professionals.

Sarah MacKenzie

Sarah MacKenzie

Sarah has worked in the Further Education and Sixth Form colleges sector and is an Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding and Mental Health Lead at King Edward VI College.  She has a Master’s degree in Safeguarding and co-ordinates safeguarding across the Trust.

Chris Baker

Chris is Estates and Health and Safety Manager for King Edward VI College and co-ordinates health and safety across the MAT. He works closely with individual leads within each academy to improve policies, procedures, training and to undertake compliance and liability audits. He sits on the AOC H&S committee and is a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Josh Thomas

Josh is the Deputy Chief Finance Officer of the trust supporting Sallyanne on all aspects of financial management and reporting. Josh is a CIMA qualified accountant with significant experience in management accounts in the NHS before joining the trust in 2022. Josh manages procurement across the trust and is a member of the King Edward VI College senior leadership team.

Sally Johnson

Sally Johnson

Sally has worked in the schools and colleges sector for over 25 years, most recently as Senior Leader for Teaching and Learning at Worcester Sixth Form College.  She currently sits on the partnership governance board for the FE PGCE at Worcester University and collaborates with local schools and post 16 institutions to provide support for initial teacher training and early career teachers.   She coordinates CPD across the Trust to provide appropriate CPD to enhance the skills and competencies of all staff.

Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers

Paul has a wealth of experience in the building business being a master craftsman and cabinet maker by trade. Paul has overseen a number of multimillion pound projects within the college and Trust and works closely with Somerset Futures who provide a high level of service and support for larger capital schemes.

Vicky Orsmond

Vicky Orsmond

Vicky has worked within the school and sixth form sector as an English teacher, and, having gained her NPQSL, has just completed her Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance. She created Hereford’s ‘Reach’ programme which won an award for social mobility in 2022, and has written for the Sixth Form College’s Association on the topic. She works across the Trust on social mobility, progression and outcomes for students.  From September, she will be on year’s secondment as Associate Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) for Aylestone School, Hereford. 

Matt Hall

Matt Hall

Matt is Policy Coordinator for the Trust, alongside being Senior Leader for Quality Assurance at Worcester Sixth Form College. An ACAS accredited mediator with over 25 years of experience in the Sixth Form Sector, he oversees and coordinates the Trust’s policies across its phases, chairing both its Principals/Headteachers Policy Forum and its Joint Staff Committee with the trade unions.

Ruth Figg

Ruth Figg

Ruth leads on data protection across the Trust.  She has recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Data Protection Law.

Jo Payne

Jo Payne

Jo is the Trust’s Marketing Co-ordinator and her role leading the marketing team at Worcester has resulted in the College recruiting its highest ever number of students. Jo works closely with the Principal in respect to all areas of College management, co-ordinates health and safety, as well as supporting and advising governors in their role.

Sam Payne

Sam Payne

Sam has over a decade of experience in software engineering, much of that time leading the development of ‘Portal MIS’, the Trust’s in-house student records system. He has also worked in the NHS, advising on cyber security for national projects including the NHS App. In the Trust, he leads on centralised data and reporting, software engineering, risk management and cyber security.