The Trust team supporting our schools
Jane FletcherChief Executive
Jane joined Aldridge Education as Chief Executive Officer in May 2019. She has worked in education for over 20 years and held three posts as Principal and Executive Principal, the last being in London within the Harris Federation.
Under Jane's tenure the school received an Outstanding grading from Ofsted and retained its position at the top of successive performance tables for 6 years. Since then, she has been a Regional Director with the Ark network, supporting and working with a group of 11 schools in London and the South.
Jane has a Master's degree in Education and has completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). In addition to her leadership roles within schools and multi-academy trust she also has previous experience as an Ofsted inspector.
On joining the Trust Jane said: "I am very excited to be joining an organisation which is passionate about preparing young people, whatever their background, to succeed in education and in the world of work. The Board demonstrate a strong desire to ensure that every Aldridge student achieves academically and that strong outcomes, combined with a focus on the development of enterprising skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, equip them to be ready for next steps beyond the age of 18."
Kit LamChief Operating Officer
Kit joined Aldridge Education as Chief Operating Officer in November 2017. She is responsible for Finance, IT Services, HR, Estates and Facilitates, Contracts and Procurement across the Trust.She has held senior leadership positions in the education sector since 2009, as Director of Finances and Operations for Brampton Manor Trust and as Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the Manchester Health Academy.
Kit is a qualified chartered certified accountant (ACCA) and has MSc in Leadership.
Prior to her roles in the education sector, Kit held finance and business planning positions across the public and not-for-profit sector.
Dawn Barlow-WardEnglish Trust Lead for the North West
Dawn joined Aldridge Education in January, 2018 as the North West Trust Lead for English, as well as teacher of English at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. She has taught English for over 15 years and has been a Lead Practitioner as well as leading departments and faculties. She has also been an Assistant Head supporting whole school Teaching and Learning and Literacy.
Throughout her career Dawn has helped both English departments and other subjects secure improvement in achievement and attainment. She was the English lead at Blakewater College when it received school certification by the SSAT for being one of the top two schools in the country making the most continuous improvement in percentage of pupils achieving A* to C in English and Maths.
She has successfully taught English and Literacy across all Key Stages throughout her career and holds a Masters degree in Teaching and Learning from Lancaster University.
Kerry BirchDirector of Human Resources
Kerry joined Aldridge Education as the Director of Human Resources in August 2019, and is responsible for all strategic and operational Human Resources activity across the Trust.
Kerry gained a masters's degree in Human Resources Strategy at the London Metropolitan University and has over 20 years' commercial generalist experience of Human Resources gained through a variety of sectors, with previous senior management experience in education and the private sector.
Alan BrooksDirector of Marketing, Communication & External Affairs
As Director of Marketing, Communications and External Affairs, Alan manages the Trust's communications, public relations and marketing, working closely with our schools and colleges to advise them on their marketing and communications. He also leads on the public consultation and marketing of our new school projects.
Alan's career spans marketing roles for Unilever and United Biscuits to being a director of business support organisation Sussex Enterprise, and then UK head of marketing for PwC's Corporate Recovery / Advisory practices. He founded his own consulting business, specialising in reputation management on- and off-line, and has also been MD of a regional design and digital agency.
Alan is a Chartered Marketer and has served on the Chartered Institute of Marketing's national marketing group board for business support organisations and as a Vice President of CIM Sussex. He joined the Aldridge Foundation in 2012 and also serves as the Foundation's Director of External Affairs.
Alison HarbottleMathematics Trust Lead for London and the South East
Alison joined Aldridge Education as Mathematics Trust Lead for London and the South East in September 2019. She is the strategic lead for Mathematics across the region, forming part of the central Education team developing provision across the Trust.
Prior to joining Aldridge Education Alison held senior management positions within education in London since 2011, as Assistant Headteacher for Data and Assessment at The Charter School and as Deputy Headteacher at Prendergast Ladywell School.
Alison has been a qualified mathematics teacher for 13 years and has a Mathematics Degree from Newcastle University. She has completed her National Professional Headship Qualification and is studying for a Masters in Education & International Development.
Clea HolmesHuman Resources Manager - London
Clea Holmes joined the Duke's Aldridge Academy as our HR Manager London in June 2020. She is a qualified and experienced HR practitioner with a wealth of experience gained in the private and public sectors.
Clea's careers has included a variety of roles in the education sector, having worked in the UK's largest multi-academy trust and also in a single academy trust, and has undertaken a School Business Leader role which has enhanced her overall knowledge and understanding of the operations of an academy.
Rosielee LintonTrust Associate Principal
Roseilee has worked in education for over 18 years. Before joining the Trust's Education team, where she works closely with our academy Principals and subject leads, she was a teacher and member of the Senior Leadership team at Duke's Aldridge Academy.
Roseilee has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, has completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and is a Fellow with The Chartered College of Teaching. In addition to her leadership roles within schools she also has previous experience as a Reviewer for Challenge Partner.
Lauren MasseyMathematics Trust Lead for the North West
Lauren is Mathematics Trust Lead for our North West schools and joined the Trust in November 2017.
She is the strategic lead for mathematics across the region, forming part of the central Education team developing provision across the Trust. Prior to taking up this role Lauren worked within the Trust leading teaching and learning in mathematics at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy for six years.
Lauren has been a qualified mathematics teacher for eight years and has a Mathematics Degree from Newcastle University. She has been involved in leading work as part of Maths Hubs for the last five years .
Rowan MaclennanData Manager
Rowan became a Data Manager for Aldridge Education in September 2017 and has been the Data Manager at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy since 2010.
She holds a degree in Psychology and Social Studies as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Intelligence from John Moore's Liverpool.
Rowan has previously held roles working as a Public Health Analyst at West Lancashire and Wirral Primary Care Trusts and later as Cancer Intelligence Analyst for Cheshire and Merseyside.
While working at DACA, Rowan has been actively involved in the AfriDACA trips to Uganda in 2015 and 2017.
Stephanie NewmanTrust Associate Principal
Stephanie joined us in February 2020, bringing 20 years' experience of improving progress and attainment of children in local authority and academy schools.
She has worked with both Harris and Ark in a range of leadership positions, helping turn under-performing schools to performance above national averages, most recently as Principal of Ark William Parker Academy in Hastings.
Stephanie is passionate about using education to improve social mobility.
Poppy NobesEnglish Trust Lead for London and the South East
Poppy joined Aldridge Education as the Trust Lead for English in our London and South East region in September 2019. After graduating from a BA in English Literature at Sheffield University, she trained as a secondary English teacher through the Teach First programme in Yorkshire, going on to gain her MA in Education from the University of Manchester.
Poppy relocated to London following her training, teaching at an Ark school for five years. During this time, she fulfilled various roles including Lead Teacher for KS3 English, acting Head of Department and leading on initial teacher training within school, supporting both the Ark teacher training and Now Teach participants.
Additionally, Poppy contributed to the achievement of well above national average results, Summer 2019 seeing 90% of pupils achieve a grade 9-4 in English Language and English Literature. The department were also a part of the English Mastery pilot, awarded the Depth before Breadth award in the first year for the best Year 7 results in the Ark network.
Poppy further fulfilled the part-time role as Network Lead Teacher for English Mastery, supporting schools with their successful implementation of the programme over time.
Poppy is excited for the new adventure with Aldridge Education and spreading her love of literature to pupils across the network. She is also particularly looking forward to working with teachers to improve student outcomes and embed the English Mastery programme.
Theresa PalmerDirector of Governance & Compliance
Theresa has extensive experience working in business and administration for not-for-profit organisations spanning 30 years. Eleven of these years have been within the Education sector supporting schools on governance and related matters.
Theresa began her career within the Planning Department of Haringey Council working as Team administrator and was instrumental in setting up a planning enquiry office. From there she moved on to initiate the 10-year regeneration development programme as the Operations Manager to The Bridge NDC (New Deal for Communities). While at the NDC she provided support to the Programme Partnership Board and covered many other roles including lead contact for Health and Safety issues, complaints and FoIs. Prior to the end of the programme Theresa moved on to manage a buy-back governor support service within Enfield Council.
In 2000 Theresa completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies at Oxford Brookes University and in 2007 gained the ILM certificate in Leadership and Management. More recently she completed the DfE National Clerks Development programme, complementing her work in supporting boards and board meetings.
Theresa is passionate about making the business of governance more efficient and effective and she sits on the steering group of a professional body called the London Region of Coordinators of Governor Services, part of the national body which has representation on the Advisory Group for Governance Chaired by the Undersecretary of State for Education. Theresa is fully committed to equality of opportunity and inclusive practice, and how it impacts on service delivery.
Anmol SandhuFinance Officer
Anmol joined Aldridge Education in February 2020 as Finance Officer at City Road. She has spent three years working in finance in the north of England, including at a general FE college, and has recently returned to London.
Having graduated from Durham University with a BA in English Literature, Anmol is now working towards an AAT qualification to support her in the role.
Will ShawEstates Director
Will joined Aldridge Education as Estates Director in November 2019. He is an experienced and qualified Health and Safety Manager with extensive group managerial experience in both the education and commercial sectors spanning health and safety management, facilities management, quality control and auditing.
Nicky TingleyHuman Resources Manager - Brighton
Nicky joined Aldridge Education in July 2020 as HR Manager for Brighton and Portslade academies. She is a fully qualified HR practitioner with over 20 years' experience of supporting line managers and senior management teams across the public, private and charitable sectors.
Nicky started her HR career at Sussex Police and subsequently worked commercially in numerous roles in the private sector before joining the Disabilities Trust, where she gained an insight into the running of a non-maintained school for children and young people with autism.
Caroline WarrinerData Manager
Caroline's role with Aldridge Education is to develop a consistent approach to data analysis across the multi-academy trust and to facilitate a strong collaboration between data managers in the ever-changing educational framework.
Caroline first became a school data manager in 2009 after completing her D.Phil in Computational Chemistry at the University of Sussex. Moving from a small secondary school to a large sixth form college she gained a thorough understanding of the needs and challenges of both, before joining Portslade Aldridge Community Academy as the Head of Data and Exams in 2014. She retains the role at PACA on a part-time basis, splitting her time between the academy and the Trust.