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."
Stephanie NewmanChief Academic Officer
Stephanie joined us as Trust Associate Principal in February 2020, bringing 20 years' experience of improving progress and attainment of children in local authority and academy schools. In June 2021 it as announced that she would take on the nearly created role of the Trust Chief Academic Officer.
Stephanie had previously 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.
Mubaaruck IbrahimChief Growth Officer
Mubaaruck Ibrahim joined the Trust as our first Chief Growth Officer in September 2021.
Prior to joining us Mubaaruck was CEO of Feversham Education Trust and is a former Executive Principal at Star Academies. He was named Lancashire Headteacher of the Year in 2017 and was shortlisted for the TES Headteacher of the Year Award in the same year. He is a National Leader of Education who brings considerable experience and expertise to this new role.
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.
Jessica BellHR Advisor - South
Jessica joined Aldridge Education in July 2020 as a HR Advisor (South), based at our central London offices.
Jessica started her HR career at the leading department store Harrods, where she completed a secondment in the resourcing department. As result of this Jessica was inspired to return to education, undertaking a masters in Human Resource Management and Organisational Analysis at Kings College, London. She has subsequently worked in a variety of HR roles in the public and private sectors.
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.
Jose BordetasDirector of IT
Jose joined Aldridge Education as Director of IT in November 2018. He has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years in several consultancy and key strategic roles within the private and education sector, leading technology transformation programmes, strategies and complex migration/upgrade projects.
Jose has a degree in Computer Systems and holds numerous industry qualifications including Microsoft, Cisco, Apple, Citrix, CompTIA, ITIL, Prince2. He is also a certified advanced security practitioner.
Jose believes strongly in the transformational capacity of IT to enhance the education of young people.
Vicky BrownHR Administrator (North West)
Vicky joined Aldridge Education as HR Administrator (North West) in September 2021, supporting the Trust's five North West schools. Vicky has 17 years administration experience with previous employers prior to joining the Trust.
Ted BunnHumanities Trust Lead for London and the South East
Ted joined Aldridge Education as Humanities Trust Lead for London and the South East in September 2020. He is the strategic lead for humanities across the region, forming part of the central Education team developing provision across the Trust.
Prior to joining Aldridge Education, Ted worked for Ark as the subject lead for geography across London and the South of England. Previously, Ted has worked for Oasis Community learning and before that as a Head of Department in Northamptonshire.
Ted has a Geography Degree from Newcastle University. He is a Teach First ambassador, as well as a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society.
Victoria CockramTrust Lead for Enterprise
Victoria joined Aldridge Education as Trust Lead for Enterprise in December 2020. She is the strategic lead for Enterprise, forming part of the central Education team developing provision across the Trust.
Prior to joining Aldridge Education, Victoria held a range of senior leadership positions within secondary schools in both London and Hastings. Whilst in Hastings Victoria also set up and ran the Hastings Maths Project. Working across different phases and education trusts, she led a team of consultants to successfully improve the quality of maths provision across the region.
Victoria is passionate about addressing educational disadvantage and has completed both the Teach First and Future Leaders programmes.
Jenny CollinsScience Trust Lead For The North West
Jenny joined Aldridge Education as Science Trust Lead for the North West in September 2020, forming part of the central Education Team developing provision across our schools in the region.
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Jenny was awarded a Masters degree in Teaching & Learning from the University of Manchester in 2013, and has completed the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership.
Rimell DavisVirtual Aldridge Programme Coordinator
Rimell joined Aldridge Education as the new Virtual Programme Coordinator in March 2021. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Virtual Aldridge tutoring programme, forming part of the central Education team across the Trust.
Prior to joining Aldridge Education, Rimell had been involved in a Department for Education joint initiative on the promotion of virtual learning and has been heavily involved in other initiatives set to bridge disadvantages in education.
Victoria DewhurstMathematics Trust Lead for the North West
Victoria joined Aldridge Education in September 2021 as Mathematics Trust Lead for the North West. She is the strategic lead for mathematics across the region, forming part of the Central Education team developing provision across the Trust.
Previously Victoria has worked in several schools across the North West, over the past 10 years, in a variety of roles including; Director of Learning -Maths& ICT, Whole school Numeracy, Whole School Teaching & Learning, NQT & RQT mentor and trainer as well as Associate Assistant Principal.
Victoria has worked tirelessly to raise attainment and Maths provision across her schools with a strong track record of improved results at all stages. Additionally Victoria has helped run NQT conferences at Edge Hill University helping prepare the next generation of teachers.
Victoria holds a BSc(HONs) in Psychology alongside her PGCE(Mathematics) as well as qualifications in finance and leadership.
Laura EtheringtonHuman Resource Manager - North West
Laura joined Aldridge Education as the Human Resources Manager for the North West in August 2019, and is responsible for all Human Resources activity across our schools in the region.
Laura has previously worked across a range of sectors from engineering to education, providing a full 360 degree HR function. Laura gained her degree in Business Studies at Liverpool University and went on to study for her CIPD in Human Resource Management whilst gaining hands on experience.
Karen FosterTrust Lead - Inclusion
Karen joined Aldridge Education as the national Trust Lead for Inclusion in September 2020. After graduating with a BA Hons in Dance and Sociology at Middlesex University, she went on to teach and perform for a number of years with various dance and performing arts companies (nationally and internationally), as well as managing performing and creative arts-based projects and productions across London.
Karen first started working directly with young people when she was employed by a south London youth club to manage a project with a local secondary school. The aim of this project was to work with students in Years 10 and 11 who were at risk of permanent exclusion, to ensure that they were able to sit their GCSE exams. The work involved behaviour modification techniques and strategies, alongside the academic learning.
Karen then went onto work as a pastoral lead and Head of House at a Harris school for a number of years, where she led on behaviour, attendance, safeguarding and welfare for the students within her house, and was also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. During her time at Harris she also set up, managed and run an alternative provision within the school for students in all year groups who were disengaged, not accessing the curriculum, and at risk of permanent exclusion. She then worked as a Regional Trust Lead for E-Act multi-academy trust where she was responsible for the strategic development and implementation of behaviour and safeguarding across the schools in her region.
Her journey then took Karen into the private sector where she worked with Reed in Partnership, a subsidiary company within the Reed recruitment family group, where she was the national Safeguarding Lead for the business, and also the Health & Safety Lead, and has obtained her NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification and the Royal Geographical Society Off Site Safety Management qualification.
Karen is excited for the new adventure with Aldridge Education and having the opportunity to ensure that inclusion and inclusive practice are embedded within the network. She is also particularly looking forward to working with all staff in both operational and support roles to improve student outcomes via a more holistic approach to culture and ethos.
Rosielee LintonTrust School Improvement Partner
Rosie has worked in education for over 20 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. She was seconded to the Trust leadership team as Trust Associate Principal in 2019 for two years and, at the end of that period, has taken on the role of Trust School Improvement Partner.
Rosie 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.
Mohamed Kashif MahayMathematics Trust Lead for London and the South East
Mohamed Kashif Mahay
Mohamed is Mathematics Trust Lead for London and the South East and joined the Trust in 2021.
He 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 Mohamed worked within various schools leading on teaching and learning in mathematics.
Mohamed has been a qualified mathematics teacher for ten years. He is a highly-skilled mathematics practitioner and Specialist Leader in Education with a strong track record of improving results, quality of education, and standards of teaching and learning.
Mohamed has led on developing curriculums that are ambitious and challenging for all students whilst ensuring Teachers are equipped and professionally developed to confidently deliver the curriculum through quality first teaching.
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.
Rosie MevlitHR Partner
Rosie joined Aldridge Education in April 2021 as HR Partner and is based at Dukes. She is responsible for the operational HR function there whilst contributing to the wider trust HR strategy along with other members of the HR team. Rosie has over 20 years' experience spanning the private, public and not for profit sector and has spent over 10 years in the education sector as HR Manager/HR Business Partner.
Elisa MorataScience Trust Lead for London and the South East
Elisa joined Aldridge Education as Science Trust Lead for London and the South East in September 2021.
Prior to joining the Trust, Elisa worked for Ark as a Lead Practitioner for Science with whole school responsibility for teacher training across the school. Previously, Elisa has taught Science across all key stages and held various management roles and responsibilities within science departments, including Curriculum Leader for Science. She is a TeachFirst ambassador passionate about social justice, keen to improve outcomes for all.
Elisa has a Human Science Degree from University College London and is particularly interested in Genetics.
Laura NeedhamPA to the CEO
Laura joined the Trust in August 2020 as Personal Assistant to our Chief Executive, Jane Fletcher. Laura is a highly experienced and efficient PA having worked in both private and public sector organisations over 15 years. She has supported CEO's, MD's, Board Members and Local Government Officials.
Laura is passionate about developing solid working relationships across all sectors of the Trust.
Poppy NobesTrust Lead for Professional Development
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.
In September 2021 Poppy took on the role of Trust Lead for Professional Development, championing the Trust's Growing Together professional development programme.
Danielle O'RiordanHead of Finance
Danielle joined the Trust in December 2020 as our Head of Finance. She trained as an auditor in Dublin, moving to London when she became a qualified accountant. She continued to work for an audit practice for a year in London gaining vital experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining Aldridge Education she was a Financial Accountant and Senior Management Accountant in a medium sized not-for-profit organisation.
Danielle is an Accredited Chartered Accountant (ACA).
Elizabeth PlunkettEnglish Trust Lead for London and the South East
Elizabeth joined Aldridge Education as the Trust Lead for English, London and South East in September 2021. During more than 20 years' experience teaching English she has had a number of roles including Head of Year, Head of Department and Assistant Head across a diverse range of schools in Bedford, Cornwall and the Middle East.
As well as achieving the NPQSL, Elizabeth has been a PiXL English Associate, a primary transition literacy advisor, a school governor for a special school, directed school plays and been on the PTA as a teacher and a parent.
As a department lead, Elizabeth has led various teams of English teachers to achieve the school's best ever results year on year in a variety of establishments. She recognises the gap and works with the team to close it. As an English teacher, she works with students as individuals ensuring all are making progress. As a whole school leader, she supports and guides heads of department and leads whole school initiatives to maintain within-school parity between departments.
Elizabeth is excited to join Aldridge Education to work with Trust schools in developing each and every student's projected entrepreneurial aspirations alongside securing their personal best examination results.
Susan SchofieldHumanities Trust Lead for the North West
Susan joined Aldridge Education in September 2021 as a Trust Lead for Humanities at our North West schools.
Susan has led pastoral, departmental and faculty teams in three schools. Her previous post was in an Aldridge school as Head of Humanities and Associate Assistant Principal with responsibility for Teaching and Learning.
In these schools Susan has led History Departments to achieve their best recorded results. Such progress contributed to one school becoming the highest performing school in the district. Susan has had responsibility for improving outcomes and Progress 8 scores and for the implementation of positive culture and behaviour across schools.
Susan has an honours degree in History from The University of Leeds. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate for Education and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.
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.
Laura SimmsHR Partner North West
Laura joined Aldridge Education in August 2021 as the Human Resources Partner and is responsible for all HR activities for Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and Sudell Primary School.
Laura has over 18 years HR generalist experience within the retail sector as a multi-site HR Manager/Business Partner, working regionally across both Lancashire and Greater Manchester. In addition, Laura has for the past 3 year's worked as a HR Change Manager, leading large scale HR Change projects for both Retail & Logistics.
Laura studied at the University of Salford and has gained her CIPD qualification in Human Resource Management whilst gaining hands on experience.