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Meet our Central Executive Team

Julie Greenwood - Chief Executive Officer / Accounting Officer

Julie began her teaching career in Lower Gornal, Dudley in 1990. Over the next 6 years she worked in Bilston, Wolverhampton and then onto Erdington in Birmingham. Julie originally specialised in PE and Special Needs and in 2001 became Deputy Head Teacher at Leigh Primary School in Inner City Birmingham. In 2006 she was appointed Head Teacher at Leigh Primary School and over the next 5 years focused on turning a satisfactory school to a ‘Good’ school in all areas, with ‘Outstanding’ for capacity for sustained improvement and leadership and management. In 2011 Julie became a National Leader of Education and started her journey of providing school to school support, to schools in difficulty. In 2012, jointly with the Deputy Head Teacher of Leigh, they led a Special Measures school to ‘Good’ in all areas over a 12-month period, whilst still leading Leigh. In 2014, Leigh Multi Academy Trust was formed and as CEO Julie has continued to take on a number of Interim Headships at schools either in Special Measures or Requires Improvement. The impact of this work can be clearly seen as schools that she has either led or supported have moved from Ofsted categories. Leigh Trust currently comprises of 4 large inner city primary schools. Two of these schools were previously in Special Measures but are both now ‘Good’ schools. Over the last 5 years Julie has had the opportunity to carry out the headship of all the schools in Leigh Trust. Her passion has been to recruit and retain high quality senior leaders. With these skilled teams Leigh Trust has been able to create bespoke school improvement packages which have led to outstanding and rapid school improvement. She is currently supporting a large inner city Primary School which is in Special Measures on all aspects of school improvement. The school is due to join Leigh trust on 1st April 2020.  Julie is also currently on the Board for Greet Teaching Alliance and has supported them in carrying out Teaching and Learning reviews at a number of schools. Julie is also a Member for a local Multi Academy Trust and is actively involved in Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP).



Rehana Yasmeen - Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Rehana was Head Teacher Leigh Primary School before becoming Deputy CEO of Leigh Trust and Executive Head Teacher. She started her teaching career as an NQT at Leigh, a mere 25 years ago, and brings with her a commitment to children's learning and well-being in schools. With over her 25 years' experience she has not only taught across both Key Stage 1 and 2 but also has a wealth of experience of providing school to school support both for leadership and teaching and learning. She has successfully led schools through numerous successful Ofsted inspections and worked closely with HMI in bringing a school out of special measures and moving it to Good in all areas within a 12-month period. She has been a school governor as well as having served on a number of Interim Executive Board's and fully appreciates the need for schools, governors, leaders and staff to be held accountable whilst having a firm commitment to every individual child. Rehana is a driven individual that thrives on a challenge and whole heartedly believes that school leadership, coaching and school to school support are the key to driving school improvement and ensuring better outcomes for all the children in our care.



Thomas Blewitt - Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Tom previously worked within the Finance sector of the Local Authority providing a professional financial service to schools across Birmingham.  Tom joined Leigh Primary in 2012 as the Schools Business Manager and is now the COO within Leigh Trust having responsibility for managing the central support services to our schools. Tom has also been recently appointed as Leigh Trust Data Protection Officer (DPO). Tom has a wealth of experience and knowledge relating to all areas of Business Management and played a pivotal role in forming Leigh Trust. Tom has professional qualifications and relevant training in all areas relating to schools Finance, Human Resources, ICT, Estates Management, back office support and Governance. He has a good understanding of the statutory requirements for Academies and Multi Academy Trust’s.  Tom has been a key member of staff in supporting and assisting the governance and leadership of the Trust in developing the Trust’s business strategies, corporate structure and more importantly, the support services for our schools. Tom was previously a school governor for all our schools and also sat on the board in an advisory capacity. He has a real passion and belief that all children deserve the right to a good or better education and has the full commitment and drive to work within our ‘TEAM’ in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for all our children within Leigh Trust.



Charlotte Nott - Executive Head Teacher

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Jackie Marshall - Business Manager

Jackie has worked in the West Midlands as a School Business Manager for over ten years. She has a wealth of experience in both State Maintained Schools and Academies and has a passion for ensuring that all children have the opportunity to access the best possible education.Jackie has professional qualifications in both Finance and Business Management. She is a driven individual that thrives on challenge and ensures that school systems are streamlined and collaborative, enabling schools within the Trust to focus on the best outcomes for all of the children in our schools. Jackie is committed to ensuring that all schools within the Trust have access to her extensive expertise.




Patricia Clarke-Dixon - Business Manager

Pat recently joined Leigh Trust, working as part of the Central Team in September 2019. Pat will promote the highest standards of business ethos within the finance, facilities and personnel function. She will strategically provide the most effective use of resources to support the academies learning objectives. Pat’s role will also involve supporting Head Teachers and school based staff, ensuring Trust policies, procedures and controls are followed and deadlines are achieved. Working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, Pat will focus providing all developments of new or revised procedures, ensuring the Trust’s strategic development plan are implemented and fully embedded successfully within the schools.  Pat has extensive knowledge and experience acquired over twenty two years, working in the Education Sector. Pat’s professional qualifications compliments her experience working in all areas relating to Schools and Academies Finance. During her career she has established a solid wealth of experience, continuously providing a robust and structured workforce.  Prior to joining, Pat spent five years as a School Business Manager responsible for all operational financial controls. She has vast experience working as a Local Authority Finance Officer across Primary and Secondary Schools, Experience as a Finance Manager responsible for an eight million budget and accountable for executing and monitoring all external non-school budgets.  Pat was a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and is currently a School Governor committed to helping young people achieve their potential through the right educational provisions, assuring pupils have the very best opportunities to succeed while developing the skills to become responsible individuals.



Linda Coggan - Business Manager

Linda joined Leigh Trusts’ Central Team in April 2020.  Linda will provide strategic support to schools within the Trust in the areas Finance, Facilities and Human Resources always promoting the highest standards. Linda’s role as Business Manager provides support for Head Teachers, school based staff and Governors in ensuring that policy, procedures and deadlines are adhered to and met. Linda’s qualifications and background in Education which has spanned over 20 years, has armed her with a wealth of knowledge and understanding.  Her experience in the area of budget management both school based and as an external advisor, will compliment her role in ensuring that trust schools’ finances are monitored strategically both in year, and when planning for future years.  Her expertise in areas such as Personnel & HR, Safeguarding, Facilities Management, Project Management and Performance Management will provide professional and reassuring support for the Heads of our Trust Schools. Linda is a highly committed member of the team.  She is a strong believer that every stakeholder within a school plays a key role in ensuring that all children receive a wholesome educational experience, enabling them to achieve their best possible outcomes as individuals.



Jaz Dhillon - Leigh Trust School Improvement Leader

Jaz is the School Improvement Lead for Leigh Trust, a role she took on in April 2020. She has 24 years of varied and multi-faceted experience in Primary Education, reflecting the nature of the schools that she has worked in across inner city Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley and Worcestershire. Her roles have ranged from teaching and leading across both Key Stages, Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher to Educational Consultant. In 2015, Jaz became an accredited SLE for School Improvement and for the next 3 years she focused on providing strategic school improvement and intensive leadership support across different schools to drive rapid progress. The experience of working with a variety of schools and staff throughout her career has provided Jaz with valuable insight into the teaching principles that foster and sustain good practice. This has been instrumental in her ability to support and develop all aspects of Teaching and Learning in each of the schools that she has worked with, and through her passion for focused coaching and mentoring she has promoted success for both pupils and staff. Her passion for developing, implementing and sustaining Quality First Teaching in schools lies at the core of her teaching practice and pedagogical principles. 



Charlene Bull - Leigh Trust Sports Leader

Charlene has over twenty years’ experience as a fitness professional in the leisure industry. During this time she received a certificate of attendance in teacher training from the University of Wolverhampton and graduated with a BA. Hons Degree in Sports Studies.  Charlene  joined the Leigh Trust family as a PE specialist and Forest School practitioner in 2014 whereby, she became a 'champion of sport' for delivering fun, inclusive, physical education, sport and physical activity to children within Leigh Trust and parents within the school communities. She is an experienced Forest School practitioner and has developed our school green spaces, so that our children can play freely, show care and concern for nature and learn survival bushcraft skills.  Charlene oversees the sports coaches and PE apprentices, who embed the trust ‘Sports Vision’ and deliver the curriculum. She ensures that all schools are working towards the ’Your School Games Quality Marks’ and attend positive competitions, that lead to inspiring moments. Charlene co-teaches with NQTs and provides training and professional development in PE to school teachers.   She works closely with the governors and networks with other MATs, National Governing Bodies of sport and the Youth Sports Trust.  Charlene believes that PE and sport is central to good health and wellbeing and is confident that we are driving this forward in all our Leigh schools. Charlene is committed to putting 'PE at the heart of education' to develop children's personalities, talents, and lifelong love of sport/physical activity.




Yvonne Wakefield - PA to CEO & DCEO/ Company Secretary / Clerk to Leigh Trust Board

Yvonne has taken on a multi-faceted role within Leigh Trust – she is the Company Secretary for Leigh Trust, the clerk for all Local Governing Bodies as well as the clerk for the Board of Directors of the Trust and is also the PA to the CEO/Deputy CEO of Leigh Trust. Prior to joining the educational setting Yvonne spent 10 years working for the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body set up by the Home Office to investigate possible miscarriages of Justice. During her time there, she worked on a number of high profile cases liaising with various Government agencies including the Police, Crime Prosecution Service as well as numerous Courts across the country. Yvonne joined the admin team at Leigh School in 2008 as the School Administrator and due to her highly organised, meticulous skills and her ability to take on a more demanding role she soon progressed very quickly to clerking for all the schools within Leigh Trust as well as being appointed as the Company Secretary/PA to the CEO. She ensures all minutes and relevant documents for all meetings are collated and distributed in a timely manner ensuring all governors and directors are always fully informed. As Company Secretary she has strong knowledge of MAT governance and ensures conformance to all relevant statutory and regulatory obligations.  She ensures Companies House is regularly kept up to date with new Members and Directors joining the Trust. Yvonne regularly keeps herself abreast of all new legislation and guidelines around governance within MATs and has also attended training provided through Browne Jacobson and Anthony Collins Solicitors.



Debbie Copestick - Leigh Trust Administrator and Clerk to the LGBs

Debbie recently joined our team as Trust Administrator and Clerk to LGBs. Prior to joining the educational sector, Debbie spent 24 years working within the NHS as a Medical Secretary/PA.   Debbie will bring with her a vast amount of secretarial and administration experience to Leigh Trust that will include arranging meetings and venues along with her strong organisational skills which will help with the smooth running of the Central Office and coordinating the LGBs within Leigh Trust.   Debbie takes extreme pride in the work she produces and always strives for excellence to deliver high standards.  Debbie’s professional manner and attention to detail will ensure that her minutes and agenda’s will be distributed in a timely manner.   Debbie has come from a large team and truly believes that team work is very important which will help to establish healthy working relationships which makes a happy working environment.  This is an exciting and challenging new role for Debbie and she is extremely enthusiastic to be joining the team.