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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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Wakefield - PA to CEO / Company Secretary

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 LGB's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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