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Meet our Central Executive Team


Julie Greenwood - Chief Executive Officer / Accounting Officer

Julie has worked in Birmingham for over 20 years as a Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Executive Head Teacher and CEO and has worked in education for over 28 years. She has been a National Leader of Education since 2011 and through this work has carried out a number of Interim Headships for schools either in Special Measures or Requires Improvement. Jointly, with the Deputy CEO, she led one of these schools from Special Measures to Good within 12 months. Julie has supported numerous schools in difficulty with school to school support, which have been commissioned by the local authority and is also a Pupil Premium Reviewer. Julie is on the Board for Greet Teaching School Alliance and has supported them with carrying out Teaching and Learning reviews at a number of schools. She was previously on Birmingham’s Primary School Improvement Group and since its formation in 2013, has been a proactive member of the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP). Most recently, she has been involved in with a team of Head Teachers and Director of BEP to write the latest Strategic School Improvement Fund 2 (SSIF) bid for improving reading across the city.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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