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Central Team

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst - Chief Executive Officer


About Jackie

Jacqueline Waters-Dewhurst has spent over 20 years in education starting in the primary sector. She has significant experience in leadership and the transformation of organisations having taken up the role of Diocesan Director of Education in Bristol diocese prior to being appointed as Director of Education for the Diocese of Lincoln.

In both organisations she has introduced the academy strategies, set up a Multi Academy Trust and transformed teams by increasing capacity and skills in order to better serve schools in an ever changing educational landscape.

She has served nationally on the National Society Council and locally was chair of the North Somerset Strategic Schools Forum and chair of Governors at Westhaven Special School also in North Somerset.

Jacqueline is passionate about ensuring that the wider diocese understands the gift that it has in its church schools. She worships at a local Lincolnshire church and is on the cleaning and tea rota believing that service is an important part of faith.

Jackie is an inspirational speaker and has spoken at events locally nationally and as far afield as Dublin.

Leanne Holmes - Finance & Operations Director


About Leanne

Leanne Holmes joined the LAAT as Finance Director in May 2016. She is a qualified Accountant, having completed her qualifications in 2000 whilst working at Streets & Co Chartered Accountants.

Leanne has extensive experience in the charities field and her last role was as a Financial Controller at The Orders of St John Care Trust, a not for profit organisation caring for older people across 75 sites throughout the UK, with a turnover of c£120m.

Her aim is to ensure that the finance function is able to support the LAAT in responding to the challenges of a fast-evolving educational sector and is able to deliver a high quality service to the schools that it serves.

In her spare time, Leanne is a Treasurer and Trustee of a local Scout and Guide Association.

Laura Gregory - Finance Manager


About Laura







Mark Lunn - Business & Operations Manager


About Mark

Mark has worked as an administrator/bursar/school business manager for the last ten years.  Mark’s whole career has been about supporting the operational needs of the business, which includes Finance, HR, Payroll, Health & Safety and Estate Management.  Mark currently works as the Business & Operations Manager for the Trust and directly supports the three southlincs-hub schools.

Mark’s primary focus within his role is to drive and improve all business and operational effectiveness across all Trust schools, which should enable the core function of teaching and learning to be prioritised by school leaders.

Sue Keen - Finance Assistant


About Sue

Sue has recently returned to the finance world after studying Maths at university and a foray into teaching.  She qualified as an Accounting Technician some years ago and has worked in local government, private business and the independent education sector.  Her education experiences also include time spent as Clerk to the Governors and as a Governor.  Sue wants to use her extensive education sector understanding to ensure that the LAAT and its schools receive the best advice, understanding and financial information in a prompt and accessible manner.

Ethan Waring - Finance Apprentice









Celia Hird - Data & Information Manager


Celia joined LAAT as Data and Information Manager in November 2018. Prior to this, Celia worked for 6 years as a Data Analyst at Bishop Grosseteste University and for 11 years as a Statistician in Central Government.

Celia oversees the collation and analysis of data across the Trust, ensuring that our systems and processes give leaders the insight they need to facilitate the best possible outcomes for our schools and their pupils.


Fran Brown - Governance & Data Protection Officer


About Fran

Fran joined LAAT as Governance Officer in July 2017. Prior to this, Fran worked for 4 years as a Governor Support Officer in North East Lincolnshire, providing professional clerking, support, advice and guidance to the Governing Bodies and Senior Leaders of a number of maintained schools and academies (stand-alone and MATs).

She also supported a number of Governing Bodies through the processes of federation and conversion to academy status. Fran aims to use the knowledge and experience gained to support schools, Local Boards and Clerks to further develop governance within LAAT.

Stuart Edmonds - Senior Schools Effectiveness Adviser


About Stuart

Stuart has ten years of headship experience in good and outstanding schools. When working as a both a National and Local Leader of Education he supported schools in moving from a category to good. He was a National College Professional Partner who provided support for new headteachers. Stuart undertakes inspections.

Stuart’s role is to support schools in: evaluating their effectiveness, creating and implementing improvement plans and developing teaching and learning.

The sharing of effective practice across trust schools is a core element of Stuart’s work and one that has resulted in school to school support between trust schools. Stuart leads the trust’s Quality Assurance processes and has created the wide range of school improvement and governance systems that the trust provides to its schools.

June Richardson - Schools Effectiveness Adviser

About June

June will join the LAAT in September 2019.

She has over 26 years of primary teaching experience and has held a number of leadership roles in different contexts. She has served as head teacher of two Church schools in the Diocese of Lincoln both in Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire. She has experience of the academy and maintained sectors. June holds the NASENCo award and is committed to schools being inclusive places of learning. She is also a member of the Diocesan Board of Education.

Yvonne Shaw - Schools Effectiveness Adviser


About Yvonne

Yvonne has over 35 years experience in Primary Education in Humberside and Lincolnshire having held a wide variety of posts including Headteacher. She holds a Masters Degree in Primary Education (Leadership). Yvonne worked for CfBT School Improvement Service for eight years as an Education Adviser working in Lincoln City, West Lindsey, North Kesteven and East Lindsey and in 2016-17 was the LA Locality Lead for Boston and South Holland.

Yvonne’s key area of expertise lies within Church Schools and as an Accredited Inspector of Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is experienced in undertaking inspections in Church Schools. She currently uses this expertise to lead SIAMS training across the Diocese of Lincoln within her role as DBE School Effectiveness Adviser.

Yvonne holds the Professional Qualification for School Inspection (PQSI) which she earned during her Ofsted inspector training. In this capacity she inspected schools outside of Lincolnshire and although no longer inspecting for Ofsted, she has used this experience and expertise to support leadership teams through her Adviser role.

Vicky Matthews - Schools Effectiveness Adviser & Head

I was a deputy head, then acting head of a Junior school before embarking on my first official headship at a Church of England and Methodist Primary School in North Lincolnshire in 2011. During my time there the school progressed from Requires Improvement to Good with outstanding features and was also graded outstanding in its SIAMS inspection.

In October 2016, the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT) asked if I would support Ulceby St Nicholas Church of England School, which was in Special Measures. I then became permanent Executive Headteacher. The school came out of special measures with a grading of good in all areas in just 24 months (October 2018).

Since then, I have worked full time for the LAAT with a dual role as Executive Headteacher of Ulceby St Nicholas and as a Schools’ Effectiveness Adviser, where I have been working with other requires improvement and special measures schools across the Lincolnshire Diocese. Supporting schools to achieve better outcomes for the children under their care is very rewarding and I am so fortunate to work with a wide range of committed people to accomplish this goal.

As well as embracing the LAAT’s philosophy of Excellence, Exploration and Encouragement, I also endeavour to live by my own school’s vision of showing acts of kindness, being courageous and successful. These are the values that I trust to have a positive impact on the lives of the children we serve every day.

Kerrie Byers - Finance Manager (Maternity Leave)

About Kerrie

Kerrie joined the LAAT in August 2016 as Finance Manager.  She is an ACCA and AAT qualified accountant.

Her previous role was as Assistant Manager at Streets & Co Chartered Accountants, where she worked with many different charities, including numerous academies. During this time, she has developed an understanding of the complexities of this sector.

Kerrie enjoys working with and being able to provide support and assistance to the schools that the LAAT serves and is passionate about assisting the academies to provide high quality education in a financially effective way.

At present, Kerrie is on maternity leave. 

Marta Nears - Finance Assistant (Maternity Leave)

About Marta

I completed AAT qualifications in 2011 and have over 5 years of experience in the commercial sector as part of the finance team for a multinational company.

I joined LAAT in 2016 and part of my main role is to provide effective and efficient service to the schools it serves.

At present, Marta is on maternity leave.