Jackie Waters-Dewhurst - Chief Executive Officer
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.
Tamara Allen - Deputy CEO
Tamara is the Deputy CEO for LAAT and joined in January 2020 from Cambridgeshire where she was an Executive Headteacher within a Diocesan Multi Academy Trust after working for Cambridgeshire for 15 years prior. She has a wealth of experience in the sustainable improvement of schools, putting the quality of teaching and learning at the heart of this. With eighteen in years in primary education, Tamara brings this extensive knowledge of the sector to LAAT. She is a passionate advocate for teacher professional development and the development of strong collaborative networks of teachers to improve the life chances of children.
Leanne Holmes - Finance & Operations Director
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.
Kerrie Byers - Finance Manager
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.
Laura Gregory - Finance Project Manager
Laura Lowe - HR Business Partner
Laura joined the LAAT in April 2016 to work within HR. Laura is now a HR Business Partner for the Trust and an Associate member of the CIPD.
Laura has over 15 years’ experience in local government HR, Recruitment and payroll. Over this time Laura has developed an understanding of the sector and has knowledge and expertise to really support our schools grow and develop. She works closely with trade unions to ensure that our HR processes and policies are in place to support our employees as well meet our business needs. With a keen focus on wellbeing, Laura is passionate about providing our employees with a safe, nurturing and supportive working environment.
Laura also takes on operational role in some of roles and enjoys using her sector knowledge to provide support to our Business and Operational leaders.
Sue Keen - Finance Assistant
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.
Alex Stoker - Finance Clerk
Alex joined LAAT in March 2020. Prior to this Alex worked as a finance assistant at Spalding Parish CofE Day School for 3 years before the school joined the LAAT. Alex provides support to all our schools as well as supporting the central finance team.
Alex is currently studying to become an AAT qualified accountant and is due to complete this in 2021.
Fran Brown - Governance & Data Protection Officer
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).
Fran 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.
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.
June Richardson - Schools Effectiveness Adviser
June has over 26 years of primary teaching experience and has held a number of leadership roles in different contexts. June has served as headteacher of two Church schools in the Diocese of Lincoln. She has a wealth of leadership experience in the academy and maintained sector. June has worked as a curriculum support teacher, moderator and a Head Teacher Peer Leader. In this role, she supported school leaders with self-evaluation, development of effective practice and monitoring of standards. She has led planned and delivered successful CPD programmes to groups of schools. June holds the NASENCo award and is committed to schools being inclusive places of learning.
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.
Sarah Leith - Administration Assistant
Sarah works within the central team as an administrator and clerk to local boards. Sarah has worked in Early Years settings and as a teaching assistant for many years. She studied at Bishop Grosseteste University College before completing the Graduate Teacher Programme. She worked as a teacher in KS1 and thoroughly enjoyed her time in education. Sarah is now supporting the Trust in an administrative capacity and is using her knowledge of the education sector to support her and the Trust.
Victoria Broughton - Administration Assistant
Victoria has over 20 years of administration experience working in various roles, including as a personal assistant, secretarial and marketing roles and is looking forward to using her skills, experience and knowledge in her role as Administration Assistant and Clerk.
Julian Coles - Property Surveyor
Julian joined LAAT in March 2021 as Property Surveyor, after 15 years working for The Orders of St John Care Trust. With over 35 years of Property Maintenance experience Julian is looking forward to bringing some in-house Property expertise to the Trust, and to working with all the schools on all aspects of the Property Maintenance and Refurbishment.