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Central Team

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst - Chief Executive Officer                                               

Accounting Officer - appointment date 27/06/2014


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  was chair of the North Somerset Strategic Schools Forum and has chaired a number of governing boards of both schools and academies including; Westhaven Special School, Weston St Mary Church of England Primary school and St Lawrence Academy Trust Scunthorpe.

Jacqueline is passionate about ensuring that the wider diocese understands the gift that it has in its church schools and her dedication to the work of LAAT is an outworking of the belief that church schools are stronger together.

Having overseen the development of LAAT from 4 schools to 18 whilst also working for the Diocesan Board of Education Jackie feels that the time is now right to move over and concentrate solely on LAAT. As of September 2021 she will be stepping back from her role as Diocesan Director of Education to concentrate on being CEO of LAAT.

Tamara Allen - Deputy CEO


About Tamara

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.

Finance Team 

Leanne Holmes - Finance & Operations Director

Chief Financial Officer - appointment date 09/05/2016


About Leanne

Leanne Holmes BA ACA – Finance and Operations Directors, LAAT. 21 years post qualification experience across a wide range of sectors and a proven track record of delivering transformation in the finance function.

Gained chartered accountancy qualifications with Streets Chartered Accountant, where areas of work covered included both internal and external audit, statutory accounts preparation and taxation.

Before joining LAAT, worked as Trust Financial Controller at The Orders of St John Care Trust, a leading national care operator and registered charity, with a turnover of c£130m and c4500 employees. Responsible for a finance team of 40, overseeing all transactional and group accounting functions.

Joined LAAT in May 2015, initially when the Trust compromised of 5 schools. Since her appointment, has overseen the conversion of a further 13 schools. Responsible for overseeing back office support functions across the Trust including Finance, HR, Estates, Health and Safety and ICT.

Kerrie Byers - Finance Manager


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.

Laura Gregory - Finance Project Manager


About Laura

Laura joined the LAAT in March 2019 as Interim Finance Manager to cover maternity leave and then became the Finance Project Manager in June 2020.She is a Chartered Management Accountant with extensive experience in project management and systems implementation.

Alongside her project work, Laura provides operational finance support to the Business and Operations Partners in the Northern Hub.

In her spare time she is a Governor at Priory Lincoln, a Clinical Reflexologist and Ayurvedic Health Teacher with a focus on emotional wellbeing.

Scott Thornley - Management Accountant


About Scott

Scott joined the LAAT as Management Accountant in May 2021. He is a CIMA qualified Accountant

Scott has over four year’s experience within education finance, working most recently as a Finance Partner at the Priory Federation of Academies and prior to that was a Finance Consultant at SAAF Education. Prior to that he had roles within the accounts and financial services teams at the Danwood Group, a national photocopier supplier.

Alex Stoker - Finance Assistant


About Alex

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.

Lauren Clare - Finance Clerk


About Lauren

Lauren joined LAAT in May 2021.Prior to this Lauren studied Mathematics at university to then go on and become an accounts assistant within the construction industry. Lauren is currently studying to become an AAT qualified accountant with the views to complete this in 2021.

Lauren supports all of our schools as well as our central team with all day to day finance functions and queries.



Julian Coles - Property Surveyor


About Julian

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.


Jay Wardill - Senior Area Manager


About Jay

Jay started his career as a Designer & Draftsman and later become a Secondary School Design & Technology Teacher.  He has worked for the Trust as an Area Site Manager since November 2018.  Jay joined the Central Team in May 2021 and now supports all Trust schools in Health & Safety, Compliance and Site Management. 



School Effectiveness Advisers

June Richardson - Schools Effectiveness Adviser


About June

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


About Vicky

My first headship was 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 2016.

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 at the time. 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).

From there I 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 worked with other requires improvement and special measures schools across the Lincolnshire Diocese.

As of Easter 2020, I became a School Effectiveness Adviser on a full time basis, which has allowed me to work with a much wider range of schools. 

Supporting schools to achieve better outcomes for the children under their care is very rewarding and I am so fortunate to work with so many 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 values 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.

Jayne Carter -  Schools Effectiveness Adviser


Jayne will join LAAT in September 2021 and brings a wealth of experience in leading school improvement to her new role, together with excellent interpersonal and analytical skills.

With over 25 years’ experience as an educational consultant working across a diverse variety of schools and settings, both locally and nationally, Jayne will be a significant asset to us and our growing family of academies. Her proven track record in school improvement, together with a focus on a coaching model to shape consultancy and CPD, complements the Trust’s existing team of dedicated and dynamic professionals.

Jayne will contribute her skills as a CPD accredited facilitator for NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Learning – both leading UK providers of learning resources for teachers. She is also a qualified Elklan speech and language trainer. In addition to these impressive credentials Jayne is an author for Oxford University Press and an award-winning writer for Nexus Education.


Laura Lowe - HR Business Partner


About Laura

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.

 Governance & Data

Frances 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). 

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


About Celia

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.


Sarah Leith - Administration Assistant


About Sarah

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


About Victoria

Victoria works within the central team as an administrator and clerk to local boards.

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.