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Trust Central Services Team

The White Rose Academies Trust prides itself on supporting its family of schools with a team of education and industry specialists, each delivering in-house, world-class services to raise and maintain our schools' standards.

School Improvement Team

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Nicola Widnall
Vice Principal 

Hailing originally from the Brecon Beacons, Nicola graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005 with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature, before continuing her studies there and completing her PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages...

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Rachel Sharples
Vice Principal 

Rachel Sharples is delighted to join the White Rose Academies Trust as Vice Principal focusing on Academy improvement. Prior to her appointment...

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Safeguarding

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Raminder Aujla MSc

Director of Safeguarding

Raminder has worked with children and families within both the education and youth justice sector for over 20 years. Raminder is an accredited...

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Marketing, Communications, Projects and Events

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Yvonne Hare

Director of Marketing, Communications, Projects and Events

 

Yvonne Hare graduated from Trinity Leeds University after studying Communications, Advertising and Marketing...

 

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Emily Hare 

Project Lead - Marketing, Communications, Projects and Events

Emily was delighted to successfully interview to join the White Rose Academies Trust in April 2018 as an intern during her Industrial Placement year from Northumbria University...

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Curtis Hare

Creative Lead

Curtis joined the trust as our Creative Lead after gaining over 10 years experience in the marketing industry working for agencies in Europe and the UK...

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Robert Moxon

Creative Lead

With over 15 years of experience working with some of the world’s best-known brands across the arts, lifestyle, music and sports sectors...

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Finance & Operations

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Sam Bradley
Trust Chief Financial Officer

Sam Bradley graduated from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, with a First Class BA Hons degree in History and Sociology, and completed further post-graduate study at the University of East Anglia..

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Finance

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Steve Etherington​

Finance Manager

 

Steve joined Leeds West Academy in the summer of 2011, after working for Post Office Ltd for 38 years. He started at the Post Office as a counter clerk in Wetherby and worked his...

 

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Ethan Harlow
Finance Assistant

Ethan joined the White Rose Academies Trust in the summer of 2018 and after a brief time spent with the trust projects team was deployed at Leeds East Academy...

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Katarzyna Lukasiewicz
Finance Assistant

Katarzyna joined the trust as Finance Assistant in November 2022.  Kat moved to the UK from Krakow, Poland in 2005 and lives with her 12-year-old daughter who is a talented...

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Business Management

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Liz Armstrong
Business Manager

Liz has extensive leadership and management experience both in an educational and a commercial setting. Liz worked for a major engineering company for 20 years, latterly as a...

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David Hillary
Business Manager

David joined the White Rose Academies Trust in January 2019 as Operations Manager across Leeds West Academy and Leeds East Academy...

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Lucy Paddy
Business Manager
Lucy Paddy has extensive leadership and management experience in both educational and commercial settings. Lucy has worked for one of the largest construction companies...


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HR

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Rajinder Soor 

Director of Human Resources

Rajinder graduated from Bournemouth University in 1999 after gaining a degree in Business Studies, with a focus on Human Resource Management in her final year....

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Lauren Crowther 

HR Business Partner

Lauren joined Leeds East Academy as Finance Assistant in April 2014. 
During the course of her career Lauren developed skills in Finance and undertook some admin tasks within HR...

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Joanna Stokes 

Recruitment and People Services Advisor

Joanna joined the White Rose Academies Trust HR Team in October 2021 and is responsible for supporting the academies and central trust team with recruitment, absence, contracts and payroll changes...

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Gabriela Hlavacek
HR Manager

Gabi joined the Trust as HR Manager in September 2022. Originally from Poland, Gabi came to the UK in 2006 to continue her education...

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Governance

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Alice Ryan

Trust Governance Manager

Alice was born in Leeds and has lived in Horsforth all of her life with a big family of four sisters, one brother and two boxer dogs...

 

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IT

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Michael Douglas
Head of IT 

Michael is an experienced Head of IT with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has worked with both private and public sector organisations but specialises in the education sector...

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Chris Sheffield
IT Service Manager
Originally from Scarborough, Chris began working with White Rose Academies Trust in 2017 and has over 15 years' experience...
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