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Samuel Bradley
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.


In 2014 Sam relocated to Leeds (from Norfolk) to work in the education sector, and in 2017 joined the White Rose Academies Trust working as a Project Manager and then Academy Business Manager, which included providing strategic business and financial leadership of two large secondary academies and management of over £20 million. Working closely with both Principals, Sam was responsible for the transformation of the operational provisions across the schools ensuring consistently high quality and standards in key service areas such as HR, finance, and estates.


In 2021, following a national recruitment campaign, Sam was promoted to the role of Trust Business Director. In this role Sam provided executive leadership and strategic oversight on all aspects of Trust management outside of education and educational policy.  This includes the leading and setting of strategy for an effective business management function within our academies, and also providing strategic direction and coordination of key central services, including:

·     Finance, Contract Management and Procurement

·     Human Resources

·     IT Services

·     Estates Management and Health & Safety

·     Capital Projects

·     Risk Management

·     Governance Services and Compliance

·     Legal Services


Sam has been the CFO for the Trust since April 2022.


A strong commitment to CPD, Sam has completed the level 7 in School Financial and Operational Leadership with CIPFA/ISBL, the Cert FRA, and is working towards the PAQ with CIPFA. Sam is a member of the ISBL and CIPFA. 


Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time with his young family. 

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