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Learn Academies Trust

Learn Academies Trust

Learn-AT Central Team

Learn-AT is a school-led Trust. Collaborative professional learning and policy development  happens regularly through a range of networks including:

  • Head Teachers' Strategy Group
  • Chairs' Forum for Chairs of Local Governing Bodies
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Group
  • Designated Safeguarding Leads Group
  • SENCO Network
  • Business Managers and Office Managers Networks
  • Faculty and Phase Networks

Personnel across the Trust, based in schools, contribute to trust-wide leadership and management, working closely with the central team.

  • Stef Edwards

    Trust Leader

    Stef was Headteacher of Great Bowden Academy for eleven years and is a designated National Leader of Education and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. Stef is a primary English specialist. She is a strong advocate for the use of evidence from educational research to support high quality professional learning for teachers and school staff - to secure the best possible education for all pupils in our schools. She has a Masters degree in Education Research and Inquiry and is studying for a professional doctorate, investigating the leadership of professional learning to support the development of research-informed teaching across a network of schools.

  • Wayne Burbidge

    Director of Finance and Operations

    Wayne brings many years of experience working as a Finance Director and in other senior roles in the private sector with small and large organisations and a wise and sustainable approach to Trust development. Wayne’s breadth of experience, enthusiasm and drive to simplify and improve Learn-AT's systems such as IT, Finance and Operations is releasing our teachers and school leaders administrative burdens and enabling them to focus on learning, the main thing.

  • Louise Wiltshire

    Finance Manager

    Louise has many years of experience as a School Business Manager. Louise supports trust finance and the operational areas of risk management, procurement, Human Resources and Health and Safety.

  • Joe Bladon

    IT and Network Manager

    Joe works across Learn-AT academies to build a secure and efficient network which supports both trust wide management information systems and IT for teaching and learning.

  • Rebecca Lillie

    Purchase Ledger Clerk

    Rebecca supports the Trust's finance team to process income and expenditure. She operates the centralised purchase ledger and handles credit card transactions for all schools.

  • Phil Lawson

    1st Line Service Desk Analyst

    Phil is the first point of contact for staff when an IT issue arises within the Trust or its schools. Phil works with the IT and Network Manager to offer IT support to all staff and students.

  • Michelle Dubois

    HR Officer

    Michelle is responsible for HR and Safeguarding administrative queries across the Trust. She is the first point of contact for enquiries into the central team and works with Trust Leaders, headteachers and academies within the Trust. Michelle is CIPD Level 5 qualified with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

  • Sue Benson

    Trust Communication Manager

    Sue provides media relations, social media and PR support for the Trust, producing promotional and branding materials for schools and the Trust, ensuring website compliance, developing social media strategy and providing quality assurance for communication and marketing materials across the Trust.

  • Pippa Darbourne

    Trust Governance Co-ordinator

    Pippa is responsible for organising and co-ordinating governance activities across the Trust, including ensuring that all minutes and papers from local governor and Trustee meetings are stored securely, maintaining a database of Trustees and local governors and their pecuniary interests, co-ordinating governor training, arranging clerking services for each school's local governing body and recruiting new local governors for schools.