Having been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for PACE Academy Trust in September 2021, I feel privileged to be leading such a flourishing trust, where our schools work closely in partnership with each other, whilst remaining vibrant and creative settings in their own right. Our schools are diverse in size, context and locality and we use this diversity to learn from each other; this is what makes PACE a special place to work.
I have worked as a headteacher and executive leader in a diverse range of schools across Croydon, Surrey and Sutton, including roles within other MATs. This breadth of experience has provided me with insight into the vast achievements that are accomplished by schools, as well as the challenges that different settings face. My role as an executive leader for a contrasting Multi Academy Trust provided an opportunity to see ‘first hand’ what can be achieved by a group of schools working in partnership towards the same goals and the NPQEL qualification that I achieved in 2019 embedded this further. Having spent most of my headship years as a leader within the maintained sector, I completely understand the caution you may have as a leader when contemplating joining a MAT. However, I can absolutely assure you of the benefits that being part of a small Multi-Academy Trust bring. The opportunities, team-work, sense of security and the support available is second to none- and incredibly reassuring in a climate of educational and financial uncertainty.
I am passionate about inclusion, the UNICEF rights of the child and ensuring all learners appreciate the value of diversity and understand the importance of equality. As the CEO of PACE, I am committed to ensuring that every child receives an excellent educational experience, empowering them to achieve their full potential as learners now, but also equipping them to flourish as adults in the future.
As Chief Operating Officer I lead operational functions ranging from the management and development of our sites through to HR. I am motivated by the impact that high quality education and care in schools can have on young lives. All aspects of my role are about trying to ensure that all of our pupils and adults thrive in our schools.
I joined PACE Academy Trust in November 2018 following a varied career in the Civil Service working in leadership roles across policing, counter-terrorism and recruitment.
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience working in audit and SME companies. My career has extended across a number of sectors and has included leadership roles in finance and HR. I enjoy using my skills in the local community having been a treasurer of a local pre-school for a number of years and a governor of a local infant school for 8 years.
I joined PACE Academy Trust in 2015, one year after the trust was formed. My role as the Chief Financial Officer is to support the Chief Executive and Headteachers and to provided financial leadership to our schools to ensure that our finances comply with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook. I enjoy the challenges and variety that this role offers and am very proud to be working for PACE Academy Trust.