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Karen Burns, CEO, Victorious Academies Trust (Chair)
Karen is an experienced school leader having worked in a multi academy trust since April 2015, taking on the role of CEO in January 2016. During 2017 Karen led discussions with the DfE, Regional Schools Commissioner and former sponsor to relaunch the Trust. Victorious Academies Trust was launched in January 2018 and currently comprises of seven primary academies with additional schools under application. Subsequently Karen has supported a small MAT in Cumbria in the role of interim CEO and is currently mentoring two MAT CEOs in Greater Manchester and supporting a local primary school, as a School Improvement Officer.
Steve Howell, CFO, Red Kite Learning Trust
Steve has worked in the education sector since 2003 following roles as a Management Accountant for various blue-chip companies including Unilever and Coca-Cola. Steve has helped establish and develop Red Kite Learning Trust and as CFO leads on financial, risk and compliance matters as well as steering the Trust and the Teaching School on strategic and commercial aspects. Steve also serves as a School Resource Management Adviser.
Lee Mason-Ellis, CEO, The Pioneer Academy
Lee Mason-Ellis commenced at Stewart Fleming Primary School in 2008 as the Head Teacher. At the time the school was in Special Measures but has since been graded as Outstanding in all categories by Ofsted. Lee has been fundamental in the development of The Pioneer Academy which was started with the prime objective of raising educational achievement for children and ensuring the highest standard of care and guidance. Under Lee’s direction, The Pioneer Academy has developed a cluster of successful schools in Croydon, Bexley, Bromley, Kent, Surrey and Brighton.
Jackie Salvidge, CEO, Innovate Healthcare
Jackie has worked in Occupational Health for over twenty years and started Innovate with the aim of transforming the way services are delivered through early intervention, combining Innovate’s psychosocial model and case management approach. Working as a clinician in a school in her early career has driven her to ensure that education is a key focus sector for Innovate, creating a specific service that meets these needs separating them from their competition. Jackie is passionate about ‘helping people overcome barriers to health and work.’ This sums up her career purpose and underpins what Innovate strives to achieve.
Anne Slade, COO, The Pioneer Academy
Anne Slade has extensive knowledge of the corporate and operational support functions of schools, having worked in this area of expertise for over ten years. Anne started working with The Pioneer Academy in 2013 when they supported a school outside of the Trust. Her role as Chief Operating Officer encompasses strategically ensuring the most effective use of resources in the support of the learning objectives over all the schools, and the Multi Academy Trust.
Abby Turk, Account Manager, Innovate Healthcare
Abby has worked with Innovate for over five years using her experience of Occupational Health and Wellbeing to help shape the future for education sector customers. Working as a key account manager within education has provided insight into the specific needs of this sector. Abby understands the impact of absence on an employer, and consistently ensures that the services Innovate provides to this sector are effective and efficient. She leads their account management team within this sector to improve the value of the service. Abby supports clients using proactive, innovative services which complement the core services and help to reduce absence.