Chief Executive Officer
Jacqueline Waters-Dewhurst has spent over 20 years in education starting in the primary sector. She has significant experience in leadership and the transformation of organisations having taken up the role of Diocesan Director of Education in Bristol diocese prior to being appointed as Director of Education for the Diocese of Lincoln. In both organisations she has introduced the academy strategies, set up a Multi Academy Trust and transformed teams by increasing capacity and skills in order to better serve schools in an ever changing educational landscape. She has served nationally on the National Society Council and locally was chair of the North Somerset Strategic Schools Forum and chair of Governors at Westhaven Special School also in North Somerset.
Jacqueline is passionate about ensuring that the wider diocese understands the gift that it has in its church schools. She worships at a local Lincolnshire church and is on the cleaning and tea rota believing that service is an important part of faith.
Jackie is an inspirational speaker and has spoken at events locally nationally and as far afield as Dublin.
Deputy CEO & Director of School Improvement
Paul is the strategic lead for school improvement for LAAT. Having been a successful Diocesan Deputy Director of Education since 2010, Paul has an excellent knowledge of the 141 schools in the diocese. From being in a team of two advisers when appointed, Paul has built a very strong school improvement team consisting of 14 Associate Advisers and 8 specialist advisers to work alongside the permanent internal team of five advisers. He is able to draw on the strengths and expertise within the Diocesan schools as well as the team of advisers and key partners in education such as the teaching schools, local authorities and independent consultants. Paul’s career in education spans 22 years with the majority of that time in senior leadership positions. He holds the NPQH qualification and has been a successful headteacher for seven years achieving a good OfSTED and Outstanding SIAMs inspection during this time. Paul is also a trained SIAMs inspector and leads a team of inspectors. He uses his wealth of experience to lead the school effectiveness advisers and ensure the school improvement strategies bring about sustained development in all LAAT academies.
Finance & Operations Director
Leanne Holmes joined the LAAT as Finance Director in May 2016. She is a qualified Accountant, having completed her qualifications in 2000 whilst working at Streets & Co Chartered Accountants.
Leanne has extensive experience in the charities field and her last role was as a Financial Controller at The Orders of St John Care Trust, a not for profit organisation caring for older people across 75 sites throughout the UK, with a turnover of c£120m.
Her aim is to ensure that the finance function is able to support the LAAT in responding to the challenges of a fast-evolving educational sector and is able to deliver a high quality service to the schools that it serves.
In her spare time, Leanne is a Treasurer and Trustee of a local Scout and Guide Association.
Kerrie joined the LAAT in August 2016 as Finance Manager. She is an ACCA and AAT qualified accountant.
Her previous role was as Assistant Manager at Streets & Co Chartered Accountants, where she worked with many different charities, including numerous academies. During this time, she has developed an understanding of the complexities of this sector.
Kerrie enjoys working with and being able to provide support and assistance to the schools that the LAAT serves and is passionate about assisting the academies to provide high quality education in a financially effective way.
I completed AAT qualifications in 2011 and have over 5 years of experience in the commercial sector as part of the finance team for a multinational company.
I joined LAAT in 2016 and part of my main role is to provide effective and efficient service to the schools it serves.
HR Business Partner
Laura joined the trust in April 2016 having gained a number of years of HR experience across both the private and public sector. Laura has undertaken her CIPD Level 5 in HR Management and is an associate member of the CIPD. As well as supporting the Trust in attaining its strategic goals through its staff, Laura oversees the breadth of HR functions including employee wellbeing, learning and development, staff recruitment, induction and benefits.
Laura has particular expertise in guiding and supporting managers on employee relation issues and resolution of complex cases.
Governance & Data Protection Officer
Fran joined LAAT as Governance Officer in July 2017. Prior to this, Fran worked for 4 years as a Governor Support Officer in North East Lincolnshire, providing professional clerking, support, advice and guidance to the Governing Bodies and Senior Leaders of a number of maintained schools and academies (stand-alone and MATs). She also supported a number of Governing Bodies through the processes of federation and conversion to academy status. Fran aims to use the knowledge and experience gained to support schools, Local Boards and Clerks to further develop governance within LAAT.
Schools Effectiveness Adviser
Stuart has ten years of headship experience in good and outstanding schools. When working as a both a National and Local Leader of Education he supported schools in moving from a category to good. He was a National College Professional Partner who provided support for new headteachers. Stuart undertakes inspections.
Stuart’s role is to support schools in: evaluating their effectiveness, creating and implementing improvement plans and developing teaching and learning. The sharing of effective practice across trust schools is a core element of Stuart’s work and one that has resulted in school to school support between trust schools. Stuart leads the trust’s Quality Assurance processes and has created the wide range of school improvement and governance systems that the trust provides to its schools.
Schools Effectiveness Adviser
Samantha has been a senior leader and head teacher in an infant and a large primary school, as well as the head teacher of the first primary academy in Lincoln.
Samantha was seconded to Ofsted to be an HMI for a year during which time she was given the opportunity to inspect a wide variety of schools, including independent secondary academies, primary, infant and nursery schools; and also work alongside colleagues and senior leaders to support schools to continue to improve outcomes for their pupils.
In her current role she works alongside colleagues to ensure that all pupils have the best possible opportunities during their time in education. Samantha leads school development reviews, supports school leaders, including governors with evaluation and development planning as well as providing pastoral and professional support for all aspects of school life.
Schools Effectiveness Adviser
Dan has worked in primary schools for twenty five years, the last twenty spent in leadership roles in two Diocesan of Lincoln Church schools. Working at Lisle Marsden (VA) Church of England Primary Academy in Grimsby; ultimately as Headteacher, Dan has a wealth of experience of amalgamation, federation and more recently academisation in a very large 560 pupil setting. Dan is a CEO Board member of the Humber Teaching School. Dan is also an Associate Adviser for the Diocesan Board of Education as well as the School Effectiveness Adviser for LAAT.