Chief Executive Officer
Hugh brings extensive experience in educational leadership to his role. He is highly qualified and and has taken the lead in ensuring the Trust’s formation was achieved within the planned time frame. Hugh has vast experience in strategic leadership and financial planning and delivery. He has led a range of educational reform programmes in his previous role as Director of Academic Programming and School Operations as well as developing and opening a number of all through schools across the world.
He has an intense understanding of school improvement and school operations. Hugh has a deep appreciation of school governance having been both a school governor and teacher governor for sixteen years. With vision, drive and leadership, Hugh has empowered staff and has been pivotal in developing one of the leading school improvement agencies in the Middle East.
His school improvement teams worked in nursery, primary, secondary and all-through schools. During 9 years in this post, he established and embedded rigorous systems of quality management, ensuring school improvement was effectively planned and delivered. As a consequence, students accessed better quality education and opportunities for academic and personal progress.
Hugh’s passion for quality schooling propels a commitment to catholic education and to every child and staff member in every one of our 25 schools and sixth form provision. Hugh believes firmly in the power of collaboration combined with strong direction in order to achieve the highest aspirations for young people, he has extensive experience of successful projects management and risk management.
Chief Operating Officer
Jim brings a wealth of experience across the full range of corporate services areas and has played a pivotal role in ensuring the development and formation of the Trust.
A qualified accountant, Jim has previously held senior management positions in both the academy sector and local government. As a former Chief Internal Auditor to both Gateshead Council and Northumbria Police Jim brings an analytical and challenging mind set coupled with a deep understanding of the benefits of strong governance and effective risk management as a foundation for achieving strategic goals.
As Chief Operating Officer for the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, Jim is the Trust’s Chief Financial Officer and will lead the Finance, HR, Governance, Estates and ICT functions; ensuring our schools access exceptional business support services which also represent value for money.
Head of HR
Karen is our Trust HR Manager, a Chartered Member of the CIPD. She has over 20 years experience in the full range of HR disciplines including performance management and organisational change.
Working initially for Cleveland and Middlesbrough Councils before moving to the private sector working for Mouchel and then Kier. Her work has primarily been within the education field managing a complex HR professional service delivering advice, policies and processes to ensure schools, academies and academy Trusts are up to date with changes to legislation and safeguarding.
She has a key role in consulting and negotiating with Trade Unions supporting Headteachers, Governors and the Trust Board.
Karen is very much looking forward to be working in this new Academy Trust providing the strategic and operational support to enable schools and Headteachers to achieve the Trusts objectives.
Head of Finance
Lisa has been an ACMA qualified accountant for over 20 years and also has a DMS in Management. She spent the majority of her career in Local government working in the areas of Audit, Accountancy, Capital finance, and Debtors. Holding various posts as her career progressed she worked in many service areas including Housing, Property, Leisure, Libraries, Culture and Corporate Finance. Her most senior role in local government was the Strategic Accountant for the Regeneration service. Lisa was involved in many large capital projects and Housing market renewal schemes. She has experience in managing multi-funded projects and management of many different grant regimes including European funding. She has led several accountancy teams and was a key member on the leadership teams.
She entered the Education sector in 2014 in the original Nicholas Postgate Academy Trust as the Head of Finance and Corporate Services which incorporated 5 schools and through this developed skills in governance, procurement, and HR.
Lisa is looking forward to the many challenges and opportunities within NPCAT which is one of the largest North East Academies.
Lisa is passionate about the impact Education can have as on someone's career development and holds a PGCE qualification in the Lifelong learning sector. She has taught CIMA and AAT at local colleges. She is a member of the North East Director of Finance Forum and through this and other linked group's understands and appreciates the benefits that strong collaboration and networking with Educational professionals can bring to her own professional development.
Senior Finance Partner
Helen is a qualified accountant who has spent her whole career in financial roles the majority of which were Public Sector focused.
Previous to Nicholas Postgate, Helen worked for the St Hilda’s Catholic Academy as this was a newly formed Trust Helen took a leading role in setting up systems and procedures for strong financial control and management, guiding the schools through the changes that being part of a Trust entails. Ensuring the schools and the Trust Board received high quality financial information to assist with the strategic and planning decisions.
Helen has previously worked for Middlesbrough Council, working across many services including Childrens, Families and Learning, Corporate Finance, Capital and VAT as well as being part of a working group that built and implemented a new financial system. As well as a strong understanding of the importance of providing regular and reliable financial information to assist budget holders and service providers with the information they need to make decisions, Helen also has a strong understanding of the technical element required in order to produce an organisation’s statement of accounts and financial reports.
Helen is looking forward to the many challenges and opportunities with Nicholas Postgate and using her skills and experience acquired over the years to ensure robust financial support and reliable guidance can be provided to the schools across the Trust.
Senior Finance Partner
Angela is a qualified accountant who has spent her whole career in financial roles in the public sector. She has spent the past 15 years in education following experience in other areas of local government and the civil service.
She has previously been a school auditor and has held finance roles in both primary and secondary schools, most recently as Finance Manager for a predecessor Multi Academy Trust.
As a Senior Business Partner, Angela supports the financial operations of a number of schools within the Trust, including the provision of financial advice, budget setting and monitoring and costing projects, along with leading on a number of Trust-wide projects.
Sam graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Accounting and Finance and has worked in the Finance Team at Sacred Heart Secondary for the last 7 and a half years. Here she provided financial support and played a key role inputting into the budget setting, management reports, audits and annual accounts She has moved to the Central Finance Team to take up the training position of Trust Finance Partner and advance her career and will be supporting 8 schools. She will soon start studying for professional accountancy qualifications.
Whilst in her last school Sam additionally supported the school delivery by taking a role in the Duke of Edinburgh awards within the school and was trained as an educational visit Coordinator and supported school trips.
School Standards Officer
In her most recent role as Executive Lead for Teaching and Learning, Nicky brings experience of working collaboratively to improve standards of teaching and learning.
She started her teaching career over sixteen years ago and after completing Fast Track Teacher with the National College she pursued her career within Catholic leadership.
Nicky has been Headteacher and senior leader for over ten years and has a passion for Catholic education and the communities we serve. In her role as School Standards Officer she will work in partnership with schools to improve outcomes, maximise opportunities and enable our pupils to be the best that they can be.
School Standards Officer
Executive Head teacher at St. Patrick’s and Christ the King Catholic Primary schools in Thornaby. I have worked for 23 years as a teacher and a senior leader within primary schools in Thornaby. I have also been fortunate enough to have been a parent within the community too, as all four of my children attended St. Patrick’s, where they were a given a first class Catholic education and a fantastic start to life. They all have different talents and are now pursuing their own careers or in further education, as a result of the well-rounded education they received at St. Patrick’s.
Currently, I am a Section 48 Inspector for Religious Education working across the Diocese of Middlesbrough.
In my role as Catholic Standards Officer I work in collaboration with schools across the Trust to ensure that all of our schools are truly Catholic schools. I will strive to ensure that the children in our care receive an education that will prepare them to have successful futures in an ever changing world.
Having been a governor for over 20 years both at St Patrick’s college and St Patrick’s Primary I have a full understanding of the importance of this role and the challenge and support I can give to a school. I will work hard, alongside my colleagues, to make sure that the children become positive role models in the communities they serve.
As governor, and a leader, I have high expectations for our schools. We are the strategic leaders and play a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible Catholic education.
Governance and Policy Manager
Pat comes to the team after ten years as a Business Manager in Sacred Heart Secondary, Redcar where she took a full role in the Senior Leadership Team and was involved in implementing the many changes required during the conversion to an academy and becoming part of a multi-academy trust. Prior to this she led the administration and support for the Excellence in Cities programme across all the schools in Redcar & Cleveland. She has a proven track record of development of systems and procedures for the support of new educational initiatives, adapting to changes in funding streams, initiatives and legislation.
Passionate about supporting the work of governance in the Trust and helping governors to be better informed, better trained and more involved in the challenge of schools and academies, she recognises that, in an increasingly secular world, the challenge to faith schools is to deliver a quality education in competition with others, whilst recognising the uniqueness in God of every child in their schools.
Karen is the clerk to the Local Governing Body of the schools within Nicholas Postage Catholic Academy Trust. Her career has been in education for the past 18 years which during this time she has worked as a School Administrator. Karens last role was School Business Manager at one of the schools within the NPCAT. Karen has also worked for a Local Authority as a School and Governor Support Officer.
Fiona is the Clerk to the Local Governing Body of the schools within Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust. Prior to joining the Trust Fiona worked as a lecturer at Middlesbrough College.
ICT Services Manager
Dan has over 17 years of experience within education and information technology in various roles from technical server systems & networking to strategic planning & management.
He has worked within a number of educational establishments in the north east region including Middlesbrough College, Heaton Manor School, St. Peter’s Catholic College and St. Oswald’s Catholic Academy Trust.
Now working as part of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust Dan brings an endless amount of enthusiasm and energy that he focuses across the trust.
Senior Data Analyst
Nick is our Trust Senior Data Analyst. His role is to centralise data for the trust in order to facilitate strategic understanding and enable intelligence led decision making. Nick will look to make information both accessible through graphic visualisation as well as interactive and easy to manipulate.
In his role as an intelligence analyst for the British Army, Nick conducted intelligence analysis at various levels; from ground patrols in Afghanistan through to international strategic planning at the UK’s NATO headquarters in Gloucester. After leaving the military, Nick worked with Thames Valley police to trial advanced analytical techniques within the field of child exploitation and safeguarding.
Rebecca’s previous roles have been within the Hospitality Industry for over 20 years, covering a wide range of duties including sales, administration support, revenue reporting, research analysis, maximising revenue to its full potential to name a few.
She is very much looking forward to working alongside the CEO Hugh Hegarty and the COO Jim Farquhar as part of Nicholas Postage Catholic Academy Trust.
Rebecca loves to embrace new challenges, she expects her new role to be exciting and full of new opportunities to work with a wide and diverse range of people through proactively supporting the best interests of all within the trust to achieve their objectives.
Rebecca will be taking the leading in the design, management and co-ordination of appropriate administrative systems across the trust as required.
Attendance, Pastoral & Safeguarding Lead
Operating within our local communities, Jill has diverse experience in working with children and their families and an appreciation of cross service collaboration to support and safeguard children.
Serving 11 years as a police officer with Cleveland Police, Jill specialised in community and road traffic policing and as a sexual offences liaison officer. Progressing into legal practice, Jill spent a short time dealing with medical negligence and personal injury cases. Moving into local authority, Jill has 16 years experience working across schools in both Middlesbrough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, undertaking practitioner and managerial roles, to support children in accessing their education and attend school. Her work has included the alternative education sector, where she has engaged the most hard to reach pupils and their families.
More recently, Jill has worked for North Yorkshire County Council, extensively developing and implementing the Troubled Families agenda and managing a team for Developing Stronger Families. Delivering early intervention and preventative services, Jill has worked with children and families by assigning Short Breaks funding for SEND provision, allocating resources for children in need, supported parents and children through the identification and co-ordination of parenting programmes across all age groups and designated family work specifically for children experiencing domestic abuse.
Utilising her skills and knowledge within the voluntary sector, Jill has provided an outreach service to victims of crime, including witness support at court and has participated in the delivery of community referral order panels in relation to youth crime. As a school Governor, Jill has undertaken responsibilities in pupil welfare, developing learning partnerships and building schools for the future.
As the academy programme evolved, Jill returned to the local area to develop and implement the attendance and early intervention strategy for St Oswald's Catholic Academy Trust. Establishing her role within Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, Jill is keen to implement a strategy to enhance each school community with a pastoral structure that readily provides an extensive supportive network across all our schools and colleges and meets the needs of every child.
NPCAT Estate & Compliance Manager
Matthew’s career began in 2002 as a Commercial Heating Apprentice. He spent 15 years with Kirklees Council where he progressed from an apprentice to a mobile gas safe and electrical engineer. In 2011 he became an Engineering Supervisor which allowed him to gain the vital experience of managing a team of maintenance engineers and technicians. Matthew was then promoted further to Assistant Mechanical Engineering Manager where he held the responsibility for the maintenance and planned project works to schools and public buildings.
Matthew joins us from NG Bailey and was employed as a Regional Contract Manager. He was responsible for the work of all staff employed on site and for the compliance specific requirements of the contract. This included Health and Safety and statutory inspection compliance.
As the Estates and Compliance Manager, Matthew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. He will lead on the estate and compliance management strategy which will be consistently applied across the of Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust.