Chief Executive Officer
Hugh brings extensive experience in strategic leadership and financial planning and delivery to his role.
He has led a range of educational reform programmes in his previous position as director of academic programming and school operations, as well as developing and opening schools across the world.
He also has a comprehensive understanding of school governance, having been both a school governor and teacher governor for many years.
Hugh was pivotal in developing one of the leading school improvement agencies in the Middle East and his school improvement teams worked in nursery, primary, secondary and all-through schools.
His passion for quality schooling is inspired by a commitment to Catholic education and every child and staff member throughout NPCAT’s 25 schools and our sixth form provision.
He firmly believes in the power of collaboration, combined with strong direction, to help achieve the highest aspirations for young people.
Chief Operating Officer
A qualified accountant, Jim previously held senior management positions in both the academy sector and within local government.
He 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 to the trust an analytical and challenging mindset, coupled with an understanding of the benefits of strong governance and effective risk management as a foundation for achieving strategic goals.
As COO, Jim is the trust’s chief financial officer and leads the finance, HR, governance, estates and information and communications technology functions, ensuring our schools access exceptional business support services that also represent value for money.
Head of HR
Karen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has more than 20 years experience in areas including performance management and organisational change.
She worked initially for Cleveland County Council and later Middlesbrough Borough Council before moving into the private sector with Mouchel and then Kier.
Her work has mainly been within education, managing a complex HR professional service and 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 and supporting headteachers, governors and the trust board.
Head of Finance
Lisa has been an ACMA qualified accountant for more than 20 years and also has a Diploma in Management Studies.
She has spent the majority of her career working in audit, accountancy, capital finance and debtors role in local government departments including housing, property, leisure, libraries, culture and corporate finance.
Her most senior local government role was as strategic accountant for the Regeneration Service.
Lisa has wide experience of large capital projects and housing market renewal schemes and in managing multi-funded projects and grant regimes including European funding. She has led accountancy teams and been a key member of leadership teams.
She entered the education sector in 2014, joining the original Nicholas Postgate Academy Trust as head of finance and corporate services, developing governance, procurement and HR skills.
Lisa, who holds a PGCE qualification in the lifelong learning sector and has taught accountancy at local colleges, is also a member of the North East Directors of Finance Forum.
Senior Finance Partner
Helen is a qualified accountant who has spent her whole career in financial roles, mostly within the public sector.
Before joining NPCAT, Helen worked for St Hilda’s Catholic Academy where she had a leading role in setting up systems and procedures for strong financial control and management and guiding schools through the changes required to be part of a trust.
She also helped ensure schools and the trust board received high-quality financial information to assist with the strategic and planning decisions.
Helen previously worked across in Middlesbrough Council services including children's, families and learning, corporate finance, capital and VAT and was part of a working group that built and implemented a new financial system.
As well understanding the importance of giving budget holders and service providers the regular and reliable financial information they need, Helen also an understanding of the technical input needed to produce a statement of accounts and financial reports.
Senior Finance Partner
Angela is a qualified accountant who has spent her whole career in financial roles in the public sector.
She has significant experience in education as well as other areas of local government and the civil service.
Angela has worked as a school auditor and held finance roles in both primary and secondary schools, most recently as finance manager for a multi-academy trust.
She supports the financial operations of several schools within the trust, including providing financial advice, budget setting and monitoring and costing projects, along with leading on trust-wide projects.
Sam graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Accounting and Finance and spent seven years in the finance team at Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary in Redcar.
This role involved providing financial support and playing a key role in budget setting and preparing management reports, audits and annual accounts.
She also supported the school by taking a role in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, training as an educational visit coordinator and supporting trips.
Sam, whose NPCAT role involves supporting eight schools, is also studying for professional accountancy qualifications.
School Standards Officer
Nicky brings wide experience of working collaboratively to improve standards of teaching and learning.
She has been a headteacher and senior leader for more than ten years and has a passion for Catholic education and the communities served by NPCAT.
She works in partnership with schools to improve outcomes, maximise opportunities and enable our pupils to be the best that they can be.
School Standards Officer
Mark is executive headteacher of Thornaby Catholic primary schools St Patrick’s and Christ the King and has served as a teacher and senior leader in the area for almost 25 years.
He is also a Section 48 Inspector for Religious Education working across the Diocese of Middlesbrough.
In his role as Catholic standards officer, he works in collaboration with schools across the trust to ensure they are all truly Catholic schools.
Having also been a governor at both St Patrick’s Catholic College and St Patrick’s Primary for more than 20 years, Mark understands the importance of this role in making sure every child gets the best possible Catholic education.
Governance and Policy Manager
Pat joins the team after ten years as business manager at Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary in Redcar.
As a member of the school's senior leadership team, she helped implement the many changes required during conversion to an academy and becoming part of a multi-academy trust.
Previously she led administration and support for the Excellence in Cities programme across all the schools in Redcar and Cleveland.
She has a proven track record in the development of systems and procedures for the support of new educational initiatives, adapting to changes in funding streams, initiatives and legislation.
Pat is passionate about supporting the work of governance in the trust and helping governors to be better informed, better trained and more involved in challenging schools and academies.
Fiona is the clerk to the local governing body of the schools within NPCAT.
Before joining the trust, Fiona was a lecturer at Middlesbrough College.
ICT Services Manager
Dan has more than 17 years' experience within education and information technology, where his roles have ranged from technical server systems and networking to strategic planning and management.
He has worked within a number of educational establishments in the North-East, including Middlesbrough College, Heaton Manor School in Newcastle, St Peter’s Catholic College and St Oswald’s Catholic Academy Trust.
Senior Data Analyst
Nick's role is to centralise data for the trust to facilitate strategic understanding and enable intelligence-led decision making.
He makes information accessible through graphic visualisation, as well as ensuring it is interactive and easy to manipulate.
In his previous role with the British Army, Nick conducted intelligence analysis at 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 spent more than 20 years within the hospitality industry before moving into education with NPCAT.
Duties in her previous roles included sales, administration support, revenue reporting, research analysis and maximising revenue to its full potential.
Rebecca takes the lead in the design, management and co-ordination of administrative systems across the trust.
Attendance, Pastoral & Safeguarding Lead
Jill has wide experience of working with children and their families and an appreciation of cross-service collaboration to support and safeguard children.
She spent 11 years as a Cleveland Police officer, where her roles included sexual offences liaison officer, before working in law and then for two local authorities, supporting children in accessing education and attending school.
Her work has included the alternative education sector and engaging the most hard to reach pupils and their families.
More recently Jill developed and implemented the Troubled Families agenda and managing a developing stronger families team for North Yorkshire County Council.
As a school governor, Jill has undertaken responsibilities in pupil welfare, developing learning partnerships and building schools for the future.
Jill returned to Teesside with St Oswald's Catholic Academy Trust and now implements a strategy to enhance each NPCAT school community with a pastoral structure that meets the needs of every child.
NPCAT Estate & Compliance Manager
Matthew began his career a commercial heating apprentice and spent 15 years with Kirklees Council, progressing to become a mobile gas and electrical engineer.
A period as engineering supervisor gave Matthew vital experience of managing a team of maintenance engineers and technicians before promotion to assistant mechanical engineering manager, with responsibility for the maintenance and planned project works to schools and public buildings.
Matthew's most recent role before joining NPCAT was regional contract manager NG Bailey Group, where he was responsible for staff employed on-site and contract compliance, including Health and Safety and statutory inspection.
He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and leads the estate and compliance management strategy that will be consistently applied across the trust.
Lead Lay Chaplin
After graduating in Theology from Birmingham University, Angela taught RE in the Manchester area.
She became active in the Young Christian Workers and was regional president in the Diocese of Salford and acting national secretary before joining the movement as a development worker.
Her role involved helping young people across the country to make real changes in their own lives and those of their local communities by using the see, judge, act method to put faith into action.
Angela later worked as chaplain at St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow on the Hill, before joining NPCAT in 2019.