CENTRAL SUPPORT TEAM
Judith has a wide and varied career in many different areas of education. She started her career in Herefordshire teaching in secondary schools, with a particular focus on pupils with special educational needs. Moving to Oxfordshire in the mid 1990’s, Judith developed her skill set to include advisory work for the Local Authority on SEN, behaviour and inclusion, in both primary and secondary schools. This in turn led on to her becoming a successful primary headteacher in 2004, in Oxfordshire. This included Executive Headships and Advisory work with schools requiring additional support or in negative OFSETD categories.
She returned to Herefordshire as a Local Authority School Improvement Advisor and worked with many schools across the county with a focus on improving teaching and learning, NQT’s and Assessment. She has been the CEO since March 2016, but prior to this was the Head of School Improvement for the Trust.
Chief Operating Officer
Sam joined the BAET after working as a School Business Manager at a Shropshire secondary school for 12 years. Her previous experience includes working as an Auditor with both the Audit Commission and 13 years with Hereford City/Herefordshire Council. She has a Diploma and Certificate in School Business Management as well as AAT and is a Practitioner of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Sam was a founder member of the Shropshire SBM Association and will continue to represent the BAET at their meetings. In addition she is an accredited Safer Recruitment trainer with the Lucy Faithful Foundation.
Head of Finance
Thomas has a background in education and finance and joined the BAET as Head of Finance in July 2018. He started his career as a auditor and trained and qualified as an ACA chartered accountant with KPMG in 2013. Thomas has since worked for Young Enterprise and at the University of Gloucestershire in a number of financial and strategic roles.
Leading the Finance Team, Thomas acts as a business partner for governing boards and headteachers, to ensure efficient operation of financial procedures for academies and the Trust, and the timely provision of key management data, to ultimately improve student outcomes.
Georgia has worked in education since 2007, and before taking up this role was Finance Officer at a Voluntary Controlled Secondary School, providing ongoing support to the School Business Manager. She began studying for her Diploma with the Association of Accounting Technicians in 2011, and completed it in early 2013. She then went on to win the AAT national CPD Prize in 2014, and has recently completed the Diploma of School Business Management.
Georgia began working for the Education Team of the Diocese of Hereford in June 2014, and joined the Bishop Anthony Educational Trust as Finance Officer full time from January 2015. Now Finance Lead for the BAET, Georgia provides ongoing financial support to the academies after conversion, and is responsible for payroll and Local Government Pension Scheme administration throughout the Trust.
Academies Effectiveness Officer
Janet joined BAET in September 2017 following a successful career in Senior Leadership and as a School Improvement Adviser. She started her career in Bolton and moved around the country, developing her skills across the primary phase, including the foundation stage. A first Headship, in a small village school in Northamptonshire, enabled her to acquire the skills to juggle leadership with a teaching commitment. Two further Headships in Surrey followed, including a period as an Executive Headteacher of a newly formed federation. During this period she provided support for local schools as a local leader of education.
Janet then returned North and joined Trafford LA as a School Improvement Adviser with a focus on developing leadership and improving teaching and learning. She is passionate about supporting schools to ensure the best possible outcomes for all groups of pupils.
Governance and Compliance Officer
Karen had a background working in various roles within the Shropshire Local Authority until taking up the position as Education Coordinator within the Diocesan Education Team. This role enabled Karen to enhance her skills to understand and along with the Education team support the Diocesan Church Schools.
Within the role of Governance and Compliance Officer within the BAET, she brings experience to continue supporting the all Academies within the Trust.
Hannah joined BAET as a finance apprentice after spending two years studying Health and Social Care at college. During these two years she spent a large amount of time on work placement in schools. Hannah is studying AAT Level 2 at college one day a week and hopes to then progress onto levels 3 and 4.