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Enhance Academy Trust

Encourage - Help - Achieve - Nurture

Meet our Team

Mark Randall: Chief Executive Officer

Mark took up post as Chief Executive Officer in January 2021.  Previously, he held the post of Assistant Director: Education and Inclusion with Calderdale Council.

He is an educational professional with a proven track record of school improvement gained through a wide range of senior leadership roles.

Mark led Snapethorpe Primary School in Wakefield and Hillcrest Academy in inner-city Leeds to Ofsted judgements of Outstanding.  He has also worked as Executive Principal of four primary schools within a cross phase Multi Academy Trust in Leeds.

Mark has significant experience working with schools as a school improvement adviser as well as leading inspections on behalf of Ofsted.

Lisa Hutton: Chief Finance Officer

Lisa joined the Trust in January 2020 as Chief Financial Officer. Having completed a BSC (Hons) in Accounting and Management Information systems she worked within an accountancy practice for 25 years and qualified as an accountant in 2000 and have since specialised in audit and taxation.

Before joining the education sector, Lisa specialised in Academy external and internal audits for many years, and this enabled her to make the decision to move into this field. Working within the public sector and in particular with children allows Lisa to give something back into society that will allow the pupils in our Trust to achieve their potential.

As CFO Lisa works closely with our dedicated Heads and School Business Managers and ensure that schools remain financially viable and compliant at all times, together with working closely with the Trust team to ensure that the Trust infrastructure, staffing and Health & Safety are compliant.

Nikkie Godbold: Director of School Improvement

Nikkie joined Enhance Academy Trust in Summer 2022 as Director of School Improvement, working across all Enhance academies. She was previously Executive Headteacher and a School Improvement Lead in Elevate Multi Academy Trust.

 In her first headship, Nikkie led Knayton CofE Primary School from Good to an Outstanding judgement in both OFSTED and SIAMS inspections (2017). This provided an opportunity for the school to be an original founding member of Elevate MAT. Nikkie was responsible for the development and delivery of the Trust's Teaching and Learning approach. 

She has subsequently led a further three schools in Executive Headteacher roles. These roles have included a National Support School with a large Teaching School Alliance, a brand-new Free School (from bid to its fourth year) and a sponsored Inadequate School, where standards were rapidly improved.

In 2015, Nikkie became a Local Leader of Education (LLE) and has provided school to school support in a range of primary schools. Her specialisms are leadership development, curriculum development, CPD and coaching. She is a qualified coach through the Institution of Leadership and Management (ILM)

 Andy Hoole: Governance, Compliance and Communications Manager

Andy joined the Trust in April 2021 having previously worked as a Governance Specialist for almost 20 years with Wakefield Local Authority. He has worked across both Primary and Secondary education, working with both maintained schools and Academy Trusts.

Andy also has experience in project management and systems development with a proven track record in Governor development, policy management and implementation, and communications strategies.

Clare Simister: Executive Business Manager – Health and Safety

Clare has recently taken on a new role within the Trust as Executive Business Manager.  Clare is one of our School Business Managers working at St Botolph’s CE Academy and joined them in September 2013.  Clare has many years’ experience within a school leading on Finance, HR, Procurement/Contract Management and all aspects of Premises Management. 

Clare brings a wealth of knowledge to our Central Team and is looking forward to supporting our Academies and making a difference across the Trust.

Julie Pratt: Executive Business Manager – Estates Management

Julie has recently taken on a new role within the Trust as Executive Business Manager with responsibility for Estates Management and financial collaboration with the CFO. Julie is also one of our Schools Business Managers working at Sandal Magna Community Academy, joining in May 2013.

Julie has 40 years’ experience in various fields including; Finance, HR, Health and Safety, Construction, school governance and primary education. This has given her a deep knowledge and understanding of facilities management, procurement, project management and finance.

Julie’s work as part of the Central Team, will allow her to work collaboratively with our academies to develop their estates and premises to create a suitable nurturing environment to allow our children to maximise their potential.

 Matt Jones: Education Improvement Professional

Matt has been Headteacher at Featherstone All Saints CofE Academy since 2016 and prior to this was the Deputy Headteacher and then Headteacher of Joseph Locke Primary School in Barnsley.

During his career Matt has also worked in a number of different roles in both Wakefield and Barnsley, ranging from an Assistant Head Teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher for Creativity in the Curriculum (Wakefield LA) to a National Strategies Mathematics Consultant (Barnsley LA).

 In his first headship, Matt led Joseph Locke Primary School from Requires Improvement to a Good judgement – a grade that the school had never previously achieved in its history. At the time, Joseph Locke was one of the first schools to be graded as Requires Improvement and as a consequence received the full complement of HMI visits and support. Although rigorous and demanding, this work allowed Matt to both develop rapidly as a leader and learn effectively from working closely alongside a Senior HMI.  

Since joining All Saints, the school converted to an academy under the Enhance Academy Trust and the aim is to build on the Good judgement that the school received in 2019.

In 2018, Matt became a Local Leader of Education (LLE).

 Matt has worked in, and with, numerous schools that have ranged in size, context and Ofsted category. This experience, coupled with his involvement in school to school support, from an early stage in his career, gives him a useful skillset to enable him to offer support to others in his Education Improvement Professional (EIP) role for the Trust.   

Liam Petitt: Trust Mathematics and Teaching Specialist

As Trust Mathematics Teaching & Learning Specialist Liam supports schools with all aspects of maths within the curriculum. Lesson structure, planning, resourcing and pedagogy are core elements where he aims to impact upon the way we teach across the Trust and more importantly the way our children learn.

The teaching of maths has changed dramatically over the last few years; through training sessions, collaborative exemplar lessons and working alongside teachers and other teaching staff Liam aims to provide opportunities for personalised development in both teaching and learning within the classroom, and as leaders within the schools.

Janet Lunn: External Consultant

Janet has had over thirty years’ experience working in primary schools. She has been Headteacher in both a large nursery and infant and a through primary school. Both schools achieved an Outstanding judgment from Ofsted under her leadership and Janet was awarded National Leader of Education status in 2013. Since leaving headship, Janet spent three years working in over 100 schools, reviewing school performance and making recommendations for improvements on behalf of Ofsted. Janet is an independent consultant currently working across two Trusts.

Janet has been heavily involved in initial teacher training, working with groups of students to help them reflect upon and improve their performance. Strengths include early years, parental involvement, curriculum design, developing leaders and school development work. Janet is passionate about improving the life chances of all children, particularly those from deprived backgrounds.