Trust Central Team

Our Trust has a central team to provide strategic leadership, school improvement services and essential support functions for our academies. Many of our team are co-located with our sponsor, The Co-op, at its iconic head office, 1 Angel Square in Manchester.

Academy

Collette Allen | Governance Officer

Collette has joined us from the third sector, working as a Finance Officer for small charity for young people. She supported the board of trustees, acting as PA to the…

Collette Allen | Governance Officer

Juliet Caunt | Head of HR

Juliet joined Co-op Academies Trust in 2013, establishing the HR function and leading its development. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and brings…

Juliet Caunt | Head of HR
Lily Connaghan | Hub Marketing and Communications Officer

Joe Dundas | Communications and Marketing Manager

Joe is a communications and public relations specialist with experience working for some of the largest UK businesses. Born in Staffordshire, he lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme with his wife. Outside of…

Joe Dundas | Communications and Marketing Manager

Chloe Golightly | Team Administrator

Chloe was born in Manchester and is currently living in Cheshire. Chloe began her administration career in the arts and retail sector as a Warehousing and Administration Assistant, where she…

Chloe Golightly | Team Administrator

Lynda Johnson | Education Director

Lynda Johnson joined the Co-op Academies Trust in April 2017 as Education Director (East Pennines). She works with leaders of Trust academies in Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees to help them…

Lynda Johnson | Education Director

Emma Kershaw | Acquisitions and Development Officer

Emma has joined us from Arts Council England, having managed North Area Council which formed part of the Governing Body of the organisation. Emma is also experienced in providing  Personal…

Emma Kershaw | Acquisitions and Development Officer

Gary Lagar | Finance and Resources Director

Gary is a senior finance professional with over 30 years’ experience in both the public and private services sectors where he’s held a variety of posts including Managing Director and…

Gary Lagar | Finance and Resources Director
Amanda Makinson | Finance Manager

Frank Norris | Director of the Trust

Frank was born in Essex, and worked in banking before going to university to train as a teacher. He taught in a number of schools in Stockport before becoming a headteacher,…

Frank Norris | Director of the Trust

Jennica Rama | Trust HR Officer

Jennica studied at Manchester Metropolitan University completing her undergraduate degree in Business Information Technology and her Masters in Human Resource Management. Jennica started her HR career in Turning Point as…

Jennica Rama | Trust HR Officer

Shaheen Rasool | Professional Development Lead

Shaheen Rasool took up post as Trust Professional Development Lead at Co-op Academies Trust in September 2017 having worked previously as a senior leader in one of the Trust primary academies. Shaheen has…

Shaheen Rasool | Professional Development Lead

Claire Scanlan | Head of Governance & Communications

Claire has worked in the education sector for twenty-four years having management roles in local government, education consultancy and central government.   Claire most recently worked as a senior manager in…

Claire Scanlan | Head of Governance & Communications

Tony Stephens | Data Manager

Tony had four successful secondary headships over 20 years with consistent Ofsted praise for his leadership. He then worked with a wide range of schools across the country offering all…

Tony Stephens | Data Manager

Martin Sweeney | Acquisitions and Development Manager

Martin Sweeney joined the Co-op Academies Trust as Acquisitions and Development Manager in May 2018. Born in Salford, Martin qualified as a teacher in 1982 and taught in various local…

Martin Sweeney | Acquisitions and Development Manager

Heather Unwin | Governance Manager

Heather has over 15 years’ experience administration. She has worked for The Co-operative Group since 2009 as a HR Administrator. In 2012 she moved to the Social Goals and Membership…

Heather Unwin | Governance Manager

Mark Williams | Education Director

Mark Williams joined the Co-op Academies Trust in January 2017 as Education Director (West Pennines). He works with leaders of Trust academies in Greater Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and Wirral to help…

Mark Williams | Education Director