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 and Admin 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 and Admin Officer

Juliet Caunt | Head of HR

Juliet was born in the Midlands and went to school in Northampton.  She studied psychology at Reading University, and worked as a hotel receptionist for two years, prior to commencing…

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
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 was born in Manchester and currently lives in Warrington. She studied at Manchester Metropolitan University completing her undergraduate degree in Business Information Technology and her Masters in Human Resource…

Jennica Rama | Trust HR Officer
Shaheen Rasool | Professional Development Lead
Claire Scanlan | Governance and Corporate Projects Manager

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

Heather Unwin | Senior Governance and Admin Officer

Heather has over 10 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 | Senior Governance and Admin Officer

Mark Williams | Education Director

Mark Williams joined the Co-op Academies Trust as Education Director (West Pennines) in January 2017. Born in Birkenhead, Mark qualified as a teacher in 1985. He taught in a number…

Mark Williams | Education Director