Paul Whitman Director - Chair Paul worked for 10 years in retail financial services in the UK and Africa. For the last 10 years he has been running his own business as an independent Learning and Development Consultant working in Europe, Asia, Far East, US and India. Paul has a passion for development and leadership at all levels in organisations and enjoys the challenge of working and facilitating diverse cultural groups. He is married and has two children at Abbey Grange Academy and one at St Chad’s Primary School. Paul is a keen, if slightly slow, triathlete and an active member of South Parade Baptist church in Headingley. Carol Kitson Director Carol is CEO/Executive Principal (Secondary) of Abbey MAT. Prior to this role she was appointed as Headteacher at Abbey Grange CfE Academy in 2010 having been Deputy Head for 9 years. Carol was involved as a Governor in a Church of England Primary School for 14 years, 5 years of which as the Vice Chair and then Chair of Governors. She was also a Churchwarden at her local parish church for 7 years. Carol has two adult children who are both doctors working in hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne. Helen Pratten Director Helen, Executive Principal (Primary) of Abbey MAT, has been Headteacher at St Chad’s CfE Primary since 2011, prior to this appointment she was Deputy Head at the school for four years. Helen is passionate about providing children with as many exciting experiences and opportunities as possible and in maintaining a positive, caring and stimulating environment for staff and children where ideas and creativity are valued. Tessa Mason Director Tessa Mason was a primary teacher for 25 years and a Headteacher in Leeds for 16 years prior to joining the Department for Education undertaking the following national roles: Regional Programme Leader for the Training & Development Agency (TDA) for schools (2007-2011), DfE NCSL Regional Associate (2011-2014) and is currently DfE Education Adviser for the Academies Division, Professional Mentor for the Arts Council England and DfE Teaching & Leadership Advisor in Yorkshire & the Humber for NCTL and ACOD. Living in Weetwood, Tessa is a mum and grandma. Jon Norden Director Jon was appointed as Principal at Abbey Grange C of E Academy in September 2014 after 4 years as Vice Principal. He has been in the profession for over 20 years, initially as a History and Politics teacher, with senior leadership experience in two other West Yorkshire schools. He has 3 children still in the education system – at secondary and university level. Steve Simkins Director Steve is an Actuary and a Partner of KPMG where he is the Head of Public Sector Pensions. He is part of KPMG's Public Services & Healthcare practice and has many clients across the sector, including school academies and local authorities, working closely with colleagues on a wide range of issues. He is married to Naomi and has four children who have all attended or are still at Abbey Grange Academy. Steve lives in Calverley and is a member of St Wilfrid's C of E Church. In his spare moments Steve might be found playing the trombone or riding his bike. Frances Baker Director Fran is a barrister specialising in civil litigation and practising out of Zenith Chambers in Leeds. She read law at Oxford University and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn in 2007. Fran also acts as an external examiner for the Bar Standards Board and provides training in advocacy and public speaking. She has two young daughters and in her spare time she enjoys cooking and gardening. Dean Stratton Director Dean is the Centre Manager at Land Securities’ White Rose Shopping Centre in South Leeds. Land Securities is the largest commercial property owner by value in the UK and a FTSE 100 Company. Dean has been based at White Rose for eight years and has helped to establish the shopping centre as one of the most successful retail destinations in the UK. On a day to day basis he is responsible for the operational performance of the asset. Prior to joining Land Securities Dean had a successful ten year career with Debenhams, working in human resources and operations management roles around the UK. Dean is based in Leeds, though originally from Cleethorpes, and is a Business Studies (BA Hons) graduate with a particular interest in strategic planning, operations management, health and safety and social legitimacy. Peter Laurence Director Peter was Principal at Brigshaw High School in Leeds until 2010, before becoming Development Director of The Brigshaw Co-operative Trust, an eight-school partnership in outer east Leeds which became a multi-academy trust in the autumn of 2016. He has combined this role with being a Regional Adviser for The National College and, more recently, providing support for schools and local authorities looking to develop stronger school collaborations. Peter is also a member of the WYAD Diocesan Board of Education. Reverend Jude Smith Director Jude Smith is the Pioneer Team Vicar based in Hawksworth Wood and Moor Grange. Prior to ordination Jude graduated in History from the University of Cambridge and worked as a secondary school teacher, youth worker and charity development officer, as well as in community development and regeneration. She will often be found running (well jogging) or generally getting excited about sport or politics. Colin Blair MBE Director An alumni of Abbey Grange, Colin Blair has been with the University of Huddersfield for over 27 years, currently as the Director of Estates and Facilities, and has been instrumental in managing the transformation of its academic estate into one of the best examples in the HE sector. Colin has a wide experience of educational property issues and has provided advice to and served as a board member at schools, colleges and other charity groups within West Yorkshire. Colin was recognised for his services to Higher Education and the Community of Huddersfield with the award of an MBE in the Queens 2016 New Year’s Honours List.

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Abbey Multi Academy Trust

c/o Chapter House

Abbey Grange Church of England Academy

Butcher Hill


LS16 5EA

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