Andy has been a Head teacher since 2001 at three non-selective secondary schools: a single sex boys’ school, a single sex girls’ school and a mixed school. He became CEO of the Skills for Life Trust in 2014 with just one school and the trust has now grown to five schools – two secondary and three primary schools across Medway and Gravesham all of which are now deemed to be good by OFSTED.
During Andy’s time as a senior manager and as Chair of Governors at a local primary school, more than twenty inspections have been successfully ‘negotiated’ at his schools with all concluding with positive outcomes.
Andy is passionate about supporting children as effectively as possible so that they might fulfil their potential when they become adults. He is adamant that this ‘vocation’ can be enhanced by adults working closely together across the Trust so that all children are able to benefit from the best practice available.
Mr M Campbell
Skills for Life Manager
Marek has been working as Skills for Life Manager since October 2021. He has 17 years of experience in education, both as a classroom teacher and deputy head teacher across primary, secondary, alternative provision and secure training sectors. Marek did his teacher training at Canterbury Christchurch University and his first placement was at Greenacre Boys School back in 2005.
Prior to teaching Marek worked in industry. This covered the recruitment, tourism, and leisure sectors. He was part of the management team opening up two multi-million-pound bar and nightclub complexes and worked for two leading tourist attractions in Scotland.
This combination of industry experience and a deep passion for education gives Marek a great insight into the skills employers are looking for in young people and an understanding of how they can be integrated into the curriculum and culture of our schools. Marek has a passion to ensure that all students in the Trust are prepared for the future in whatever their next steps may be and that they contribute positively to their local communities.
Mrs R Stevens
Head of Governance and Company Secretary
Rachelle joined the Skills for Life Trust in January 2022 from a large MAT based in London and the South East. Rachelle is Head of Governance and Company Secretary and is responsible for ensuring the trust vision, ethos and strategic priorities are effectively delegated throughout the trust and that the trust board complies with Company Law and the Charities Act, to fulfil the requirements within their objects. Rachelle is the key link between the trust board, committees and operational teams.
Rachelle takes governance structures and builds strong systems of accountability and support for trust boards to ensure financial stability and educational success.
Using the principals of effective governance, frameworks and legislation written by the DfE and ESFA, ensures these are threaded throughout the strategic processes used in academy trust governance. Rachelle began her career in corporate business and quality management for an international software house before moving into the education sector 10 years ago where she has worked within governance, policy and compliance services.
Mr K Hoskins
Trust IT Manager
Kev is the IT Manager for the Skills for Life Trust and has been a member of the central services team since the Trust was formed in January 2014. He has worked at Greenacre Academy for many years prior to this. The main objective of his role is to support and develop IT systems across all of the Trust schools.
Kev’s responsibilities include overseeing the installation of network and computer systems; maintaining, repairing and upgrading network and computer systems and diagnosing and fixing problems with the network, its hardware, software and systems. He is responsible for managing the IT technicians across the trust, supporting and helping them to develop within their roles.
The team has gone from strength to strength with the recent appointments of our Secondary Schools and Primary Schools IT Network Managers and we are well placed to keep moving forward and improving IT across the Trust.
Mr T Heyes
Trust Data Manager and DPO
Tom joined the Skills for Life Trust central services team in 2014 as Trust Data Manager and of Trust Data Protection Officer in the wake of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Tom’s role as Data Manager involves overseeing the collection, analysis and reporting of many different types of data for a variety of audiences; from progress reports for parents and carers to school census returns for the DfE. Most importantly, he provides the leadership teams and teaching staff in all trust schools with the information needed to make decisions that give all pupils within the trust the opportunity to succeed.
As Data Protection Officer he has implemented a number of different systems, policies and procedures to make sure all Trust schools meet the requirements of the GDPR, with the help the central services team and senior leaders at each of the schools.
Mr A Jackson
Chief Financial Officer
Alex joined the Skills For Life Trust in January 2020 from a neighbouring Multi Academy Trust in Medway, where he held the position of Financial Controller. Alex has significant public sector financial management, planning and strategy experience in both Education and Healthcare across the home counties and London. Prior to this, he gained commercial Accountancy experience in Construction, Insurance and Property, working for a number of high profile firms. Alex is currently working towards finishing his CIMA qualification.
Alex is responsible for all aspects of Trust finance and is accountable to the CEO (AO), DCEO, Trust Finance & Audit Committee and Board of Trustees. His primary aims are to ensure the Trust adheres to the Academies Financial Handbook, the set of financial guidelines set by Central Government and that our Trust Annual statutory accounts are produced in the framework of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice. This includes undertaking duties such as setting and maintaining budgets and five year financial forecasts, maintaining robust financial controls and producing accurate and timely management information, in order for School leaders to make informed decisions and to safeguard the financial future of the Trust.
Alex is also tasked with driving forward the Trust’s ambition to capitalise on the considerable commercial potential of the Trust’s assets in order to add to the funds that can be directly attributed to improving the educational offering in each of our constituent schools. Alex is assisted by a team of six central finance staff, based at the Trust office and out at two Trust schools. He can be contacted by emailing email@example.com