Our Team

Executive Team Roles & Register of Pecuniary and Other Interests 2020/21

Nicholas Hurn OBE

Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Chairman of Education Mutual. Staff Absence and Cover provider. Since 2018.
  • Schools Mutual Services. A Supply and Recruitment Company and part of the Educational Mutual Group.
  • I am chairman of EM. SMS was formed in October 2020.
  • Member of Ascent Special School Trust. From December 2019 to now.I was Chair of the Board of Ascent 5 years prior this.

Jonathan Parkinson

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Headteacher at St Thomas More, Blaydon.

Louise Levy

Chief Operating Officer

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Education Mutual – Company Secretary, July 2018 to date.
  • Schools Mutual Services, Director, July 2020 to date.
  • Bishop Wilkinson Commercial Services Ltd, Director, February 20201 to date.
  • Chair of Governors, Fellside Community Primary School, Gateshead, February 2007 to date.
  • Chair of Member Board, Whickham School, Gateshead, 2014 to date.

Lisa Smith

Chief Finance Officer

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Parent Governor since Dec 2009, Hadrian Primary School, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB.

Helen Naden

Director of Human Resources

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Governor, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Washington since July 2017

Umer Chughtai

Chief Technical Officer

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • N/A

Julie Collins

Commercial Director

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Director of Bishop Wilkinson Commercial Services Ltd, March 2021.
  • Director and Shareholder of Purpose Business & Marketing Ltd, August 2017.
  • Trust appointed Chair of Governors at Inspire Academy, Tameside. MAT is Victorious Academies Trust, Tameside. January 2019.
  • Enterprise Advisor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, assigned to Failsworth School part of the Cooperative Academy Trust, October 2017.

Andrea Riley

Student Welfare Director

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Friend of Cardinal Hume Governor

Jacqui Ridley

Director of Governance

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Member of Gateshead School Forum from Feb 21
  • Consultant for National Governance Association from June 19
  • Co-opted Governor at Dunston Hill Primary School, Gateshead
  • Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair at Bede Primary School Gateshead

Barbara Riley O’Donnell

Director of Ethos

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • Ex Officio Governor (Interim Executive Headteacher) – The Federation of St Josephs and St Thomas More RCVE Primary Schools, Durham

TBA

Director of Curriculum

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

  • N/A