Chief Executive Officer: Judi O'Leary
Previous to becoming CEO of SHINE Multi Academy Trust, Judi was an experienced Headteacher - working in two different local authorities during her time leading Birklands Primary School in Warsop, then Whitemoor Academy in Nottingham City. Additionally, she worked as a leadership consultant at Riverside Primary School and, before that, was employed by Nottinghamshire Local Authority as part of their school improvement team. In both occasions, Judi was asked to support settings which were judged as being in 'special measures.' This was based on her proven track record of achieving a 'good' Ofsted rating within a year, through the highly effective school improvement programmes which she implemented.
Finance & Business Director: Sarah Brown
Before joining SHINE Multi Academy Trust, Sarah was a School Business Manager in an inner-city primary school, which then converted to academy status. Prior to this, she worked for Nottingham City Council within the schools' finance team - helping many settings across the local authority with their financial accounting. She started her career at an independent accountants, then moved to Ruschliffe Borough Council, where she became a qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT).
Curriculum Director: Pete Bevington
Pete is responsible for the development of curriculum at SHINE Multi Academy Trust. His role is to ensure that staff are equipped to deliver high-quality teaching and learning - facilitated through training, INSET and coaching. During his seven years of working in Nottingham City schools, Pete led all ten Foundation Subjects and Science - gaining local and national recognition for his curriculum design, which is now used to improve the curriculum offer in all SHINE schools. This experience also allowed him to build a range of partnerships, both in business and education, including regular lecturing at Nottingham Trent University.
Pete has a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education, a NPQ in Senior Leadership, is a trained Educational Visit Co-ordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead, as well as having been a governor across primary and secondary settings. More recently, he was selected by the Department for Education to form the first cohort of their Exemplary Leadership Programme. In addition to his role at SHINE, Pete is strategic lead for a Girls' Football School Partnership, co-ordinates a PE Network of over 35 schools and is Chairman of Nottingham Schools’ FA.
HR and Marketing Director: Lauren Cartwright
Before joining SHINE Multi Academy Trust, Lauren worked for Whitemoor Academy within their school office team. Lauren helps deliver the HR function for the Trust - leading on staffing, recruitment and retention, payroll and change management. Lauren is also the Data Protection Officer for SHINE and organises the Trust-wide celebration events.
School Improvement Lead: Kate Hall
Kate completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Administrative Science in 1990. This was followed by a PGCE (Primary).
During her career, she has been lucky enough to have worked in many different areas of the country - including Morayshire, Tower Hamlets, Lincolnshire and Nottingham City. Kate worked as a deputy headteacher at a City primary school before arriving at Scotholme - first as the deputy and then as the headteacher.
She completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2004 and the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership in 2021.
Scotholme successfully introduced an innovative mastery approach to Maths several years ago which has been rolled out across the Trust with equal success - as validated during recent Ofsted Inspections.
Kate forms part of the Central Team as School Improvement Lead. She works closely with the CEO and Curriculum Director to coordinate school improvement work across the Trust and has particular responsibility for supporting schools, previously in an Ofsted category, leading up to their first Ofsted as part of SHINE.
Clerk to the Board and Company Secretary: Helena Brooks
As clerk to the board and company secretary for SHINE Multi Academy Trust, Helena’s role within the central team is to co-ordinate meetings and issue documentation between the members, the board of trustees, and the academies. As governance lead, complaints co-ordinator, admissions lead and policy adviser, Helena ensures compliance within SHINE and provides advice and assistance as the first point of contact for these areas. As company secretary Helena also ensures legal and regulatory compliance within the Trust. Helena has a BA Business Management degree, a background in business management within the public and private sectors and over 15 years’ experience of leading governance across all stages of education from EYFS through to post 16.
For any general enquiries, please get in touch with the SHINE Team using the contact form found here.