The Central Team Members

Mrs Ann Cullwick Chief Financial Officer (CFO) , whose core purpose is:
  • Line Manager: the Central Team and Lourdes IT
  • Support the Chief Accounting Officer in the strategic development and operation of the Multi-Academy contributing to Board meetings, meetings with the ESFA, the Diocese and other significant organisations as required. In addition to draft the Governance’s statements for the end of year accounts.
  • Support the Chief Accounting Officer to ensure the Multi-Academy business plan, targets, and performance are implemented and monitored including Multi-Academy policies. The CFO will draft the financial policies and procedures and Scheme of Delegation for Directors to approve. The CFO will then ensure the policies are embedded across the Multi-Academy with the support of the Finance Officers.
  • Provide outstanding leadership and management of the Central function including all business aspects of the Multi-Academy ensuring the delivery of professional support services to schools.
  • Strategic responsibility of the Finance obligations under the Multi-Academy constitution, including strategic oversight of budget setting and financial controls and all aspects of compliance and the statutory obligations relating to the company.
  • Responsible for providing strategic leadership for: Finance, management HR, Health & Safety, Risk Management, Lourdes IT, Facilities management, Administration, Marketing& Communication, Governor Services and for monitoring the Multi-Academy Business Plan against strategic business objectives.
  • CFO support visits, number dependent on level of support required.
  • CFO support with line management structure of Support staff.
  • Chair of half termly Finance Officer meetings.
  • Through sound business planning, ensure that the Multi-Academy has the human, material and financial resources it needs to operate effectively.
  • Completion of all financial and audit returns to the ESFA, other statutory bodies, with regular financial reporting to the CAO, Audit Committee, Strategic Development Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Responsibility for all aspects of the Company Secretarial obligations under the Multi-Academy constitutions and the statutory obligations relating to the company.  To ensure compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements, Company Memorandum and Articles, the Funding Agreement.
  • Designated Safeguarding Leader
  • Staff Mental Health Support Officer
Mr Matt Setchell Lourdes IT Services Lead, whose core purpose is:
  • Installation and maintenance of the Multi Academy’s IT resource
  • Oversight of external IT suppliers and contractors according to specific service level agreements and key performance indicators
  • Development and management of a high specification and reliable Multi Academy network
  • Development of suitable network management tools that can support the service
  • Development of the Multi Academy’s and individual school’s resources and IT support services in line with educational objectives
  • Process of ensuring legal and contractual obligations relating to IT resources, systems and services are met, working with the Multi Academy Data protection officer and Data leads to ensure security of data handled
  • Delivery of the service level agreements provided by Lourdes IT to schools internal and external to the Multi Academy
  • Oversee the procurement of services and good provided by Lourdes IT on behalf of the customer schools
  • Lead the Lourdes IT staffing team to ensure all staff are trained and equipped to provide a first class services to customer schools
  • Development and implementation of Multi Academy and Lourdes IT, IT Policies, Strategy and Planning
  • The delivery of the services provided by Lourdes IT to the schools which purchase them. Management of the Lourdes IT provision and delivery team.
  • Maintain an overall view of the capabilities of the Multi Academy’s IT service and contribute to continuous improvement to meet future needs. Identify software, hardware and working practices required to fulfill functional specifications.
  • Design effective architecture that provides reliable and secure network connectivity across the Multi Academy
  • Lead on the procurement, commissioning and configuration of IT systems, networks and equipment.
  • Oversee planning, recording and implementing changes to hardware and applications for the Multi Academy and Lourdes IT Customer schools as requested.
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader
Mr Luke Payton Data Protection Officer (DPO), whose core purpose is to:
  • Advise the Multi-Academy, individual Academies and the employees about their obligations under current data protection law, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the Multi-Academy and individual Academy’s processing operations, information systems, data security processes and needs, and administrative rules and procedures
  • Monitor the Multi-Academy and individual Academy’s compliance with data protection law
  • Ensure the Multi-Academy policies are followed
  • Advise on and assist the Multi-Academy with carrying out data protection impact assessments
  • Act as a contact point for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), assisting and consulting it where necessary
  • Act as a contact point for individuals whose data is processed (for example, staff, pupils and parents)
  • Respond to subject access requests
  • Respond to other requests regarding individuals’ rights over their data and how it is used
  • Take a risk-based approach to data protection
  • Report to the Board of Directors on data protection compliance and associated risks
  • Respect and uphold confidentiality, as appropriate and in line with data protection law, in carrying out all duties of the role
  • Undertake any additional tasks necessary to keep the Multi-Academy compliant with data protection law and be successful in the role
  • Maintain a record of the Multi-Academy and individual Academy’s data processing activities
  • Work with external stakeholders, such as suppliers or members of the community, on data protection issues
  • Take responsibility for fostering a culture of data protection throughout the Multi-Academy
  • Work closely with other departments and services to ensure GDPR compliance, such as HR, legal, IT and security
Mr Ray Cullwick Health and Safety Officer (HSO), whose core purpose is to:
  • Act as the Responsible Person for the Multi-Academy.
  • Ensure a safe workplace environment without risk to health.
  • Ensure that all Health & Safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to and are regularly reviewed, updated and communicated.
  • Ensure the Company meets its statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to health, safety and welfare at work, including statutory training and reporting.
  • Ensure the completion and regular review of risk assessments for all work equipment and operations.
  • Ensure that all accidents are documented, investigated and recommended improvements implemented.
  • Ensure that safety inspections are carried out, fire drills and fire alarms are correctly reported, safety inspections, risk assessments and lone working procedures are managed and employees are aware of their responsibilities.
  • Co-ordinate the development of health & safety policies, systems of work and procedures.
  • Ensure full and accurate health and safety and training records are maintained.
  • Establish a full programme of documented health & safety inspections, audits and checks.
  • Establish a structured programme of health & safety training throughout the Company.
  • Liaise with external health & safety consultants in the provision of training programmes and health and safety services
  • Ensure that all agreed action points are completed within deadlines.
  • Keep up to date with all aspects of relevant health, safety & welfare at work legislation and communicate relevant changes to the Board of Directors and School Leaders.
  • Provide regular reports to the Chief Financial Officer, Board of Directors/School Leaders on relevant health and safety activities.
  • Participate in meetings when required to report on relevant health & safety matters.
Mrs Rachel Thornstrand and Mrs Kelly Lane Central Finance Team (CFT), whose core purpose is:
  • Use one finance system across the Multi-Academy to ensure economies of scale, financial efficiencies and to ensure a smooth and effective accounting and finance services to schools.
  • To provide accurate period end budget updates for the CFO and Principals ensuring that the schools maximize on financial efficiencies and produce a balanced budget for each school at the end of the financial year.
  • Support the CFO in ensuring all Multi-Academy finance policies and procedures are implemented within each school ensuring consistency in approach and delivery.
  • Undertake Multi-Academy wide procurement ensuring the Multi-Academy focuses on the principles of best value.
  • Strategic staff planning, Multiyear Staff projections.
  • To lead on asset management across the schools.
  • Identify other income streams to increase revenue income across the Multi-Academy.
  • Manage CIF build project finances.
  • Consolidation of the March accounts return and budget forecast.
  • Consolidation of the Budget forecast return.
  • Support on the budget planning process.
  • VAT returns completed monthly.
  • End of year accounts- liaising with Auditors, consolidate the accounts.
  • Preparation of quarterly management accounts for presentation to the Board of Directors.
  • Payroll- reconciliation of monthly payroll for all schools
  • Bank reconciliation and cash flow reporting for all schools (centrally held bank account)
Mr Leigh Shakespeare and Mr Paul Bunegar Site staff Team whose core purpose is:
  • To have key holding responsibilities to lock/unlock school sites
  • To operate the heating systems as directed
  • To operate any fire, burglar alarms as directed
  • To undertake basic handyperson duties and small building repairs as required
  • To undertake portage duties as required and to assist in the unloading of deliveries to the school and loading of deliveries from the school
  • To deal with contractors, on site, as required
  • To ensure that the school sites are safe for all stakeholders
  • To set out and clear away furniture from classrooms and halls as required
  • To have shared responsibility for the proper use and safekeeping of hand tools and small items of equipment
  • To undertake work including significant elements of inside or outside work involving some exposure to moderate noise, heat, cold, disagreeable or difficult surroundings/conditions
  • To liaise with grounds maintenance contractors to ensure the premises are maintained to the required standard
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of paved areas and playgrounds (i.e., disinfecting drains, picking up litter and emptying litter bins and clearing grids)
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of the school gardens/flower beds
  • To maintain the school fields including mowing and line marking and any other general duties as required
  • To undertake playground equipment checks
  • To undertake compliance testing (water, fire, alarms, emergency lighting) and maintain appropriate records
  • To undertake decoration and maintenance programme in school holidays.
  • To be a fire marshal
Mrs Stephanie O’Reilly Central Team Administrator whose core purpose is:
  • To ensure Human Resources files are maintained for the Central Team and Lourdes IT team
  • To undertake administrative duties on behalf of the Central Team and Lourdes IT team
  • To act as the key individual for GDPR
  • To act as the key contract for MAC Transport customers and service contractor
  • To support stakeholders in resolving queries