Our Lady of Lourdes Central Services Team

Welcome to the Central Team 

The Central Services Team at Our Lady of Lourdes offers a wide range of services to our schools, to allow them to concentrate on education, whilst we take care of the operational and service side on their behalf.

Operational Areas

The Central Team have responsibility for the four main operational areas Finance, Human Resources, Premises and Information Technology.  In addition, we have a centrally appointed Data Protection Officer,  Data Manager and Catering Lead and provide advice and support on Governance to our Local Governing Bodies on behalf of our Directors.  

The Team

Our Central Team is based at The Oaks business park in Redditch.  The team have access to excellent office, meeting and training facilities which can also be utilised by our schools.  Many of the Central team are peripatetic and are deployed to our schools.  

Introducing our Catholic Senior Executive Leader CSEL

Mr Tom Leverage MA (Cantab)

After graduating from Cambridge University, Mr Leverage completed his PGCE at the University of East Anglia before working in a number of high performing private schools as both a teacher and head of department.   Mr Leverage has held the post of Deputy Headteacher at two Outstanding schools, subsequently being appointed Headteacher of one.

Having lead three schools as headteacher and two schools as Executive Principal, Mr Leverage has considerable experience in school leadership and management.  He has worked in senior leadership teams for four multi-academy groups and also has significant experience around rapid school improvement having been seconded by two local authority ‘School Improvement’ teams to support schools causing concern.

Mr Leverage is passionate about Catholic education and has dedicated much of his career to the advancement of Catholic schools.   He took up post as Catholic Senior Executive Leader on 1st January 2021.

Introducing our Chief Finance and Operations Officer CFOO

Mrs Ann Cullwick

Ann joined Saint Augustine’s Catholic High school in September 2006 as a Finance and Specialist Schools Officer.  Ann became the School Business Manager within two years and led the conversion of all four schools to Academy status and the incorporation of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic MAC in July 2014.  In April 2020, Ann supported St Thomas More Catholic School Leadership as they converted to Academy status and joined the Multi Academy.

Ann is the driving force behind the growth of the Central Services Team and is passionate about enabling School Leadership Teams to focus on teaching and learning by lifting the burden off operational duties.  Ann is also the Company Secretary and supports the Directors in providing Governance support.

Ann is a member of the Executive team, Finance and Resources Committee and Risk and Audit Committee.

Central Offices - The Oaks