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  Kirsty Tennyson - Chief Executive Officer

Kirsty is the founding CEO of The Three Saints Academy Trust. She has been a Headteacher in 3 Primary Schools and has 16 years of headship experience. During this time, she has led 2 schools from special measures to outstanding Ofsted judgements and has 9 years experience as an Executive Headteacher of various schools. Kirsty set up and ran a successful teaching school and was the strategic lead for North West Learning Partnership and the Senior Lead for North West Three Maths Hub. She works as a National Leader in Education across the North West. Kirsty worked carrying out inspections for Ofsted for 6 years and has experience as a governor of a local High School. She has worked for the Archdiocese of Liverpool as Interim CEO, setting up a turnaround trust of 12 schools with academy orders.

  Lisa Bradshaw - Deputy CEO

Lisa is a former Deputy Head Teacher, Maths Consultant and Local Authority School Improvement Advisor. Lisa has 25 years of experience working within the education sector and has an excellent knowledge of wider system leadership. Lisa is Deputy CEO and leads on School Improvement and Extended services at the Three Saints Academy Trust. She is the Director of the North West Learning Partnership and as NW3 Maths Hub Senior Lead is responsible for all the strategic and operational aspects of the NW3 Maths Hub. Lisa represents the LWY region on National Maths Hub Council. Lisa has experience in primary and secondary maintained and academy governance. She is currently a Vice Chair in a Secondary school and has been chair of governors of a very successful primary school for 9 years.

  Kim Sawe - Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Kim has been a Chartered Accountant since 2007 and is now a Fellow of ICAEW. She has been in post with The Three Saints Academy Trust since it was established in August 2015. Prior to joining the Trust, she worked as an auditor at the big four accountancy firm KPMG for 11 years. Here she worked with clients ranging from large PLC to small owner managed business but specialising in the audit of charities, including academies and multi academy trusts. As well as leading the finance function at the Trust, Kim is responsible for the supervision of IT, data protection, procurement and HR and payroll.

Linda Smith - Director of Safeguarding & Attendance

Linda has over 20 years of experience working in primary schools. She is Director of Wellbeing for The Three Saints Academy Trust and North West Learning Partnership. Lindas responsibilities include the safeguarding training of all staff and governance in the Trust. The monitoring of the effectiveness of Trust strategy, policy and procedures. She also provides supervision to the safeguarding and wellbeing teams and line manages the Attendance Officers. Lindas experience is in the areas of child protection, safeguarding and all aspects of pastoral care including mental health and wellbeing for children and families. She liaises extensively with outside agencies whether statutory or voluntary in seeking additional resources and support for the schools in the Trust.

  Darren Partington - Director of Maths

Darren has been teaching for 20 years and has taught Nursery to Year 6.During his teaching career, he has had many different roles that has led him to his current role as Director of Maths for Three Saints Academy Trust. Hehas worked with the Northwest Maths Hub 3 for 5 years and was fortunate to visit Shanghai as part of a government exchange programme.Darren isa Primary Maths Specialist, a PD Accredited Lead and is completing his NPQLTD (Leading Teacher Development). Hisrole within the trust is to develop the teaching and learning of maths across the three schools from EYFS to Year 6 through coaching, collaboration, and celebration.

  Maddy Barnes - Executive Director of English

Maddy Barnes is an experienced primary school teacher and senior leader. Maddy still regularly teaches in the classroom and includes live-teaching sessions in most of her training. Maddy is an established educational author, writer, blogger and series editor for a range of educational publishers. She is a DfE QA proofer for grammar and reading and works within test development. Maddy is a KS2 Writing Moderator and blogs regularly for a range of educational settings. Maddy, the Executive Director of English for Three Saints, has worked with the North West Learning Partnership since 2013 providing high quality training for teaching and non-teaching staff.

  Natalie Parry - Director of English

Natalie is an experienced teacher who has worked across all primary phases. She has been a senior leader in The Three Saints Academy Trust (TTSAT) for several years, specialising in English and Special Educational Needs (SEN), completing the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and accredited award for leadership of SEN. Natalie has also worked as a system leader in TTSAT - developing the teaching of English and reading through the SHINE project: Are you really reading by supporting schools across the North West, delivering training and evaluating practice.

  Edd Naylor - Director of EYFS

Edd Naylor is an experienced senior leader and Early Years teacher. Edd is an established Early Years Practitioner who has a proven-track record of whole-school improvement. Edd has worked across a number of local authorities and has supported the LA as an Early Years Moderator. Following three consecutive successful Ofsted inspections, Edd has experience of rapidly improving pupil outcomes and creating 'Outstanding' EY provision. Edd, now the Director of Early Years, is looking forward to working trust-wide with like-minded, committed professionals.

  Jenny Lawrenson - Admin & HR Assistant

As Finance & HR Assistant Jenny is responsible the Trust sales and purchase ledger, for providing HR support to the central team and schools in the Trust and providing finance assistance to the North West Learning Partnership team. She joined the Three Saints team in 2019 having previously been a Customer Retentions Officer and having spent over 10 years in the finance sector.

  Helen Costello Head of Governance

As Head of Governance for TTSAT Helen is responsible for clerking all meetings and advising members, Directors and School Committee members on all aspects of Governance. She prepares everything needed for meetings and ensures they run smoothly. Helen joined the Team in 2023. Helen has over 20 years' experience of working in HR both in private industry and the public sector. Most recently, Helen has worked in education recruitment and marketing for Multi Academy Trusts.

  Lorraine Brown Finance Manager

Lorraine is an experienced and highly qualified School Business Manager with 17 years experience across 3 secondary schools. She has been a member of SLT and has taken the lead on finance including delivering large capital projects and restructuring projects. Prior to working in schools she spent 10 years working in management positions in retail. Lorraine Joined the Team in 2023 and works alongside our CFOO and our schools SBMs.

  Karl Elias - HR Manager
awaiting.png Karl has a wealth of experience gained from working both as a school business manager and working with various departments within the NHS. He has led on large projects including the digital transformation of health records. He is an experienced people manager including leading multidisciplinary teams and has experience of managing HR policies and procedures.

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