Director of Operations
I have worked within the education sector for the last 20 years experiencing education from both a classroom and school office perspective. Prior to this I gained considerable experience of office management within the hotel and leisure industry. I took a short break from full time working to have children but continued my professional development by becoming treasurer of a local playgroup. This was a voluntary position which I enjoyed immensely and got involved in numerous activities, including fundraising and marketing and was elected to chairperson, a position I held for nearly four years.
In 2009 I became School Business Manager at Kibworth CE Primary School and then took the lead School Business Manager when the school became a multi academy trust in 2012.
I now oversee all operational elements for the entire organization and currently evolving central functions and processes to develop good practice throughout all the schools with particular reference to HR, H&S and facilities. I also project manages academy conversions and lead the Business Manager Network group for the Trust.
I became the Director of Operations in 2015.
I arrive at work from 7.30am and view emails – action those that need immediate response and flag others to manage as and when. I then plan my day and review current pending items – prioritise work according to deadlines and new tasks that have come in.
My main focus are currently re-conversions of two SAT’s to join our MAT group, converting two LA maintained schools to join the MAT and supporting with the opening of a brand new school for September.
I’m usually home at 5.30pm.
Spaghetti alla puttanesca with spiralised butternut squash. A spicy tomato based pasta sauce with black olives and capers – yum!
OMD – Dazzleships in readiness for watching them live at the Royal Albert Hall.
Literacy – favourite
PE – most hated – especially cross country running.
No one day is the same – I love the fast pace and the thinking on your feet and I get to work with some really inspirational colleagues.
Fairer funding of the Schools Funding system. Leicestershire is one of the worst funded counties. As a MAT we are constantly looking at ways of collaborative procurement and sharing best practice to make the most of our budgets but with salary expenditure taking up to 80% of a budget – there is only so much you can do.