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Who's who?

Find out about our Staff below:

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    Ruth Sturdy

    Ruth is a qualified teacher and has a B.Sc ( econ) from the University of Wales and an MA with a focus on education. Her career has always had a focus on SEND,she was a SENCO in three schools in her journey towards school/setting and now multi- school leadership. Her experience of leadership across a range of settings including mainstream and specialist provisions as well as at a wider local authority level means that she has a wealth and breadth of knowledge and skills to bring to the role of CEO of SEAX.

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    Katie Urch

    Katie joined the SEAX Trust in May 2019, to provide Administration support to the Trust and LOOP. She brings with her over 10 years of administrative experience within the private sector across many industries. Katie is also an AAT member.

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    Kim McWilliam

    Director of Academy Improvement- Kim is a qualified teacher with a BA(Hons) from Goldsmith College in London in Design and Technology. Kim has always had a focus on working with young people with SEND both in her education career as well as through voluntary work. She has experience of leadership in school settings as well as working in school improvement roles at a local authority level with a particular focus on improving the outcomes of young people with SEND.

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    Catherine Burnside

    Director of Governance & Compliance, Catherine joined the SEAX Trust in August 2018 having previously worked as a clerk for maintained schools. She had also worked as a teacher in both secondary and primary settings before moving across to school governance. Catherine has a passion for education and is committed to ensuring effective governance across the Trust. Catherine’s role also encompasses Company Secretary for SEAX.

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    Jackie Harper

    Jackie has over 20 years experience of finance in schools, moving from the maintained primary sector to Thriftwood Special School (Academy) in 2014. She is now the Director of Business at SEAX Trust, working closely with the Business staff from each school within SEAX - and looking forward to the opening of a new school with an Autism Specialism in the future. A Fellow Member of AAT she is dedicated to ensuring that the business life of the Trust and its schools is compliant, but user-friendly.

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    Darren Mussenden

    Darren joined the SEAX Trust in September 2016 as the IT Manager and brings over 20 years’ experience supporting and managing IT solutions, deployed within an educational environment. Darren enjoys travelling and his favourite country is Italy.

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    Kate Stannard

    Kate Stannard Director of HR Kate joined the staff of Thriftwood School in 2010, having worked in the private sector for some 30 years previously. She moved to work directly for the SEAX Trust in September 2016, taking responsibility for cross-Trust HR provision. She is a Member of the CIPD and is CIPD Level 5 accredited.

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