The Central Team

Darren Holmes

Executive Director

Darren leads the development of the Enquire Learning Trust. In this capacity works with leaders, teachers, local governors and other professionals to enhance leadership, develop teaching and learning, facilitate improvement, foster transformation and generate quality outcomes for young people. Developing effective approaches to collaboration lies at the heart of Darren’s leadership and the work of the Trust. Darren is an experienced leader, coach and facilitator. His specialism is in developing practice, provision and opportunity through reflection on action, enquiry based learning and powerful communities of practice. He has written on a range of leadership issues for journals and national publications and has presented at national and international research conventions. He is an experienced designer of professional development and has a passion for unlocking the potential of others. Darren has made a key contribution to work at regional and national level through the National College, DfE and TDA. His previous experience includes more than 20 years as a teacher, school leader and senior local authority officer. He has worked as a researcher and facilitator for the National College. Together with Ronnie Woods he co-created Enquire in 2006. Darren is a Yorkshire emigre living in the North East. He is married to Suzanne and they have three fantastic children who provide a crucial perspective on learning. In his spare time he reads widely, tends a wildlife garden, walks a dog, plays football and picks a mean guitar!

Ronnie Woods

Director of Learning

Ronnie lives in Durham City. He was a headteacher for 10 years before joining the National College for School Leadership as lead facilitator on the Networked Learning Communities development and research programme. Ronnie and Darren Holmes left the College to create Enquire in 2006. Ronnie’s work for Enquire has included involvement in individual schools in school improvement and professional development. He has created school to school learning opportunities and developed leadership and professional development programmes for a range of clients across the UK. He also worked with a number of clients facilitating inter-agency working across a range of different services As part of the executive leadership of the Enquire Learning Trust Ronnie’s work is focused upon school improvement and the creation of opportunities for professional learning.

Paul Kennedy

Principal Finance Officer

Paul Kennedy currently lives in Wakefield and has worked within the field of Local Government accountancy since 1984. During this period he worked on many different facets of local government finance, headed up the finance team of a council department and provided advice and support on the financial arrangements for European Funded revenue and capital projects across Barnsley and Wakefield. For the last 14 years Paul has been employed as a Business Director, forming part of the senior leadership team of a large secondary school in Barnsley. During this tenure he initiated and implemented numerous school based business development projects, attracted revenue and capital grant funding for the development of a number of small, medium and large scale projects, and had strategic responsibility for all school based support, resources and delegated functions. Over the last couple of years Paul worked as part of a team which had responsibility for merging two large secondary schools in Barnsley to form one 2000+ pupil Advanced Learning Centre. This work also involved overseeing the closure of a secondary school and ensuring the smooth transition of staff, systems and resources to a new school.

Liz Thompson

Academies Development and Governance Officer

Liz Thompson graduated from Huddersfield university in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Business Management and Administration. She went on to do a 1 year project around Safe guarding of children with special educational needs. Following the project she did 2 years in administration before joining the Enquire Learning Trust as the Academies Development Officer.

Brett Webster

Strategic ICT Officer

Brett has 15 years experience working in an ICT environment, 12 of which have been education based. For the past 4 years Brett worked as the Strategic ICT Manager for Kingstone School, and then Horizon Community College when the BSF scheme merged Kingstone and Holgate in 2012. Brett’s role is to ensure that our academies are given ICT guidance, expertise, and strategic steer to achieve a “good provision of ICT” that is accessible to all our pupils. Brett will also develop central systems within the Trust itself to ensure that we have the correct platforms and systems in place to provide a high level of support to all our academies.

Lauren Stones

HR Officer

Lauren Stones began her career within Local Government spending over seven years working in various departments with NE Lincolnshire Council. Her chosen career path in HR commenced in 2012, moving from NE Lincolnshire Council to the Trust in November 2014. She is currently completing an MSc in Human Resource Management. Lauren is responsible for all areas of Human Resources and Personnel matters across the Trust, working closely with our leadership groups to provide a dedicated framework of support to the central trust and academies.

Jodie Younger

Trust Accountant

Jodie Younger is the Accountant for the Trust. The role involves working alongside the Chief Finance Officer and the academy Business Managers to ensure a comprehensive and effective financial support service is in place across the Trust. Jodie has worked in private practice in Grimsby from 2001. She qualified is a Chartered Accountant, setting up and developing her own successful bookkeeping and accountancy business in 2009, building a client base portfolio of 30 independent businesses over a wide variety of sectors.

Simon Thompson

Payroll Officer

I have worked within Payroll for 25 years. I began my career working for the Arcadia Group before moving onto Polestar Petty in 1997. Prior to joining the Trust in April 2015 I spent 15 years managing the Payroll for an engineering company where I was responsible for processing a number of different payrolls, expenses and administering the company car scheme. My role within the Trust is to ensure all our employees are paid accurately and on time and offer guidance and expertise on any payroll related issues. I have a Diploma in Payroll Management. Away from work I enjoy walks in the countryside with my family and our dog. I am a massive sports fan and enjoy watching most sports particularly football and am a keen supporter of my local team Leeds United where I have held a season ticket for over 30 years.

Kimberly Stuart

Hub Business Manager

After running my own business from the age of 21, I sold it 6 years later to follow my dream in the Equestrian world. Amongst other workplaces, mainly in accounts and customer services, I have worked in primary schools since 2004, gaining as much admin knowledge as possible. I Completed my CSBM the year the same year I managed the conversion of our school to a stand alone Academy in 2012. We then became part of The Enquire Learning Trust in 2014 and joined the central team as Hub Business Manager in September 2015. I love Primary Education and inspired by what goes on in our Academies every day.

Michelle Baker

Hub Business Manager

Michelle is a Hub Business Manager and supports academies within the North East Lincolnshire area. Michelle started her career in the Royal Air Force from school and then joined the banking sector until she moved to Lincolnshire in 2007. She joined her first school in 2007 in administration/business management and became part of the Trust Central Team in September 2015.

Tanya Richardson

Hub Business Manager

From school I trained in the Catering Industry as a Chef. Taking a change in career I started working for the Local Authority in 1999 as an Administrator for Central School Teams. In 2004 I moved to a primary school during which I retrained and became the Business Manager. I was employed at the primary school for 12 years during this time we converted to an Academy in 2013 joining the Enquire Learning Trust. In 2015 I became part of the Central Team as Hub Business Manager for the Teesside

Michelle Curtis

Hub Business Manager

Previously worked as a School Business Manager in 2 primary schools; a secondary school and a free school (16-19 provision). Before working in the education sector was employed in the Democratic Services field.   Personal – Married to Chris and have three children. In my spare time enjoy walking our 2 dogs, baking, upcycling furniture and creating driftwood art. My main passion though is football and I have been a season ticket holder at Manchester City since birth!   Education – Graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999 with a BA Hons degree in Business Studies; obtained the Certificate in School Business Management in 2013; obtained the Diploma in School Business Management in 2014; obtained the Certificate in Financial Reporting for Academies in 2015 and is currently studying for the ILM Level 6 Diploma in School Business Management (ADSBM).

Sheila Bradford

Pensions Administrator

Sheila has worked in administration for 43 years, having qualified as Secretary at 17, both in the private and public sectors. Following her move from Hereford, she has worked for both East Riding and Hull City Councils for the last 17 years, supporting and working in schools as Senior Admin Officer/Business Manager. She moved to the Trust in September 2015.

Jamie McGuire

Estates Officer

I have a background in process operations, working in both local and multinational companies since leaving school. This gave me experience and an interest in health and safety, particularly with regard to plant, equipment and buildings. I soon became involved in Health & Safety and then gained further qualifications in this field. I began my work in education as a primary school site manager and then became the Trust’s Interim Health & Safety Officer. Responsible for the sites and premises infrastructure, buildings condition, facilities management, health and safety, estates maintenance, utilities, project and contract management and developing the Trust’s capital programme priorities.

Jaimie Holbrook

School Improvement Officer

Jaimie is a former executive principal who now provides professional development and school improvement support for the Enquire academies. Developing effective pedagogies, designing engaging curriculum approaches and building leadership capacity is central to Jaimie’s work. In addition to leading a successful school, Jaimie has worked in a range of schools in different contexts supporting leadership and improvement for the local authority. He designs and delivers a range of professional development opportunities and draws upon the expertise across the Trust to broker collaborative support. His work as an Ofsted Inspector gives the Trust real insight into the requirements of the Ofsted framework and he supports the academies within the Trust to prepare for inspection

Phillipa Worrall

Office Manager

Phillipa Worrall began her career within the NHS spending over 10 years working in various departments within marketing, administration and project management. Following a career change she became HR advisor and graduated as CIPD assoc. in Human Resource Management in 2015, working within Education. Phillipa joined us in February 2017, as the Enquire Learning Trust Office Manager. She will be the main point of contact for all general enquiries and will manage the CPD for all staff throughout the Trust.




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