The Central Team

Darren Holmes

Chief Executive Officer

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

Chief Operations Officer

Paul currently lives in Wakefield and prior to joining the Trust in 2013 worked for a number of years within the local government finance sector. As a Principal Officer, he lead 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 14 years Paul was employed as a Business Director, part of the senior leadership team of a large secondary school in Barnsley. During this tenure he initiated and implemented numerous school based business developments, 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. In his current role, Paul is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of all Trust business and operations.

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

Chief Finance Officer

Jodie Younger joined the Enquire Learning Trust in November 2014 as trust accountant. In September 2017 she took on the role as Chief Finance Officer. She is responsible for the financial management and sustainability of the Trust and working alongside the Trust Finance Manager and Academy Business Managers to ensure a comprehensive and effective financial support service is in place across the Trust. Jodie is a qualified chartered accountant and prior to joining the trust worked in private practice for nearly 15 years.

Rebecca Clayton

School Improvement Officer (Data & Performance)

Appointed in 2009 to her first headship in a socially deprived school in “cause for concern”, Rebecca led the school to become outstanding. Shaped by this, Rebecca retains her passion for enabling children to flourish in an environment of outstanding practice. Rebecca’s leadership career spanned 11 years across 3 key stages in schools with a variety of challenging circumstances. Rebecca’s vision is that school leadership and collaboration is at the heart of making schools extraordinary places to learn. Her school improvement role is to work alongside principals to develop depth leadership within academies and offers coaching and challenging support to senior leaders in designing effective whole school provision. She is responsible for designing robust and accurate assessment protocols that aid leaders to close gaps in attainment rapidly. She has supported schools with children at risk of exclusion and set up a resourced base provision for behaviour in conjunction with a Local Authority.

Jaimie Holbrook

School Improvement Officer (Inspection & Safeguarding)

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

Michelle Baker

Finance Lead

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.

Jamie McGuire

Estates Manager

Jamie has a background in process operations, working in both local and multinational companies since leaving school. This gave him experience and an interest in health and safety, particularly with regard to plant, equipment and buildings. He soon became involved in Health & Safety and then gained further qualifications in this field. Jamie 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.

Simon Thompson

Payroll Manager

Simon has worked within Payroll for 25 years. He began his career working for the Arcadia Group before moving onto Polestar Petty in 1997. Prior to joining the Trust in April 2015 he spent 15 years managing the Payroll for an engineering company where he was responsible for processing a number of different payrolls, expenses and administering the company car scheme. Simon's 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. He has 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.

Kay Harrison

Payroll Assistant

Kay joined the Trust in June 2017 to provide support in the Payroll and Pensions department.

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.

Holly Robinson

Apprentice

Holly joined the Trust in June 2017 and is an apprentice providing administrative support.

Alistair Gill

ICT Technical Lead

Alistair began his career working in Secondary Schools providing e-Learning packages and Technical Support before moving into Network Management. After joining a Learning Platform provider, Alistair managed a Technical Support Desk and team of consultants whilst carrying out implementation training, configuration and consultancy with schools and academies up and down the United Kingdom and overseas. Alistair works closely with our academies and the Trust Central Team to deliver ICT Technical Support and Guidance across the Trust.

Lindsey Freear

Responsible Officer

Lindsey is a chartered accountant and joined the Trust in September 2017 as the Responsible Officer.




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