About Schoolsworks – The Head Office Team

 

Schoolsworks is run on a day-to-day basis by a small but dedicated team of head office staff. The central team, as we like to call them, manage all of the finances and administration required to run an exciting and growing multi-academy trust. A full organisational chart including the Board, committees and local governance structures can be viewed within the Trust Documents on this website.

Trust Leadership Team

Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton

Chief Executive Officer

Chris trained as a lawyer, beginning his career as a general-practice solicitor, before moving to the voluntary sector where he worked in community projects. He helped to establish and lead a social enterprise, Peaceworks, which developed gold-standard peer mediation in schools.

In 2012, whilst Chair of Governors, Chris helped guide Edward Bryant School’s conversion to academy status. The experience led to the formation of Schoolsworks, now a 6 school MAT, and in 2014 Chris became its full-time CEO.

Cathy Williams

Cathy Williams

Director of Teaching and Learning

Cathy has spent all her career in primary teaching starting work in central London. Having taught in several diverse schools Cathy moved to West Sussex and 1991 became headteacher at Edward Bryant School. She also trained and worked as an Ofsted Inspector and saw Edward Bryant attain an ‘outstanding’ rating in 2010. Cathy has also worked in other schools in partnership with the local authority as a strategic headteacher. Cathy is a keen supporter of locality partnerships and is now a strategic partner in a local teaching schools alliance.

Nick White

Nick White

Principal Director

Nick has been Headteacher at Rustington since 2007 and was keen to become the first school to join Schoolsworks after its inception.

Over his career Nick gained a wide range of experiences in leadership, working in many contexts including rural and suburban settings, middle schools, church schools, junior schools and all-through primaries.

In 2005 Nick worked with two Governing Bodies to set up the first formal federation of primary schools in West Sussex. He passionately believes that good leadership lies at the heart of school improvement.

The Finance Team

Paul Knott

Paul Knott

Chief Financial Officer

Paul, a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, has over forty years financial management experience at a senior level.  He originally worked in the manufacturing sector for companies producing furniture, automotive components, jewellery, gas boilers, aerospace components and pharmaceuticals. He has also worked for a local authority and an IT company providing both hardware and its own software systems to the NHS and private companies.

Paul joined Schoolsworks in 2015 after working for eleven years for a charity providing care and support for older people.

Lynn Wood

Lynn Wood

Trust Finance Officer

Lynn’s background is in Finance and Marketing having worked in banking and as a Direct Marketing Executive for Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Company.  Following a career break to raise a family, Lynn resumed her career in event/business marketing and administration with a local town council and economic partnership. Lynn moved into secondary education six years ago and studied her School Administration Certificate. In January 2016 Lynn became Bursar at Rose Green Junior School and in February 2017 moved to Schoolsworks as a Finance Officer. She has recently completed her studies for SBM.

Craig Gordon

Craig Gordon

Trust Finance Officer

Craig studied engineering and music before beginning his career in education as a secondary school cover supervisor. He qualified as an HLTA and began providing small group interventions for mathematics. He soon progressed to teaching full classes and his love of learning led him to begin studying accountancy in the evenings. After achieving his AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, Craig decided it was time to leave the classroom and move into an office role. In January 2016 he became Bursar at Rustington Community Primary School. A new model for financial services in February 2017 led to his current position as Finance Officer.  He has recently completed his studies for SBM.

The Trust Administration Team

Anita Lamprell

Anita Lamprell

Executive School Business Manager

Anita’s career background was in banking and marketing, before she moved to work in schools in 2003. She is a trained and experienced School Business Manager and served as a governor at various schools for approximately 10 years. Anita was the SBM at Rustington Community Primary School and on the governing body of River Beach Primary School when the schools choose to join Schoolsworks Academy trust. In 2015, Anita became an Executive SBM for Schoolsworks and now supports core services and the financial operations of a number of our schools.

Louise Pope

Louise Pope

Executive Assistant

After working with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, studying for a Design Degree in Brighton and being employed as an international conference manager, Louise took time out to raise her family. Returning to work as a Deputy Clerk at Northbrook College for a couple of years, Louise moved to Schoolsworks in June 2015 as Executive PA to work with the CEO and Director of Teaching and Learning.