Dawn is Chief Executive Officer. Dawn became CEO in January 2022 having previously served as Deputy CEO and Education Director.
Dawn has been a delegate on the Future Leaders (Ambition School Leadership) Executive Educators programme, is a facilitator on the Executive Headship programme and the Vice Chair of the Board of a MAT in the West Midlands.
Dawn was the founder and Chief Executive of the Student Engagement Trust which focused on the advancement of student engagement, voice and leadership to drive educational improvement working with schools, multi academy trusts and corporate educational organisations in England and the USA. In addition, Dawn has served on a number of national student voice and leadership advisory groups, including ‘My Education’ in partnership with Teach First and Pearson.
Dawn spent 10 years at the Youth Sport Trust where she supported pre-designation and re-designation and school improvement of specialist sports colleges. Dawn was the national lead for the coaching and leadership and volunteering strands of the government’s Physical Education and School Sport Strategy for Young People, working closely with the Department for Education and the Department for Culture Media and Sport. During this time, Dawn also worked closely with government departments in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, India and Malaysia to support policy and national strategy development for the advancement of student leadership. Dawn advised the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on their legacy strategy for young people as well as leading the establishment of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Youth Board.
Dawn's early career was as a PE Teacher, Head of PE and Director of Sport. Dawn wrote a successful bid for her school to become one of the first few Specialist Sports Colleges in the country where she became Assistant Headteacher. Dawn has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management and is a published author in the field of student engagement, voice and leadership. Dawn has presented at numerous conferences in the UK and overseas, as well as speaking with the Education Select Committee in the Houses of Parliament and at Conservative and Labour Party conferences.
Dan is the Director of Education. He was previously Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted. At Ofsted, Dan led school inspection policy, was the specialist adviser for the 2019 Framework and was school remit lead for Ofsted’s response to the pandemic. In addition, from 2017 to 2020, Dan led Ofsted’s work on ‘off-rolling’, bringing together Ofsted, the Department for Education and the Children’s Commissioner’s Office to improve the lives of marginalised students across England.
Before working for Ofsted, Dan held a wide range of roles in schools, trusts and universities. He was national leader for accountability for a large national multi academy trust, head of inclusion, director of teaching and learning and director of post-16 provision. Dan has a keen interest in leadership development, having led an international senior leader development programme, taught MA courses and supervised school leaders’ Master's dissertations.
Dan completed a BA (Hons) in English and Education at Cambridge University, followed by a PGCE in English and Drama and an MA and Doctorate in Education at Staffordshire University. Dan’s doctoral thesis examines school collaboration and its impact on students and school leaders.
Outside of work, Dan can be found playing piano (badly) and the drums, walking his dog, reading and cycling.
Chris has over 15 years of experience in the education sector, working in local authority schools and multi academy trusts, where he has led professional service operations as business manager and facilities/estates, capital projects and procurement lead.
Chris has a degree in Sports Development and Leisure Management from Gloucestershire University, both the Certificate and Diploma for School Business Management (DSBM) and is currently studying for a Master's degree (MBA) in Executive Leadership.
Chris previously held leadership and management positions at Matrix Academy Trust, where he supported the academy conversion process of the lead school and others joining the trust, and latterly as Business Manager at Cheslyn Hay Academy. Chris joined Windsor Academy Trust in the role of Head of Estates, Sustainability & Commercial Operations in 2020 after Cheslyn Hay Academy joined our family of schools in 2018.
Across his career, Chris has operated in all professional services functions and has expertise in leading and developing strategies for estates, facilities management and procurement/commercial operations.
He has been client lead on multiple multi-million-pound capital investment construction and decarbonisation projects, successfully writing bids and securing significant investment from various funding streams, including the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) and the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS).
Claire has almost 20 years’ experience in communications in some of the Midlands’ leading public relations consultancies. Over two decades, she has developed a strong track record in corporate, B2B and consumer PR, reputation management and stakeholder engagement.
During her career, Claire has gained extensive client and sector experience working with national brands and multi-outlet organisations to develop and deliver effective communication strategies and award-winning brand campaigns.
A strategic thinker, Claire has held several leadership and management positions, most recently as Board Director of Birmingham-based communications consultancy, Whistle PR. There, Claire led on some of the company’s biggest client accounts while working alongside the Managing Director to develop and lead the business.
Claire has a degree in Business Administration from Cardiff University, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Diploma from Birmingham City University and is studying for a qualification in Personal Performance Coaching from The Coaching Academy.
Claire joined Windsor Academy Trust as Director of Communications in 2022.
Mark is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and joined the Trust in August 2012. He has over 20 years’ experience within finance across the public sector and has held senior management positions in Local Government, working within education finance and leading finance teams in Social Care and the NHS.
Mark started his career as a youth trainee in a Local Authority Education Accountancy
Team supporting schools with financial management, earning numerous promotions and qualifications through these early stages of his career. In a continuation of financial experience within the educational environment Mark moved into a trainee accountant role with the University of Wolverhampton where he assisted with the creation of many successful research bids and awards.
Mark became a qualified management accountant in 2003 while working for the NHS. Mark returned to a local authority role to utilise his NHS experience by taking a principal finance manager role supporting social care.
Mark contributed to a number of key policy initiatives including the integration of health and social care, joint funding and personal budgets. This work led Mark into a two-year secondment within a transformation team, taking the financial responsibility for the implementation of "personalisation" in social care. Mark went on to chair the Regional West Midlands Finance Group, presenting to numerous internal and external audiences on the financial implications of this key government policy.
Prior to Mark’s employment at Windsor Academy Trust in 2012, he spent the previous 4 years back in the NHS as head of finance leading teams across the full spectrum of financial services.
|Martin Lopez||Head of Marketing|
|Alex Webb||Head of Finance (Revenue)|
|Leyla Palmer||Head of Professional Learning and Talent|
|David Buckley||Head of Information Technology|
|Sonya Lanckham||Deputy Director of Education|
|Sandy Hayes||Head of School Evaluation and Assurance|
|Sue Cooper||Head of HR - Employee Engagement|
|Raiela Ali||Head of HR - Policy and Initiatives|
|Nathalie Gothing||ITE and ECT Lead|
|Lisa Newton||Catering Manager|
|Rob Church||Principal Accountant|
|Rhiannon Hopcroft||Executive PA to CEO|
|Fenella Dziegiel||Executive PA to Director of Operations|
|Natalie Bryan||Executive PA to Director of Education|
|Kayleigh Guest||PA to Professional Learning Team|
|Keith Hicklin||Estates and Health & Safety Manager|
|Phil Cleaver||1:1 Device and Analytics Lead|
|Naheed Kouser||School Finance Partner (Payroll, Pensions and Systems)|
|Vicki Wood||School Finance Partner (Primary)|
|Silvina Martinez||School Finance Partner|
|Rashpinder Kaur||Finance Transaction Team Coordinator|
|Julie Jones||Finance Officer (North)|
|Callum Scott||Finance Officer (CHA, RPA, GPA)|
|Joy Skeldon||Finance Officer (WAT, KWA, CLPA, WHSSF)|
|Susan Baker||Senior Finance Officer (Capital/Projects)|
|Dawn Goodman||Finance Administration Assistant|
|Jill Snow||Pensions Advisor|
|Charlotte Carr||Finance Administration Assistant|
|Matthew Eastwood||Finance Administration Assistant|
|Megan Whitehouse||Finance Apprentice|
|Sally-Anne Chidwick||Governance Professional|
|Georgia Blount||Administrative Assistant|
|Sharon Redfern||Administrative Assistant (North)|
|Donna Moreton||Administrative Assistant (North)|
|Jemma Bridgewater||Administrative Assistant|
|Joel Elford||Marketing Apprentice|