MEET THE LOCAL ACADEMY COMMITTEE (LAC)
Mrs. Z. Heath (Chair of LAC)
Joining St Chad’s Academies Trust in 2015; I bring several years extensive experience in the multi-dimensional discipline of Human Resource both transactional and strategic (payroll, pensions, safeguarding, recruitment, consultancy, job evaluation and Single Status) as well as traded services and academisation through project management principles whilst employed in the public sector at local authority level, incorporating practice to support the organisation both corporately and more latterly within the education sector.
Since joining the Trust I have progressed into management of the Human Resource team through natural growth as the team has expanded before promotion to the Director of Operations post in 2019. Working strategically and operationally during this time to successfully convert 15 academies (having worked collaboratively with the original 4 academy conversions), to develop operational systems to support senior leaders in all academies through policy and procedure writing in line with employment law practice and report writing, develop working relationships with external partners at local Authority, DfE and through MAT leadership programme, project management from scope to implementation of a new Trust wide HRMS and been instrumental in developing Union relations through JNC.
I am an Associate Member of the CIPD in Human Resource Management and have successfully completed the Optimus MAT Leadership programme, encompassing all elements of Trust sustainability (efficiencies, effectiveness and economies of scale), growth and stabilisation, financial management and cultural change.
I have gained extensive experience in governance through representation as both a Trust representative and Chair since joining the Trust; striving to achieve the best for the pupils and communities we serve through accountability frameworks and challenging conversations to ensure we offer quality first teaching and affective governance scrutiny and assurances.
Mr. R. Dickson (Vice Chair of LAC)
Originally from Northern Ireland, I have lived in the West Midlands since 1996. After completing my studies at Wolverhampton University I then spent the next two years working in executive recruitment. Feeling unfulfilled with my career choice I returned to study and qualified as a primary school teacher in 2001. I have now been a Headteacher within the West Midlands and Shropshire for the last fifteen years and I am currently serving as Principal of another Church of England academy within the St. Chad’s family.
St. Peter’s is local to where I live so I jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the governance of the academy, utilising my professional experience to support school improvement and further improve outcomes for our children. My governance responsibilities include safeguarding and maths.
I have a huge interest in outdoor education and anything sports related. I have played rugby all of my life and represented Ulster and Ireland at youth level. I have also represented British universities and Staffordshire at Senior level. I have recently retired from playing 1stXV rugby but continue to coach youth rugby at both club and academy level.
Mrs. J. Gilliland
I am a member of St Peter's Church congregation and I represent the church on the LAC of St. Peter's Academy. I am also the SEND governor. I am a retired teacher, married, with two grown-up children and one grandchild (so far!).
Mrs. S. Carlile
I am an Associate Solicitor with expertise in Development Planning, and I work for an international law firm based in Birmingham. My career as a solicitor regularly involves skills such as project management, communication and problem solving – skills I will bring to St Peters LAC. I joined St Peters LAC in order to utilise my transferable skills for a wider purpose and to give back to the community.
Mrs. L. Burnam
I am a HR Business Partner with expertise in People processes, legislation and Employee relations. I put myself forward to become a member of the St Peters LAC as a Parent LAC to offer my support, help and knowledge from a different business perspective whilst at the same time supporting my 2 boys’ education setting and feeling involved in the school and helping to add value where I can.
Mrs. K. Saxton
Professionally I have worked in the legal sector for 20 years before taking a career break to start and raise a family.
I have a strong affinity and relationship with St Peter's Academy as my husband attended the school and I now have my own children at St Peter's Academy in Year 2 and Year 4. I find supporting the school as a volunteer very enjoyable and rewarding. Over the years, I have been involved in the school's fundraising committee and more recently as a parent helper listening to the children read and assisting on school outings.
As a recently appointed parent governor, I am looking forward to contributing to St Peter’s Academy and making a difference in ways which will enhance the ongoing excellent education that is in place. I hope to be able to represent other parents to make sure that the school provides the best possible opportunities and experiences for all children to succeed and achieve their full potential.
LAC Members Attendance
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