Central Team

The Trust provides a number of professional advisor services to ensure its academies receive appropriate guidance and support in the key areas of business and finance. This core team of professionals ensure consistent methods of operation, strong quality assurance and best value for academies within the Trust.

Tom Banham - Chief Executive Officer

Tom is an experienced NLE and provides school to school support to schools in a variety of different contexts. He is a lead facilitator on the NPQH Programme and is the Chair of the South Yorkshire Teaching School Hub and represents South Yorkshire Teaching Schools at the EMSYH Regional Summit and Local Area SRIB. Alongside this he is also a member of the Barnsley Alliance Board that facilitates the strategic sector led school improvement of Barnsley Schools. He also is a representative of the Barnsley Formula Funding review Group for the Local Authority. This network of support enables him to access an array of specialist knowledge and expertise from a diverse pool of system leaders ranging from NLES, LLES, Consultant Heads, SLES and other field experts across the whole of the Education Sector and beyond.

Victoria Harrison - Chief Operations Officer

Victoria has vast experience in both public and private sector business and financial management and has extensive knowledge of the corporate and operational support functions of schools, having worked in this area of expertise for over fifteen years. She worked for Barnsley Council for 6 years, delivering all aspects of financial service provision including actively leading the Barnsley LA Financial Services traded arm. She is a qualified Accounting Technician and holds the CIPFA Accounting for Academies qualification alongside the Diploma in School Business Management. Victoria has a wealth of experience in managing academy conversions and is wholly aware of the importance of effective due diligence, the application process, and the legal steps in the transfer process. Alongside this, the financial processes required throughout conversion and beyond as well as the annual accounts, pension authority and companies house requirements.

Andrew Ravenscroft - Director of Finance

Andy has extensive experience of public sector financial management & academy finance. He worked for Barnsley Council for 12 years, working in the financial control team, education finance & financial services for schools trading arm, delivering support and advice to schools across Barnsley. He worked at Shafton Primary Academy for 10 years as Business Manager and successfully managed the finance function in transferring to an academy when Shafton became part of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) in 2012. Andy then took on the role of Finance & Operations Manager in the school support services team at AET for the South & West Yorkshire region, managing finance for five primaries and one secondary in the region. He is a qualified accountant and holds the CIPFA Accounting for Academies qualification alongside the Diploma in School Business Management. Andy supports strategic and operational finance across the Trust.

Ash Clark - Director of Operations

Ash has extensive experience predominantly working in ICT, most roles being education based. Since September 2014, Ash has worked at Horizon Community College, initially as Strategic ICT Manager, more recently as Strategic Lead – ICT & Infrastructure. Overseeing ICT, Health & Safety and managing the Facilities Management contract. Prior to moving to Horizon, Ash held several roles within the Local Authority, leaving the role as Business Development Officer to take on a new challenge based at Horizon. Ash’s role at HCAT is to ensure that our academies are given strategic and operational guidance, expertise and steer to achieve “suitable teaching and learning environments” that are accessible to all pupils/students across the Trust. Ash will also support the development of central systems within the Trust, working with our Strategic IT Manager, to ensure that we are equipped to provide excellent support to all our academies. Ash holds a Leadership and Management qualification, is a PRINCE2 Project Manager and is currently studying a BA (Hons) Degree in Management at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sally Goodall - Director of Human Resources

Sally has extensive experience in leading and supporting all business management functions gained over many years working within a variety of educational environments. Her specialist area of knowledge and experience is in human resource management. Sally is educated to degree level and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. As a generalist practitioner, Sally leads strategic and operational HR across the Trust.

Anna Lee - Human Resources Business Partner

Anna has extensive experience of providing HR advice to schools and academies after working for Barnsley Council for 12 years and more recently having had experience of working in the Central HR Team for two large multi academy trusts. After graduating, Anna went onto specialise in Human Resources, holding a Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management and Chartered membership of the CIPD. She has a sound knowledge of teaching and support staff terms and conditions of employment as well as significant experience of TUPE and the management of HR casework.

David Wakefield - Strategic ICT Manager

David has substantial experience of supporting IT within the education sector, across a number of local authorities. For over 25 years he was a Company Director of IT support services, where he was primarily responsible for providing ‘fit for purpose’ ICT infrastructure to Primary and Secondary education, covering the broadest description of starting point and need. Within HCAT David is responsible for the strategic vision, management, installation, maintenance, availability and security of the curriculum and administrative ICT network, including the hardware and software infrastructure within Primary Schools in the trust. David passionately believes that when technology is used in the right way it can enhance the educational prospects and outcomes for all children. He has the expertise, dedication and commitment to take advantage of the opportunities of the connected world, helping us meet the IT expectations of students, staff & partners.  

Steve Honeyman - Director of Teaching and Learning

As a Director of Teaching and Learning, Steve implements change in order to rapidly raise standards and improve progress across HCAT. He is an outstanding practitioner who has a wealth of experience leading teaching and learning across schools. He has a keen understanding of quality first teaching in order to improve standards for children, engage more able pupils and drive sustained improvements using Assessment for Learning techniques and data to raise pupil achievement, resilience and independence. With an extensive experience teaching, predominantly in KS2, Steve is particularly interested in motivating children to become active and collaborative learners and has implemented changes which help children take ownership of their learning. Steve is currently a SLE giving school to school support and now leads on the delivery of Taught Training sessions to Tykes TSA Schools Direct students.  

Aiden Tallant - Director of Teaching and Learning

Aiden has extensive experience as a primary school teacher, particularly in upper KS2. He is extremely passionate about improving children’s education and supporting schools to improve the quality and delivery of effective teaching and learning. Aiden’s previous roles have provided him with the opportunity to successfully design and implement changes to teaching and learning strategies and curriculum innovation with a focus on Maths and the Wider Curriculum. Through leadership roles and as a Specialist Leader of Education Aiden has a gained valuable experience in supporting schools to further develop their wider curriculum and their curriculum offer. Aiden has a passion for using ICT to enhance the curriculum and innovate teaching and learning practices to support all pupils. He is a recognised Seesaw Ambassador and has been responsible for leading on the delivery of remote education through both Seesaw and Microsoft Teams both in his school and across trust. In his current role as Director, by working with Trustees, the CEO, Directors, governors and Trust Academy leaders, Aiden ensures that HCAT’s common culture and set of expectations are consistently applied across the Trust so that children, staff and Academy communities benefit from excellent teaching, learning and effective leadership.

Vicky Underhay - Director of Teaching and Learning

Vicky has extensive experience as a primary school teacher.  Throughout her career, she has worked across and led all primary key stages and raised standards across the school. Her expertise and breadth of knowledge across this sector has enabled her to lead change and raise standards. She is extremely passionate about ensuring all children get the best opportunity for education and supporting schools to improve the quality and delivery of effective teaching and learning. Vicky is currently an SLE and has supported in the delivery and understanding of Maths for Initial Teacher Training students. She believes that all children should have a love of Mathematics and be taught through real – life contexts and that children’s education should be engaging but also empower them to be life-long learners. Throughout the roles she has undertaken, Vicky has implemented and been a key facilitator for change mainly in Mathematics but also supported rapid improvements across the curriculum. Vicky understands the importance and the value of collaboration and networking opportunities available through the Trust. Through her new role as Director, she works effectively alongside all staff to ensure high expectations and a continual drive to improve standards.  

Natalie Whitehouse - Director of Teaching and Learning

Natalie has extensive experience in the primary classroom, particularly KS2. Her passion for teaching and learning is reflected through her innovative ideas that supports, challenges and gives pupils the opportunity to reach their potential. She is recognised as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Teacher through her use of ICT that enhances learning in the classroom making it deeply personal for every student she teaches. She has previously led the Apple Regional Training Centre at a local school and has been shaping ‘the technology journey’ across a number of schools ever since. She believes that technology should be in every class and her aim is to help empower staff to deliver an innovative curriculum that engages and excites pupils in every school she visits. Natalie is currently an SLE giving school to school support and one of the leaders of the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course.