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 - COO

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.

Jack Huckstepp - Director of Teaching and Learning

Jack is extremely passionate about improving children’s education and has relished the opportunity to teach and lead in schools across Sheffield, Derbyshire and Barnsley. Jack’s previous roles have provided him with a valuable opportunity to gather a wide range of invaluable experiences and skills in the improvement of education. These have been honed in significantly challenging educational settings, with a community background of extreme deprivation, multiculturalism and multilingualism. In his current role, by working with Trustees, the CEO, Directors, governors and Trust Academy leaders, Jack ensure that HCAT’s common culture and set of expectations/non-negotiables are consistently applied across the Trust so that children, staff and Academy communities benefit from excellent teaching, learning and effective leadership. As an SLE Jack is also one of the leaders of the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course.

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.

Wayne Greenhoff - Director of Finance

Wayne has extensive experience working in school and academy finance. He worked for Barnsley Council for seven years, managing the financial services for schools trading arm, delivering training and support and advice to schools across Barnsley. He also managed the Education Finance function, both schools and non-schools, for Rotherham Council for a year, before moving on to a large Multi Academy Trust where he undertook the role of Project accountant for six years. During this time, he developed an extensive knowledge of academy finances, managing the academy conversion process and leading on the implementation and training on finance, HR and payroll software. He is a CIPFA qualified accountant, and also has a degree in Biology. Wayne supports strategic and operational finance across the Trust.

Ash Clark - Director of Facilities and Infrastructure

Ash has extensive experience predominantly working in ICT, the majority of roles being education based. Since September 2012, 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 in place. 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 operational guidance, expertise and steer to achieve a “good provision of facilities” that are accessible to all pupils/students across the Trust. Ash will also support the development of central systems within the Trust to ensure that we are equip to provide excellent support to all our academies. Ash holds a Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management, a PRINCE2 Project Management qualification and is currently studying a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Practice 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.