Central Team


Tom Banham – CEO – Tom is an experienced NLE and provided 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 the CEO 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 extensive experience in both public and private sector business and financial management. She worked for Barnsley Council for 6 years, delivering all aspects of financial service provision including actively leading the Barnsley 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.


Rebecca Paddock – Director of Teaching and Learning

Jack Huckstepp – Director of Teaching and Learning

Natalie Whitehouse – Director of Teaching and Learning