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Executive Headteachers

Chief Executive and Executive Headteacher (Yorkshire Coast hub): Richard Ludlow is a National Leader of Education and has been head of three primary schools, latterly Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy which was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted at its last inspection. Richard has led the development of the Ebor Academy Trust since it was formed in December 2013. He is a Fellow of the National College for Teaching and Learning and has a track record of successfully leading, managing and improving primary schools. He has also established two international education partnerships, in Madrid and Singapore. Email: r.ludlow@ebor.academy


Executive Headteacher (Ebor Central hub): Gail Brown is a National Leader of Education and has over 20 years’ experience in primary education, having taught every age group. She has successfully led two schools, taking one from Good to Outstanding and, more recently, a school in Special Measures to Good in all areas. Gail has spent six years working within local authority context and as part of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Adviser team, supporting, challenging and improving practice and provision. Email: g.brown@ebor.academy


Executive Headteacher (Ebor South hub): Dave Barber has 21 years’ experience in the primary sector, 11 of those in senior management positions. He has worked effectively across the full primary age range in six schools in a wide range of contexts. Dave has extensive experience of providing school to school support that has proved instrumental in bringing about positive change. He has recently been chair of his local learning alliance and a member of the North Yorkshire Education Partnership Board. Dave believes passionately in providing opportunities for young people to flourish and develop independent and collaborative learning skills. Email: d.barber@ebor.academy


Executive Headteacher (Ebor East Riding and The Humber hub): Jeanette Sutherland has been in teaching for over 30 years, having been the headteacher of Ofsted-rated Good Church of England primary schools for the last 16. She has coaching and ‘train the trainer’ expertise as a result of National College programmes and has supported new heads through the Professional Partner scheme. In addition to her career in schools, she has been an advisory teacher, a tutor on the Hull University PGCE course, coached on middle leadership programmes, and devised and led a leadership development programme for local schools. Email: j.sutherland@ebor.academy


Central Services Team

Ebor’s Central Services Team provides specialist in-house services to support management activities and vision as well as teaching and learning at all academies within the group. The team continues to grow as Ebor Academy Trust develops. Below is an introduction to members of the Central Services Team.
Andrew Robinson – Finance Director

Andrew is a CIMA qualified accountant with a BA in Accounting & Management Control. He has over 15 years’ experience of working with fast growing entrepreneurial businesses in finance director or senior finance roles. Following his last role as finance & risk director for a financial services company in York, he joined the Ebor Academy Trust in April 2017.

Pete Scott – Finance Manager

Pete has over 20 years’ accountancy experience and brings a wealth of business and finance knowledge to Ebor Academy Trust. Over the past ten years, Pete has worked in the education sector in school business support and, more recently, as finance manager at a secondary school. He joined Ebor in December 2015.

Alison Taylor – HR Director

Alison’s career in Human Resources began with Surrey County Council and has since spanned both the public and private sectors. In 1995 Alison returned to her native Yorkshire where she has worked in local authorities, financial services and the further education sector. She has been a HR Director since 2009.

Julie Forde – HR Manager

Julie has over ten years’ experience as a schools business manager (SBM) and is currently HR Manager for Ebor. Julie took up the post of SBM at a large primary school in York in 2008, coordinating premises, HR and finance. Julie has been an integral part of the groth of the trust, joining Ebor in 2013. She became HR manager in 2015.

Diane Hewitson – Payroll Manager

Diane has over 23 years’ experience working in all areas of payroll, including taxation, national insurance, pensions, sickness, parental leave and all year end processes. She left City of York Council in May 2017, after 21 years, where she was employed as the payroll and pensions team leader, managing a team to deliver an in-house payroll service.

Dani Rowlinson – Personal Assistant to CEO

Dani has 20 years’ experience working in the education sector, both in administration and as an adult education tutor. Originally appointed as an admin assistant within Robert Wilkinson Primary School, the starting point for the Ebor Academy Trust, Dani was appointed PA to Richard Ludlow, CEO/Executive Headteacher, in 2014.

Catherine Shepherd – Academy Business Manager

Catherine has over 14 years’ experience in the education sector, as an office manager and PA to a Headteacher and then as a schools business manager. For schools joining the trust, Cathi is a principal point of contact. Cathi is also responsible for admin support for all the schools within the trust. She joined the academy team in September 2014.

Tracy Christie – Administrator

Tracy has a wealth of experience in school administrative support. She was office manager in a Services’ primary school in Germany, before relocating back to Edinburgh where she was a senior administrator in a primary school. Tracy joined Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy’s office team in April 2014 and transferred over to the central services team in 2015.

Chris Warnett– Estates and Facilities Manager

Chris has 10 years’ experience working in the built environment with a local authority as a degree qualified building surveyor. Within this role he supported schools’ premises issues and also carried out building works on their behalf. Chris is responsible for the premises and facilities management, health and safety for all the schools within the trust. He joined in July 2016.

Louise Jackson – Administrator

Louise has worked for Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy for over 11 years. For the past four years she has been administrator of Ebor’s Primary School Direct initial teacher training course, working closely with the director and liaising with York St John University. Louise is also involved with Ebor’s rapidly expanding school to school support service.

Tim Moat – Director of Communications

Tim is a former local newspaper photographer, reporter and editor. As well as handling marketing and public relations for Ebor and its schools, Tim is project lead for the Creative Arts Academy York, the city’s newest primary school, and project manages many of Ebor’s school conversions. Tim is also a director of ThreeFour Consultancy and is a school governor. 

Maddison Higgins – Administrator

Maddison has 5 years of experience working in the banking industry and most recently worked for National Security Vetting within the Civil Service. Maddison came to Ebor as she decided she wanted to try something new, she is really enjoying being part of the Ebor team and working within the education sector.

Darren Bodle – Health & Safety Advisor
Darren has over 33 years experience in the Military spending the last 11 of those years as the main focal point for all Health & Safety matters. With a significant amount of Heath & Safety experience being degree qualified and with membership of IOSH he joined Ebor Academy Trust in November 2017.
Geoffrey Harvey-Walker – Technology Integrator
Geoffrey has over 10 years’ experience working with children and young people, combining his passion for everything ‘techy’ within this role. After joining the academy in 2014, Geoffrey’s role has evolved from working with teachers, to help them provide excellent teaching and learning opportunities using technology, to specialising in E-safety and data protection protocols within the academy. He works with all of our existing and up-coming academy schools to ensure ICT is embedded safely throughout the curriculum.