Our Team

The Leadership Team

The ATLP leadership team work together to ensure the day-to-day running of all ATLP schools, both at their individual primary and secondary academies and collectively across all seven partnership schools. Working alongside the Trust Board, Central Support Team, local governing bodies and staff teams to serve their school communities, their focus is to maintain rigorous standards and lead improvement to make our schools better than they have ever been.

Our experienced Leadership Team bring a wealth of quality, talent and expertise, as practitioners in the classroom and as senior leaders and share a joint goal to raise standards and improve performance to give children the very best education possible. The team includes national and local leaders of education; a former Ofsted inspector and a president of Birmingham National Association of Headteachers.

Leadership Team

Anna Balson
Executive Headteacher, Primary

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Richard Gill
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The Arthur Terry Learning Parntership

Neil Warner
Executive Headteacher, Secondary

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Kristal Brookes
Associate Headteacher

Mere Green Primary School

Beth Clarke
Headteacher

Hill West Primary School

Helen Hastilow
Headteacher

Slade Primary School

Jonathan Smart
Headteacher

Brookvale Primary School

Marie George
Headteacher

Stockland Green School

Nicola Gould
Deputy Headteacher

ATLP School Improvement Team

Samantha Kibble
Associate Headteacher

Arthur Terry School

Tracey Peters
Headteacher

John Willmott School

Ian Smith-Childs
Headteacher

The Coleshill School

Central Support Team

The Central Support Term (CST) is a team of experienced business and education professionals, with expertise to support the development of learning and teaching and the administrative aspects of the Learning Partnership.

ATLP’s Central Support Team works closely alongside the CEO, Leadership Teams and Trust Board, managing all core MAT business functions to ensure that we are superior as a MAT, robust as a business and that standards are consistent throughout the Trust.

By centralising specialist services, we are able to maintain high standards, deliver a more effective and cohesive business support model, and provide better value for money, maximising economies of scale. This enables our school leaders to focus on teaching and learning, which is the bedrock of our MAT improvement strategy.

 

Finance

Teresa Phipps, Finance Director

Teresa previously worked as a School Business Manager Advocate through the NCTL. Teresa has worked in the education sector for 26 years, with experience in finance and school business management/director roles. She has worked in the grant maintained, maintained, single academy and multi-academy trust sectors. She has a thorough understanding of governance and risk management through working closely with directors, governors and school leaders. Her extensive portfolio covers all aspects of finance and governance, including strategic financial management, budget forecasting, financial health and efficiency, financial policies and compliance.

Alison Daly, Finance Manager

Alison started her career at Barclays Bank where she worked for 20 years in personal banking and finance roles on a customer facing basis. Alison joined the Arthur Terry School in 2003 and was based in the Finance Department for 14 years, before becoming ATLP Finance Manager. She supports partnership schools with all aspects of finance, assisting with training, troubleshooting, budget monitoring and ensuring adherence to the Financial Policy. Her varied tasks include salary processing, monthly VAT reconciliation and budget monitoring for the ATLP. Alison is ATLP Representative for the Wellbeing Committee.

Ria Farrell, Finance Manager

Ria has worked in finance for the education sector for 12 years and is a qualified member of the Association of Accounting (AAT). She was a Finance Assistant and Temporary Finance Manager at the University of Birmingham, before joining Arthur Terry School in 2013 as a Finance Assistant. Ria became ATLP Finance Manager in 2015 and supports ATLP schools with all aspects of finance, including training, troubleshooting, budget monitoring, audit and ensuring compliance. Current tasks include processing monthly VAT returns and salary journals, Sage support and ESFA Budget forecast and Budget Outturn returns.

Human Resources

Sue Poutney, Human Resources Director

A qualified Member of the CIPD, working in both strategic and operational HR for 27 years, Sue’s extensive career includes 18 years working as Operational HR Officer and Manager, then Employee Relations Adviser for Birmingham City Council.  Experience includes all aspects of HR from structural re-organisations, TUPE transfers, and disciplinary cases to employment tribunal level, staff absence and well-being, employee relations, payroll and pensions administration.  With a solution focused, pragmatic approach, Sue is now responsible for supporting leaders and staff with both strategic and operational HR and business associated matters, across all schools in the ATLP.

Business

Mark Hughes, Business Director

An experienced business professional, Mark has worked in the education sector (mainstream and academy schools) for over 13 years. He works with senior leadership teams, the Trust Board and CEO, to ensure strategic growth and development across schools and the ATLP. Mark has been with the ATLP since its inception in 2012 and was previously Business Manager at the outstanding Arthur Terry School. He leads on various operational aspects of the ATLP, including estates (new build PFI and Non PFI schools) project management, business growth, legal, governance, risk management and academy conversion.

Sandra Martin, Business Director
Business Director

Sandra brings a vast amount of experience in business and education and has previously worked at Birmingham City Council and Stockland Green School as School Business Manager. Sandra leads on a number of operational business functions across the ATLP, working closely with school leaders and incorporating HR and payroll.

Michelle Doughty, Trust Business Manager

Michelle has worked for the ATLP since 2012 and has over a decade of experience in education and industry, in project management and procurement. Her specialisms include business strategy, project management, procurement and all aspects of estates, facilities and operations. Her diverse skills and knowledge, include experience in exams, data and cover management and as a Clerk to Governors. As a member of ATLP’s leadership team in the last five years, Michelle has led in key business areas, including management, academy conversions, estates and now leads with a focus on contracts and procurement.

Additional Services

Claire Swann, CEO PA

Claire is an experienced business professional who has successfully progressed her career through the ATLP. Her employment journey began with 13 years working at Lloyds Bank, London, in accounts and staff training new systems, followed by positions at Birmingham City Council. She has worked at Arthur Terry for over 10 years as a Lunchtime Supervisor, Receptionist and Personal Assistant, to interim CEO Sally Taylor and CEO Richard Gill. Her duties include managing the CEO’s diary and arranging meetings and appointments, organising events and conferences and handling all correspondence and calls.

Anna Newson, Head of PR & Communications

An NCTJ trained journalist, qualified to CIPR Member status, Anna brings 20 years of experience in press & PR to the ATLP team, including 15 years in education communications. Her career history includes working for newspapers, PR agencies and large organisations, including the press offices of two leading Midlands universities. Anna has worked with all major international news outlets and is responsible for managing all ATLP communications, including news and media relations; internal communications & newsletters; digital communications and social media; marketing; media monitoring and crisis and issues management.

Chris Butler
Head of IT Delivery