Executive Team

The Executive Team is a small group of people who have specific areas of focus and manage the central team services that are offered to our schools.  This ensures that our schools can concentrate on education, whilst we take care of the finance and operational duties on their behalf.  In addition to the Finance and Operational services we have a dedicated and highly experienced School Improvement Team.

The Teams

Our Central Teams are based at our hubs at Trinity Catholic School and St Benedict’s Catholic High School.  The team has access to excellent office, meeting and training facilities which can also be utilised by our schools.  Many of the Central team are also peripatetic and are deployed to our schools with hubs in key locations.


Catholic Senior Executive Leader (CSEL) - Mr Tom Leverage MA (cantab)

After graduating from Cambridge University, Mr Leverage completed his PGCE at the University of East Anglia before working in a number of high performing private schools as both a teacher and head of department.   Mr Leverage has held the post of Deputy Headteacher at two Outstanding schools, subsequently being appointed Headteacher of one.

Having lead three schools as headteacher and two schools as Executive Principal, Mr Leverage has considerable experience in school leadership and management.  He has worked in senior leadership teams for four multi-academy groups and also has significant experience around rapid school improvement having been seconded by two local authority ‘School Improvement’ teams to support schools causing concern.

Mr Leverage is passionate about Catholic education and has dedicated much of his career to the advancement of Catholic schools.   He took up post as Catholic Senior Executive Leader on 1st January 2021.

Chief Finance Officer - Ms Louise Armfield

As a Chartered Management Accountant for over twenty years’,  Louise has substantial expertise to bring to the role within the MAC.  Louise have worked extensively in engineering, managing the accounting for this corporate organisation where she established new systems including activity-based costing. Working for one of the top banking institutions Louise investigated data, analysed reports, and provided information for them prior to a takeover. Ten exciting years in television followed working as a production accountant and manager for large television networks.

This work was very varied, and it taught Louise to be resourceful and innovative but most importantly to be a successful team player. Five years of self-employment producing accounts and financial information for clients was interesting and her skills were stretched in lots of different directions. As a School Governor,  Louise was drawn into a school role initially as a School business Manager and subsequently into the role of Financial Controller and then Chief Financial Officer for the Holy Family Catholic MAC. Following a merger with our Lady of Lourdes MAC Louise became Chief Financial Officer across the 12 schools. Louise has a great finance team to support her, and is  looking forward to being part of the expansion of the MAC and working with the new schools

Director of School Improvement - Mr Tony Quinn

Before taking up this position as Director of School Improvement Tony was a Senior Adviser for School Intervention with the Arch – Diocese of Birmingham supporting improvement in vulnerable and challenging schools. He has a proven track record in this field. In addition, he leads interventions for the Saint Augustine’s National Behaviour Hub and previously, the Teaching School which is acknowledged as an organisation that undertook effective and purposeful school to school support for rapid improvement; it supported over 40 schools at various levels between 2017 and 2021 and the moral purpose of its work has been recognised in Ofsted and Section 48 reports. As a National Leader of Education (NLE), Tony continues to work as a system leader for the DfE in challenging circumstances to improve the life chances of all children irrespective of their backgrounds; the impact of his worked is seen in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Coventry, Birmingham and Sandwell.

Previously, Tony was the Principal of Saint Augustine’s Catholic High School. In his 7-year tenure (2012-2019), he and his team took the school to ’outstanding’ in terms of Ofsted and Section 48, becoming a nationally recognised centre of excellence and top performing institution. It has achieved an average of 1+ for Progress 8 over the last 3 years. In 2019, the TES league tables recognised the school as the top performing Catholic secondary school in the country. Working in tandem with this role, Tony was Executive Principal of Cardinal Wiseman in Coventry (2017-2019) and Saint John Wall in Birmingham (2015-2019) and adviser to Trinity in Warwickshire and Stuart Bathurst in Sandwell in the last 3 years.

Tony is fully committed to and passionate about comprehensive education with over 30 years’ experience in the West Midlands as a parent, teacher, leader and governor. He served as a teacher, middle and senior leader in Birmingham for 22 years working in Shenley Court, Bartley Green and Turves Green Boys’ (Headteacher) before moving into faith-based education. In addition, he has been an Accounting Officer of a successful Multi Academy Company (MAC), Director in two MACs and a Governor in a variety of settings. He currently serves on 3 Governing bodies of Catholic schools. Before undertaking his vocation into teaching, he worked for the MOD and HMRC in Brighton and St Albans.   

Hannah Clemons - Head of Operations

Current Responsibilities: 

Manage strategy and operations of key non-teaching functions within the Multi-Academy (Catering, Estates and Facilities, Health and Safety) 

 

Primary Area of expertise: 

Education Business Management/Operations (specifically school finances and estates management).  

 

General 

  • 9 years’ experience working in and with schools across a range of sectors (Maintained, Multi-Academy, Early years – Post 16, numerous Local Authorities). 
  • Member of Senior Leadership Teams across primary and secondary sectors. 
  • Vast experience of working with external agencies, Interim Executive Boards, auditors, contractors and authorities in relation to various business management functions and contracts management. 
  • Holds Certificate in Schools Business Management (CSBM), and AAT Foundation Accounting. 

School improvement/change management 

  • Significant experience in leading on school deficit recovery planning, and implementation of new processes and procedures in schools. 
  • Considerable experience in supporting schools with organisational change in areas of business management such as staffing changes/restructures. 
  • Worked with and vastly contributed to several Local Authority led ‘Sustainability Action Groups’ for schools facing financial difficulty. 
  • Assisted/contributed to training for new Headteacher and leadership programmes. 
  • Largely led on academisation process for a school joining a MAC, and experience on working on academisation processes within a MAC. 

Estates/Health & Safety 

  • Overseen numerous construction projects at large school sites, such as fire alarm installations, electrical rewires and kitchen refurbishments. 
  • Wide experience of working with consultants in relation to health and safety and construction work. Knowledge and experience of health and safety and construction processes. 
  • Managed site teams across primary and secondary settings, implemented and led on new building management systems/processes. 
  • Significant knowledge and experience in using Asset Management Plans to determine building priorities and strategically plan. 

Resource Management 

  • Wide and diverse experience in sustainability planning for different educational settings. 
  • Strong knowledge in Curriculum Led Financial Planning tools (CLFP). 
Carol Ann Horne - Head of Communications and IT

Current Responsibilities: 

Manage strategy and operation of key non-teaching functions within the Multi-Academy (Communications and IT) 

 

Primary Area of expertise: 

Education communication and School Marketing  

 

Carol Ann started her journey into the Educational world in 2018 when she joined the team at St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School , she then moved on to become the School Business Manager at St Benedict’s Catholic High School in 2020. 

In January 2021, Carol Ann took the lead on Communication and Marketing across the Multi-Academy, since then has led on the Academy branding campaign, marketing campaigns for Your Future Life and worked closely with many senior leaders to design and develop marketing material for their schools. 

Before joining St. Gregory’s Carol Ann had taken a career break to start a family, during this time she also relocated from Scotland.  Previously, Carol Ann had spent 15 years in the Financial Sector, many of which as part of the Senior Executive Team.  Carol Ann has a background in Customer Service and is an experienced People and Project Manager.  Carol Ann has led several teams and projects on service strategy development, Digital Development, and support services. 

Carol Ann is a firm believer in the power of collaboration and networking.  She is passionate about supporting school leaders to help them showcase the strengths within their schools and allow them more capacity to focus on creating exceptional teaching and learning environments for all pupils.