Central Team

The Central Team at Our Lady of the Magnificat offers a wide range of services to our schools, to allow them to 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 Team

Our Central Team is based at The Oaks business park in Redditch with two additional central 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.

If you would like further information about the Central Team or would like to engage their services please contact Mrs Ann Cullwick acullwick@magnificat.org.uk

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 Operations Officer - Mrs Ann Cullwick

Ann took on the role of Chief Operations Officer in September 2021 having previously been the Chief Finance and Operations Officer of the Our Lady of the Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy.

Ann has a long standing history within the Multi Academy having joined Saint Augustine’s Catholic High school in September 2006 as a Finance and Specialist Schools Officer.  Ann became the School Business Manager and in 2014 led the conversion of the four original schools to Academy status and the incorporation of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic MAC. 

Ann leads on supporting schools through their academy conversion journey and joining the Multi Academy. 

Ann is the driving force behind the growth of the Central Services Team and is passionate about enabling School Leadership Teams to focus on safeguarding and teaching & learning by lifting the burden of operational duties.  Ann is also the Company Secretary and supports the Directors in providing Governance support.

Ann is a member of the Executive team, Directors Finance and Resources Committee and Directors Risk and Audit Committee.

Chief Finance Officer - Ms Louise Armfield

Bio on Louise coming soon 

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.