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Central Team and Educational Leaders

 

Brenda Mullen

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Chief Executive Officer

Brenda has over 30 years experience in statutory education from Early Years to sixth form. In previous roles, she set up a regional service to support young people aged 16-25 years to access vocational programmes and prepare for university, she was Principal of an outstanding sixth form college and worked as Director of Education for a charity that delivered education and alternative provision nationally.

In September 2017, Brenda was the founding CEO of a regional multi-academy trust that set up academies and free schools in the Midlands. She was a long serving trustee/director at an outstanding single academy trust (secondary) in Derbyshire. She brings particular expertise in governance and leadership structures, capacity building, partnership working and special educational needs.

Samirah Roberts

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Headteacher of Rugby Free Secondary School

Samirah has been a qualified teacher for 15 years and has taught across the secondary age range from Year 7 - 13 in four different secondary schools across Birmingham and Warwickshire.  She has a wide range of experiences in teaching and leadership including leading several subject areas such as PSHE and Social Science before gaining whole school leadership experience as Director of Learning for Post-16 and Deputy Headship. 

Samirah has worked closely with a range of national organisations such as ALPs and PiXL, delivering workshops and giving talks at national events on school improvement and teaching and learning. Her passion for School Improvement led to Samirah achieving her NPQH and becoming a Specialist Leader of Education where she has supported leaders across the West Midlands, facilitating a number of National Professional Development qualifications for senior and middle leaders.

 

Samirah was successfully appointed as Headteacher of RFSS in 2020 and has helped to move the school forward from Inadequate to Good by 2021. She continues to thoroughly enjoy the challenge of leading a growing inclusive and diverse school and inspiring all members of the community to achieve their potential and beyond.

Rebecca Butters

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Headteacher of Rugby Free Primary School

Rebecca has been a qualified teacher for 18 years and has taught across the primary age range from EYFS to Year 6. She has taught in 4 different primary schools across Leicestershire and Warwickshire and has a range of experiences in teaching and leadership. In previous roles, Rebecca co-ordinated many different subjects, including English, becoming a moderator for the local authority and supporting other schools.  

 

However, Rebecca's main passion and focus was for SEND leadership and undertook the National Professional Certificate for SEND Co-ordination. She was a SENDCo for 8 years, focusing on ensuring high quality provision and inclusion for pupils with additional needs and, further into her career, supported new SENDCos in their roles, providing outreach support. 

In 2015, Rebecca was one of the first members of staff employed by LT2, as a Deputy Head Teacher at RFPS. Rebecca helped grow and develop the school for the first 3 years, focusing on SEND and Pupil Premium provision and Curriculum and Assessment. She supported NQTS through their first years as teachers and helped secure 'Good' in RFPS's and LT2's first Ofsted inspection. Rebecca was successfully appointed as Headteacher of RFPS in 2018.

 

She continues to thoroughly enjoy the challenge of leading a growing school and is excited at the prospect of having a full school from EYFS - Year 6, next September. Rebecca's passion lies in ensuring that RFPS continues to improve and develop, providing inspiring, nurturing and inclusive primary education for the local community.

Alicia Ford

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Chief Financial Officer

Alicia has over 15 years experience of working in a finance environment and is a member of both the AAT and CIMA accounting bodies. She commenced working in housing as a Finance Apprentice has since transitioned into Senior Accountant roles within the retail industry and in recent years has held a key business partner role in the primary and secondary school phase alike.


Alicia has sharp focus and brings with her influencing strong leadership skills coupled with a wealth of business and finance experience at all levels.

Suzanna Phillimore

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Trust Business Manager

Suzanna has been working in the education sector since April 2005, in both Local Authority and Multi Academy Trusts. She was recruited as the Admin and Finance Manager at Rugby Free Primary School in June 2017, however since successfully completing her Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management in May 2021 she has recently been appointed as the Trust Business Manager.

Kevin Mckenzie

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Trust Strategic IT Manager

Kevin has 25 years of experience working in the education sector in both Local Authority and Multi-Academy Trusts. He started as an IT technician and has climbed the IT ladder successfully completing an array of recognised IT certifications such as MCP, MCSA, VCP, PRINCE 2 to name a few. In 2001 he was employed as a Business and Enterprise technician giving IT support to local community primary schools. In 2007, Kevin took on a senior position at a successful outstanding school.

 

In 2019 Kevin was recruited by LT2 as an IT Service Delivery Manager at Rugby Free Secondary School where he has overseen the establishment of a wide range of state-of-the-art technology resources. Kevin has since been promoted to become Trust Strategic IT Manager overseeing IT across the entire Trust. 

Kevin brings a wealth of expertise in the educational sector and provides a wide range of management services from maintenance and technical support to design of solutions and delivering technical refresh programs. He provides a fully managed helpdesk service and oversees technical risk management across the Trust including digital information security, safeguarding and cyber security assurance.

Laura Withington

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Estates and Compliance Advisor

Laura was introduced to the Trust in December 2021, Laura effectively monitors and validates statutory / mandatory compliance across the Trust’s network, communicating with the appropriate personnel to address non-conformances. 

Laura brings with her over 13 years' experience within the food service and management industry. In the last 9 years Laura has gained experience and built an impeccable background in Health and Safety management within the Estates and Compliance industry.

While working in one of the Country's leading letting agencies, Laura successfully completed management training and progressed from Property Manager to Head of the Property Management centre. Laura oversaw over 3000 properties and won multiple awards for her efforts. 

Trudy Bell

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LT2 HR Advisor

Since she relocated to the UK 6 years ago, Trudy has enjoyed working in secondary education in Senior Administrative positions. Prior to this Trudy lived in New Zealand for 13 years where she started her HR career in the private sector, specialising in employment relations, performance & standards, and recruitment. 

Trudy's passion for people, combined with strong communication skills and a drive for continuous improvement will assist her in supporting the Trust and the Headteachers of both Rugby Free Primary and Secondary in ensuring that the schools reach their full potential. 

Trudy has a Diploma in Human Resource Management and is currently working towards a CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management.  

Vanessa Sorzano-Ince

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Trust Administrator

Vanessa was introduced to the Trust in January 2022 and works alongside the Trust HR Advisor (Trudy Bell). 

Prior to joining the Trust Vanessa worked in the construction industry for over 6 years where she progressed into an Office Manager position, specialising in procurement, finance, payroll administration, website design, HR, health and safety and digital marketing. 

 

Vanessa graduated with a Second Upper Class Honours Degree in Business Administration at Coventry University and is currently working on expanding her knowledge and skill set in HR. Vanessa brings with her an enhanced level of communication skills and practical administration expertise. 

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