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Trust staff

CEO: Duncan Ramsey

Duncan trained as a secondary teacher and spent the first part of his career working as a P.E and maths teacher before becoming head of department in a Secondary school in Essex. He then transferred to Primary schools and during 17 years as a primary headteacher Duncan led two very different schools to outstanding Ofsted judgements. Leading an average-sized village primary and a larger school in London have helped him develop the skills and experience needed to provide high quality support to schools within the Trust. He is a qualified lead inspector and received his Doctorate in 2003 for developing training programmes to support excellent performance in experienced teachers. Following his time as a headteacher Duncan has been a Director of Education and CEO in a Multi-Academy Trust.


Director of Operations: Rachel Mason

Rachel has worked in the Education sector for the past 10 years holding various roles supporting the business function of schools.  Prior to this Rachel worked in the banking and mortgage industries and has over 18 years' experience of working in various areas of finance, human resources and business management.  Rachel holds an Associate CIPD qualification in Human Resources and is an experienced Senior Leader within the sector.  Rachel is also a Trustee and Chair of Governors at a Multi Academy Trust.


Trust Finance Manager: Carole Taylor

Carole has been the Finance Manager at Sir Harry Smith Community College since January 2010. She has taken on the role of overseeing the finances for the Aspire Learning Trust and ensuring that all three schools deliver the very best value for money in the support of providing the highest quality of education for our pupils and students.


Trust Senior Finance Officer: Joanne McDonald

Joanne has worked in the Finance Department since August 2018, initially for Sir Harry Smith Community College and then for the Aspire Learning Trust. Prior to this, Joanne worked in the banking industry and has over 28 years’ experience, undertaking a number of roles primarily within current accounts and savings, and credit control.


Trust Finance Officer: Stephen Emeny

Stephen has worked in the Education sector for the past 11 years holding various roles including administration, Clerk to the Governors, Deputy SENCo and Exams Access Arrangements Assessor.  Prior to this, Stephen worked within the public sector and has over 10 years’ experience within finance and local authority administration.   Stephen holds a post-graduate qualification in Educational Assessment and Access Arrangements and is also embarking on further qualifications within finance.


Trust Governance Professional: Laura Corcoran

Laura has 20 years experience working in the education sector and became a qualified Clerk in 2012. Laura has worked with a range of schools and academy trusts across the country, both at board and local level. Laura's role is to oversee the compliance of the Trust's governance and procedural arrangements and manage all Companies House documents and correspondence.  Laura works closely with the CEO and chair of the trust in order to service and regulate all meetings. Laura is also a governor at a local primary school.