Waterton Academy Trust

Where success is a shared experience

Business and Finance Team

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    Vikki Collins (Chief Operations Officer)

    I have extensive experience across the education sector working at primary, secondary and higher education levels.  As a specialist in strategic and project management I have lead teams through significant organisational change and provided expertise in organisational planning and growth.   In addition to supporting and guiding our academies through the conversion process I lead our Central Operations functions covering areas such as HR, Health & Safety, estates planning and compliance, procurement, contract negotiation and policy development.  I feel very fortunate to be part of such a forward thinking, supportive organisation.  I am very proud of our achievements so far and excited about the journey ahead.

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    Pam Mellor (Chief Finance Officer)

    I am an experienced CFO with a solid background in schools financial management, budget development and business leadership.  I have over 30 years of experience as an educational finance professional, working in many positions, including Senior Auditor and as CFO at Wakefield’s first secondary academy.  I have successfully supported the development of both standalone academies and MATs. My duties have facilitated my CPD, broadening my expertise through managing capital programmes, provision of financial consultancy services and enhancing my knowledge of Multi Academy Trust funding strategies and growth plans.  I consider myself a 'can do' person and adopt a combination of theory, and a 'common sense' approach to provide a range of innovative solutions to resolve most organisational and business issues.    Having my own family, I am passionate about education and the ability to provide fantastic opportunities for our youngsters to give them the best chance in life to fulfil their dreams. I am delighted to become part of Waterton Academy Trust and its future growth and expansion, working alongside some amazing and talented individuals who share common goals.  Waterton Academy Trust is something unique and exciting and is already leading the way in terms of innovation and ground-breaking philosophies so who knows what is around the corner...

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    Karen Newton (Admin Assistant)

    I qualified as a teaching assistant in 2003 and have worked in schools around Barnsley supporting teaching and learning for many years.  I was looking to take a change of direction in career but still sought to work within primary schools.  I was offered a fantastic opportunity to work for Waterton Academy Trust as part of a work to learn initiative.  I currently work in different schools across the Trust, supporting the administration, business and finance team whilst working towards a Business Administration qualification.  I have settled in really well and everyone I have met and worked with are very friendly, welcoming and supportive.  I am thrilled to be part of the Trust and look forward to the future.

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    Dave Gittins (Trust Premises Manager)

    I have worked 17 years in the building industry, 14 of which were in a management role; including site management and project management. Over an 11-year period I was responsible for 864 commercial refurbishments, nationwide often several at once. I joined Lee Brigg as caretaker in 2013 and became Trust Premises Manager in April 2016, overseeing all the MAT schools.

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    Elanor Davies (Trust Administrator)

    I joined the trust in September 2016 after working in a Children’s Centre and Primary School. I have been aware of Waterton Academy Trust for some time and am excited to be part of a successful and passionate team. I provide administrative support to the team including liaising with schools and suppliers, HR and finance support and administration of meetings.
    I have had a great experience working in education so far, and I applied for this role hoping to continue to support the provision of high quality education for children. The work of the Trust is very positive for children, families and the community as whole. I am confident of an exciting future ahead.

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    Amy Findley (Trust Business Manager - Estates)

    My career in the education sector commenced over 10 years ago. During that time, I have worked with maintained and academy schools. More recently joining the Waterton MAT in September 2016.
    As a qualified School Business Manager I have great in depth knowledge of key areas, including Health and Safety, Finance, HR and Premises. I have experience in Project Management and Procurement. Joining the Business Team of the WMAT in January 2018 has enabled me to play a key role in developing the Estates Management for the Trust while working along side the established Business Team

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    Giles McVicar (Finance Officer)

    Upon leaving school I started work in the banking sector with RBS, where I remained for all 21 years of my career before retiring in 2012. My final 10 years were spent working in business banking, where I held the position of Senior Business Relationship Manager for my last 5 years. Working with and supporting a varied portfolio of small/medium sized businesses, through some challenging economic times, gave me a good insight into effective business management.
    My interests include being a trustee of Walton Community library, involvement with a homeless persons charity, a keen golfer, walking my dog, gym, Pilates, and I enjoy playing and watching most sports.