Introducing the Central Team at Sapientia
Mr Jonathan Taylor - CEO of Sapientia Education Trust (SET). Previously he served as Principal and Executive Principal of Wymondham College, delivering record breaking ‘A’ level and GCSE outcomes, significantly improving both attainment and progress measures at GCSE and ‘A’ level. In both 2015 and 2016 Wymondham College under his leadership was the highest performing non selective state school in the eastern region. In 2017 he led the College to an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted Social care inspection, with every area evaluated as ‘outstanding.’ During his career he has worked as Vice CEO of a high performing MAT in the East Midlands; Deputy Head of an ‘outstanding’ comprehensive school; Assistant Head at a high performing state boarding school and held pastoral and departmental leadership positions. He has also worked as an Ofsted Inspector.
Jonathan was appointed a National Leader of Education (NLE) in 2016. The Good Schools Guide described his career as ‘a swift progress, leaving outstanding Ofsted reports in his wake’ and his approach as ‘thoughtful and immensely hard working - yet he hasn’t disappeared in a cloud of management initiatives, preferring lots of contact with pupils and staff.’
Mrs Zoe Fisher - Deputy CEO: Director of Education joined Sapientia Education Trust in June 2018, having been Deputy Head at Wymondham College, overseeing Safeguarding which was recognised as Outstanding during the Ofsted Boarding Inspection in 2017 and successfully lead the Sixth Form to achieve its best ever results. Before moving back to East Anglia, Zoe began her teaching career in London and quickly gained leadership roles as Head of Department, Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Director of Faculty with a strong record of raising standards. Zoe went on to be a senior leader in two schools which saw results improve under her leadership, at Key Stage 5. Zoe has also completed a Masters in Education and has always been passionate about instilling a limitless attitude to learning and achievement and collaborates enthusiastically across the SET schools to foster this mind set so that our pupils and staff believe they can all achieve.
Ms Nicola Furneaux – Partnership and Professional Learning Lead. Nicola worked as an English teacher and in pastoral roles at Crown Woods School in South London for 18 years. She moved to Norfolk to take up an Assistant Headteacher post at Sprowston High School where she became Acting Headteacher in 2005 before taking up a post as Headteacher at Framingham Earl High School. She promoted child-centred approaches in her school which engaged with the Nurturing Schools Network and the Learning Without Limits project at Cambridge University. On 1 May 2018 Framingham Earl High School joined Sapientia Education Trust. Nicola retired from her post in December, 2019 and is now working full-time for the Trust, focusing on Professional Learning for staff, developing a Staff Wellbeing strategy and supporting leadership in other Trust schools.
Mr Robert Moorhouse MBE – Chief Operating Officer joined Wymondham College as the Bursar in 2007 after a long career in the Royal Air Force. When Sapientia Education Trust was formed in 2016, he assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the delivery of finance services, estate management, Human Resources, Health & Safety and Governance. He formally stepped down as the Wymondham College Bursar in the summer 2018. He has previously been a Governor at two other Norfolk Schools and is currently an Honorary Commander at RAF Mildenhall. He was awarded the MBE in 2016 for services to the Royal Air Force.
Ms Kirsty Bray – Director of Standards joined the SET in September 2016 after three years as Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning at Wymondham College. She has worked in a variety of schools and Sixth Form Colleges and has taught English, Sociology, Psychology and Government & Politics to A-Level. Kirsty undertook a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and has a particular interest in Leadership Training and the quality assurance of Teaching and Learning. Both these key areas feature prominently in the Sapientia Teaching School Programme, which will be launched in September 2018. In addition to bid-writing (including the Primary School and Teaching School) Kirsty’s role is to continue to work with senior leaders in the SET to deliver outstanding support, guidance and opportunities for development for all our teaching staff in the Primary and Secondary sectors.
Mrs Tina Smith – HR Director joined Wymondham College as Human Resource Manager in 2010. Her business acumen and leadership experience is wide-ranging and encompasses both public and private sector organisations. She has experience of managing small and large teams in both the NHS and one of the leading four food retailers.
Tina holds over 16 years’ experience in HR, including resourcing and talent management, employee relations, performance and reward and organisational development.
Since becoming the Human Resource Director for Sapientia Education Trust she has developed the central SET HR team to ensure the delivery of a high class HR and payroll service to all the schools across the Trust. She believes that firm foundations and positive relationships are built on trust, working collaboratively and being a positive role model.
Mr Graham Hough - Finance Director joined the SET in July 2018 following a finance career in industry and accountancy practice.
Having gained a good grounding in accountancy practice, he moved into industry working within businesses of various sizes and in different industries. The last 7 years as Finance Director & Company Secretary for a multi-site group of manufacturing companies. Graham has brought this wealth of knowledge and experience to the SET to oversee the finance operation of the trust and drive change and greater efficiency in the way the trust carries out its business.
Mrs Catriona Mitchell – Executive Assistant to the CEO began her career in a retail management and public sector setting where she honed her customer service and administrative skills. She joined Wymondham College as the Personal Assistant to the Principal in 2001. With the formation of Sapientia Education Trust in 2016, her role was divided between the Trust and the College. However, since September 2017, her role has been exclusively as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She sits on the SET Central Committee, and as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, she now underpins the daily running of the Sapientia Education Trust with an organised, pro-active approach. Catriona’s outstanding organisational skills enable her to facilitate the efficient management of all aspects of business support to the Trust and the CEO where her professionalism and multi-tasking capabilities shine. She has over 18 years’ experience in administrative and event coordination roles. She is renowned for the timely delivery of consistent and high quality documentation. She is adept at developing and maintaining processes to improve efficiency and accuracy. Using her polished communication skills and friendly, professional manner, she is the key point of contact for the Trust.
Introducing the HR Team at Sapientia
Tina Smith - HR Director is responsible for the strategic delivery of HR and Payroll functions across the Trust and works with the CEO to develop the Trust's strategic vision on all aspects of people management. Tina was previously the HR Manager for Wymondham College and started that role in 2010.
Lauren Smith - HR Manager is responsible for supporting Headteachers and line managers across the Trust on HR matters relating to change management and HR development projects. She will also deputise for the HR Director.
Kathryn Wright - Employee Relations Adviser has been with the team since December 2017 and is responsible for supporting the HR Director with employee relations casework and supporting Headteachers and line managers in managing absence and other capability issues. She is also responsible for the HR and Payroll support to Stradbroke High School.
Simon Jessup – HR and Payroll Systems Development Manager is responsible for the implementation and development of the iTrent HR and Payroll system across the Trust. Simon brings a wealth of experience in Payroll and iTrent Development gained from both the charity and education sector.
Jade O’Brien – Recruitment Manager leads the team of four HR Officers and is responsible for the operational delivery of HR support to all schools in the Trust. Jade has recently joined the team in 2020.
Kirstin Hendrie - HR Officer is responsible for the HR support to Wymondham College Estates team, White House Farm Primary and Stradbroke High. Kirstin re-joined the team having previously worked in Wymondham College HR in a temporary role.
Victoria Minister - HR Officer joined the team in May 2018 and has taken on responsibility for the HR support to Wymondham College Boarding, Admin, Teachers and Academic Support Staff, as well as Seething and Mundham Primary and Wymondham College Prep.
Charlotte Cooper - HR Officer joined the team in June 2018 and is responsible for HR support to Great Hockham Primary, Ghost Hill Primary, Wymondham College Catering Staff, SET Central Team and Framingham Earl High School.
Richard Beastall - HR Officer joined the team in June 2019 and is responsible for HR support to Old Buckingham High School, Old Buckingham Primary School, Rockland St Mary Primary, Surlingham Primary, Burston Primary and Tivetshall Primary.
Natasha Cockram – HR Officer joined the team on a temporary basis to assist with the transfer of Fakenham Academy and Attleborough Academy.
Cathy Wilson – Deputy Payroll and Pensions Manager has been with the team since October 2017, initially as an HR Officer before specialising in the payroll function, and supports will all aspects of pension and payroll, deputising for the Payroll Manager when necessary.
Kerry Folkes – Payroll Manager has been with the team since July 2019 and manages the pension and payroll function for all schools across the Trust.
Graham Hough – Finance Director has brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to the SET to oversee the finance operation of the trust and drive change and greater efficiency in the way the trust carries out its business.
Ian Shortland – Assistant Finance Director looks after the Finance Team and is responsible for the management accounts preparation.
Jane Scott – Finance Office Manager looks after the purchase ledger for all of the Primary Schools in the Trust
Beverley Stebbings – Purchase Ledger Clerk looks after the purchase ledger for Wymondham College and the central trust.
Olivia Slater – Accounts Assistant is continuing her studies in finance whilst assisting in the preparation of the management accounts and looking after the Purchase Ledger for some of the Primary Schools.
Julie Shorten – Credit Controller looks after the invoicing and sales ledger for Wymondham College.
Imogen Howard – Cashier looks after the day to day banking and cash requirements whilst also preparing payments for all of the schools in the trust.
Governance & Estates Team
Introducing the Governance & Estates Team at Sapientia
Bob Moorhouse - Chief Operating Officer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Finance, Estate Management, Health and Safety, Governance, HR and compliance across the Trust.
Steve Peck - Estate Manager manages the Trust Forward Maintenance Register and all aspects of estate management across Trust schools.
Chris Lloyd - Trust Health and Safety Officer provides specialist Health and Safety advice and support to all Trust schools and carries out Health and safety inspections and investigations across Trust schools.
Terry Roberts - Contracts and Projects Director oversees contracts across Trust schools and will be responsible for producing the Trust It Strategy in addition to other discrete project work.
Wendy Maguire - Clerk to the Members and the Trust Board. Wendy is the Clerk and is able to give specialist governance advice to all Trust schools