Skills for Life
Central Service Managers
Mrs R Stevens
Rachelle takes governance structures and builds strong systems of accountability and support for trust boards to ensure financial stability and educational success.
Using the principals of effective governance, frameworks and legislation written by the DfE and ESFA, ensures these are threaded throughout the strategic processes used in academy trust governance.
Rachelle is Head of Governance and Company Secretary and is responsible for ensuring the trust vision, ethos and strategic priorities are effectively delegated throughout the trust and that the trust board complies with Company Law and the Charities Act, to fulfil the requirements within their objects. Rachelle is the key link between the trust board, committees and operational teams.
Rachelle joined the Skills for Life Trust in January 2022 from a large MAT based in London and the South East.
Rachelle began her career in corporate business and quality management for an international software house before moving into the education sector 10 years ago where she has worked within governance, policy and compliance services.
Mr K Hoskins
I am the IT Manager for the Skills for Life Trust and have been a member of the central services team since the Trust was formed in January 2014. I had worked at Greenacre Academy for many years prior to this. The main objective of my role is to support and develop IT systems across all of the Trust schools.
My responsibilities include overseeing the installation of network and computer systems; maintaining, repairing and upgrading network and computer systems and diagnosing and fixing problems or potential problems with the network and its hardware, software and systems.
I am also responsible for managing the IT technicians across the trust, supporting and helping them to develop within their roles. The team has gone from strength to strength with the recent appointments of our Secondary Schools and Primary Schools IT Network Managers and we are well placed to keep moving forward and improving IT across the Trust.
Miss D Anderson
Danielle joined the Trust is 2017 having previously worked for a local authority for a number of years.
Danielle has over 15 years’ experience working within HR/Recruitment, holds CIPD in Human Resource Management Level 5, and has experience of managing a large team of HR professionals in a fast-paced environment.
Danielle is responsible for managing all aspects of Human Resources including:
- Recruitment, selection, promotion and retention
- Processing and providing guidance and advice in relation to pay, terms and conditions, pensions and benefits
- Promoting and leading on staff wellbeing, including any Employee Assistant Programmes
- Performance Management
- Developing and promoting employment policies
- Providing advice and guidance regarding disciplinary, capability, and grievance
- Managing staff absence (sickness and all other absences) and providing guidance in relation this
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Supporting the Trust values
Danielle and her team work with Managers and Headteachers across the Trust, providing guidance and advice to help build a high performing, happy and motivated workforce. Danielle has introduced and modernised a number of new processes within the team to ensure processes are dealt with in the most efficient way, and will continue with this to support a high performing workforce.
Mr T Heyes
I joined the Skills for Life Trust central services team in 2014 as Trust Data Manager and have since gained the added responsibility of Trust Data Protection Officer in the wake of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
My role as Data Manager involves overseeing the collection, analysis and reporting of many different types of data for a variety of audiences; from progress reports for parents and carers to school census returns for the DfE. Most importantly, I provide the leadership teams and teaching staff in all trust schools with the information needed to make decisions that give all pupils within the trust the opportunity to succeed.
As Data Protection Officer I have implemented a number of different systems, policies and procedures to make sure all Trust schools meet the requirements of the GDPR, with the help the central services team and senior leaders at each of the schools.
Alex joined the Skills For Life Trust in January 2020 from a neighbouring Multi Academy Trust in Medway, where he held the position of Financial Controller. Alex has significant public sector financial management, planning and strategy experience in both Education and Healthcare across the home counties and London. Prior to this, he gained commercial Accountancy experience in Construction, Insurance and Property, working for a number of high profile firms. Alex is currently working towards finishing his CIMA qualification.
Alex is responsible for all aspects of Trust finance and is accountable to the CEO (AO), DCEO, Trust Finance & Audit Committee and Board of Trustees. His primary aims are to ensure the Trust adheres to the Academies Financial Handbook, the set of financial guidelines set by Central Government and that our Trust Annual statutory accounts are produced in the framework of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice. This includes undertaking duties such as setting and maintaining budgets and five year financial forecasts, maintaining robust financial controls and producing accurate and timely management information, in order for School leaders to make informed decisions and to safeguard the financial future of the Trust.
He is also tasked with driving forward the Trust’s ambition to capitalise on the considerable commercial potential of the Trust’s assets in order to add to the funds that can be directly attributed to improving the educational offering in each of our constituent schools. Alex is assisted by a team of six central finance staff, based at the Trust office and out at two Trust schools. He can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org