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L-R: Neree McKenzie, Sunita Goddard-Patel and Louise Riley

New appointments at Academy Transformation Trust

ATT appoints three new staff in key safeguarding and governance roles

Posted by Stephanie Broad | January 16, 2016 | People, policy, politics

Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) has appointed three new staff to support pupils and governance at its academies.

Louise Riley has joined ATT as Improvement Director – Vulnerable children. Her role will be to support academies with vulnerable groups, attendance, alternative provision, curriculum and the impact of pupil voice.

Louise has 20 years of experience in education, including her most recent role as Vice Principal of the highest achieving non-selective school in Stoke on Trent. Louise is also Chair of Governors of an all-through special school where she has supported the headteacher in the merging of two special schools, the transition into a new building and most recently the development of a cooperative trust, whose members include all Stoke special schools. 

Louise is keen to join the ATT family, saying: “Having worked with the Managing Director and CEO of ATT previously, I want to share my passion for inclusion with likeminded people and pursue a career supporting academies to embrace inclusion and face the current challenges within the education system.”

Sunita Goddard-Patel joined ATT inNovember 2015 as Governance Manager. 

In her previous role she worked as a Representation Coordinator at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students and was responsible for democracy, policy & governance in the student movement.

As Governance Manager, Sunita will be responsible for policies, Governor briefings, complaints and appeals as well as Governor training. 

Sunita is settling into her new role and is enjoying being a part of ATT: “I was attracted to the Academy Transformation Trust as it branded itself as a great company, working in partnership with each of its academies to strive to be outstanding,” she said.

“I’m still getting to grips with everything at the moment but I will work towards a full working knowledge of governance matters in academies and use my existing governance experience to ensure that all academies are working towards an ‘outstanding’ level of governance.”

Neree McKenzie, new Safeguarding Apprentice Administrator, took on the new role with Academy Transformation Trust this January. 

Neree will be responsible for assisting and supporting the Senior Improvement Director (SEND) with a host of administrative duties as well as with policies and procedures.

Previously, Neree has worked with the Care to Learn government scheme at Capita for Blue Arrow helping young parents wanting to get back into education, needing support with childcare and communicating with education institutions and childcare providers. 

Neree is looking forward to the challenges of her new post. “I am hoping to increase my knowledge of safeguarding and learn more about how it can benefit our academies,” she said. “I also plan to develop my administration skills further and I look forward to taking on a range of new tasks as I progress.”

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