Board of Directors

There is currently one vacancy on the Board of Directors

Adrian White

Adrian White is Chair of the Board of Directors. Adrian was previously a Chair of Governors at Abington Vale Primary school. Adrian works as Divisional Managing Director in Carlisle Support Services, a retail and interiors company. He is experienced in developing the effectiveness of governing bodies, supporting new Chairs of Governors in their role, and supporting GBs to support and challenge. He oversaw the transition of Abington Vale Primary School from requires improvement to outstanding in a 2 year period, working closely with the local authority. Adrian is also chair at Pavillion pre-school in Northampton.

Julie Clarke

Julie is a self-employed Business Analyst, a qualified Auditor and qualified Risk Manager, having held roles, both as employee and consultant, overseeing very large budgets. Julie is commissioned by organisations such as family court services, local authorities, manufacturing and IT development, to carry out analyses and demonstrate how processes and procedures can be improved to an extent where significant amounts of money can be saved over a given period of time. In her role within Local Government (Social Housing Repairs and Maintenance), she has advised on asset management, tendering for repairs and maintenance contracts and relevant legislation. Her personal interest in education, including writing educational books and working with mainstream and SEN settings, is seen as an added bonus within the education setting of NPAT.

Ulrika Dadley

Ulrika has experience working in large and medium companies in a variety of finance roles, including strategic and methodical thinking. Her key strengths are her people, communication and decision making skills. She also embraces responsibility and change management. Her current role is as Finance Director for Alstom Renewable UK and Head of Project Controlling for Alstom Power Service for Northern and Central Europe, South Africa and China. She is also a Member on the Board of Directors and has responsibility for Statutory Accounts.

Julia Kedwards

Julia Kedwards is Chief Executive Officer of Northampton Primary Academy Trust.   Her previous role was Executive Head Teacher of Ecton Brook Primary School and Bellinge Campus, a larger than average split site primary school in Northampton.  In 2010, Julia’s own school supported, and subsequently merged with, a special measures school just a mile away.  Both sites support communities facing well above average levels of social deprivation, Free School Meals and Special Educational Needs.  Julia was Head Teacher for twelve years and during this time has opened a Children’s Centre and Childcare provision, supported two schools in special measures and jointly formed NPAT.  Julia was recently awarded an OBE in the Queens New Years Honours List 2018.

Rvd David Kirby

David is the Rector of St Peter's Church Weston Favell. He has served as a school Governor for many years in both Church and state schools. He is married to Sue and they have two adult children.  When not vicaring he listens to music, plays guitar, reads, cooks and goes to the gym.

Tom Rees

Tom is Head Teacher of Simon de Senlis Primary School and is our Education Director.  Tom has led this previously underperforming school to one which provides excellence within Inclusion, the Arts, Sport and innovation through technology, and the school is rated by OFSTED as good with outstanding leadership and behaviour/safety.   Between Headships, Tom spent 18 months on secondment in the Education/Technology industry working with schools and Local Authorities on vision and strategy for the use of technology in schools. 

Graham Smith

Graham manages a business change organisation and brings experience and expertise in transformation, building winning teams and strategic planning.  Graham has worked in delivering change for over 25 years with multiple Blue Chip organisations across the UK and Europe.  With an active interest in sailing, he supports British Youth Sailing, locally as a Junior Fleet Captain at Hollowell Sailing Club through to assisting in World Sailing Championships.  If Graham isn't delivering change or working with young sailors, there's a good chance he's sailing across another Ocean........

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