Board of Directors

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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.

John Fazackerley

After graduating from Oxford University, John worked with a Christian organisation in Iran for two years as a volunteer.  Returning to the UK in 1976, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and spent his working life with a leading professional firm in Manchester, Northampton and Milton Keynes.  He held various voluntary trustee roles whilst working, including as Governor of Milton Keynes College for 12 years.  Since retiring in 2013 he has taken up new roles in the not-for-profit sector including Governor at Weston Favell CE Primary School since 2014 (Chair since September 2017) and Treasurer of St John's Home, Northampton.  He is deeply involved in his local church, St Peter's Weston Favell and his hobbies invlude Art Appreciation, Theatre and Cinema, watching sport and playing golf (badly).

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.

Stuart Lock

Stuart Is Executive Principal of a cross-phase Multi-Academy Trust based in Bedford, where he has been since September 2017.  Prior to this, he was Headteacher of a high performing school near Cambridge.  He has also spent eighteen years in schools in London in posts including Maths Teacher, Head of Year and Assistant and Deputy Headteacher.  He is a regular speaker at education conferences, an education blogger and an avid reader of books including literature.  He has three young children and lives near Ely, Cambridge.

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........

Julie Stapleton

After spending over twenty years in Human Resource roles mainly in the Logistics and Supply Chain industry, Julie has recently taken the leap to become a self-employed HR Consultant.  She has previously operated at Board level across many geographies and is able to bring that experience to businesses requiring qualified HR support on an ad hoc or project basis.  She particularly enjoys working on transformational change, employee engagement and organisational planning.  Her aim is to support organisations through those processes as well as offering HR guidance and support as needed.  Outside of work, Julie enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas has spent nearly thirty years in the Financial Services industry.  He started his career with a high street bank where he spent fifteen years in a number of finance and change roles before deciding to become self-employed.  Since making the decision to go freelance, Nicholas has enjoyed thirteen successful years as a Consultant Project Manager specialising in regulatory projects in the insurance industry.  Nicholas brings nearly fifteen years of school governance experience to NPAT and he most recently served as a Chair for the Board of Directors of a small MAT in the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire borders.  Away from work and school, Nicholas enjoys rugby (as a fan rather than player) and church bellringing.

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