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The Development Team

Thrive Co-operative Learning Trust has a central team to provide strategic leadership, school improvement services and essential support functions to our academies.

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Jonathan Roe - Chief Executive Officer
 
Jonathan has been the CEO since September 2020, prior to that having been a School Development Lead and Headteacher within the Trust. Before entering the teaching profession in 1994 Jonathan had spent 9 years leading voluntary organisations in Hull and SE London in the areas of substance misuse, HIV/AIDS, unemployment and homelessness. In 1993 Jonathan spent two weeks volunteering in two primary schools in Brixton which quickly led to a decision to enrol as a PGCE student at Hull University where he gained a double distinction. He taught at two Hull primary schools and one in the East Riding before gaining the Headship at Ings Primary in 2012.
 
Jonathan has strengths in strategic thinking and curriculum development and is directly responsible for;
 
  • Strategic Vision & Direction;
  • Educational Outcomes across the Trust;
  • Financial Probity of Thrive Co-operative Learning Trust – as accounting officer;
  • Gatekeeping Thrive’s values.
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Stuart Carrington - Chief Financial Officer
 
Stuart has been CFO since the Trust’s inception in 2016, prior to that having been the School Business Manager at Kelvin Hall School. Stuart has worked in schools finance for 14 years following 8 years of working in a variety of local government finance roles. Stuart is also a trustee/non executive director of an MAT in North Lincolnshire.     
 
Stuart has strengths in strategic financial planning and legal compliance and is directly responsible for;
 
  • Strategic financial planning and reporting;
  • Coordination of external audit processes in line with Academies Financial Handbook;
  • Management & development of business central service functions both in house and outsourced;
  • Coordination of financial, legal, commercial and buildings due diligence process for schools/academies that may join the trust;
  • Company Secretarial work.
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Kath Roe - School Development Lead (Primary)
(Executive Head - Chiltern, Ings and Sidmouth)
 
Kath has been School Development Lead since September 2018, prior to that being the Headteacher at Priory Primary School for 7 years. Before entering the teaching profession she worked for 14 years for Marks and Spencer in HR roles in stores and then Head Office. While living in Exeter she completed her PGCE at Exeter University in English and Drama, working there for three years and then moving to Hull where she taught in two primary schools before becoming Head at Priory Primary. She recently completed an AoEC Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching and coaches colleagues within our Trust. 
Kath has strengths in supporting schools with programmes of change and developing leaders and is directly responsible for;
 
  • Leading Sidmouth, Ings and Chiltern Primary Schools;
  • Co-leading the Primary Headteachers delivery group;
  • Quality assurance across all areas of school life;
  • Together with the CEO, ensuring rising outcomes across Thrive primary schools.
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Julia Mitchell - School Development Lead (Primary) (Executive Head - Oldfleet and Priory)
Julia has been School Development Lead since January 2021, prior to that she was the Deputy Headteacher at Priory Primary school for 5 years and then Head of School for 3 years. Julia studied Music and Primary Education at Bishop Grosseteste University for 4 years before starting her teaching career at an East Hull primary school in 1998. Here she taught across the primary age range, was a phase leader and led several subject areas including Maths and Creative and Performing Arts. Julia has a keen interest in curriculum design and ensuring that children are offered a wide and broad range of experiences to raise aspirations. 
 
Julia has strengths in curriculum design and supporting schools with their development journey.  She is directly responsible for;
 
  • Leading Priory and Oldfleet Primary Schools;
  • Co-leading the Primary Headteachers delivery group;
  • Quality assurance across all areas of school life;
  • Together with the CEO, ensuring rising outcomes across Thrive primary schools.
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Pat Cavanagh - School Development Lead (Secondary) (Executive Head - Kelvin Hall)
Pat has been School Development Lead since 2021, previously holding the position of Headteacher of Kelvin Hall School and Executive Hedatecher of the 11-16 phase.
 
Pat’s background has predominantly been as a teacher of Physical Education and Maths having taught in Hull and North East Lincs since 1991. He is also a member of the Corporation Board of Wyke 6th Form College.
 
Pat has strengths in financial curriculum planning and developing leadership and is directly responsible for;
 
  • Strategic Leadership, Management and outcomes across the secondary estate;
  • Building Leadership Capacity at Trust and local SLT level;
  • Teaching & Learning – Ensuring consistently outstanding practice across the trust;
  • Developing consistent assessment and reporting across the Trust.
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Ray Khan - Pastoral School Development Lead 
 
Ray has been in this Trust-wide role since September 2017, prior to that having worked to become Head of School at Kelvin Hall. Before entering the teaching profession in 1994, Ray spent seven years working in residential children’s homes and secure units. As well as teaching in mainstream settings, Ray was a Deputy Head in a Pupil Referral Unit, has led a special school and is a qualified and experienced SENCo. Ray joined Kelvin Hall in 2011. Ray has recently been appointed to work as a Tribunal Judge (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber).
 
Ray has strengths in inclusive practice and in all areas of Safeguarding, he is directly responsible for:
  • Developing high quality Safeguarding practice across all Thrive schools;
  • Developing high quality SEND practice across all Thrive schools;
  • Developing high quality inclusion practice across all Thrive schools.
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Beccy Meilhan - People Development Lead 
 
Beccy has been the People Development lead since March 2020, prior to that Beccy provided HR advice to the Trust via a HR Consultancy firm. Beccy began her career in retail management before moving into the Schools Personnel team at Haringey Council in 2005 where a colleague inspired her to progress her career in HR. The majority of her HR experience is within the education sector.
Beccy is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
 
Beccy has strengths in relationship management and HR compliance and is directly responsible for;
 
  • Developing high quality recruitment and onboarding across all Thrive schools;
  • Developing cutting edge HR policy and guidance;
  • Leading on conflict resolution and making arrangements of high quality staff conduct.
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Helen Harrison - Senior Executive Assistant and Governance Professional

Business Support Team