Central Services

South Essex Academy Trust is highly motivated to enable collaboration and innovation across our Academies whilst safeguarding the unique aspect of what makes each Academy special in its own right.  We centralise specific support services alleviating the workload for senior leaders.  This approach not only enhances the value for money across various integrated systems and services but also establishes a cohesive support structure for our Academies.

By adopting shared systems, our Academies benefit from a unified approach, enabling them to seek support and exchange best practices. We remain dedicated to continuous improvement, regularly reviewing and adapting the services we provide, ensuring their responsiveness to the individual needs of each Academy within our Trust.

Centralised services include:

  • Budget Setting 
  • Financial Management
  • Centralised Purchasing
  • Payroll
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Services
  • Estates Management
  • GDPR and Cyber Security
  • Policies and Protocols
  • ICT Support

 

At South Essex Academy Trust, we believe in empowering schools and academies to flourish. Our commitment to excellence, collaboration, and innovation sets us apart, creating a dynamic learning community where every school thrives.  More specifically, we offer:

 

Collaborative Excellence: Join a community of forward-thinking people committed to achieving excellence through collaboration and shared resources.

Autonomy with Support: Enjoy the freedom to shape your curriculum and educational approach while benefiting from centralised support services that reduce administrative burdens.

Innovative Learning Environment: Thrive in an environment that fosters innovation, embraces new technologies, and encourages creative teaching methods.

Professional Development: Access tailored professional development opportunities, continuous training, and a supportive network of experienced leaders and teachers.

Financial Stability: Benefit from the financial stability and collective strength of our multi-academy trust, ensuring long-term sustainability for your organisation.

 

On a day to day basis the Central Services is led by:

Claire Sellick - Chief Financial Operating Officer

Gemma Cahalane - Head of Human Resources

 

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Finance and Operations Team

Claire Sellick
Claire Sellick

Claire Sellick – Chief Financial and Operations Officer:  leads and manages the financial management and operational aspects in the Multi Academy Trust to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of delivery.

Tony Forster
Tony Forster

Tony Forster – Finance Manager: responsible for the day-to-day financial management of the Multi Academy Trust.

Lauren Banks
Lauren Banks

Lauren Banks – Finance Assistant: provides effective and efficient finance support to the Multi Academy Trust.

Sally Bissell
Sally Bissell

Sally Bissell – Finance Assistant: provides effective and efficient finance support to the Multi Academy Trust.

Danny Guyon
Danny Guyon

Danny Guyon – Trust Site Manager: responsible for the co-ordination of site operations and maintenance across the Trust.

Paul Ward
Paul Ward

Paul Ward – Trust Estates Manager: responsible for statutory compliance of the trust’s estate and the co-ordination of capital works.

Natalie Fardon-Wood
Natalie Fardon-Wood

Natalie Fardon-Wood – Data Protection Officer: monitors internal compliance, informs and advises on our data protection obligations, and is the contact point for data subjects and the Information Commissioner.

Debbie Andlaw
Debbie Andlaw

Debbie Andlaw - Delivers a comprehensive ICT service within the Trust, co-ordinating the implementation of trust and academy websites. Provides oversight of ICT development, ensuring compliance with Trust policy and developing the utilising of academy resources effectively.

Human Resources Team

Gemma Cahalane
Gemma Cahalane

Gemma Cahalane - Head of Human Resources: oversees strategic human resources and payroll functions, aligning personnel management with organisational goals and ensuring compliance with employment laws.

Trudie Stowe
Trudie Stowe

Trudie Stowe – Payroll and HR Manager: responsible for monthly payroll and all associated HR processes, management and reporting.

Vicky Merrell
Vicky Merrell

Vicky Merrell – Deputy HR Manager: effective and efficient daily management, consultation and support of HR employee related matters in line with Trust policies and procedures.

Sarah O'Donnell
Sarah O'Donnell

Sarah O’Donnell – Recruitment Consultant: reviews and implements safer recruitment to meet the immediate and future staffing requirements of the organisation.

Leanne Chandler
Leanne Chandler

Leanne Chandler – Payroll Assistant: provides efficient and effective support for accurate and timely payroll processing.

Our Academies

South Essex Academy Trust
Beresford Close, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 2SU
EMAIL: head@seacademytrust.co.uk
TEL: 01702 559467
FAX: 01702 552048

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