Our School Leadership Team has a wealth of experience. Find out more about how being part of our Trust has impacted on our Headteachers' lives, both personally and professionally.
loz wilson - headteacher cottingham
kerry mason - co-headteacher croxby
My career in education began in 2009 at Penshurst Primary as a part-time teaching assistant with an offer of support to continue my degree to become a teacher. The academy were fully supportive during this time, encouraging me to develop my skills further to become a HLTA and providing me with teaching experience across all the primary years. After qualifying, an opportunity arose to become Curriculum Leader, becoming part of their senior leadership team. This role allowed me develop my expertise and knowledge around the primary curriculum and further develop myself as a leader.
In 2017, Croxby Primary joined the Trust and I was seconded to Croxby as Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning, where I have remained since September 2017. Last year, I was offered the role of Co-Headteacher at Croxby enabling me to continue the journey at Croxby. I have been fortunate over this time to work as part of a strong team of leaders, teachers and support staff who all have a ‘children first’ approach to their work. This is evident once you enter the building and see the team in action.
My experience to date with TCAT has been one of encouragement and understanding of personal career progression. I have felt continuously supported to be able to fulfil my goal of becoming a Headteacher. The support does not stop there. The Trust ensure that as a Head there is always a network of people who you can turn to for advice and guidance, including other Heads and the central services team.
As an academy within the Trust there are endless benefits for both staff and children. Shared expertise, support and resources are a benefit to raise outcomes and enhance the learning experiences for all the children within the Trust.
vince groak - headteacher the hessle academy
I am immensely proud to be the Headteacher of The Hessle Academy, a post I have held since 2018, following eight years at the school as Assistant Headteacher. My background is in business and, after gaining a degree in Economics, I went on to run a number of small business ventures in Hull. Once I realised that these small businesses were unlikely to get any bigger, I changed direction and enrolled onto a PGCE course at Hull University. As soon as I stepped in front of a class of students, I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my career working in schools. Even now, the time I spend teaching is the highlight of my week.
Being able to work closely alongside fellow Headteachers in The Consortium Academy Trust has been of huge personal benefit to me as I took on this role. Headship can be quite a lonely and vulnerable place at times and having the support of colleagues has been invaluable, especially during the pandemic. As we go into the future, I believe this network will continue to grow in importance and all of our learners, regardless of age or which school they are enrolled at will benefit from our collective experience, knowledge and abilities. It is an exciting future.
scott wilson - headteacher holderness
Gary cannon - headteacher howden
victoria white - headteacher keyingham
I became a teacher in 2003 and since then have taught learners from the age of 3 to 19, and more recently, of University age! I originally trained to teach French and secured my first teaching post at Hessle High School. It was there that I became a Pastoral Leader and had the privilege to follow my year group through their five years of secondary education. This experience really opened my eyes to the wide variety of challenges that young people face as they grow up and the complex yet vital support that they need at every stage of their schooling. Thanks to the Hessle Academy through school, I moved to teach in the Primary phase in 2011 and became fascinated with how a love of reading, woven into a well-crafted curriculum could shape a child’s knowledge, conceptual understanding and future chances. Now that I am Headteacher at Keyingham Primary School, I have the opportunity to bring that passion to a new community of learners and their families. The school joined TCAT in March 2020 and my colleagues at the Trust have supported me endlessly through this rather ‘difficult’ start to my first headship! With their support and the hard-work of my staff, I know that the children at Keyingham will thrive and excel.
mark brown - headteacher winifred holtby
After graduating from Salford University with a degree in Applied Chemistry, I moved to York University to undertake my PGCE. My first teaching appointment was at Maltby Comprehensive School, where I taught chemistry at GCSE and A Level. After 3 years at Maltby, I moved to Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering, North Yorkshire to take up the post of Deputy Head of Science and Head of Chemistry. I moved to Hull in 1999, to work for the Local Authority as a Science Consultant and later Science Advisor. In 2005, I joined Winifred Holtby as Deputy Headteacher before being promoted to the role of Associate Headteacher. I was appointed as Headteacher in 2014, following the retirement of the previous Headteacher. It has been a huge privilege to lead the school for the last 7 years, working with a fantastic team of dedicated and talented staff to serve our amazing young people and the wider local community. Having worked alongside colleagues in TCAT from 2018, I was delighted that we made the commitment to join the Trust as full members in 2019. Since then, we have benefited from the close, collaborative relationships with staff in other TCAT schools and the expertise of Trust leaders and our colleagues in Central Services; working together to provide the best possible educational experience for all of our students.
susanne kukuc - headteacher wolfreton