Mr R WilliamsCEO
Mr R Williams
With over thirty years of working across the education sector and twenty of those at Headship or Director level, Richard is an experienced and successful education professional and leader.
He has worked across the whole of the UK and also in International Schools in the Middle East. His first headship was on the South Coast, a school that under his leadership became over-subscribed and the number on role almost doubled to over 1250. He then moved into the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) world, working initially through a University based MAT and then at Regional Director level for one of the largest MATs, supporting both primary and secondary academies. Following that he was the Director of Education in another of the large national MATs.
In 2012 he became involved in Governance and took on the Chair of Governors role in a school with an inadequate OfSTED grade; that school gained Outstanding in 2019 with Richard as the Chair. This journey and support were recognised with Richard gaining National Leader of Governance status in 2016.
Prior to moving to the Blessed Peter Snow Trust, Richard was the CEO of a Catholic Multi-Academy Trust in the East Midlands.
Mr N AurangzebDirector of Finance
Mr N Aurangzeb
I joined the BPS CMAT in February 2015, I am a Chartered Accountant and an experienced CFO with a solid background in financial management, budgets development and business leadership. I have over 25 years of experience as finance professional working within different sectors including auditing within the academies sector and heading finance in the private sector. My experience have facilitated my CPD broadening my expertise and enhancing my knowledge of Multi Academy Trust.
have responsibility for the financial operations of the CMAT I head up the finance team who are committed to working collaboratively to deliver the best possible finance service to BPS Trust academies. I lead on all aspects of the finance, including the provision of an effective framework of financial controls, efficient processes and systems; and strategic performance, risk and decision analysis.
I bring expertise to the team in relation to a wide range of business support areas. These include strategy management, GDPR, communication, policy management, ICT, Health and Safety and Estates compliance and procurement. I have experience of complex change projects, whilst ensuring educational requirements are prioritised.
Key member of the following committees / network groups to share expertise and best practice-
- West Yorkshire Academy Business Leaders Group
- Leeds Diocese Finance Directors
- SJF 3G Football Development Group
Mrs R McEvoyDirector of Education
Mrs R McEvoy
Rachel has worked in primary schools for 29 years and has held three previous successful Headships. During this time she has also worked as a Regional Director for a large Multi-Academy Trust.
Early in her career her passion was for Maths and IT, which resulted in her becoming a Lead Maths Teacher for the Local Authority. This role took her into many schools as she demonstrated lessons and supported teaching and learning.
She developed key strengths in teaching, behaviour management and inclusion, and was approached to join a school which had been placed in Special Measures where, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, transformed the school in a very short period of time.
After a successful Deputy Headship in another school and later her first Headship, she was asked by the Local Authority to support the leadership teams of schools in challenging circumstances. She later became a Headteacher again and dramatically improved a school which had stayed at 'RI' for some years. From the success of this Headship she was approached to join a Multi-Academy Trust as Regional Director, capitalising on this exciting leadership opportunity to work alongside some well-respected and highly skilled colleagues.
Rachel believes that all children, regardless of need, circumstance or background, deserve a quality education. Every child can excel and it is our job to help make this a reality. She believes this can be achieved with the high expectations that outstanding teaching and leadership bring to a school. This is successful through a transparent, honest, reflective approach, providing support and challenge and always in collaboration with colleagues.
She is acutely aware that all schools are very different and continuous improvements should reflect the needs of the community as it grows, using and appreciating its unique characteristics. Rachel looks forward to the future in Catholic Education with a desire to do what is right for children and by working together she believes that our children can receive the best and most rewarding educational experience possible.
Mrs C KernanDirector of Safeguarding
Mrs C Kernan
Clare has taught in the Leeds Diocese for the past 30 years. Firstly, as an MFL teacher at All Saints Huddersfield, taking on leadership roles as Head of Year and Key Stage (SLT) and also Head of MFL. She moved after 16 years to St Bede's Bradford, to become Head of Key Stage 4 and from this she was promoted to Assistant Headteacher Pastoral at St John Fisher Dewsbury in 2010. Clare has been a Designated Safeguarding Lead since this date. She brings both a teaching background and a wealth of pastoral and safeguarding experience to our Trust schools.
Mr D HoldsworthChief Operating Officer
Mr D Holdsworth
I joined the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust in June 2022, having a background which is diverse and experienced with the focus being on multi-site management, property and project accountancy which includes Estates, Procurement and Contract Negotiations.
Recently completing a large project at a national utility company, prior to that a large part of my career was with a company that managed over 500 properties with roles in the operational finance and property departments where I was key to the business modelling, driving efficiencies, contract negotiations and project management.
I am looking forward to this new challenge and utilising my experience to add value to the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust.