Our Team

Michael Thorp

Chief Executive Head

After completing a degree in Zoology at Liverpool University, Michael undertook a PGCE at Durham University. Michael has been a teacher, senior leader, local authority advisor, head teacher and executive headteacher in a career spanning over 25 years. He has always played a key role in school improvement in the authority. He has a particular interest in providing Resource Provision places for children with additional needs in mainstream provision. This is something reflected in Pennine Schools.

Michael contributes to the development of the local ITT programme and has a real commitment to leadership development at all levels. He has undertaken both NPQH and NPQEL. He believes that good Trust leadership is about not just talking the talk but walking the walk, consistently,every day.

Lisa Bradley

Chief Financial Officer

Lisa is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with over 30 years' financial leadership experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, more recently in supported housing and education. She has led many successful teams across a variety of functions including finance, governance and compliance, HR, IT and property services. In addition to her role as Chief Financial Officer at Pennine Academies Yorkshire, she has recently joined the Board of Arches Housing in Sheffield and is an independent Trustee of Foundation.

Jenni Taylor

Business Partner

Jenni's earlier career began as systems analyst and programmer in IT. Having started a family, Jenni moved into Education and worked her way up to Executive Business Manager, leading the finances, HR and Estates for over 1200 pupils. She is currently the chair of the Local Business Managers forum and organises their annual conference. In March 2020, Jenni left schools to begin her new career as Business Partner for Pennine Academies Yorkshire. Here she works as a business partner supporting schools and taking responsibility for the centralisation of services. With over 10 year experience in school leadership, Jenni has a wide range of skills including bringing many large capital build projects to fruition.

David Summerscales

Business Partner

Kate Evans

Trainee Financial Accountant

After graduating from university, Kate began her career as an Office Administrator at Crossley Hall Primary School. Following rapid promotion to Finance Officer, Kate was responsible for managing the day to day finances for the school. This meant supporting the Business manager with a 3.5 million pound budget and a staff over 100. The school was exemplary in its financial management and consistently ran a healthy surplus budget with high pupil outcomes. She played a key role when the school joined Pennine Academies Yorkshire in December 2018.

Taking the next step in her career Kate was successfully appointed to be the Trainee Financial Accountant at the Central Trust. Here she supports the Chief Financial Officer in providing centralised financial support to schools. This means handling a Trust Budget of over 10 million pounds. To support her in this she is currently undertaking her Association of Accounting Technicians qualifications.

Kerry Mulroy

Trust ICT Manager

Register of Interests 20/2021

Meeting Attendance 2019-20