MAT Leadership Team

MAT Leadership Team



Over 25 years’ experience driving successful business operations in a variety of sectors including a £350m turnover FMCG business. Worked within St Bede at a strategic level for over 13 years. Previously performed the role of acting COO covering for both the CEO and COO and understand the unique and successful way things are done at St Bede. embraces the Christian ethos of the Trust and understand the importance of this alongside the educational excellence. Spent a considerable amount of time supporting Heads of School with class observations, recruiting and mentoring staff. Key part of the implementation of the aims and objectives of the MAT, ensuring they are relevant and help fulfil the vision of the Trust. Created project teams to lead the development of the MAT, from St Bede Academy conversion (without the use of external consultants) through to the first sponsorship of a second Academy, Tonge Moor. Network nationally to benefit the Trust and educational sector as a whole. Including advising the House of Commons Select Committee for childcare affordability, being part of the NAHT SBL Committee to challenge the Government on their National Funding Formula, and attending select round table talks with Education Ministers. Created a sound financial base for the Trust within challenging times. Under her financial guidance the Trust has been able to self-fund many capital programs (e.g. additional classroom space) and build reserves to continue to do so in the future.

SARAH Rostron


Sarah has over 19 years’ experience in Primary School education. She is a Specialist Leader of Education with specialisms in Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Leadership and Quality Standards. She has successfully led initiatives at St. Bede and other schools to raise standards in numeracy and literacy; to improve the quality of teaching and therefore impact of both Teachers and Teaching Assistants, and to improve data reporting and analysis. She has also played a leading role in a number of “Deep Dive” diagnostics which have led to whole school improvements in other schools. Previously Head of School at St. Bede, a 3form entry primary school in Bolton. In her role as COO she is dedicated to ensuring that all pupils have access to a fun, engaging curriculum that gives them the best the best start in life. In 2021, she was shocked and humbled to receive TES Headteacher of the Year award, after being nominated by staff, Governors and parents, for her dedication and hard work during the pandemic.

Carol Mee

Finance Director

Carol has over 30 years’ experience of working within a finance and payroll environment both within the public and private sectors.  Carol has extensive experience in financial and payroll administration, process control and multi-site operations. She has the responsibility for managing the Central Services team of 6 Finance/Payroll members.

Emma Pendlebury

HR Director

Emma has experience of working in the Public Sector, Further Education Sector and the Not for Profit Sectors and has tangible experience in leading and managing HR services delivering on a number of key organisational objectives. She is currently responsible for Human Resources across the Multi Academy Trust and St Bede Childcare Ltd and leads on supporting the senior management team on all aspects of Human Resources. Emma has designed a quality improvement plan and works closely with Finance and IT teams to deliver a positive customer – led service. Emma is responsible for a HR Team consisting of a HR Attendance Officer and a HR Assistant.

Karl Denton

Operations Director

Karl has over 15 years of experience of working in ICT within the education sector. He is currently responsible for ICT across the whole of the Trust and St Bede’s Childcare Limited. Karl continually strives to ensure the ICT services are working effectively, while constantly reviewing the efficiency of organisational systems and comparing performance/costs to new emerging systems within the IT sector. Karl manages a small ICT team whom ensure that network resources on and off site for all end users including children and staff are working effectively, to ensure a high level of security and keep up to date with the changing demands of the organisations.

Anna Black


As both a long serving staff member of St. Bede CE Primary and a parent of two pupils who currently attend, I am incredibly proud to be part of the Local Governing Body in my role as Head of School. In my twenty years in education, I have been a class teacher, curriculum leader, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. All of these roles, including my current role as Head, have been to ensure all our children make excellent progress, regardless of their starting points. We pride ourselves on our safe, caring and engaging learning environment with high standards and expectations. Everyone at St. Bede is passionate about our vision ‘Learning, Caring, Growing Together’. The vision, our core values and the Parable of the Good Samaritan underpin all of our learning experiences. Our links to St. Bede Church and local Pastors further supports our strong Christian ethos. We are committed to ensure that all our children leave St. Bede having developed the lifelong skills of positivity, resilience and independence. We foster a love of learning and a determination to succeed.

Nicola Whittaker


Headteacher from September 2019 I first became professionally involved with Tonge Moor Primary School from March 2017, as part of School-to-school support. I subsequently became Deputy headteacher in January 2019, after the sponsor lead acdemisation in 2018. As I am a former pupil of the school, it is my passion that we provide the very best educational offer for our children. Our vision is that everyone feels inspired to work towards their lifelong aspirations through a love of learning. I have almost twenty-five years teaching experience in five different primary schools and senior leadership experience in four schools. During my career, I have held a variety of leadership roles have included phase leader, whole school responsibility for SEN, Safeguarding, Teaching and Learning and Assessment. As a Senior leader, I have been responsible for ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning well as the strategic planning and monitoring of continual school improvement. In addition, I have supported the St Bede Primary Academy teaching school and worked with Altrincham Girls Grammar school as a Quality Assurance mentor for School Centred Initial Teaching Training. I have always felt that it is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the career development of both experienced teachers and trainees as this always has the best impact on learners.