Meet our Trust Staff
Wendy Whelan – Chief Executive Officer
I have a passion for ensuring that through education everyone can have access to equality of opportunity. Since 2015 I have also been a Pupil Premium Champion qualified in undertaking Ofsted directed Pupil Premium reviews. I have also chaired a number of Education-Business partnership groups in past roles and think it is important for our academies to make solid links with non-education institutions – to this end we are growing our number of partners working as part of our Trust.
I am very proud to be Chief Executive Officer of United Endeavour Trust. We are proud of our achievements, of our staff and students and we are ambitious for continual improvement which progresses us towards achieving high academic and pastoral standards. We have a strong commitment to developing the whole child and to working in wider partnerships to allow our students to experience active citizenship and a good preparation for employability and a life based on developing well-being. We have only been a Multi-Academy Trust since October 2015 but we have developed clear structures for the successful governance and management of the MAT which are being used as good practice examples with a number of developing MATs.”
Vickie Keeling – Trust Director and Head of Estates
Sarah Rowell – Head of HR
At that time new roles were being introduced in schools in the area of Business Management and I chose to pursue this. I worked in a Primary School initially for 18 months before moving to Clayton Hall to work in the Finance Office. Since then I have worked across the Trust in all areas of School Business Management which then led to me becoming the Head of Human Resources for the United Endeavour Trust.”
Matt Tierney – Head of Data
John Dooley – Head of IT
Shane Birchall – Head of Finance
After studying Accounting and Finance at Keele University, I started employment at an accounting firm called RSM in the audit department. I studied for my ACA accounting qualification and became a fully qualified accountant in 2016.
After six years at RSM, I joined United Endeavour Trust as Head of Finance in January 2019.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and also playing and watching sports.
Shaun Smith – Director of Math and Science
Shaun has over twenty years’ experience in education and is an experienced consultant for school improvement. Shaun joined the Trust in June 2018 and leads on improving outcomes in Science and maths.
He has taught in Science at all levels in secondary education and has been a marker for exam boards at all levels. He was head of science for 5 years, before becoming an Assistant Head Teacher.
Shaun then became a Teacher Consultant for Entrust and has a track record of developing teachers’ skills and the ability to lead effectively to improve student attainment. He has worked with middle leaders and senior leadership teams to review educational outcomes and practices to identify key issues that will lead to better achievement for students.
He has worked to plan and deliver professional development training as a tutor for the Science Learning Centre, centre based courses for Entrust and bespoke work in schools. These have been primarily about improving teaching and learning. He has also delivered training on whole school areas such as assessment for learning, performance management and implementing the new curriculum. The quality and impact of his support has been recognised by Ofsted.
Seb Stuart – Deputy Director of Science
Seb started teaching Science (Physics specialism) in 2009 after qualifying from KeeleUniversity. He has taught to A Level in Physics, Chemistry and Applied Science. In 2011 he became Head of Physics and Head of Department in June 2014, leading large teams of staff. OFSTED praised his team for comprehensive planning and the variety of learning opportunities provided to students within a lesson.
He completed his NPQML in 2016, taking an active part in the Walsall inclusion Partnership, trying to reduce fixed term exclusions across the LEA.
He was a founding member of the Physics Partners West Midlands Hub of seven schools, designed to improve the delivery of Physics by non-specialists at KS3 and KS4 levels, delivering CPD and advising others on how to deliver effective and useful CPD for teachers and Science technicians who are not Physics specialists.
Seb joined UET in April 2018 as Deputy Director of Science, supporting improvement in Science across the South Newcastle Federation.