Meet our Trust Staff

Wendy Whelan – Chief Executive Officer

“I started teaching in 1986 and have 20 years’ experience of leadership in schools at a senior level and experience of school improvement via Local Authority and Department for Education Pathfinder and Free School development work.

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

“Qualified to Association of Accounting Technician (AAT), level my career started in the construction industry where I was employed as Company Accountant for 10 years.  My career path diverted to schools in 2006 and through promotion took up my current post of Trust Director in April 2016.

I am a proud wife and mum to three wonderful young adults.  Apart from spending time with my family, I enjoy country walking and travel.”

 

Sarah Rowell – Head of HR

“After studying ‘A’ Levels in Economics and French I started work in Lloyds Bank Plc. I worked in several different branches, both full time then part time after having a family. After 23 years in their employment I was at the stage where I could make new career choices; increase my hours to full time again or start a new career.

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

“I studied French at Sheffield University after which I began my career working for Michelin Tyres in Sales and Marketing. After four and a half years, I left Michelin to undertake a Master’s degree in Translation at Manchester University. I subsequently worked in Insolvency and then as a Business Analyst in Debt Recovery. More recently, I have also worked in Logistics for New Look, also in a Senior Analyst capacity. I have been working as Data Manager in the Trust since May 2016. Outside work I enjoy spending time with my family, music and sport.”

John Dooley – Head of IT

“After studying Applied Computing Science and Physics at Keele/Staffordshire University, I obtained a BSc Hons in Computing. I worked for University Chester Academy Trust as ICT Officer for the North West region.  I have been employed in education for 14 years in the capacity of IT lead. When not at school I enjoy amateur radio and electronics, astronomy and during the summer a good game of cricket.”

Shane Birchall – Head of Finance

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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. 

Roger Finney –  CEIAG and Enterprise manager

Roger who joined the Trust in November 2018 has 10 years experience of working with young people across the Stoke on Trent Local authority for the employment & skills division, leading and supporting a wide range of young people and learners across the city and beyond with a board and varied range of employability & apprenticeship options supported by qualified advice and guidance.

Roger Helped to set up and grow the apprenticeship Hub for the local authority, helping and supporting learners to increase positive outcomes and gain employment combined with improving retention and achievement.

Roger has worked with large of external partners for managing and overcoming various barriers to learning, whilst also looking to monitor and evaluate the process for a continual cycle of improvement. Supporting and advising parents of vulnerable and disaffected learners who are suffering social emotional and financial difficulties offering where possible flexible and creative solutions to support the needs of the learner and their families.

Roger also has in depth experience of closely working with and supporting other local authorities with their apprenticeship provision as within Learn 4 work and has worked in partnership with (including Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Moorlands) for their apprenticeship provision & delivery needs over several years.