Andrew Morris - Chief Executive Officer
Andrew has 32 years experience in education having worked in large town primary schools. He began his teaching career at Harlescott Junior School in Shrewsbury, a large junior school with 384 children on roll at that time. He moved to Belvidere Primary School as Deputy Headteacher in 1996, before becoming Headteacher at Greenfields Primary School. During his eighteen years there he oversaw the development of its nursery school and an increase in pupils on roll from 283 to the 380 children on roll there now.
Andrew has worked closely with other local schools in his role as a Local Leader for Education. He co-created Severn Bridges Multi Academy Trust, which achieved academy trust status in March 2017, before becoming Executive Headteacher in September 2018. During this time he worked with the three new heads of school to support, mentor and coach them through their NPQH qualification. All three schools have now achieved a Good Ofsted rating under the new framework for inspection. He recently completed NPQEL in July 2020
The MAT structure changed in September 2020 and Andrew became CEO. Andrew loves the opportunity to develop collaborative work both within the MAT and with neighbouring schools across the Local Authority, local trusts and independent schools. He is proud that MAT is an outward facing organisation always looking to improve its practice whilst working with others. He takes most pleasure from the Trust’s holistic approach to children's education, exemplified by the Darwin Values Award across the schools, ensuring the non-academic areas of school life are equally valued.
Clare Charlesworth Jones - Chief Finance Officer
Clare is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). She has over 25 years experience at a senior level in local government where she managed complex budgets, procurements and capital projects. Her career includes managing change, and providing and communicating expert financial information and advice to various stakeholders.
Clare joined the Severn Bridges MAT in September 2019 as Trust Business Manager, before becoming Chief Finance Officer in September 2020. Clare is also a member of the Shropshire County Pension Fund Board.
Sara Thorpe - Trust Business Manager
Before moving into education in 2012, Sara spent nearly twenty years working in public relations and marketing roles within both the private and public sector.
She worked as School Business Manager at Sundorne Infant School and Nursery for eight years where she gained experience in all aspects of school business management, before joining Severn Bridges MAT as Trust Business Manager in September 2020.