Who's Who


Michelle New  
Michelle Allbones
Head of Finance  

I joined the C.I.T. team as Head of Finance in April 2018.

The Trust has been outsourcing finance to an external consultancy for some years now.  Following an audit, it was agreed that bringing finance back in house would not only save money, but also improve internal processes and communications. Therefore, we are now very busy creating a fully functioning C.I.T Finance Team at the central office.

The purpose of this central finance function is to support and assist the schools to meet our strategic vision of creating a first class infrastructure that influences education and enables outstanding lifelong learning.

Although centralising will enable the Trust to achieve economies of scale, more streamlined approaches to procurement, budgeting and management of finance; the support of financial administrators within the schools, along with the school business managers who support them, are essential to the success of the central finance team.  The aim is to take the financial administrative burden away from the teaching staff so that they can concentrate on doing what they do best, teaching. 

I come from a varied financial and business background including accountancy practice, industry and other charitable organisations.  I have been a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant for over 20 years and have a Master’s Degree in   Planning and Development.  I’m very excited to join the education sector and to be part of the C.I.T. team.  I am keen to  play my part in helping to develop our Trust as one that achieves excellence in learning.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends, baking and weightlifting (although not together!)

Darren Wilson
Financial Analyst 
I joined the finance team within C.I.T. in March 2018 as a Financial Analyst.

My main areas of responsibilities are to analyse historic data in order to reduce  unnecessary overspend across the Trust, and to implement the centralisation of  commercial services, utilities, procurement, and stock management. 

My aim is to assist the Trust in fully realising its purpose - “Where Learning Comes First” by helping reduce the burden of school business management that currently sits with heads and school staff. Thus allowing teaching and support staff more time to focus their energy on the children within their schools and help give the children what they deserve, the best education possible.

My background is in Commercial Business Analysis, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, and Navigation as a Maritime Officer.

I’m married with 2 children and have interests in Judo, Cricket, Rugby and Campanology. 

Chloe Lyon  
Chloe Lyon
Management Accountant

I joined C.I.T. in June 2018.  My job as Management Accountant is to adjust and interpret financial information in order to produce timely and accurate management accounts.  I assist the Head of Finance and also provide financial support to the extended Finance Team. 

I have worked my way up within the manufacturing, supported living and education industries.

I am currently studying CIMA to become a Chartered Management Accountant. 

In my spare time, I love to travel and spend time with close friends and family.

Natalie Whotton
Finance Administrator
I joined C.I.T. in July 2018 as Finance Administrator for Poplar Farm Primary School and Caythorpe Primary School. 
Previously I worked as a PA for 8 years, and in the hotel industry for over 10 years prior to that.
I am looking forward to the challenge of working with two schools within the Trust.
I live in Grantham with my husband of 17 years and my two joyful teenagers.

Jasmine Turner
Finance Administrator 

I Joined C.I.T in July 2018. I handle all the first hand Finance side of 3 primary schools within the Trust - Isaac Newton, Ambergate and Sandon. I intend to implement the procedures already in place and fine tune them to ensure that utmost efficiency is achieved.  

I have just passed AAT Accounting Level 2 with a Distinction. I will continue my studies until I am Level 4 qualified.  I have great drive to be an asset for C.I.T Academies. 

Prior to joining the Trust, I worked in management within the Petroleum Industry, which I enjoyed very much. It gave me the enthusiasm to make a difference. 

I have two sons aged 3 and 5yrs who keep me on my toes, I truly cherish my time with them. I also enjoy reading and eating good food. If I get time to watch an action film then that’s the icing on the cake! 



      NSS-cita   Forest School Logo            


CIT Academies is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England with the name Community Inclusive Trust. The company's registered number is 9071623 and registered office is: CIT Academies, Poplar Farm School, Helmsley Road, Grantham, NG31 8XF. Tel: 03300 585520

  Copyright © 2014  |  C.I.T Academies - All Rights Reserved
Web Design & Hosting Solutions: GPR.NET