Who's Who


Lisa Lound  
Lisa Lound
Executive PA 

I joined C.I.T. in December 2017 to support the CEO and COO as their PA. 

My principal duties are to act as “gate keeper”, managing their very busy diaries, arranging meetings, taking minutes, making travel arrangements and generally ensuring that they are in the right place at the right time with all relevant paperwork.  I have significant responsibilities in respect of                 co-ordination, oversight and prioritisation within the Trust on their behalf, particularly in respect of strategic meetings with Head Teachers, School Business Managers and external agencies/partners. 

I contribute to the working practices of the Trust by identifying areas for improvement, using creativity, initiative and foresight to find resolutions when responding to issues or problems that arise. 

I have many years’ experience as a senior PA and bring an independent outlook to C.I.T. that provides a healthy balance and challenge to more established education-based views. 

Prior to joining the Trust, I worked for Lincolnshire Police for just over 9 years as PA to senior officers and their teams.

Ann White  
Ann White
HR Lead
My role as Human Resources Lead for C.I.T. enables me to visit and share good practice with other schools across C.I.T.  I contribute to policies and procedures and lead on recruitment for the Trust, giving advice and guidance to managers and staff alike.

I am also very privileged to be a part of LEARN Teaching School Alliance.  My role as Director of LEARN is one of excitement and challenge as the Teaching School rapidly grows from strength to strength.  

I have worked in the education sector since 1988.   

Suzanne    Suzanne Fenn
Senior HR Administrator

Louise Perkins
Conversion Manager 
I joined C.I.T. in December 2015.  I project manage the conversions of schools joining the Trust.  I also complete the due diligence for academisations.

I pulled together the Free School Application and am now project managing the pre-opening phase of Poplar Farm School.

I am from a HR and Operations background so in between projects, I help schools across the Trust to manage their staffing levels to meet budget constraints.

I am married with two children, we live in Nottingham.  

mellissa   Mellissa McDonnell
Project Assistant
I joined C.I.T in July 2018. I work closely with Louise Perkins on various projects and will help manage the conversions of new schools joining the Trust.  This includes assisting with the due diligence for academisations. 

My background includes a BA Hons Degree in Business and Management obtained from the University of Lincoln.  My main areas of study were Project Management, Marketing, Strategic Management, HR and Business Finance. 

Following my graduation, I worked for Serco as a Co-ordinator and Planner for NHS contracts for IT projects. 

I am already enjoying working for the Trust.  All members of the team have given me such a warm welcome, and I look forward to working with the new schools who want to become a part of the C.I.T family. 

I live in Lincoln with my partner of 9 years, along with our gorgeous dog Buster.

 Me Jacki   Jacki Bartram
Head of Communications & Fundraising
I have worked for C.I.T. since it was formed in September 2014.  Prior to this I worked at the founding schools, Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF). 
My job is to look after Public Relations and Marketing for all schools across the Trust, and also to source funding for specific projects for individual schools across the Trust.
Before joining GANF, I worked as a Marketing Manager for a midlands based HR Consultancy and prior to that, I was Sales Director for Hereward FM, part of The Global Radio Group.
I am married with four children and a mischievous dog called Murphy. 

Kris   Kris Mantle
Bid Writer/Fundraiser 
I joined C.I.T. in January 2018.  My primary responsibilities are to source funding opportunities and write persuasive bid applications to secure funding for individual projects at all schools across the Trust.  As well as working with the schools, I also support the school PTA’s where I can, to assist their fundraising efforts and help maintain fundraising organisations at each school.

Prior to joining the Trust, I worked as a bid writer for a Social Care tender writing company. 

I live in Nottingham and am a prominent dog wanter. 

Chris Lincoln   Chris Lincoln
Schools Communications Champion 
I joined C.I.T in August 2018 and will be supporting Jacki with various PR, Communications and Marketing responsibilities, to ensure the smooth running of this function, and to support the fundraising team in this rapidly growing, developing and exciting environment.
I have extensive knowledge of Google analytics and social media, and I am looking forward to using my skills to raise awareness of all the schools across the Trust.
Before joining C.I.T, I worked as a PR and Communications Manager for a health and wellbeing company that support local children.  Prior to this I delivered physical and emotional support programmes to pupils in a number of primary schools across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. 

I am married with two daughters and live in Bourne.

Tom   Tom Booth
Strategic Lead of Technology
I have recently joined C.I.T. after many years working at Woodlands Academy as a teacher and senior leader. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there working with SEMH children. 
I am responsible for all aspects of ICT across the Trust including procurement, communication and training.
My background prior to that was spent within the information and technology industry for over 20 years. 

Grace New   Grace Tavener
Company Secretary & Clerk to the Board 

I joined the C.I.T. team as Company Secretary in April 2018.

My main responsibilities are to assist the Board of Trustees to ensure they discharge their duties effectively and within best practice.  I am also responsible for maintaining the Trust’s statutory registers and centralised records, to ensure efficient administration of the Trust.  I will make sure C.I.T. business is conducted within the regulatory environment, and ensure compliance with  legal obligations.

I will be the primary source of advice on the conduct of business across all areas of the Trust, from risk management and internal control, governance and compliance, conflicts of interest, to the development of strategy and planning.

Prior to joining C.I.T. I worked in the private sector with senior management across all areas of business.  In my most recent role I supported the board of directors as Assistant Company Secretary for a public limited company on the Alternative  Investment Market.

I am in the final stages of completing The Chartered Secretary Qualifying Scheme which has equipped me with knowledge of Governance, Risk and Compliance, Company Law, Business Law, Strategic Planning and Financial Reporting and Analysis.

I decided to make the move over to C.I.T. as I wanted to use my skills to work in an environment more aligned to my conscience.  I am seeking to expand on my skills within the Charity Sector, which I anticipate will bring new and welcome challenges.

I aim to provide professional advice and support across the Trust ensuring that C.I.T. delivers on its obligations within the business and Charity environment.

I have a BSc (Hons) from the University of Southampton and am currently training to become a Chartered Secretary with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. I hope to become fully qualified next year. 

In my spare time I enjoy reading, travel and spending time with my family. 

Andy Evans2  
Andy Evans
Estates Manager
I joined C.I.T. in September 2018 as Estates Manager.  This is a new role within the Trust created to support the School Leaders and the Central Team with all estates related work streams.
My aim is to bring a joined up approach to site management across the estate allowing good practice to be shared, whilst maintaining a central reference point for all building or estate related queries to support all sites throughout C.I.T.
I have worked within the education sector for 18 years in Northampton Schools. My previous role was Principle Operations Manager for a PFI providing Total Facilities Management across 43 sites.
I look forward to working alongside you all.

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Claire Woodlock
School Operations Manager
I joined C.I.T. in September as a Schools Operations Manager. I support 3 Grantham based schools in the Trust.  My role is to support the schools in operational and financial excellence by implementing procedures and systems to ensure efficiency and value for money, while upholding the values of C.I.T.
I worked for many years in the private sector as a Manager for a High Street Bank and as a Treasury Analyst. It was through my role as a Parent Governor at my children’s school that I saw finance based roles in schools were emerging, to relieve and support Senior Leaders and Head teachers so they can concentrate on providing the best education for their pupils. I was attracted to working in the education sector as the pupils are at the heart of all we do.
My previous role was Finance Manager for a Multi Academy Trust based in Lincolnshire.
I live in Lincolnshire with my husband and 2 children.
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