Andy’s childhood, as well as a time spent working at a school for orphans in Manhattan, gave him an understanding of the importance of education. He went on to become an English teacher in a deprived area of Manchester where he witnessed both social injustice, but also the power of teachers to make a difference. For the past 20 years Andy has worked in various schools and roles including leadership positions. His track record is one of school improvement, including leading Beamont Collegiate Academy to its first ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement and securing an £11million new build. As Chief Executive of The Challenge Academy Trust his aim is to ensure young people are provided with the best possible educational opportunities.
Jill joined Bridgewater High School in 2018 where she is now Business Manager. She has worked in education since 2006 within the maintained and academy sectors and also has experience within the AP sector. Jill was heavily involved in the strategic partnership between Teaching Schools and local authorities within the Liverpool City region to develop systems of school improvement and secure appropriate funding to raise educational attainment within the area. Before moving into education, she worked in Banking & Finance after completing a degree in Business & Economics at Manchester. She is proud to be part of The Challenge Academy Trust.
Tim was appointed Headteacher of Bridgewater in 2008 and the high school has since been rated ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. In 2013 he was appointed a National Leader in Education. He also trained as an Ofsted Inspector and remains a ‘serving practitioner’. Tim led Bridgewater through its conversion to an academy and the formation of TCAT whilst also securing Teaching School Status. He was seconded to the Teaching School Council to coordinate the delivery of the DfE’s School to School Support offer across Liverpool, Merseyside and Warrington. He is currently Executive Principal Secondary and lead out on school to school support which includes conducting school and department-based reviews whilst providing coaching and mentoring to senior leaders.
Vicky is in her 20th year in education and has been head of Great Sankey Primary since 2014 having taught in three different schools across Warrington. She has also worked and supported school improvement across the town. Further afield, however, Vicky has also been fortunate to work in schools in China and South Africa, setting up a strong partnership with Thembilihe School which continues to this day. She is a governor at Penketh High School and currently studying for her NPQEL. Vicky is passionate about the evolution of The Challenge Academy Trust and excited to see it develop further, working strategically together for the best interests and life chances of the children across the schools.
Karis has a degree in Nutrition and initially planned to be a dietitian, working on Whiston Hospital’s dietetic department. She had roles in the national 5-A-day campaign and childhood obesity programmes before training to become a teacher in 2007. She joined Education Connect after 12 years in education and remains a teacher, head of department as well as a lead for boys’ progress and achievement. Karis cares deeply about social mobility and empowering young people to take their opportunities. One of the ways to achieve this, she believes, is through effective staff development. Since joining The Challenge Academy Trust Karis has been involved in sharing best practice and has become an advocate for CPD.