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Judith Barrett CEO

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Interim CEO of The Levels Academy Trust. My Name is Judith Barrett and I was a Somerset Head teacher for 15 years. I spent 6 years as a teaching Head at Lovington Primary School near Castle Cary until I was appointed Head at Grass Royal Junior School, now St. Michael’s Academy, in Yeovil. I was in post for 9 years and retired in 2016

On retirement I was appointed as a Somerset Education Partner to monitor standards in fourteen Somerset Schools. I visit them regularly according to need, and support and challenge the Head teachers and school leaders to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the children.

I was also an Acting Head teacher at Oake, Bradford and Nynehead Primary school from September 2018-until February 2019, leading the school through an unannounced Ofsted inspection in January 2019 where we were graded GOOD.

In January 2019 I was approached by the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust to cover an interim role as Director of Learning and Achievement, following the unexpected resignation of the substantive Director. This was a wonderful opportunity and one that I embraced. I was responsible for line managing a team that included five Regional School Improvement Advisors, Governance and Safeguarding teams as well as having an overview of thirty-three schools. I was directly answerable to the CEO and to the Trustees, to whom I reported regularly. This role, initially for 6 weeks, lasted from January 2019-July 2020.

I am very excited by this new opportunity afforded to me by the Trustees, and am very much looking forward to working with you all. I believe that when professionals combine their strengths and work alongside each other collaboratively, the life chances of all pupils improve rapidly, and children and staff flourish.

The main focus of this role is to manage the transition of the Levels Trust into the PPAT by December 31st, while at the same time supporting our Head teachers and schools through the intricacies of everyday life. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and working together during this time.

Gary Piper Chair of Trustees

Gary is Chair of Governors for Middlezoy and Othery Schools where his children attend. Gary has been successful in business over the past 30 years and brings to the Trust a great deal of commercial and management experience. Outside of the Trust, Gary now uses his expertise as a Business Consultant. He is passionate about education for our children and ensuring we deliver the best we possibly can to enhance and enrich the lives of our young ones as they learn and grow. A very active Governor and Trustee, Gary has led and supported significant changes including the re-launching of websites, establishing the Pre-School facility at Othery School as well as leading the marketing for the Trust. Gary is also an active member of the Trust Business Committee, who endeavour to get the best possible value out of every penny that goes through the Trust to fulfil their aims and values.

Peter Brandt Vice Chair of Trustees

Pete was the former Chair of Hambridge Local Governing Body and has an interest in ensuring pupils in our local community have access to good education from the ages of 2-18.

David Cunningham Trustee

Dave has been a Chair of Governors of an outstanding Surrey Academy for over 10 years. His career was as a senior corporate banker with Barclays for 30 years, spending 5 years as Head of Management Training, and running Business Centres in Sussex and Kent. For the last 17 years he has run a Strategic Planning Consultancy, helping more than 50 SME businesses make sense of the World! He is interested in Geography, Local History and has a lifelong passion for anything to do with railways.

Janet Limberg Trustee

Somerset SCITT is an outstanding school-based teacher training programme based within Somerset Local Authority. Janet is the programme Manager for both for SCITT and under-graduate programmes (Foundation Programme for Teaching and Learning and Foundation Degree for Learning and Development from EY to Adolescence). Janet has had an extensive career in education, including Head Teacher, Teacher, Local Authority Adviser, Lecturer and Education Consultant.

Rosalind Fanshawe Trustee

Rosalind is very committed to children being educated in their home community and has a particular interest in early years and special education needs.