Business Leadership Team
James Pedlingham, Director of Business Leadership
Nick Polmear, Infrastructure and Assurance Director
Nick is the Infrastructure and Assurance Director and was seconded in January 2015 to provide support to the CEO in the development of the Trust Scheme of Delegation, he has also supported with the School Specific Design Brief and Schedule of Accommodation for the Workington Academy PSBP. Nick had previously been the William Howard School Estates Manager, Health and Safety Officer and Safeguarding Coordinator, additionally acting as Support Staff Governor for 9 years. Nick now leads the Trust Estates teams and supports Safeguarding coordination across the Trust.
Nick has significant project management and leadership experience, having served 25 years both at home and overseas as a Royal Air Force communications manager. Nick chaired the International Computer Network Defence Exercise Working Group and delivered the first collaborative information sharing exercise between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US.
Martin Robson, IT Services Manager
Martin started his career in the charity sector working for the British Deaf Association, covering various positions including membership administrator, covenants and legacies officer before taking on a role managing their database and ICT systems.
Martin moved into education in 1995 as Network Manager for Trinity School in Carlisle, overseeing all aspects of the school’s IT system.
Martin joined William Howard School in 2000 as Network Manager and has been responsible for the management of the network and delivery of ICT services, as well as working alongside the school’s leadership team as part of the school management team.
Martin took up the post of ICT Services Manager in June 2016, responsible for the strategic leadership and management of ICT services across the Trust.
Maria Graham, PA to CEO
Maria started her career in the giftware industry working in various roles before becoming a Product Development Manager. Following redundancy in 2001, Maria changed direction and moved into education.
Maria joined William Howard School in 2001 and over the years obtained a wealth of knowledge in many aspects of education. Having worked in a senior administration role for many years, she was appointed as Operations Manager in 2008. This position was part of a Management Team, which worked alongside the school’s Leadership Team and led on the operational aspects of school life.
In February 2014, Maria was seconded to two secondary schools in Workington, Cumbria to provide business support. She was working across both schools supporting both the Executive Headteacher and the Heads’ of School in the day to day operational aspects of the schools.
Following her role of Operations Manager with the Trust, Maria became PA to the CEO in September 2017.
Matthew Rothery, Data Analyst
In the summer of 2017, Matthew completed a BSc (Hons) in Physics at The University of Liverpool, and was recently appointed to the role of Data Analyst for the Trust in the following September of that year. Primarily based at Workington Academy, Matthew lives locally to the school and is also a former student. His interest in the Trust came from wanting to use his knowledge and skills learnt throughout his degree to provide staff and students with insightful data, with which will help to further improve quality of learning.
Angela Batchelor, Finance Manager (Secondary Schools)
Nicky Harris, Finance Manager (Primary Schools)
Nicky’s financial career began with 12 years at an accountancy practice preparing financial statements for a wide range of clients. She became AAT qualified in 2009. Nicky served 15 years with a group of companies within the transport industry, latterly as Financial Director, before joining Cumbria Education Trust.
Nicky has a wealth of practical financial knowledge which will help ensure the Trust’s Primary Schools financial stability.
Lucy Hewson, Clerk to the Trust Board and the LABs
Lucy grew up near Penrith and was secondary school educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith. Lucy has a Business Studies degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from the University of Northumbria.
Lucy has spent the majority of her working life at Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council in a variety of roles. The role that she did for the longest period was as a Programme Manager for a cross authority learning and development programme across the Cumbrian Local Authorities. This then morphed into a project management role on shared services across the Authorities.
This is her first role since having left work to bring up her children. This is Lucy’s first experience of working for schools.
Lucy lives near Carlisle, with her husband, a farmer, and their two young children.
Sammie Hart, Business Administrator
Sammie grew up in Kent and has worked in administration since leaving school. She started her career within a Wine and Spirit Company in 1985 and moved on to employment in an all girls’ secondary school in 2001. In 2012 Sammie relocated to Cumbria and worked in a small rural primary school before joining Cumbria Education Trust in January 2018 as Business Administrator.
Karen Williams, Online Co-ordinator
Karen graduated in Geology and gained an MSc in Museum Studies before working in a number of museums around England. Following a privileged few years working on the Mineralogy displays at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History she took a post in the Learning Resources Centre at William Howard School, enabling her to return to Cumbria.
Her role at WHS evolved to become Online Resources Co-ordinator, ensuring that the school’s website became a vital central source of information for stakeholders as well as developing the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for teaching and learning purposes; helping students learn more independently and collaboratively.
Karen has two sons who attend William Howard School, and is a Governor at Hallbankgate Village School.