Central Trust Team

Angela Holdsworth - MBE

Chief Executive Officer

Angela is the CEO of The Sea View Trust, an all-age inclusive Multi Academy Trust (MAT). She has extensive school Leadership experience across a number of Local Authorities and, in addition to her CEO role, she enjoys undertaking strategic partnership work, including being actively involved in a number of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) based initiatives. Angela is an experienced and a high-profile Leader of SEND. Her focus is to champion the disadvantaged, whilst remaining passionate about the ‘inclusive agenda’, and she provides independent advice and guidance for inclusive system improvement. Angela is a staunch advocate for the self-improving school-led system, inclusion and cross-phase collaboration, and has been working with North West partners for many years to develop this. Furthermore, she remains highly committed to developing all staff, including identifying and supporting future leaders, whilst also championing the ‘Women in Leadership’ agenda. As a passionate Leader of SEND, Angela’s significant contribution to this field of education was recognised by the award of an MBE in the New Year Honours List 2022.

Laura Watts

Chief Financial Officer

Laura is the Chief Financial Officer at the Trust. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with over 15 years experience working in finance. She started her career working for Blackpool Council, providing financial support across all areas including corporate services, public health, social care and education. She managed the Blackpool Council school finance team, providing strategic advice and guidance to maintained schools in Blackpool, and also providing accountancy services to a multi academy trust. Laura has also worked for the NHS as a Management Accountant. At The Sea View Trust, Laura is responsible for managing the financial position of the trust, including maintaining financial probity, ensuring compliance with the Academy Trust Handbook, completion of statutory returns including the Annual report and Financial Statements, and supporting schools to maximise funding and ensure efficient use of resources.

Nicola Chester

Chief Operating Officer

Nicola is the Chief Operating Officer at the Trust. She has 30 years experience in education, and started her career working for the education department of Lancashire County Council. The latter years at LCC she worked in the schools finance department, and was a named finance officer for a group of around 30 schools. In 2002 she moved into a school setting as a Business Manager. She has 20 years experience in schools, working at three different high schools and a special school as School Business Manager. She project managed two schools' academy conversions and was instrumental in the creation of a new MAT in Blackburn, where she was part of the pre-opening team for a new special free school in Blackpool. Nicola joined The Sea View Trust in June 2021 and is responsible for managing all operational aspects including HR management, IT, catering, estates, resources, risk, health and safety, marketing and communications. Nicola is a qualified accounting technician and holds both the CSBM and DSBM qualifications, and the CIPFA Level 7 Diploma in School Financial and Operational Leadership.

Andrew Hurley

School Improvement Lead

Andrew will be joining the Central Team on 1st September 2022. Andrew has worked in a range of leadership roles in the primary education sector for the past 33 years. This has included experience of working in four different schools, eight years as a headteacher, four years as a Lancashire primary adviser and four years in higher education developing Initial Teacher Training at the University of Cumbria. Andrew’s professional qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH), School Improvement Partner accreditation and a PgC in Learning & Teaching for Higher Education. His previous role before joining the central team was Deputy Headteacher at Anchorsholme Academy in Blackpool, a member school of The Sea View Trust. During this time, he jointly founded a successful School Direct programme and continues to deliver National Professional Qualifications for Senior Leaders (NPQSL). He has been a school governor for over 30 years including a period as Chair of Governors at a school in Preston. He is currently Vice-chair of Governors and safeguarding governor at Westminster Academy in Blackpool, Chair of Directors at Valley College and a Trustee of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT).

Nikki Wilkinson

Exec PA to CEO/Trust Project Manager

Nikki enjoyed a full and varied career as a Logistics Manager, before deciding to focus on School Business Management. She has completed her DSBM and is a qualified Prince2 practitioner. Until recently, Nikki was the Trust Business Manager for the 5 academies and College in our inclusive Multi Academy Trust. As a result, she has experience of maintained school conversion to academy status, and also of Trust mergers. Following the development of our Trust Central Team, and the successful appointment of a dedicated COO and CFO, Nikki has enjoyed supporting Angela as her Executive PA. Additionally, she works as our Trust Project Manager and is presently taking responsibility for developing Governance across our academies.

Bethany Paliga

Data Protection Officer (via Forbes)

Bethany Paliga acts as The Sea View Trust's Data Protection Officer. Bethany works for Forbes Solicitors.

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