Our schools                
Our schools                
Manor CE Academy
Barlby High School
Vale of York Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary
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Hope Central Team

A small Central Support Team works closely with the Hope Learning Trust schools to offer support with day-to-day operations, finance, human resources and school improvement. It also implements strategic decisions agreed by the Trustees.

Brian Crosby | Chief Executive
Jerri Ryder | Executive Assistant/PA to CEO
Wendy Munro | Operations Director
Katherine Humpleby | Secondary School Improvement Lead
Simon Bryan-Smith | Finance Director
Emma Lawer | HR Director
Chris Shepherd | HR Officer
Sara Simpson | Finance Manager
Mick Waring | Financial Controller
Tania Sinclair | Purchase Ledger Manager
Margarita Pavlovets | Purchase Ledger Clerk


Brian Crosby is Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Hope Learning Trust. Brian started his career as a science teacher at Selby High School and became Head of Science at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York before promotion to Assistant Headteacher in charge of Curriculum. He was appointed Headteacher of Manor CE School in 2002 before moving to become Chief Executive of Hope Learning Trust in 2016. Brian is a National Leader of Education and Manor CE Academy is a National Support School and achieved Teaching School status in 2012. Brian has worked closely with the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the National Society of the Church of England.


Jerri Ryder joined Hope Learning Trust in September 2017 as Executive Assistant. She holds a BA (Hons) from Open University and a PGCE from Sunderland University. Jerri is an experienced PA/Administrator as well as a qualified Primary school teacher. She has worked in education since 2003, first in the Isle of Man, and more recently in Paris and Zambia. She recently returned to live in Yorkshire with her husband, John. Jerri has two children, both currently at University.


Wendy Munro is the Operations Director for the Hope Learning Trust. Her role includes: Strategic development of the operational service offering within the central team; Support to existing schools within the Trust to ensure operational effectiveness; Compliance; Procurement exercises including tendering; Due diligence process; and academy conversions. Before joining the Central Team, Wendy was School Business Manager at Vale of York Academy.


Katherine joined the Trust as Secondary School Improvement Lead in May 2018. She works closely with the CEO, as well as Hope’s headteachers, staff, governors, trustees and the central team, to continue to raise standards across the Trust. She supports staff and young people to exceed their potential, through access to the very best opportunities to flourish, in both their academic and personal lives.

She was previously employed as Education Adviser with the Diocese of York.


Simon Bryan-Smith has worked within finance and forecasting in different organisations and roles across various business sectors since 1998. Qualifying through the CIMA accountancy route in 2007 Simon accepted the role of Finance Director at the Leeds based charity Caring For Life taking the charity through a period of considerable change. A 2 year contract with Defra followed before taking on the role in Manor CE School just before academy conversion in 2011.


Emma Lawer joined Hope Learning Trust in October 2017 as HR Director. As the HR Director for Hope Learning Trust, Emma’s responsibilities are both strategic and operational. She works closely with colleagues within the Central Team, the Hope trustees and senior school leaders ensuring that the Trust is compliant with employment legislation and that policy development is drive forward. She also works with colleagues across the Trust on organisational development to ensure that Hope is an establishment which is fit for purpose and that individuals are employed in areas where their skills are best suited.

Emma has over 15 years of experience working within HR, predominantly within the public-sector organisations supporting adult social care, children’s social care, schools and within the NHS.

Chris is the HR Officer for the Trust. For the last 14 years Chris has worked for Wakefield Metropolitan District Council supporting schools and services. Chris has a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.


Sara Simpson is Schools Finance Manager at Hope Learning Trust based at Manor CE Academy. Sara started her career in Education as Finance Officer at Longcroft Performing Arts School in Beverley and became Assistant School Business Manager at Headlands School & Performing Arts School before seeking progression to School Bursar at Manor CE School in 2009. Sara was awarded the Diploma in School Business Management from National College in 2011 and has been promoted to Finance Manager/Business Manager of Hope Learning Trust in 2016.


Tania deals with all the Purchase ledger duties for the Trust and is responsible for payments and bank reconciliation for all schools within the Trust. Tania has a vast amount of experience working within Accounting from Military, Private Hospital, Construction to IT software company and holds Qualified Association of Accounting Technician – Level 4.


Margarita is the Purchase Ledger Clerk for all schools within the Trust and has a Level III Diploma in Manual and Computerised Bookkeeping and is a Member of The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Before joining the Trust Margarita spent over 10 years’ working in a biotech company where she managed purchase and sales ledgers.

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