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Manor CE Academy
Barlby High School
Vale of York Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary
A SHARED VISION

Hope Central Team

A skilled, professional 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 | Chief Operating Officer
Simon Bryan-Smith | Finance Director
Emma Lawer | HR Director
Chris Shepherd | HR Officer
Katherine Humpleby | Secondary School Improvement Lead
Shan Brough Jones | Primary School Improvement Lead (0.3)
Chloe Dolphin | Director of English
Jim Kelly | Director of Mathematics
Sarah Cope | Primary SENDCo
Mick Waring | Financial Controller
Sara Simpson | Finance Manager
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 and Chief Operating Officer 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.


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.


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.

Shan Brough Jones works on a part-time basis for Hope, supporting the primary schools in the Trust. She will continue her independent consultancy, alongside her work as a Diocesan Adviser. She brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the primary and early years phase to the work of the Trust.


Chloe joined the Hope Learning Trust in September 2018 as Director of English. Her role is to provide Leaders of English and their teams with the support and challenge to ensure that outstanding teaching and learning is taking place across the Trust’s secondary schools and that their students leave education with the academic currency and personal skills needed for life beyond school. Chloe is a Specialist Leader of Education and, prior to working for the Hope Learning Trust, she held middle and senior leadership positions across several secondary schools in York and Hull.


Jim joined the Trust as Director of Mathematics in September 2018 and has over 20 years of experience working at numerous schools at all levels of mathematics and senior leadership. He works closely within the Secondary Schools Improvement Team to raise the teaching of mathematics standards across the Trust. He supports the schools mathematics leader to identify areas for improvement and provides quality assurance measures. He leads on providing one-on-one support for colleagues who require it and also works closely with ITT maths students within the Trust’s teaching school.

Jim believes passionately in raising standards of education thus enabling all students to achieve so much more than they thought was possible, providing them with the very best of opportunities for their future. Jim is married to Claire and has 3 older teenager girls who provide his support and drive.


Sarah Cope is the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator for the Primary Sector of Hope Learning Trust. Sarah obtained a BSc (hons) in Applied Psychology from Durham University before fulfilling a 2 year role as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant in a mainstream primary school in Harrogate. From there she moved to York to qualify as a Primary school teacher and subsequently achieved the National Award for SEN Co-ordinaton. In September 2018 Sarah joined the Hope Central Team and now co-ordinates Special Educational Needs Provision across all of the Hope Learning Trust Primary Schools whilst fostering a network for sharing of good practise.


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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