Lorraine Cullen
Director for School Improvement
Appointed on 1st September 2019 by the Board of Directors

Lorraine has a background in psychology and early career experience of working with ‘looked after children’. It was these experiences that lay the pathway to recognising that success in teaching is dependent on a school’s capacity to create an inclusive environment that promotes wellness for all. She has worked with many schools in challenging circumstances to develop effective systems to support academic rigor which are underpinned by key principles for wellbeing. As a Head Teacher, her school became the highest attaining school in the country and consistently secured academic results in the top 1% of all schools; it also served as a model of practice for wellbeing for the Local Authority and, more widely, as a National Support School.

With over thirty years in education, Lorraine has wide experience of supporting and training others. She has developed strategies to support leadership teams in her role as a National Leader of Education and, previously, as the CEO, and founding member, of a Teaching School. Research is a key element of her work and she engages in a number of projects to support vulnerable learners.

Through doctoral study, Lorraine has contributed to our knowledge of leading curriculum change. She currently assists schools in developing sustainable practices based on pedagogic principles which secure high levels of engagement and progress for all pupils.

Lorraine has disseminated practice in China through the work of UNICEF and in Europe through research for anti-bullying and Including Children Affected by Migration. She has spoken at a number of conferences including Mindfulness in Schools. Lorraine remains committed to the principle that inclusion and wellbeing needs to be at the heart of a school in her current role in school improvement.



Nathalie Young
Trust Business Manager

Nathalie worked in the service industry for eighteen years before joining St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in 2006. She was an experienced School Business Manager before taking on the role of Trust Business Manager in 2015. She has completed the Certificate in School Business Management and also has experience as clerk to governors. Nathalie provides operational management for HR, Facilities and Procurement. She completes HR and Finance Audits across all the schools in the Trust and manages and evaluates contracts and service level agreements to ensure that Best Value principles are met.



Sue Robinson
Finance Director
Appointed by Directors on 1st December 2016

Sue has worked within the Education Finance Sector since 1998, first working as a Finance Manager at Thomas Becket Upper School in Northampton, then moving to the Local Authority as a Finance Advisor. This role involved supporting and advising individual schools in all aspects of Finance, dealing with schools in financial difficulties and offering general support and guidance. Sue worked as a Finance Manager in a Multi-Academy Trust for three years before joining St Luke Academies Trust. She is qualified in AAT Accounting, CSBM and CIPFA Financial Reporting for Academies. Sue provides leadership and advice on strategy in relation to all aspects of finance. She ensures financial systems are in place and that the Trust’s and schools financial viability is secure. Sue is also responsible for developing financial accountant functions of the Trust, in line with DfE, Companies House and Charity Commission requirements.


Emma Beirne
Admin Assistant

Following ten years working in the Local Authority as an Elections Officer and Events Officer, Emma worked for twelve months in a busy school office. She joined St Luke Academies Trust in November 2017. As a part-time member of the team, Emma provides administration support for the busy Trust office. Emma has a degree in Politics and Contemporary History and is currently studying for her AAT qualification in Accountancy.