Nicola Vaughan
Director for School Improvement
Appointed on 1st April 2015 by the Board of Directors

Nicola has substantial experience of teaching in the primary sector and led a successful school for eight years as headteacher. She is a trained Local Leader in Education and completed a National Leader deployment in 2012 – 2013.
After leaving headship in 2013, Nicola completed commissioned work with the Local Authority, supporting schools in Special Measures and Requires Improvement categories with action planning for school improvement. Nicola was appointed as School Improvement Director for the Trust in March 2015.
Nicola has responsibility for promoting, sustaining and communicating the Catholic identity of the Trust and its schools. She is also responsible for school improvement work across the Trust, providing challenge and support to headteachers, co-ordinating and leading school improvement initiatives and improvements in teaching and learning and advising the Board on all matters relating to school performance. Nicola works with headteachers, directors and governors to develop appropriate policies and procedures and holds the position of Accounting Officer for the Trust.



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.