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Central Team

Chief Executive - Jeannette Mackinney

Jeannette has worked in Dudley for 30 years from an NQT through to being an Executive Headteacher and now CEO of Hales Valley Trust. Through Hales Valley Teaching School, and in her role as National Leader of Education, Jeannette supported many schools to help develop leadership and raise standards. The impact of this work can be clearly seen as the many schools that she and the teaching school supported moved from Ofsted categories. 

Jeannette’s leadership has been judged as outstanding in the three inspections she has had in the role of Headteacher. Jeannette is also a current Ofsted Inspector.


Director of School Improvement - Rebecca Cox

Rebecca has been a Headteacher within the Trust since its creation in 2017. She has been the Director of Hales Valley Teaching School and currently leads the Hales Valley Teaching Hub, providing support and training for schools across the West Midlands. 

Chief Finance Officers - Carly Beale and Vicky Glazzard

Vicky is a qualified accountant and has over 27 years of accountancy experience in both public and private sector.  She trained in private sector and built her experience in varied roles. Over the last 16 years Vicky has worked in public sector. Most of this time she spent in Children’s Services providing schools with the financial information they need to enable them to run efficiency and effectively.

Vicky also worked as a non-executive director for Windsor Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which enabled her to see the requirements of a MAT from both angles. She has also completed a secondment at HM Treasury working in the Whole of Government Accounts which consolidates the audited accounts of public sector bodies.

Carly is professionally qualified with over 15 years experience of providing accountancy support to both the private and public sector. She has worked in a number of varied roles which include advising schools and childcare providers on efficient spending and value for money.

Carly has supported schools in the conversion to academy status, ensuring a seamless transition from Local Authority control. Her technical ability along with her outstanding personal qualities enables her to support her clients in achieving their goals.

Chief Operations Officer - Racheal Jones 

Racheal is an experienced HR professional with over 20 years experience working in the financial services sector. She undertook a variety of operational roles and lead on large scale recruitment campaigns. She joined one of our schools in 2012 and has worked for the Trust since its creation in 2017. She is very experienced in project management and running efficient operations, including site management and health & safety.  

Finance Manager - Katie Jones

Katie is a qualified accountant who has worked within an accounts function for over 20 years.  Katie joined the trust in 2019 and brings experience from working in management accounting and financial analyst roles in the public sector and a number of private sector industries.

Operations Manager- Rachel Evans

Rachel has worked as a Finance Manager for over 13 years within the Banking Industry. She joined Woodside Primary School as a Finance Assistant and supported the school with Office Management, Finance and Administration. Rachel worked closely with the School Business manager to ensure to school operated effectively. Rachel was appointed in November 2018 to the Executive Team to provide operational and financial support for Hales Valley Trust.

Central Finance Officer - Amy Wakeman

Amy joined the central team in September 2019 to assist with the finance functions of the Trust.  She has over 10 years experience in finance related roles.

Trust IT Manager - Susan Harris

Sue joined the central team in September 2020 on secondment as Trust IT Manager. Sue works closely with the Director of School Improvement and the IT Steering Group to support the vision, values and ethos of the Trust.