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20 Sep 2020

Over the summer we have had some new colleagues join our central team and we are so excited to see our Central Team grow!

Tom Sanders – Project Manager

I am delighted to join the Wellspring team at such an exciting time and to be part of its future growth and development. My professional background is in architectural design and project management. Having studied architecture in Sheffield and subsequently worked in practice, I have designed and managed projects for clients in the commercial, domestic and leisure sectors. My role here at Wellspring Academy Trust is to work with the Estates and wider Wellspring community to ensure that all of our young people, staff and communities benefit from safe, suitable and inspiring buildings that allow them to achieve their aspirations. I look forward to getting to know you all and working alongside you.





Elizabeth Hudson – PR & Communications Manager

After supporting Wellspring on a freelance basis for a while now, I’m thrilled to be able to join the team permanently in the newly created role of PR and Communications Manager as part of the Central Administration Team. It feels like a really exciting time to be joining the Trust. I’ve been working in public relations and wider communications for 14 years, and I ran my own PR agency for almost eight years. A trained broadcast journalist, I’ve also worked in London and regional PR agencies and worked in house for a large national charity. My new role will involve working closely with Natalie Hardman and the executive team to manage Wellspring’s reputation and increase awareness of the Trust. If you need any support in dealing with the media, local politicians or sharing your news, I’m your first point of contact.







Katie Hartshorne – Teacher Training & Development Lead

I am thrilled and excited to have joined the Positive Regard team. For the last two years, I worked as an Executive Assistant Principal across two mainstream schools in Leeds. My main focus and passion are developing and supporting early career teachers. Nurturing new teachers and trainees is key to the succession planning and development of any school. They are the role models for our children and I pride myself on the positive role model I have been for many new teachers over the years. I have over 20 years classroom experience and spent 5 years at Leeds Trinity University as a lecturer on the Primary Education undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. A key part of that role was the development and co-ordination of new school direct partnerships, as well as achieving a Master’s in Education. It was a busy 5 years! This is the dream job for me as it brings together my school-based experience as a classroom practitioner together with my training and mentoring skills.




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