Trust Leadership

Our LeadershipTeam

Rachel Wilkes

Rachel Wilkes – Chief Executive and Accounting Officer

Rachel Wilkes is the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer for Humber Education Trust. Following a degree in languages, she started her career in business and then audit and risk management before training to be a teacher. She has worked on school leadership teams since 2004 and completed an MA in Education. Prior to taking up headship she was a Deputy Head and supported the local authority as a ‘leading teacher’ providing training for teachers and undertaking school to school support for colleagues in a variety of schools. Rachel spent 7 years as Headteacher at Clifton Primary School and led the school through a period of significant change. In 2016 the school achieved an outstanding rating from Ofsted. Achievement at KS2 is consistently in the top 5% of schools nationally. Rachel is a National Leader of Education supporting colleagues across the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Paul PlumridgePaul Plumridge – Deputy CEO / Strategic School Improvement Lead

Paul Plumridge is the Strategic School Improvement Lead for Humber Education Trust. He has significant experience in this role across a range of schools and trusts and enjoys supporting and challenging colleagues in a practical and collaborative way. Prior to taking up the post of Deputy CEO, Paul was the Headteacher of Adelaide Primary School and Associate Headteacher of Eastfield Primary School.

Berni Moorcroft – Strategic Special School Improvement Lead

Berni has worked within special education for over 30 years, and is passionate in her desire to ensure the best provision for children and young people with learning difficulties. She has been headteacher of Tweendykes school for 15 years, and is proud of her staff team who  work together to maintain the high standards of education- ensuring Tweendykes gained Outstanding at Ofsted for the last 3 inspections.

Nina Siddle – Chief Financial Officer

Nina Siddle is the Chief Financial Officer for Humber Education Trust.  With significant experience in school business management, she previously worked as Business Director for Withernsea Primary Academy Trust where she led the academy conversion process and ongoing finance and business related operations.  Nina holds SLE status and has represented the National College as a SBM Advocate and SBM Primary Partnership Adviser.   She is a Fellow for the Institute of School Business Leaders (ISBL – previously known as NASBM) and has been involved in the development of the SBM Professional Standards.  Nina is the founder & chair of the Humber & East Yorkshire School Business Leaders Network.

Sharon Herrick – HR Specialist

Sharon leads on human resource issues across the trust. She has over 20 years of experience working for the education sector and previously worked for the Local Authority managing a successful traded HR School’s team to schools in Hull. Sharon has dealt with all aspects of human resources including academy conversions, complex case work, school closures, workforce development, trade union negotiations and consultations, delivering training as well as being a credited trainer for Safer Recruitment, implementing changes from the DfE and employment legislation. Sharon is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (MCIPD) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management.

Our Business Support Team

Sophie Scott – HR Officer





Claire Winship – Business & Finance Officer

Julie Benn – Business & Finance Officer

Olivia Tullock – Health & Safety Excellence Officer