Meet the business support team

Charles Turvill

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Charles has worked in a senior leadership role in schools since 2010, being responsible for all aspects of financial, risk and estate management and a wide range of support services. Prior to this he worked in the private sector, being finance director for a venture capital backed publishing group, as well as setting up and running a business services company.
He has been an Associate Practitioner for the National Association of School Business Management and is a vice chair of governors at two primary schools. He has successfully completed the School Business Director programme with the National College for Teaching and Leadership and CIPFA’s financial reporting for academies programme.
Outside of work he enjoys walking his dogs in the beautiful north east countryside.

Lisa Bilton

Head of Business Services

Lisa's role is to lead on Business Services, which includes supporting the primary schools within the trust with day-to-day activities to maximise efficiency. She is also responsible for IT, procurement, some areas of finance, health and safety and premises management for the trust and is a member of the Safeguarding Strategic Leads Group.
Lisa joined one of the NEAT academies in 2009 as a Business Manager before being seconded to the NEAT Central Team on a part-time basis to manage the set-up of the trust. She has worked full-time in her current role since September 2018.
Lisa has worked in the education sector and local government for over 20 years, particularly in accountancy and finance. She studied for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualifications at Northumbria University, as well as holding qualifications in Business Studies and School Business Management. Lisa has supported schools in Newcastle to improve their business functions for several years as well as gaining experience as a governor for two primary schools.
When not in work, Lisa enjoys travelling to new places as well as being an amateur photographer.

Shaun Dillon

Head of Digital Resources and Delivery

Shaun joined NEAT in April 2021 and his role includes working with trust and school leaders to shape the future development of our data and digital environment and IT infrastructure, ensuring that it will support and enhance teaching and learning and operational practice. He has worked in education since 2010 in data and systems roles, working with individual secondary schools/academies and as a Director of Systems and Data for a multi academy trust.
Outside of work Shaun enjoys family time and running.

Suzanne Hendey

Head of Governance and Corporate Affairs/Clerk to the Directors

Suzanne's role is to lead on corporate governance, information governance, stakeholder engagement/ communication and equality, diversity and inclusion for the trust. She works closely with the Board of Directors and clerks the board and its committee meetings, as well as being the trust's Company Secretary.
Suzanne joined NEAT in May 2017 having worked in education for over 20 years in HR roles working with schools/academies and as a School Business Manager for a federation of three schools. Suzanne has achieved the Level 3 Certificate in Clerking of School and Academy Governing Boards with the National Governance Association. She is also a member of the NGA's Community MATs Governance Network. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, as well as holding a Business Studies degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Equal Opportunities and a Diploma in School Business Management.
Her main passions outside of work are seeing live music and going to the cinema.

Keeley Finlay

HR Manager

Keeley joined the team in January 2019 to set up and lead an in-house HR service across the trust. Her role enables us to deliver our strategic plan through recruitment, retention and engagement of colleagues who make a positive impact on our pupils. She works closely with our headteachers and managers to help drive school and service improvement through effective and professional HR advice and support.
Keeley has over ten years’ experience in a number of HR roles, across various sectors. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, as well as holding a Masters in Human Resource Management and Development and a degree in Psychology. She is a member of the Local Government Association's Multi Academy Trust Heads of HR Northern Group.
Outside of work Keeley enjoys spending her time on outdoor adventures with her two children.

Kay Gregory

HR Business Partner

Kay joined the NEAT HR team in November 2021 to work closely with NEAT academy head teachers and senior management teams to provide professional HR advice and effective business partnering to support the delivery of teaching and learning across the trust schools.
Kay has 30 years' experience in HR, 15 years specifically supporting schools/education settings, having previously worked as a HR advisor for both North Tyneside and Newcastle City Councils and another multi academy trust in the North East.
Kay has CIPD and MCIPD status.
Outside of work Kay enjoys walking, gardening and theatre.

Andrew Buxton

ICT Infrastructure Manager

Andrew joined the trust in November 2021 to lead on the development of trust wide IT infrastructure projects. He has over 20 years of experience managing IT within the education sector and comes to us after 5 years as a regional manager for another trust, leading on the implementation of a single domain across 21 Academy’s. He aims to simplify and secure the Trust IT infrastructure to allow the flexibility and access required in the modern education environment.
Outside of work Andrew enjoys playing and coaching Rugby Union, as well as spending time with his family.

Karen Calvert

Governance Support Adviser

Karen joined the team in November 2021 and is supporting the Head of Governance and Corporate Affairs. Karen has over 12 years of experience working in administrative roles in education, most recently as a Clerk to Governing bodies, working with many schools across Newcastle. Karen recently achieved the Level 3 Certificate in Clerking of Schools and Academy Boards with the National Governance Association and latterly achieved the National College Level 4 Certificate in School Business Management.
Outside of work, Karen enjoys walks with her family and two miniature schnauzers, as well as gardening and tackling upcycling projects.

Fiona Scott

Finance Officer

Fiona joined the team as Finance Officer in January 2018 from one of our schools and plays a key role in ensuring the trust's finances are properly administered including helping schools with any finance queries and with our finance system.
She is an experienced admin and finance officer and has over 15 years of experience in the banking sector and more recently in a busy school office with financial responsibilities.

Hana Williamson

Admin Assistant

Hana initially joined NEAT on a temporary basis in November 2019 and is delighted to now be a permanent member of the team. With a degree in Performance for Live and Recorded Media from Teesside University, she has previously worked as a full-time sports broadcaster. Hana also has experience in working with children and within a school setting, and has gained key administrative skills through her previous job roles as well as expertise in social media management. Outside of work, Hana enjoys live theatre, music, figure skating and walking her dog.

Rebecca Tierney

Admin Assistant

Rebecca joined NEAT in January 2022 working as part of the admin team. She came to us after working at a local solicitor firm as an administration assistant for two and a half years. She also has experience working with children from a previous job working for a charity for children with disabilities. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys beach walks with her dog and spending time with family and friends.

NEAT Academy Trust is an exempt charity and company limited by guarantee registered in England with company number 10561094. The company's registered office is 1 Hedley Court, Orion Business Park, North Shields, NE29 7ST