Helen Redford Hernandez

Areas of Expertise/ Specialisms

CEO of Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust since 2019. Significant experience of leading the development of the Multi Academy Trust, including the oversight of the opening a new school; Doncaster UTC.

Formerly Headteacher of Hungerhill School and National Leader of Education with a successful track record in school improvement. Served as a Head of School in a secondary school in Nottinghamshire; worked with leaders to develop the first ‘hard federation’ in the country.

Held a number of key roles in education and business. Extensive experience of Initial Teaching Training (University of Nottingham) in the role of Specialist Lecturer.

Held position of School Improvement Consultant and MFL Adviser for Nottinghamshire LA, working across primary and secondary phases of education.

Served for many years as a governor in both primary and secondary settings, including being a governor in a local primary multi academy trust.

Previously trained as a Management Accountant (C.I.M.A) leading a large finance department and working in Treasury in the Sheffield Region.

Details of your last three roles

Name

Hungerhill School, Doncaster

Position

Head

Dates

2013 - 2019

Responsibilities

Head of a large secondary school-  designated as a Teaching School and National Support School. Secondary strategic lead for Partners in Learning; Teaching School Alliance and Doncaster Research School. Held responsibility for chairing the Secondary Headteacher Board in Doncaster.

Name

Alderman White School

Position

Head of School

Dates

2006 - 2013

Responsibilities

Head of School – Federation School Improvement Adviser

Name

Nottinghamshire LA - Advisory and Inspection Service

Position

School Improvement Consultant/MFL Advisor

Dates

2002 - 2006

Professional Body Membership(s)

  • BA Hons French and Spanish
  • NPQH
  • PGCE
  • C.I.M.A

General Areas of Expertise to Support a Trust Board

  • CEO - oversight of all business and operational functions, including finance, HR, IT, Estates
  • All areas of school improvement and self-evaluation
  • Lead secondary school partner in working with DfE and business community to set up Doncaster UTC

Education Improvement Specific Experience and Skills

As CEO of BFLPT, significant responsibility for all areas of school improvement supporting headteachers,  leaders and local governing boards to create the policies, systems and structures to develop strong curricula and pedagogy across the Trust. Have oversight of the development of effective monitoring systems.

Experience of designing and implementing effective governor CPD.

As an NLE and experienced secondary leader, have successfully fulfilled a number of key roles which have developed and supported a number of schools to improve student outcomes. This work is reflected in a number of recent Ofsted reports both in and beyond Doncaster.

Specific Leadership and Skills Experience

CEO of BFLPT since 2019. Headteacher of large secondary school since 2013 and Head of School since 2006. Held a number of leadership roles, including Deputy Head Curriculum and Assessment, Head of MFL and Citizenship, Management Accountant

HR and Data Handling Specific Experience and Skills

Extensive HR and data experience specifically in schools through my roles as CEO and Headteacher. Considerable experience as a governor in both primary and secondary settings, including being a governor in a local primary multi academy trust. In business, led on the development of MIS and financial systems.

Finance Specific Experience and Skills

Excellent knowledge of finance and business. Currently have oversight of all Trust finance and accounts.

Considerable experience of effective budgetary management and financial forecasting.

 Trained as a Management Accountant (C.I.M.A) in the steel industry 1987- 2003 at United Engineering Steels leading a large finance department and working in Treasury. 

Brief comments on why your previous experience is relevant

Wide-ranging professional experience across both education and industry, having a strong commercial background and senior, strategic roles in education.

Experiences have supported the creation of 2 new Trusts, the most recent being BFLPT.

Planned for, designed and worked with a wide number of stakeholders to set up the BFLPT and open a new school which is heavily over-subscribed.

Successful school improvement strategies are currently having impact across the Trust as evidenced through Ofsted and the success of the UTC.

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