Trust Central Team
Mr Richard WilliamsChief Executive Officer
Mr Richard Williams
With over thirty years of working across the education sector and twenty of
those at Headship or Director level, Richard is an experienced and successful education professional and leader. He has worked across many areas of the UK and in International Schools in the Middle East. He has had a number of successful headships and also led interventions into failing schools. He then moved into the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) world, working initially through a university based MAT and then at Regional Director level for one of the largest national MATs supporting both primary and secondary academies. Following that he was the Director of Education in another of the large MATs. In 2012 he became involved in Governance and took on the Chair of Governors role in a school with an inadequate OfSTED grade; that school gained Outstanding in 2017 with Richard as the Chair. That journey and role was recognised with Richard gaining National Leader of Governance status.
Prior to moving to the Blessed Peter Snow Trust, Richard was the CEO of a Catholic Multi-Academy Trust in the East Midlands.
Mr Nawaid AurangzebDirector of Finance
Mr Nawaid Aurangzeb
Nawaid joined the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust in February 2015, Nawaid is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced CFO with a background in financial management, budgets development and business leadership. Nawaid has over 25 years of experience as finance professional working within different sectors including auditing within the academies sector and heading finance in the private sector.
Nawaid oversees the financial operations of the Trust he heads up the finance and operations team who are committed to working collaboratively to deliver the best possible finance service to the Trust academies. Nawaid leads on all aspects of finance, including the provision of an effective framework of financial controls, efficient processes and systems; and strategic performance, risk and decision analysis.
Mrs Rachel McEvoyDirector of Education
Mrs Rachel McEvoy
Rachel has worked in primary schools for 29 years and has held three previous successful Headships. During this time she has also worked as a Regional Director for a large Multi-Academy Trust.
Early in her career her passion was for Maths and IT, which resulted in her becoming a Lead Maths Teacher for the Local Authority. This role took her into many schools as she demonstrated lessons and supported teaching and learning.
She developed key strengths in teaching, behaviour management and inclusion, and was approached to join a school which had been placed in Special Measures where, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, transformed the school in a very short period of time.
After a successful Deputy Headship in another school and later her first Headship, she was asked by the Local Authority to support the leadership teams of schools in challenging circumstances. She later became a Headteacher again and dramatically improved a school which had stayed at 'RI' for some years. From the success of this Headship she was approached to join a Multi-Academy Trust as Regional Director, capitalising on this exciting leadership opportunity to work alongside some well-respected and highly skilled colleagues.
Rachel believes that all children, regardless of need, circumstance or background, deserve a quality education. Every child can excel and it is our job to help make this a reality. She believes this can be achieved with the high expectations that outstanding teaching and leadership bring to a school. This is successful through a transparent, honest, reflective approach, providing support and challenge and always in collaboration with colleagues.
She is acutely aware that all schools are very different and continuous improvements should reflect the needs of the community as it grows, using and appreciating its unique characteristics. Rachel looks forward to the future in Catholic Education with a desire to do what is right for children and by working together she believes that our children can receive the best and most rewarding educational experience possible.
Mr Harry RowanDirector of Education
Mr Harry Rowan
Prior to joining Blessed Peter Snow Harry worked in primary schools across Calderdale, Lancashire and Kirklees where he gained significant experience through a range of leadership roles, including over 20 years of headship in four schools. Fifteen of these years was spent as an Executive Headteacher of two schools. As part of his contribution to the wider community Harry has supported schools as an LLE, Learning Partner and within a Diocesan capacity.
He is responsible for leading on school improvement and quality assurance strategies across a number of academies. He plays an integral role within the Trust supporting school leaders both strategically and operationally to enable our academies to succeed. Building successful leadership teams is a strength of Harry’s leadership. As a result his expertise ensures the delivery of the Trust’s principles and values in developing our Deputy and Assistant Heads in their role and career progression.
Using a range of coaching and mentoring strategies, Harry has led school-to-school support since 2015 working with colleagues in varied settings and contexts. Many of the schools who have benefited from Harry’s support are those in challenging circumstances, as this is one field of education which he has much experience of working within. Leading successfully on many OFSTED and Section 48 Inspections Harry believes that our children and students can and will succeed in order to use their talents for the benefit of themselves academically in preparation for their contribution and place in our ever changing society.
Miss Claire HamiltonDirector of Safeguarding
Miss Claire Hamilton
Claire joined the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust in July 2023. Claire began her working career as a police officer serving for 16 years. Claire is an experienced child protection investigator with expertise in securing and recording evidence from child witnesses and knowledge of criminal procedure. After policing Claire become a teacher of children with SEND for a secondary SEND provision where she took on the roles of Designated Safeguarding Lead, Maths Lead, Mental Health and Character Education Lead and Thrive Practitioner. Most recently, Claire held the position of Education Co-ordinator for the Multi Agency Safeguarding Team at Calderdale Children’s Social Care where she represented the voice of education in S47 Strategy discussions, MARAC and PREVENT panels. Claire also provided regular training for DSL training and DSL network events. With a background in safeguarding from three partner agencies, she hopes to bring insight, knowledge and expertise to the Blessed Peter Snow Trust enabling us to protect all of our children to the best of our abilities, allowing them to thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.
Mr David HoldsworthChief Operating Officer
Mr David Holdsworth
David joined the Trust's central team in 2022 after having over 20 years of commercial experience in the private sector.
Throughout previous roles within finance and property departments, he showed the ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders, analyse to drive efficiencies and strive for operational excellence.
David’s roles within the Property department included responsibility for the management contract division, the master franchise division and Estate projects, including lease re-gears, subletting’s, major property refurbishments and the implementation of a property data system.
David's accumulated experience and business acumen allow him to add value to the Bless Peter Snow Trust.
Mr David HymasGovernance Manager
Mr David Hymas
David joined the Blessed Peter Snow Trust in 2023 from All Saints Catholic College in Huddersfield. He has served as a Foundation Governor, Staff Governor and Chair of Governors over the past seven years. David was educated in Catholic schools in Bradford and feels passionate about offering the same holistic formation that he received to the students of the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust. Prior to working in the education sector, David was a squash and racketball coach working across the North East. He completed Assistant Coach, Head Coach and Regional Coach roles before joining England Squash serving as the Development Coach.
Mrs Helen BlanchardHR Manager
Mrs Helen Blanchard
Helen joined the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust as HR Manager from a background of HR in a globally renowned retail company where she had previously been a Department Sales Manager.
Prior to working in HR, Helen worked in primary education as a Class Teacher in EYFS and KS1. With the joint knowledge and experience of education and HR, Helen is well equipped to provide best HR practices to ensure all teachers and staff in the trust feel they are in a secure, fair and valued environment. A well supported staff is the foundation to all our students thriving in education.
Miss Lois KozlowskiTrust Admin Manager
Miss Lois Kozlowski
Lois joined the Trust’s central team in 2022 from a primary school within the Trust, where she gained valuable school administration and process knowledge.
Before joining the Trust, she worked for the NHS, where customer service, problem-solving, planning and executing were critical.
Lois works closely with all the central team who utilise her skillset effectively, providing a key link between the Trust and its Academies, providing support and advice.