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The Trust Team

The Trust Team, comprising of the Executive Leadership Team and Trust Central Team, supports each of our schools in meeting their statutory and regulatory requirements while aiding and managing operational services across the Trust.


The Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team, comprising of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy CEO, holds the senior leadership in each of the schools to account, provides support and guidance to the Head Teachers of the schools and formulates bespoke School Improvement Programmes based on an audit of the school’s current strengths and needs.

Ruth Doughty

Chief Executive Officer

Having trained in London, I began my teaching career in Bexley then moved into Kent teaching at schools in the North Kent area. I was a Leading Maths Teacher for Kent supporting many schools.  I have been a Headteacher since 2004, starting at Culverstone Green which was a ‘satisfactory’ school but it moved to good with outstanding features within a short space of time.


After doing some collaborative work with schools in our area, I became a Local Leader of Education (LLE) as part of a pilot project in North Kent and spent time as Executive Headteacher of Platt Primary School and Culverstone Green Primary School in 2012.  I have had experience as a mentor for Head Teachers new to post. In addition, I was a representative on the North Board of KAH for five years.


In October 2015, in conjunction with the Headteacher of Riverview Infant School, we formed The Pathway Academy Trust as both schools had a shared ethos.  We are delighted that our Trust has grown over the years, with Riverview Junior School being sponsored to us in 2017 as part of their improvement journey.  Wrotham Road Primary School joined in June 2018 and Meopham Community Academy joining in September 2018 and we are excited to move forward together.  The growth of the Trust has been exciting to watch as the opportunities for pupils and staff are growing.  We are now five schools and plans for Trust improvement are robust.


I live in London with my husband and one cat! In my spare time I enjoy Pilates and swimming.  To relax, I love reading and enjoying going for long walks!


Nicole Caulfield

Deputy CEO

Having started my teaching career in Worcestershire, I moved to Birmingham and then into leadership roles in Kent, firstly as Early Years Leader, then as Deputy Head, giving me experience in a range of different schools and Local Authorities.


I have been a Headteacher since 2001, firstly at a small Infant school in Medway, which moved from ‘Notice to Improve’ to Good with excellent features in 18 months.  I then moved to Gravesham in 2010 to be Head of a four form entry Infant School, which was graded Good prior to conversion.


After doing some collaborative work with schools in our area, I became an LLE as part of a pilot project in North Kent and spent time as Executive Headteacher of Riverview Junior School between July 2015 – December 2016


In October 2015 in conjunction with the Headteacher of Culverstone Green Primary School we formed The Pathway Academy Trust as we both have the shared ethos of child-centred learning.  We both want the children in our schools to leave us remembering memorable experiences, creative learning and innovative outstanding teaching and share the strong belief that as leaders we have a collective moral purpose to be outward looking and to work together in collaborations that directly impact on positive outcomes for children and staff.


Much of my experience as a school leader has been in EYFS and in KS1 which is an area of expertise; including curriculum design and development and teaching and learning.


We are delighted that our Trust has grown over the past three years, with Riverview Junior School being sponsored to us in 2017 as part of their improvement journey.  Wrotham Road Primary School joined in June 2018 and Meopham Community Academy joining in September 2018 and we are excited to move forward together.


I live in North Kent with my husband, step-son and 3 cats. In my spare time I go to the gym regularly, where I enjoy yoga and swimming. I also enjoy travelling, seeing friends and going to the cinema and theatre.


The Trust Central Team

The Trust Central Team, comprising of the Trust Business Manager, Trust Finance, Personnel and Data Officer and Trust Secretary is responsible for the operational functions of the Trust and provide Business Management support to the schools. The team sources and procures contracts for services for all of the schools and the Trust’s central operations. The team constantly reviews the service delivered to ensure that it meets expectations and delivers value for money. The team works closely with the school finance teams to identify opportunities for the joint procurement of services, thereby using economies of scale to enable discounts on the services offered, both at school and trust level.


Examples of central services procured by The Pathway Academy Trust:

  • Finance – suite of financial planning software and support in budget preparation
  • Accountancy services and provision of statutory accounts
  • Employment law advice and human resource management
  • Clerking services and support for local governing bodies
  • Premises support and health and safety consultancy
  • Business management support
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Legal services
  • Internal intranet and shared files
  • GDPR software and DPO Service
  • Trust wide educational subscriptions

Andrya Norris 

Chief Operations & Finance Officer

I began my career in education finance as a Deputy Bursar for a large secondary school in Medway in the year 2000, following thirteen years in retail banking.  Since then, I have gained experience in all phases of schools in Kent and Medway as well as working for the Schools Financial Services Team of Kent County Council.  My role for KCC took me across the county delivering weekly and monthly finance contracts as well as bespoke services and training school finance officers.


I left KCC in 2011 to work directly as Finance Manager for two of my contracted schools, one of which was Culverstone Green Primary School.  Over time, my role at Culverstone grew and I left the second school to focus my attention on the upcoming academy conversion and formation, with Riverview Infant School, of the new multi academy trust in October 2015.


I am a member of the Institute of School Business Leaders (ISBL) and have completed Levels 4 & 5 of the School Business Management qualifications.  I am due to complete the level 6 Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship by the end of 2021.  I have also completed the CIPFA Certificate of Financial Reporting for Academies. 


My role is to lead and manage the business operations of the Trust and its constituent schools, ensuring financial compliance with the ESFA, charity regulations and accounting practices.   I work with the Trust’s Executive Leadership Team to support the school’s Head Teachers and Business Managers in achieving their educational goals while maintaining a balanced budget.  This is a demanding but rewarding role and I enjoy the challenges that it presents. 


Since its formation, the central team has expanded to meet to needs of a growing trust, and I am now supported by the Deputy Trust Business Manager, the Trust Finance & HR Admin Assistant and the Trust Secretary.


I live with my husband and two children in Medway and enjoy walking, cycling and Pilates in an attempt to keep fit and active.  I also enjoy reading and listening to music whenever possible.


Victoria Windus 

Trust Business Manager

I have had an unconventional path to school business management, having previously worked as an engineer, a retail project and programme manager, and owner of my own franchise business running toddler play classes and parties.  As I have children of primary school age, I was keen to find a career that would allow me to work around their school hours and holidays.


I initially applied for the role of Finance and Admin Assistant with The Pathway Academy Trust when it just consisted of the two founding schools, and since then my role has developed into the Deputy Trust Business Manager.  In that time I have completed the Level 4 course in School Business Leadership and a Level 5 diploma in Human Resources Management with the CIPD, and I have now progressed to the Level 5 course in School Business Leadership. These have all been wonderful learning and development opportunities.  I very much enjoy being able to use my skills to support the schools to make the best use of their resources in their people, finances and facilities, which in turn helps each setting to deliver their educational priorities and goals.


Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family exploring the Kent countryside and beyond.  My husband and I are also involved with running the youth group at our local church.  In the limited free time that I have, I love reading and photography, I try to run at least once a week, and I have even been known to try some quilting.


Tina Ricketts

Trust Finance & HR Officer

My career started in the Travel Industry and after having children I returned to work as a Teaching Assistant at Culverstone Green Primary School where I worked for several years, reaching Higher Level Teaching Assistant status, before a complete change and working in the school and Trust offices.


My current role at the Trust is varied and has taught me so much. I am continuing to learn and have recently  completed a CIPD qualification in Human Resources, enabling me to support the schools HR related processes. I am also responsible for the day to day finances at the Trust as well as putting together our newsletters.


In my personal time, I love to travel with my family.  I am a regular runner and I love reading, particularly personal development books.  


Ron Dale

Trust Secretary

I have worked in the area of school governance since 2004.  During that time I have gained a wide range of experience by working with various primary and secondary schools across Kent.  As well as the regular governing body support I have also acted as clerk for exclusion, parental complaint and staff hearings.


I gained the BTEC Level 3 Clerk to Governors in May 2007, completed The Professional Clerk programme in 2018 and obtained a City & Guilds Level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) in January 2013.  I was awarded KCC Clerk of the Year in 2008.  As a member of the Kent County Council (KCC) Clerking Service I have been a mentor and trainer for clerks as well as an assessor for The Accredited Clerk (TAC) programme run by KCC.  In addition to my role within The Pathway Academy Trust (TPAT) I continue to work with maintained schools on behalf of KCC.


I was clerk at Riverview Infant School prior to the formation of TPAT.  I agreed to continue working with the school and once TPAT was established my role expanded to include providing support for the Trust Board as well as clerking the Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) of the member schools.


I am now the Trust Secretary and work with the Trust Business Manager and Executive Leadership Team to provide support in the area of governance for the Trust.