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Our Team

Executive Leadership Team


Mrs Elaine Parkinson

Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

Elaine has extensive secondary school teaching and leadership experience. She has a strong track record of school improvement and school to school support in the state education sector within both special education and mainstream education. Elaine has had 12 years’ experience as a successful Headteacher at Elms Bank School, and this included a period of interim headship in a secure mental health setting and the establishment of a teaching school prior to the opening of the Oak Learning Partnership. She is a secondary Ofsted inspector and a secondary trained English teacher, an NLE, and Deputy Director of BTSA. Elaine has significant experience in delivering training, leadership development and in writing CPD programmes.


Mrs Christine Reynolds

Executive Headteacher and Director of School Improvement

Christine has extensive experience as a primary head teacher and in addition to her substantive post, has been seconded to lead in a number of other Bury primary schools. Christine has worked as mentor to a number of current primary head teachers and has led the Bury head Teacher Programme for new head teachers.  She has had LLE commissions through Bury Teaching School Alliance and has worked as an OTP facilitator for the BTSA. Christine has also taken a leading role in BTSA programmes such as the School Partnership Programme and the SSIF Strand 2 project.  Christine has 22 years of experience as a highly successful head teacher at Unsworth Primary School.


Miss Kristie Bloomfield

Chief Finance Officer and Executive Business Manager

Kristie has 17 years of financial management experience managing multi-million-pound budgets, reporting to various boards and committees and completing multiyear budgets. She has extensive experience as a Business Director in a single academy trust, with expertise in income generation and all aspects of financial management, project management, marketing, HR, safeguarding, Health and Safety, estates and facilities management, and the writing and implementation of policies. Kristie has managed the internal and external audit arrangements and ensured compliance with academy accounting and legislation.


Mrs Georgina Barnett

Human Resources Manager 

Georgina has over 10 years’ experience of working in HR and plays a pivotal role in managing the recruitment of staff across the Trust. Safer recruitment and the safeguarding of pupils is of paramount importance to her role, and Georgina’s expertise in this area is invaluable in selecting and recruiting staff. Georgina also supports existing staff within the whole range of HR functions across the Trust, from the maternity and paternity process to the payroll process.


Mrs Debra Hoyle

Finance Manager 

Debra has over 29 years of experience in finance, with a career which began in banking and which involved gaining skills and knowledge in a variety of disciplines within this field. During the course of her career in finance, Debra has gained her ACIB and CIPFA qualifications. Debra is responsible for the management of all financial processes and transactions across the Trust and she very much enjoys using her skills in an educational environment.

Mr Phil McLean

Estates and Facilities Manager

Phil has 24 years of buildings management experience within large organisations. He has an extensive knowledge of buildings and health and safety legislation as well as a detailed understanding of compliance requirements relating to buildings, facilities, staff and visitors. Phil is experienced in leading large teams of staff across a range of different working areas and he oversees facilities operations and building management across the whole of the Oak Learning Partnership sites.


Mrs Sharon Lewis

Executive P.A.

Sharon has worked in education for the last six years, in the independent sector and more recently in the state sector. She is an English graduate who qualified as a solicitor before taking a career break to raise her family. Sharon began her career in school administration as a Registrar, overseeing admissions procedures and organising school events. She is proud to provide administrative support to the Executive Leadership Team of the Oak Learning Partnership.