Claire Hersey

I have worked in school business management and school finance for the last eight years across primary, secondary and post-16 and in both academies and maintained schools. Prior to that I worked in external audit for 13 years and was a senior external audit manager focussing on the not-for-profit sector (including social housing and higher education).

Currently I am CFO for the City of London Academies Trust (COLAT), a multi-academy trust sponsored by the City of London Corporation.  I joined COLAT when it was a new MAT with three academies, and over the last four years I have worked alongside the CEO and central team  to establish and grow the Trust.  COLAT now has ten inner-London academies (covering primary, secondary and sixth form). My role is to lead the support functions across the Trust including finance, HR, IT, premises and catering.

I am married with two children.  As a family we love living in central London and try to make the most of everything the city offers as much as we can.