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Brigantia Learning Trust

Leadership Team

The Trust is led by an able, ambitious and experienced leadership team.

Mike Westerdale - Chief Executive Officer

Mike Westerdale, CEO, describes his greatest responsibility as ensuring every pupil and student reaches their potential, within a culture of care, where they are safe and inspired to flourish. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the education sector, working in Headship roles as well as Director for Education for a large national Multi-Academy Trust before joining Brigantia.

Mike recognises that there are many Trust-wide outcomes to be proud of, including the commitment of all academies and members of the organisation to break down social mobility barriers and serve their respective local communities. In this regard, he looks forward to the continuation and growth of the Trust’s mission and to further supporting and strengthening the communities in a myriad of different ways. As the Trust grows, the aim is to create Brigantia’s own multi-agency team, working alongside the local authority, ensuring Brigantia Learning Trust’s academies are at the top of the agenda.

Mike describes his role as a facilitator and motivator, empowering others to take on their roles by removing barriers. For Mike, it was important to create a Trust offer that positively impacts on all stakeholders across the Trust, namely creating a culture of sharing: drawing on the strengths of one another to support each other, creating a pool of expertise and resources to draw from, sharing best practice and enabling individual flair to provide pupils and students with the highest quality teaching and outstanding educational experiences.

“As CEO for the Brigantia Learning Trust, I take great pride in my role of preparing every young person and member of staff for a journey of personal growth and development, improvement and achieving their potential. It is my role to enable every member of the Brigantia community to strive for themselves and to be ambitious for the whole community”.

Jacqui Simpson - Business Director

Previously Senior Finance Manager at Sheffield City Council. Leads finance and operations across the Trust.

 Simon Winslow - Director of Education

Senior leadership experience of 18 years as an AST, Deputy Head and Headteacher. Responsible for the current effectiveness of Hinde House Secondary which was graded as strongly good in 2012 and 2016. From 1st September 2017, he was interim Head at a north Sheffield Secondary School requiring support.

Jamie Davies - executive Principal 

Jamie Davies joined Longley Park as Executive Principal in September 2021, bringing with him longstanding expertise working within sixth form environments and in leadership roles. With both a BSC and a MSc in Psychology, Jamie began his teaching career in a leading Yorkshire Sixth Form, quickly progressing through curriculum, pastoral and leadership roles.

His previous position as Vice Principal encompassed a wide range of responsibilities including curriculum leadership, teaching and learning, college resources and quality processes. Recognised for his efforts, he was nominated for the British Psychological Society’s ‘Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Education’ (2014) award, TES Best Social Science Teacher award (2015) and is a published author of the Cambridge International AS and A Level Psychology textbook (2016).

Amongst Jamie’s personal achievements, he is particularly proud of his work increasing social mobility and widening participation in his previous college and leading three missions to South Africa with students working in a township and children’s orphanage.


“My vision for Longley Park is to provide exceptional education, enrichment and pastoral support for all of our learners, equipping them with a collection of skills and experiences that will allow them to stand out. There are many exciting possibilities for developing greater links with the local community, employers and universities to give our students the widest range of opportunities. Now is the time to move forwards, together, and work hard. I was drawn to Longley Park because I saw how the sixth form provides a stepping stone for young people in the area. By offering an exciting and challenging curriculum, paired with a commitment to exceptional teaching and high expectations, we can become a beacon of education in Sheffield.”

Vicky Simcock - Executive Principal

Vicky Simcock has over 15 years of senior leadership experience and has achieved an Ambition School Leadership’s Executive Educators Award. Vicky has also worked as a Regional Education Director in the Midlands for a national Multi-Academy Trust which involved providing intellectual leadership to Principals across educational phases and motivating and developing leadership to embed developmental plans to ensure rapid and outstanding teaching and learning.

Vicky’s vision for the future is for an excellent education where every pupil, student and staff member is empowered to fulfil their potential and achievement is valued. It was her personal ambition and incentive to work for an academy and Trust whose values resonated with her own. Her belief is that belonging to the Brigantia Learning Trust enables strong progress and outcomes, where Trust-wide values are integrated and embodied, and support for wellbeing is a priority. In addition, Vicky believes a broad and balanced curriculum exists within the Trust to excite and extend beyond academic learning, with an emphasis on bespoke CPD, career paths and opportunities that enhances the experience for staff, pupils and students.

“I want Hinde House and Yewlands Academies to be the best secondary provisions in Sheffield, with leaders able to ensure that attainment goes from strength to strength for all learners, within a thriving community where everyone understands their value, importance and role in academy life. In essence, our vision of Creating Excellence Together will be tangible across all phases of academy and community life. To achieve this, we will broaden and develop our collaboration, becoming a more outward-facing academy.”

Linda Hoyle - Executive Principal

Linda Hoyle has worked in the education sector for over 30 years, with a wealth of experience supporting schools and academies in transformation and fulfilling their potential. Linda was offered a headship role at Wincobank Infant School following her support of the academy, and took on Concord Junior School in 2018.

Linda believes that belonging to the Brigantia Learning Trust allows her to concentrate upon the education of the children, alongside having direct access to specialists in all areas of the academy management, enabling a sound and knowledgeable approach to all aspects of academy life. The Trust allows greater opportunity for staff to develop their careers, for academy improvement and to improve the life chances of pupils, by engaging in passionate discussions with colleagues who care deeply about pupil outcomes. For Linda, working within a Trust that provides a pathway for children through to university is an inspiration, providing every child the opportunity to achieve their potential whilst benefitting from a seamless transition at all stages of their education.

“It is my vision to unite our two great academies and make the best use of resources and facilities to provide every child with a cohesive education. I take great pride in my experiences of supporting so many schools to improve rapidly and develop teacher’s knowledge and performance, and hope to achieve many things for Concord and Wincobank. I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues and the Trust to work towards Ofsted Good and Outstanding accolades, creating a centre of excellence for the children in our care and Voice Brigantia, and enhance our offer by providing first-class facilities and an outstanding curriculum for all”.