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Paul Slater
Chief Executive Officer

Paul Slater has been a successful primary headteacher for over 20 years and has been working with the Trust since 2017, as a School Improvement Partner and now as the CEO.

Paul has worked across many different local authorities and has supported and advised many schools on curriculum development, Ofsted preparedness, staffing restructures as well as supporting schools to move from Ofsted categories towards Good. He enjoys working alongside colleagues to improve the life chances for all pupils and is always willing to offer advice and provide support. 

He firmly believes in allowing students to achieve their best through a wide variety of subjects and experiences provided through schools.  

Paul was nominated for the prestigious National Teaching Award and was a Silver Award winner in 2019 for his services as a Headteacher.

Tracy Houlden
Chief Operations Officer


Tracy is the Chief Operations Officer and Human Resources Manager for the MAT, supporting the MAT schools with all HR and people related issues. She is CIPD qualified and has extensive HR, leadership and management experience in a wide range of sectors. 

Her approach to HR in education is pragmatic and school focussed. She aims to take the mystery out of HR and provide as much support as necessary to the schools’ Senior Leadership Teams.

Tracy says that she loves living and working in the Lake District – 'having spent 5 years commuting to Bolton from Kirkby Lonsdale, the journey to work is now wonderful.'

Billy Coxon
Accountant and Finance Officer

Billy first came to QKS in October 2012 to help prepare the end of year accounts. Since then he has become the MAT School Accountant. 

He is best known locally for playing rugby and was a regular in the Kendal 1st XV for over 20 years. Recently, he hung up his boots and took up golf (with a lot less success).

Paul Brooks
Facilities and Heath & Safety Officer


Paul has worked in the education sector for the last 10 years firstly as a Lab Technician then as Facilities Manager Walney School. In September 2016 he took over the role of MAT Facilities Manager as well as Educational Visits Coordinator, Walney School.

Previously Paul was a soldier for 24 years in Scotland's only cavalry regiment reaching the rank of regimental sergeant major. He has seen active service in the Gulf, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo, he retired from the military in 2003 just after receiving a medal from Her Majesty The Queen for meritorious services to the regiment.

Paul lives in Dalton with his wife and family, his hobbies include restoring old motorcycles and tending their land along with 55 sheep.

Totally committed to his job he says that he couldn't wish for a better job in civilian life.  

Stephen Jaques
I.T. Manager


Steve has worked in educational IT for over 20 years. Having started as a technician and worked his way to Trust IT Manager, he has experience in all aspects of school IT services. He has successfully overseen and managed a huge amount of growth and development over the years and always has a firm focus on what is next.


He is very driven to provide an excellent IT service and understands how this underpins modern education and school processes.


Having moved to Cumbria recently, he is keen to continue exploring the wonderful countryside on foot and on his mountain bike.

Kate Brayshaw
Payroll Manager


Information about Kate will appear here soon. 

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Emma Robinson
H.R. Support


Emma started working in Human Resources for TfGM in 2002 as HR Administrator, working up to HR Business Partner and attaining a PGDip in HR with CIPD qualification.

Since joining The QKS MAT in 2015 as HR Assistant, Emma has gained experience in the education specific aspects of HR, and has enjoyed her varied role supporting the schools.


Emma feels lucky to live in South Lakeland with her husband and son, taking the opportunity to get outside to enjoy the beautiful landscapes as often as possible.  

Sharon Housego
P.A. to CEO


Information about Sharon will appear here soon. 

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