Central Team

Chief Executive Officer

Des Callaghan
dcallaghan@romerocat.com

Des has over 20 years’ experience of senior leadership in Catholic secondary schools including 13 years as headteacher. He has also been an executive headteacher supporting another high school and has previously played a key role in establishing a local multi academy trust where he was chair of the board of directors.

He has experience as chair of the governing body for several schools including a mainstream 11-16 academy, two alternative provision academies and a special school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs. He is also a current Ofsted schools inspector.

Des became the CEO of Romero in 2018, taking on the role permanently in 2021. He oversaw the formal establishment of the Trust and welcomed in the first schools in 2019.

Growth Development Lead

Sarah Price
sprice@romerocat.com

Sarah has 20 years primary teaching experience. As well as working as Growth Development Lead for the Trust, she is also Headteacher of St John the Baptist Primary, Burnley. Since September 2021, Sarah also works with Ofsted as an Inspector.

Chief Financial Officer

Liz Fleming
efleming@romerocat.com

Liz is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 10 years experience of working in the public sector, 3 of these years were spent working in education in a large secondary school within the Trust. Liz was appointed full time CFO in June 2021. Liz is passionate about the development and growth of the Trust, having been involved with its formation Liz wants to continue to drive forward the ethos of the Trust whilst ensuring that sound financial management is in place within all the academies in the Trust.

Finance Manager

Mandy McFadden
mmcfadden@romerocat.com

Mandy is a CIMA qualified accountant who joined the Trust in May 2022. Mandy has worked in the Education sector for the past 19 years in a sixth form college and is excited to now further her experience in primary and secondary schools.

HR Manager

Carla Jenkinson
cjenkinson@romerocat.com

Carla is a qualified HR Professional and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Carla joined the Trust in 2020 whilst working as a HR Manager at one of the High Schools in the Trust. Carla has previous HR experience in private-sector organisations in the legal and automotive industries, working closely with leaders and managers to deliver a pro-active, professional HR service. Carla is passionate about creating and developing a People Strategy that promotes a positive workplace culture and helps attract, develop and retain the Trust’s workforce.

Trust Governance Professional

Helen Whitaker
hwhitaker@romerocat.com

Helen has eight years experience Clerking a range of Governing Bodies and Boards. Helen also works as the Schools Operations Manager at Blessed Trinity RC College.