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Our Executive Team


Ali England has over twenty years’ experience working in a range of large Primary schools in challenging circumstances . Prior to her role as Director of School Improvement, she gained extensive experience as Headteacher, Head School Support for Local Authority and Head of Safeguarding for a large trust of over 60 schools. 

Ali has particular expertise in teaching and learning, curriculum and leadership development. In her role as Director of School Improvement, Ali works closely with leaders at all levels to secure and maintain excellence in the education the schools provide. She believes that coaching, continuous professional development, and collaboration are the key to making this happen. 

Jon Hebblethwaite   Headteacher Jack Hunt School

Jon Hebblethwaite is the Headteacher at Jack Hunt School. After his initial degree in Politics from Swansea University, he began teaching in 1996 and soon completed his PGCE in Secondary History in Bristol (his home city). His first job was in Luton, and he has taught in a variety of school in London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire. He became a senior leader in 2007 and has previously been a Head at a school in South-West Herts and also in Oxford.  He is passionate about how as educators we can improve the life chances of young people and is thrilled to be the new Head at Jack Hunt School. He is looking forward to collaboration with everyone across PKAT and with other school in Peterborough. 


In his spare time you will probably find him watching cricket or rugby, playing his drums or listening to his rapidly expanding vinyl collection, but not all at once!

Jude Macdonald   Director of SEND and Safeguarding

Jude Macdonald is an experienced school leader with specialisms in strategic school improvement, HR and SEND provision. She joins the PKAT Executive team as the new Director of SEND and Safeguarding. 

Putting the needs of students first is her key priority and this drives every decision that she makes. Every student matters, irrespective of background or educational need and she takes pride in driving positive outcomes and successes.

Jude thrives on new challenges and taking calculated risks. She has made over 1300 skydives and regularly fly in the Twinwoods Adventure wind tunnel.

Howard Nelson   Chief Finance and Operating Officer

Howard Nelson holds the role of Chief Finance and Operating Officer for the Trust, taking a lead on many aspects of our operations outside of the classroom. Howard joins us after his role as COO for DNEAT and CEO for DoNESC; giving him a wealth of experience in all areas of Trust Leadership, Operations and Finance. Howard has extensive experience within the Education Sector, and is a key member of our Executive Team. 

Ian Young   Chief Executive Officer and accounting officer

Dr Ian Young is currently Chief Executive of Peterborough Keys Academies Trust. Originally from Northern Ireland, Ian initially studied for a PhD in the physics of atomic collisions, before embarking in a career in teaching. That career led to teaching and school leadership posts at schools in England, Scotland and Egypt. Most recently, Ian led the work of 14 independent schools as Head of Independent Schools for United Learning. United Learning is unusual in being a very large multi academy trust that also runs independent schools. Ian is now seeking to employ that experience as he influences educational opportunities and outcomes in the 5 schools within PKAT.