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Trust Services Team

Margaret Chapman Chief Executive Officer
Liz Kilborn PA to CEO
Phil O'Neill  Chief Operating Officer
Nikola Millard Marketing Director
Levi Flynn Finance Director
Tareq Hasan Payroll Manager
Elisabete Silva Purchase Ledger Supervisor
Nicki Langford Senior Finance Officer
Jennie Evans Finance Officer
Jennie Hankin, Kate Peck Finance Assistants
Michelle Quinn People Director
Melanie Chunn HR Officer
Lucy Grint, Lily Talbot, Fiona Burton HR Administrators
Nick Clarke, David Simmonds Network Managers

Phil O'Neill - Trust Chief Operating Officer

Phil has spent the majority of his career outside of education, with experience across a number of public and commercial sectors. Working in a number of senior managerial posts, he brings a commercial mindedness to this role in the education sector.

Phil joined St Albans Girls' School in March 2017, to work as the school Business Manager and on the creation of Atlas Multi Academy Trust providing finance and operational expertise in the creation of the Trust. He took on the role of Chief Operating Officer in April 2020 and now forms part of the Trust Executive Leadership Team.

Phil will play a major role in driving operational excellence as part of the Trust's strategic direction and continue to enhance the impact of Finance across the academy base, working closely with our academy leaders. Phil has strategic responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, Premises Management, Health and Safety, Marketing, Information Technology and School Project delivery.


Michelle Quinn - Trust HR Manager

Michelle is an experienced Human Resources professional that has worked within HR for many years as an HR Business Partner and has gained much of her experience within the financial services sector.  She also has a Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster.

Michelle enjoys a broad HR generalist role at ATLAS where she works with a dedicated and hard working Trust HR Team whose responsibilities include recruitment and selection, onboarding, employee engagement, wellbeing, performance management and employee relations.  

Michelle’s key objective is to work positively with senior leadership and colleagues to develop human resources initiatives that ensure all staff feel valued and fulfilled.  


Nikola Millard - Trust Marketing & Communications Manager 

Nikola joined St Albans Girls’ School in 2012 as a Display Technician. Applying her design and project management skills, moving into the role of Display & Events Planner before advancing into the Trust as Marketing & Communications Manager.

With over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Nikola worked in the retail and FMCG supply markets before moving into Education. She brings a wealth of experience and skills in Marketing and Branding.

Nikola is responsible for driving forward the Marketing, Communications and Brand Strategy across the Trust.


Levi Flynn - Trust Finance Director

Levi joined ATLAS Multi Academy Trust in June 2023 as Trust Finance Director. 

With over 10 years’ experience in a number of Finance roles in Education, Levi brings relevant and applicable financial and accounting knowledge and experience to the Trust.

Levi is responsible for ensuring high standards of financial probity across the Trust.  The main responsibilities of the role are to manage all financial and accounting operations including payroll, systems, controls and reporting, planning and budgeting. 


David Simmonds - Trust Network Manager

David started with the Trust as a Technician for The Adeyfield Academy and in July 2021 he took on the role of Assistant Network Manager at
St Albans Girls' School. In March 2023, David transitioned to sharing the Network Manager role for the ATLAS Multi Academy Trust with Nick Clarke.

David has overseen the installation of a complete overhaul of the network infrastructure at Beech Hyde Primary School and a gradual upgrade and replacement of the Wi-Fi system at The Adeyfield Academy while running the historic system alongside the new system. Additionally we have been developing the IT Team through 2022/2023 and have been training two talented apprentices. 

With David's expertise in network management, primary focus is to ensure reliable and secure ICT networks across all schools within the ATLAS Multi Academy Trust. David's aim is to drive technological advancements, support educational goals and support each school in creating an exceptional teaching and learning environment for all stakeholders involved.


Nick Clarke - Trust Network Manager

Nick Clarke, serving as the Trust Network Manager alongside David Simmonds at ATLAS, brings over a decade of invaluable experience in IT Support within the education sector and has been working with the Trust since September 2019. Nick's expertise is evident as he actively drives technological improvements across the Trust, drawing from a wealth of knowledge accumulated through years of dedicated service. He has played a pivotal role in implementing a 1:1 device scheme, a crucial element supporting the Trust's innovative Blended Learning programme, enhancing accessibility to technology for enriched learning experiences.

In addition, Nick helped to lead a comprehensive overhaul of the networking infrastructure across all Trust schools, ensuring a robust technological foundation for the years ahead. His commitment to nurturing emerging talents through apprenticeship programmes reflects his dedication to fostering expertise within the IT team.

Nick's efforts align with the Trust's vision to create enriched learning environments across the organisation. His primary goal remains ensuring the smooth delivery of teaching and learning, while also supporting ESS colleagues in their efforts to maintain effective school operations.