Laura Kerrison – Finance Director
Laura was appointed as Finance Director for Preston Hedges Trust in 2018 and sits on the Trust Board, Finance Committee and Executive Team, in addition to providing support to the Audit and Risk Committee. With an extensive financial background, starting out in the private sector for large national companies, Laura has managed extensive and complex multi-million pound forecasts, before moving to the education sector. Joining the education sector in 2007, Laura has been at the heart of the academisation process for a number of small and medium sized Trusts. As an active member of the Confederation of Schools Trust COO/CFO professional group, the ESFA Finance Professionals Group, Local COO/CFO networks and an ISBL member, Laura is well-equipped to keep our Trust well-informed of the key financial issues that impact education. Applying her wide-ranging financial experience to Preston Hedges Trust, Laura has played a pivotal part in the initial growth phase of our Trust, leading us successfully through external and internal audits. Developing the Central Finance, HR and Payroll functions to effectively support both the strategic and day to day Trust educational activities. Laura is passionate about delivering high standards throughout, with a key focus on our Trust educational outcomes.