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Vision Multi Academy Trust

Happy, Challenged, Successful and Proud


Vision House, Higher Lane, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 7FX

0161 711 1540


Leadership Team

Vision Multi Academy Trust has a strategic leadership team who engage directly with all of our academies. Working in all of our settings the team is able to address needs, challenge and support whilst also developing the professional networks between members of the trust. The leadership team is able to create and broker bespoke school improvement initiatives

Carol McLachlan, NLE, CEO of Vision Multi Academy Trust

Carol McLachlan is the Chief Executive Officer of Vision Multi Academy Trust which was founded in July 2017.  Before this she was a Headteacher with twenty years of experience in three different primary schools.  She is a National Leader of Education supporting and providing challenge to primary schools across Greater Manchester. Her work as a National Leader of Education includes developing school leadership in challenging circumstances, managing change and supporting schools through a period of change is her key strength.

She has a level 7 qualification in executive and senior level coaching and mentoring and has supported aspirant leaders both in primary and secondary schools to develop their leadership skills and support their career development. She has also provided executive coaching to colleagues as part of NPQH, who have now gone onto headships in the Northwest.

Carol is committed to ensuring that all children have the best possible start to their educational career and believes that all children regardless of their background can achieve great and wonderful things.

David Waites Headteacher of East Ward Community Primary School and Executive Head

David has got 21 years’ experience in the Primary sector. He began his career in London as an NQT and has worked in a variety of settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad. He has been in senior leadership positions at four schools over this time and has supported a variety of schools in all aspects of school improvement. As the current Headteacher of East Ward Primary School in Bury, he has led the school through two OFSTED inspections (most recently in November 2021) and has retained good judgements on both occasions. As a school with over 50% pupil premium and 40% EAL, working in challenging settings is one of his areas of expertise. As the Pupil Premium Lead and having oversight of all aspects of Quality of Education, he ensures that all children, regardless of their starting points, have every opportunity to succeed. Whilst in the role of Executive Headteacher of Vision Multi Academy Trust, David has been seconded to two other primary schools as Headteacher in order to support struggling schools. He feels passionate about ensuring that all children are provided with the best start in life and is relentless in ensuring that the Leadership team of the school, support the staff in achieving these aims. 

Ian Tetlow, Headteacher of Higher Lane Primary
Ian took up post as Head of School in September 2017.  He has worked at the school for the last 15 years but started his teaching career in the secondary sector, primarily as an English teacher, but also held Pastoral Head of Year and SENCO positions.  Ian was Assistant Head and then Deputy at Higher Lane and his key areas of responsibility include Assessment, Curriculum and Teaching and Learning.  He is highly committed to Higher Lane and the children within the school and strives to provide the very best education for all.

James Gabrielides, Headteacher of Sunny Bank Primary School
James is Head Teacher at Sunny Bank Primary School and has worked in the education sector for seventeen years across various contexts and settings, holding senior leader positions for the previous nine years. 

His specialism and interest is in best practice teaching and learning, curriculum design and assessment, with the sole aim of improving outcomes for all children. He believes great teaching begins with high expectations and continued investment in staff training and support, and that education is a transformative force for positive change.