Barbara Sims - Chief Finance Officer

Barbara started her career with a small accountancy practice in Nottingham where in 2001, she completed her AAT qualification via the apprenticeship route. In 2003 she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and in 2004 moved to a Top 10 Accountancy Firm working within the Audit Team. In the 12 years that she worked for this firm, she worked in an advisory role as Senior Audit Manager, supporting a variety of businesses including those in the education. In 2010, she developed the firms service offering for academy trusts, and was a key player in growing the academy client base from scratch. Barbara was responsible for training the academy team nationally across the firm and for devising the audit programs to ensure they were fit for purpose. Barbara felt that her experience to date would be invaluable in making a difference within the academy sector and so in 2017 joined The Evolve Trust. She is the Chief Finance Officer and is responsible for leading on the finance related aspects of the Trust, oversight of Estates Management and is the Company Secretary. Barbara is part of the Executive Team and contributes to the strategic leadership of the Trust.