Natalie Kelly

Personal development officer

 If I look back now, my flight path started at a young age of 12 years old when I joined the Army Cadet Force. During my time as a cadet up-to the age of 16 I gained the rank of Cadet Sergeant and obtained a 4 Star Cadre training badge, along with developing many social skills and participating in County and Country level sports and fitness competitions in Field Hockey and Cross Country. As a cadet I also had the fantastic opportunity to complete the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. This experience inspired me to join the British Army at the Age of 16, to which I continued an exemplary career onto the age of 25 as a Telecommunications Engineer, gaining NVQ Level 2,3,4 and an AMA in Telecommunications Engineering, and experiencing operational tours of Northern Ireland and Iraq and exercise experience of Canada, Germany and Oman.

My flight path changed in 2009 to which I decided to leave the Armed Forces and further my aspirations and Education. I graduated with a First Class Hon(s) in Sports and Fitness Management with Business at the University of Bolton in 2013. Following this I spent 4 years in Industry in a Human Resources and Business Management Role. 

I was introduced into The Education Sector in 2017 where I took on a role as Teaching School Officer with a Multi Academy Trust in Halton. My responsibilities entailed all aspects of Staff CPD, Teacher Training working, in partnership with Liverpool John Moore’s University across the North West, making school improvement arrangements, and support systems within my Multi Academy Trust (MAT) and external trusts situated in the North West. During this role I found a passion for Education, Training and Leadership.


I joined the Great Schools Trust in 2018 in a Teaching Scholar position, along with Marketing Administration responsibilities in support of King’s Leadership Academy Warrington. The position was highly influenced by a member of the senior leadership team, who saw a potential in my ability to become a practitioner and leader within Education.


In September 2019 I took on the role of Personal Development Officer for the Great Schools Trust. I am the School Staff Instructor (SSI) for the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) of three schools within the trust, the CCF is a unique educational partnershiop between the school and the British Military, currently working with the Royal Air Force, the Army and the Royal Marines, to provide students with enjoyable military and adventurous themed activities, I thoroughly enjoy passing on my militar experiences. 


As a key person in leadership and assisting the students of our trust to develop their skills in responsibility, self-resilience, and endurance. I hold a pivotal role in assisting the leadership curriculums and delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, leading and assessing students into achieving their goals and challenges. 


I am heavily inspired by professionals around me, praise and encouragement in key to my success. Without the support I have had from my superiors, colleagues and friends over the years, I would not be in the position I am now. I respond considerably well to constructive feedback, both positive and negative, there is always a place in my life for personal development.


I thrive off knowing that I have made a difference to a young person’s day. Whether it be Pastoral or Academically – If I know that I have made a difference I am a happy instructor.