Our Team


The strength of each member is the team.


Our Team Members who have contributed immensely to our Growth
Michael Smith

Michael Smith


As a Managing Director of Pivot, Michael has been involved in all areas of social care and education practice.

Michael has been invited to join steering groups for the Department for Education in relation to developing the market place for looked after children and he is frequently requested by schools to advise on matters relating to inclusion and behaviour.

In his rare free time, Michael is a big fan of standing in the rain watching Huddersfield Rugby Union Club.

Andrew Kitterick

Andrew Kitterick

Director of Education and Headteacher - The Pivot Academy

Andrew brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to his role as Director of Education, designing and implementing many of Pivot’s innovative projects.

Andrew is also currently the interim headteacher of the Pivot Academy.

Having previously run a successful education company for five years, Andrew has extensive experience of business development in education. Andrew has a wealth of experience strategically working in partnership with local authorities in both the UK and Ireland, in both mainstream and SEND settings.

Andrew is a keen athlete and has recently been found running up the side of Mont Blanc.

Paul Sutcliffe

Paul Sutcliffe

Specialist Social Worker

Paul is a qualified and registered Social Worker and has come to Pivot from a career working in Child Protection services in the public sector.

Paul is working with a number of local schools on their safeguarding policies and procedures as well as providing training on child protection best practice. He offers a link between the private and public sector as well as an insight into the children's social care sector, in particularly Looked After Children and the Public Law process.

When he’s not working with Pivot, Paul is a part of the country duo Nobody’s Brother and can be found playing around West Yorkshire.

Lucy Smith

Lucy Smith

Finance and HR Director

As finance and HR director Lucy has ensured that plans for infrastructure is built on solid foundations to enable and support growth, with the work Lucy has undertaken for Pivot being acknowledged as "amazing" by the innovation unit of the Huddersfield University.

When not working or supervising her two children and Michael at home, Lucy passionately supports the development growth of Pivot’s HR approach. Understanding the need to treat people fairly to get the best outcomes for children is a continuing development which is a large part of Pivot’s growth.