Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Members and Trustees

Members

Dame Reena Keeble

Appointed on 12th June 2017

Dame Reena was an NLE and was a successful primary Head teacher for 22 years achieving three “Outstanding” Ofsted judgments in London. She achieved   her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2006 and was honoured with a DBE in recognition of her services to education in 2011. Dame Reena chaired the   DfE Primary Heads’ Reference Group for five years and led and chaired a national review of effective primary teaching on behalf of the Teaching Schools   Council. Dame Reena is now happily retired but continues to mentor and support school leaders on a pro- bono basis.

Martin Barnes

The Diocese of York Educational Trust appointment. Appointed 24th November 2020

Career Civil Servant – Operations, Systems, Organisational Development and HR. Director at National School of Government, Cabinet Office. Director,   Development and Operations at Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Subsequently national and international leadership development consultant   focused on government to government institutional strengthening. Programmes. Currently Director, Diocese of York Educational Trust and Member HOPE   Learning Trust, York.

Nigel Sinclair

The Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance appointment. Chair. Appointed on 12th June 2017

Nigel is the Team Rector of four churches in West Leeds.  He has been a member of the Diocesan Board of Education (Ripon & Leeds, now ‘Leeds’) for over ten   years and is part of their School Organisation Sub-Group.  He has been a school governor of seven primary schools (2 as Chair) and one secondary school   (which converted to Academy status) over a twenty-year period and is presently a Member of two other Multi Academy Trusts.  His first degree was in Public   Administration (which included a placement year working with Northumberland Education Authority) and he holds an MA in Religious Education from York St   John. 

Jenny Carpenter

University of York St John appointment. Appointed on 12th June 2017

Currently School Partnerships Lead within the School of Education, Language and Psychology, Jenny leads mentor development and training for partnership   schools. She teaches on the primary PGCE programmes and supervises research students on Foundation Degrees and Masters in Education programmes.   Previous to her appointment at York St John University she taught in primary and middle schools in Yorkshire. She was a governor for 12 years in a local   primary school and enjoys keeping up to date with educational policy and development.  

Jim Brown

Elevate appointment Appointed on 12th June 2017

Jim is currently Chair of governors at two primary schools. He has 30 years’ experience of being a successful businessman.  Jim has significant experience of     the business world as a director of various companies and a successful self-employed project manager since 1989.  Until recently, Jim was a trustee of Queen   Mary’s School, Thirsk, an independent school catering for ages 2 – 16.

Member

Date Appointed

Date Resigned

Rev Nigel Sinclair

12.06.2017

Martin Barnes

24.11.2020

 

Bishop Paul Ferguson

12.06.2017

03.11.2020

Dame Reena Keeble           

12.06.2017

 

Jim Brown

12.06.2017

 

Jenny Carpenter

12.06.2017

 

Trustees

Rev Nigel Sinclair

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

The Leeds Diocesan Board of Education Appointment.

Nigel is the Team Rector of four churches in West Leeds.  He has been a member of the Diocesan Board of Education (Ripon & Leeds, now ‘Leeds’) for over ten   years and is part of their School Organisation Sub-Group.  He has been a school governor of seven primary schools (2 as Chair) and one secondary school   (which converted to Academy status) over a twenty-year period and is presently a Member of two other Multi Academy Trusts.  His first degree was in Public   Administration (which included a placement year working with Northumberland Education Authority) and he holds an MA in Religious Education from York St   John. 

Alison Smith

Safeguarding link Trustee

Diocese of York Appointment

Alison has worked in education for the past 20 years. She is highly committed to supporting the development of educational provision which allows pupils to   flourish both ‘academically and personally’, and provision which ensures pupils develop a life-long ‘love of learning’.

Alison is currently the Assistant Director of Education for the Diocese of York Education Team (effectiveness). Alison provides a role which focusses upon   monitoring the overall effectiveness and performance of all 125 schools across the Diocese of York locality, working in collaboration with key partners.  Alison   also provides support and training for school leaders.

Prior to joining the Diocese of York Education Team, Alison worked for North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Service for 16 years, beginning as a  Primary School Teacher, and then as an Advanced Skills Teacher who supported teaching colleagues to develop their practice across a variety of schools and   settings across North Yorkshire and then as a Primary Headteacher for 9 years.

On a more personal note, Alison is married and has a very loveable (if a little excitable) dog named ‘Jasper’. She is a VW Campervan fanatic and enjoys the   great outdoors!

John Brear

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Member Appointment

John is a chartered accountant with 41 years’ experience.  He is a partner at Brown Butler Chartered Accountants. John has particular expertise in the IT   (including software) and medical sectors.  He has numerous IT and software businesses, with turnovers of £50m-plus, among his clients and he also advises   many medical practitioners and dentists on issues such as changes to NHS superannuation, contracts and incorporation.

Iain Spittal

H&S and Whistleblowing link Trustee

Member appointment

Iain served for almost thirty two years as a police officer, during his career he worked in all ranks from Constable to Chief Constable. He amassed significant experience across the breadth of operational policing, including critical decision making in “Life at risk” incidents. This included both strategic firearms and public order command.

 Iain significant gained praise from Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary for his role in leading whole organisational improvement across his last force. Taking the organisation from one which was failing to one which had clarity of purpose, a clear program of organisational improvement and a real commitment to improve the quality of service it provided to the communities served. At the same time recovering significant budget over spends to a balanced position which was capable of supporting further improvements.

 As a Chief officer Iain led the embedding of the Police Code of Ethics on behalf of the College of Policing and National Police Chiefs Council.

 Iain retired from policing in December 2017, since that time he has continued to serve the public, as a volunteer, with a specific focus on improving the opportunities for young people. He volunteers for the Prince’s Trust in a number of operational roles and supports its senior leaders across the north of England. Iain also mentors a number of Head Teachers in order to develop their leadership and strategic skills.

Iain is married with two grown up children. His pastimes include cycling, being a qualified ride leader for British Cycling. He also enjoys woodworking, walking and generally enjoying the outdoors.

Graham Shaw

Chair of the Standards Committee

Member Appointment

Graham is one of the country’s foremost legal authorities in the education sector having advised in this field since 1999. He was also one of the first lawyers in   the country to advise on the academies programme following its launch by the Labour government in 2002. Since then he has advised extensively on   sponsored and school converter academies across all phases and types of provision including primary, secondary, all-through, special, alternative and hospital   provision, Church academies, co-operative academies, schemes with PFI and/or BSF arrangements and Multi Academy Trusts (“MATs”). He has also advised   extensively on academy transfers between MATs, the conversion of Single Academy Trusts (“SATs”) into MATs and the merger of SATs and MATs.

Graham’s experience also spans an extensive range of MATs including for any combination of primary, secondary, special, alternative and hospital provision,   Church and non-Church academies where he has advised on their academy conversions and transfers and their operational and strategic requirements.

Graham also advises maintained schools and individual academies on their legal requirements and has advised on free schools, studio schools, schools PFI   and university student accommodation, having also advised universities, further education and sixth form colleges and independent schools.

Graham lives in Harrogate with his wife and children and attends St John's Church in Bilton, Harrogate.

Alison Wilson

Chair of Elevate's Audit, Risk and Resources Committee

Member Appointment

Alison Wilson is a deputy director at the Department for Education and currently leads its Vulnerable Children Unit as part of the Department’s COVID   response function. Prior to this she led the Department’s Opportunity Area Programme, worked in the Regional School Commissioners Office; on school   funding reform; and reform to the system for supporting children with special educational needs. Alison also served as a governor for almost 3 years at   Topcliffe CE Primary school.

Keri Standen

SEN/vulnerable children/more able/PP link Trustee

Member Appointment

Working as a Safeguarding consultant, Keri provides organisations with advice, compliance support and training. She has worked with many schools across   Yorkshire and the North East and have a good understanding of the diverse needs of the schools and their pupils. Having supported staff across most sectors   including, education, charity sector, Churches and faith groups and commercial organisations Keri has a diverse experience of the challenges facing   organisations supporting children and young people. Also, having supported many Church schools over the years, she am keen to follow the development of   the Trust and how this supports the ethos of Church of England Schools across the diocese. 

Keri has knowledge and skills to support the development and expansion of the Trust. She has been a governor for 5 years and 3 of those as Chair of  Governors, and supported her school becoming an Academy and followed with interest the developments and growth within the Academy agenda.

Keri has worked with children and young people for over 18 years, 11 of those working for North Yorkshire county council. She has always supported   vulnerable and disadvantaged children throughout her career and is passionate about ensuring equality of opportunities, especially within education. As a   result, Safeguarding and Inclusion are her areas of knowledge and expertise

Nigel Ashley

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Nigel has been a Head teacher for 13 years of 2 schools. He is an NLE.  He was previously the Head teacher at Meadowside and led the school from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’. He also lead his previous school from ‘Good’ to 'Outstanding.’  As an NLE, he has supported many schools.

North Star is working in partnership with Red Kite Teaching School Hub to offer early years and primary training places on the School Direct programme.

Trustee

Date Appointed

Date Reappointed

Date Resigned

Rev Nigel Sinclair

12.06.2017

12.06/2021

 

Alison Smith

01.01.2020

 

John Brear

12.06.2017

12.06.2021

 

David Blanchfield

12.06.2017

 12.06.2021

Iain Spittal

25.03.2021

 

Graham Shaw

16.10.2018

 

Alison Wilson

20.07.2017

20.07.2021

 

Keri Standen

20.10.2020

 

Nigel Ashley CEO

12.06.2017

 

Mike Smit

12.06.2017

14.11.2017

David Tucker

12.06.2017

03.09.2018

Katherine Humpleby

12.06.2017

21.11.2019

Dr Liz Foster   

 12.06.2017