Chair of Trust Board
Link Trustee for The Valley Primary
I have been very fortunate to have had a very varied and interesting career and life. I started my career on site as a qualified industrial Electrician working for my family business,I worked my way through the ranks to Director status and ultimately successfully negotiated the sale to an Aim listed company back in 2007.
I stayed on with the company for 10 years as regional Director delivering many exciting and interesting water related projects basically ensuring the constant supply of water for five major Water companies in the UK.
In June 2016 after over 30 years in the water Utility business I decided that I would retire and spend time with my family, take some well needed holidays and do everything that I never had time to do. I am married to my lovely wife Helena and have two fantastic children. As a family we enjoy the beautiful countryside that surrounds us by walking and biking and in the winter we like to go skiing.
As a Trustee I feel I can utilise my experience in ensuring we have the safest and best schools whilst maintaining the highest standards.
Vice Chair of Trust Board
I am a qualified Solicitor and have worked at Beswicks Legal since 1998. My particular area of expertise is representing youths and vulnerable clients.
I was a pupil myself at St. Werburgh's and my two sons are currently pupils at this school.
I am a season ticket holder at Stoke City and still enjoy playing football whenever I can.
My am married to Sarah and we both enjoy the countryside of the Staffordshire Moorlands, as a family we love to be out walking and camping as often as possible. In my role as Trustee I am a member of the Pupil Welfare, Learning and Achievement Committee and I am keen to promote sporting and outdoor activities for children across our Federation.
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Executive Principal and Chief Executive Officer
In addition to being a trustee, I am presently the Executive Principal of The Moorlands Primary Federation (TMPF) Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).I have been working within our trust of schools since 2007 when joining St. Werburgh’s C.E. Primary as Headteacher. During this time, I have been fortunate enough to work with so many amazing children and seen great changes in education and across the Staffordshire Moorlands. In September 2012 I changed role to become an Executive Headteacher across St. Werburgh’s C.E. Primary and Dilhorne Endowed C.E. Primary; this then extended to The Valley Primary in 2013, becoming TMPF. The three schools converted to academies in September 2016 and I led TMPF in becoming a MAT. In January 2015 I was seconded to also lead Great Wood Primary and in September 2016, this role incorporated Bishop Rawle C.E. Primary. In September 2017 the two schools formally joined TMPF. In June 2018, I was honoured to be accredited as a National Leader of Education (NLE).
Link Trustee for Bishop Rawle C.E. Primary School.
I relocated to Cheadle with my family in 2014, moving up from Essex. I have two daughters at Bishop Rawle C.E. Primary School and a keen interest in contributing to the governance of TMPF. I was a member of the Parent Forum at Bishop Rawle C.E. Primary School from its inception in September 2015 and I was delighted to be invited to apply to be a Trustee when Bishop Rawle joined TMPF in September 2017.
I am a Chartered Financial Planner and a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society. I own and manage a business that provides outsourced services and consultancy to financial planners across the country.
Link Trustee for Dilhorne Endowed C.E. Primary
Extensive experience of staff recruitment being an active member of a number of recruitment panels for all five schools.
I served as a long standing parent governor for Great Wood Primary School before becoming a trustee of The Moorlands Primary Federation. I am a member of the Pupil Welfare, Learning and Achievement Committee, the Premises and Safety Committee, and the Admissions, Appeals and Discipline Committee.
I am a professor of physics and am head of a division of scientists at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. This work involves basic research, project and safety management, and leadership of a division of research scientists.
Not surprisingly, I am particularly interested in those areas of the schools' activities which concern numeracy, science, technology, and engineering.
Link Trustee for Great Wood Primary
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I have lived in Kingsley for 17 years and have a son who attends St Werburgh's.
I have been actively involved in Girlguiding in this area during that time and am qualified to run all age groups from Rainbows up to Rangers. I ran the Guide unit for 12 years and took over as leader of the village Rainbows unit in September 2017.
I have been on the committee at Kingsley Kingfishers and Kingfishers of Dilhorne for five years, holding the role of chairman for the last three years, a position which ends in May 2021.
I have been a journalist for 24 years, working as a reporter, sub editor, editor, website editor, magazine writer and am now a commercial features writer for the Reach group.
In my spare time I like walking with my dog, eating out and spending time at our caravan in beautiful Cornwall.
Chair of Finance and Human Resources Committee
Link Trustee for St. Werburgh’s C.E. Primary
Chair of Pupil Welfare, Learning and Achievement Committee
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I spent my childhood within the local area but moved to Kingsley around 7 years ago following the arrival of my first child. Having worked as a qualified teacher within Staffordshire for the last 18 years, I have a strong interest in all aspects of education. I am particularly interested in ensuring all children have a wide range of opportunities available to them, to allow them to excel and have successful futures.
I currently have the privilege of being Vice Principal of a secondary school within Newcastle under Lyme which is part of a small academy trust. My main responsibility lies within quality of education; however, I have previously enjoyed roles within pupil welfare and behaviour.
Outside of work I enjoy exercise and spending time with my immediate and extended family. I have two sons who attend St Werburgh’s in Kingsley.
Originally, I joined St. Werburgh’s C.E. Primary as a class teacher and Assistant Headteacher. Since then, I have been part of The Moorlands Primary Federation’s (TMPF) leadership from the time it was created, and during its journey from Collaboration, to Federation, to Multi Academy Trust.
I hold the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH); have worked as Associate Headteacher across the family of schools; and was seconded to lead, alongside Jared Eccles, Great Wood Primary prior to this school’s joining of TMPF. Currently, as Principal I am fortunate to be able to work with the leadership team, staff, and many amazing children across each of the schools in the Trust.
Working in association with the Diocese and celebrating the Christian ethos in our faith schools is important to me as a leader and Trustee. I am very keen on sport and the opportunities and enjoyment this can bring to children and adults alike.
In an advisory capacity, I have attended and advised Trust Board meetings and Committee Meetings since The Moorlands Primary Federation was formed. I was appointed as a Staff Trustee in December 2020.