The Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors

The Trust Board of Directors are the accountable body. They ensure that the strategic direction of the MAT enables each of the academies within it to raise educational standards within a secure financial model. They also:

  • Set the values and vision for the MAT and ensure these a lived out
  • Ensure compliance with charity and company law and the Funding Agreement
  • Work collaboratively with the Local Governing Bodies to ensure high standards against national indicators
  • Guarantee the sound financial management of all academies within the trust.

The Trust Board comprises of 9 Directors who meet at least once a term.

Sue Heap

Sue is a full time Finance and HR Director, working for a French group of companies. She has worked in the IT and healthcare technology business for the last 25years+. Sue became a co-opted governor some 22 years ago, and has served on four governing bodies, chairing three of these at various times during her service. She brings HR and finance expertise to the Board, as well as knowledge of being a governor and chairing committees & bodies.

Adam Walsh

Adam is a classically trained musician who has been working in education for over 20 years, teaching in both primary and secondary phases. In 2013, Adam was appointed as Headteacher of Coughton C of E Primary School and, following a successful Ofsted inspection in April 2015, was asked by the Governors of St Nicholas to act as Executive Headteacher across both schools.

Caroline Harris

Caroline is a family law solicitor, who has specialised in childcare law since joining the public sector from private practice in 2008. Caroline worked for Birmingham City Council for a period of 5 years before moving to Worcestershire County Council in 2013. Caroline became at parent governor at St Nicholas’ C of E Primary School in 2015 when her daughter commenced reception at the school. She is the safeguarding and attendance governor, sits on the performance and standards committee and has recently become chair of the board.

Andrew Deeks

Andrew is now retired from paid employment but fully employed in voluntary work as a mentor with a Stratford-based young person’s charity, clerk to the Trustees of a local almshouse charity, trustee for a previous employer’s pension scheme, treasurer for the Alcester Minster group of churches and a foundation governor in one of the MAT schools. He has been a governor for 35 years and recently served on the Interim Executive Board of another CE school, moving it from special measures into a large Multi Academy Trust. Andrew’s previous employment and self-employment experience was in finance and marketing before he took up general management and non-executive director responsibilities.

Catherine Barron

Catherine has spent most of her career in the Banking and Finance industry for HSBC in a variety of management roles including business banking, head office, HR, change management, training, telephone banking, process management as well as managing a large high street bank in Stratford and its four satellite branches. She gave up my career when her daughter was born and became a Parent Governor at her son’s primary school. Catherine joined the governing body of Temple Grafton C of E Primary School as a Co-opted Governor and was then asked to become Chair of Governors in 2016 where she has really enjoyed the challenge and responsibility in supporting the school and its community.

Stuart Tilsley

Stuart managed a number of group General Medical Practices across the Midlands region for nearly 25 years following an earlier career in industry and commerce.
In 2015, Stuart was invited to become a Foundation Governor at Coughton C of E Primary School. He has been encouraged and delighted to see first-hand the high quality of education provided at the school and the strong Christian ethos underpinning all that is done. I am keen to see this enhanced with the emergence of the MAT and look forward to contributing to its development in the future.

Vincent Foy

Vincent is a retired Procurement Manager who worked primarily in the Utilities industry. Vincent became a parent governor at his children’s school in Bolton, Lancashire. When his family moved to Alcester due to work relocation, he became a parent governor at St Faiths Junior School in 1997 and continued as a Local Authority governor when St Nicholas’ school was formed. He has chaired, for many years, the Finance and Resources committee at the school.

Helen Wood

Helen has been a teacher in Warwickshire and Worcestershire since qualifying in 1997. She is currently a Governor for Temple Grafton and she has been on the governing body since 2010. Her experience in teaching has helped with the overseeing of teaching and learning, performance and safeguarding. Helen has had many roles within the governing body including chair and have the added advantage of understanding Ofsted from both the teachers and governors’ perspective.

Nick Moon

Nick has enjoyed a successful career in corporate strategy and marketing working in a line management capacity for several large companies and as a management consultant with PWC. More recently, Nick has set up, run and sold a national cycle training and promotion business. Now semi-retired, Nick is involved in property development and being a ‘house husband’ looking after his three children who all attend Coughton C of E Primary School. NIck has been on the Governing Body at Coughton for 5 years as a parent Governor and is the Chair of Governors.