Our Trust has five members from a range of backgrounds. The Members act as the guardians of the governance of the Trust and are responsible for agreeing the first articles of association and for approving any future changes.
They monitor the work of the Trust (including reviewing its yearly audited accounts and annual report) and have the authority to appoint trustees when necessary.
Maureen Woodcock MBE
Maureen Woodcock has an extensive public sector background having been an outstanding leader in both the health and educations sectors. Her MBE was awarded for Health Care related to her role as a Non-Executive Director with the Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust, though she has also been a Headteacher of a primary school, a former OFSTED inspector, and more recently Chair of Governors of a local ‘outstanding’ primary school. She remains a central figure in community life in Lichfield and retains a strong role in local schools.
Phil has over 45 years’ experience in the automotive business with a 36 year career at Jaguar Land Rover. His most recent positions at JLR have included Director of Product Development, Director of Global Business Expansion and, most recently, Director of Product and Globalisation Programme Strategy. He is married with two children who were both educated in Staffordshire schools, one of whom is a primary school teacher.
Dr Trevor James has a professional career which stretches from class room teacher to senior adviser in the largest education authority in Europe, and then into higher education. He is a Centenary Fellow of the Historical Association; Editor of its members journal, The Historian; and Director of the Young Historian Project; and he continues to lecture on Modern World Political History, whilst also serving as a lay minister at St Michael-on-Greenhill Church. He has just been elected a member of Lichfield’s Worshipful of Smiths, in recognition of his service to Lichfield’s community.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees has nine members and is the body accountable for the Trust and the conduct and standards of all the schools within it. The Board has three core governance functions:
- Ensure the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Hold the Chief Executive to account for the educational performance of the schools, their students and their staff.
- Oversee the financial performance of the Trust and make sure that its money is well spent.
Michelle Painter (Chair)
Michelle has been involved in school governance for the past fourteen years and has experience in both primary and secondary school improvement and governance. She has a strong understanding of the values that support the concept of the Greywood MST and is committed to ensuring those values are embedded through her role as a trustee. Michelle has senior leadership experience working as Head of Forensics for West Midlands Police and believes in making a difference to communities. She is looking forward to the role and supporting the development of the trust and herself.
Pat Hunt (Chief Executive Officer)
Pat has over 30 years’ experience in education across all phases from 4-18 years. She has senior leadership experience in secondary leading on teaching and learning and special educational needs and inclusion. She has worked for the Local Authority as a school improvement adviser and has previously led Ofsted inspections across primary, secondary and special schools and academies. Her most recent role was as a Senior Academy Improvement Director in a large multi-academy trust with leadership responsibility for Governance, Safeguarding, SEND, Pupil Premium and PHSEE. Her specific work with academies is school improvement.
Nick Moseley was a senior manager for the Department of Work and Pensions where he developed significant expertise in the management of personnel. He has been a school governor for the past 18 years and for many years was Chair of Governors at Queen’s Croft High School. Since his retirement from DWP he has been active as a volunteer at Queen’s Croft and recently became Vice Chair of the Management Committee at The Bridge Centre, Lichfield’s Pupil Referral Unit.
Dr Paul Carter
Paul Carter is a retired community paediatrician. He worked in Walsall from 1994 to 2010 where his special interest was working in schools looking after children with learning and neurodevelopmental difficulties including epilepsy and physical disabilities. Latterly he specialised in the management of behavioural problems especially relating to the autism and ADHD spectra. He was a governor and briefly chair of governors at Phoenix EBD special school in Walsall. From 2010 to 2018 he held consultancies at Options Higford in Telford and Rugeley Priory School. His children attended Henry Chadwick school.
Gill has enjoyed a varied teaching career in secondary schools across Staffordshire, Birmingham and Walsall. She has led large and successful departments teaching across the age and ability range, including SEN provision and A level. In these leadership roles, she has managed staff deployment and development, financial controls and curriculum development to ensure the successful delivery of KS3, KS4 and Post 16 courses for her students.
Gill was also an accredited political assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg during the last plenary, dealing with constituency matters and leading visitor groups to the Parliament. She has wide experience of governance, having served as a staff governor, Link Governor, Vice Chair and most recently Chair of Governors at Henry Chadwick Primary School.
Francis is an experienced Chartered Management Accountant who has worked in a variety of roles across higher education, healthcare and international development. He brings to our board strong financial knowledge and leadership.
He currently works for the University of Wales TSD where he looks after Finance and Resources for the Welsh University’s London and Birmingham campuses. Francis is also a Trustee/Treasurer at the charity KeyRing Living Support Networks and chairs their Integrated Governance Sub-Group. He is passionate about education, social justice and environmental sustainability.
Francis is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and an MSc in NGO and development management.
James has 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector and now leads his own consultancy business. He is also a Trustee for a local mental health and wellbeing charity. James is married with three children.
Steve is currently the Managing Director within a leading business providing the strategic direction across a wide variety of Sports and Leisure contracts and business delivering a wide range of facility services and professional services. Steve hopes to bring his experiences from the corporate world to support Greywood MST. Steve lives in Hammerwich with his wife and two children.
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