Chair of Eaton Park Academy

Michael Finney Start of Service – Michael is a semi-retired design engineer and has served on the Board of Governors since his sons were pupils at Eaton Park Primary School.  He has continued on the Board of Governors to the present time, helping to support all of the staff to give the best possible start…

Chair of Maple Court Academy

Stephen Bradbury Start of Service – 01 September 2020 Steve started working at Abbey Hill Special School in 1983 where he progress through to the Senior Leadership team until he retired in 2010 very proud of the fact that the three Ofsted inspections at the school, all resulted in “outstanding”.  As Head of the upper…

Chair of Excel Academy

Jan Dodd Start of Service – 05 April 2019 Jan is the chair of the Excel Academy local governing body. Previously a Deputy Head Teacher at an 11-18 school her areas of responsibility have included: – Director of Science Specialism; SENCO; Second in English; Head of Religious Studies; Head of Careers / Work Based learning;…

Chair of Sneyd Academy

David Walley Start of Service – 01 January 2015 David is the Chair of the local governing body at the Sneyd Academy. He worked for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Education Authorities as a primary school teacher, adviser and head teacher for 33 years and has been a school governor for 45 years. David joined the governing…

Chair of Discovery Academy

Pat Jackson Start of Service – 30 September 2015 Pat is Chair of The Discovery Academy local governing body and is the Link Governor for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. She has worked with the public, private and voluntary sectors on joint economic and business development projects and investment programmes.  This includes work as a…

Dr Cathryn Hickey Start of Service: October 2021 Cathryn is the Chief Executive of AMRICC, a wholely owned subsidiary of Lucideon, the materials development and commercialisation company based in the City. She works with companies to help them develop new materials for their products to meet future manufacturing challenges including the move to lower carbon…

PETER WILLANS Start of Service – 1 September 2018 Peter is a Trustee of the Alpha Academies Trust and a member of the Standards Committee. He has been a Chartered Surveyor since 1995 and is currently Property Director for Buzz Group Limited.  Peter’s key strengths across many sectors of the property market include management and…

Michael Getty Start of Service – 1 September 2019 Michael is a Trustee of the Alpha Academies Trust and is the Chair of the Standards Committee. Michael is the Headmaster of Newcastle-under-Lyme School, a leading coeducational HMC school in Staffordshire. which he has led into the prestigious Top 50 independent school rankings nationally. Michael assumed…

Stephen Packham Start of Service – 1 September 2018 Stephen is a Trustee of the Alpha Academies Trust, members of the Standards Committee and is also a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Following a BSc in mathematics at Imperial College London, Stephen trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG before undertaking financial…

Clare Thomas Start of Service – 1 September 2018 Clare is a Trustee of the Alpha Academies Trust and is a member of Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. She has wide ranging experience in a number of areas, including commercial risk management, corporate governance, corporate ethics, compliance management and employment law and practice and is…