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…

Diane Thompson Start of Service – 3 April 2020 Diane is a Trustee for the Alpha Academies Trust (AAT), a member of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and the Inclusion and Community Engagement Committee. Diane became Group Chief Executive of the Honeycomb Group in 2005 after a career spanning over 25 years in socially…

Andrew Proctor Start of Service –1 September 2020 Andrew is a Trustee for Alpha Academies Trust and also the Inclusion and Community Engagement Committee. He is an experienced executive, specialising in the leadership of both business and digital transformation across the public sector. Andrew believes that talent is equally distributed, whilst opportunity is not; as…

Jamie Smith Start of Service -1 September 2020 Jamie is a Trustee for the Alpha Academies Trust and also a member of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. He is Co-Owner of C-Learning Ltd, a Google Premier Education Partner and growing cloud specialist. C-Learning Ltd was a DEA finalist for most outstanding contribution to education…

Chair of Trustees

Kate Townshend Start of Service: July 2013 Kate is Chair of the Alpha Academies Trust, a member of the Standards Committee, Trust Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and Trust Inclusion and Community Engagement Committee. She has extensive experience in school improvement and leadership and management and was formerly the Strategic Manager for school improvement 0-19…

Alpha Academies Trust CEO

Simon French Start of Service: September 2019 Simon is the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Principal of the Alpha Academies Trust.He is a Trustee of the Board, member of the Standards Committee, the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and Trust Inclusion and Community Engagement Committee. Since taking on the role in 2019 Simon has implemented a new…