Andrew Reid Start of Service: 6 November 2023 Andy is a Trustee of the Alpha Academies Trust and a member of the Standards Committee. He served as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools for 16 years, to the end of 2007, becoming Head of School Improvement in Ofsted in 2003 and Head of Institutional…

Matthew Gee Start of Service: 6 November 2023 Matt is a Trustee of the Alpha Academies Trust and member of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee. He is an Economics graduate and a chartered accountant. He has held senior international board level roles across a range of sectors including higher education, manufacturing, engineering, and retail.…

Leslie Morrey Start of Service – 1st September 2023 Lesley is a Trustee of the Alpha Academies Trust. With over 30 years of management experience in healthcare and education, Lesley is currently a Director at Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group with responsibilities relating to student engagement and external partnerships. Lesley is a progressive leader who…

R Salt

HR & People Manager

M Livingstone

Trust Standard Lead | Maths

G Major

Trust Standard Lead | Vocational Learning

P Rutter

Trust Standard Lead | PE

L Wilshaw

Trust Standard Lead | English & Reading

Chair of Excel Academy

Sam Chater Start of Service – 01 November 2022 Sam is the Chair of Governors here at Excel Academy, He is also the Deputy Director of the Cheshire Teaching School Hub, based at St. Joseph’s College, having previously being SCITT Programme Leader there too. Previous roles include working across the city as an English Teacher,…

Ms Jayne Schofield

Principal The Discovery Academy


Jayne Lowe Start of Service: 25 April 2022 Jayne is a Trustee of the Alpha Academies Trust and also a member of the Inclusion and Community Engagement Committee. She is both Director and Principal Consultant of Bright Green Learning Ltd, an experienced strategic leader and practitioner, who has successfully developed and implemented strategy and leading…

D Marsh

Trust Standard Lead | Exams

D Owen

Trust Standard Lead | Careers

T Bourne

Trust Standard Lead | Digital/Computing

S Birch

Trust Standard Lead | Science

D Bell

Primary English TSL

J Hyder

Trust Standard Lead | Maths

L Berrisford

Trust Standard Lead | Science

S Hancock

Trust Standard Lead | English & Reading

P Lewis

Trust Standard Lead | Humanities

R Bloor

Trust Standard Lead | Maths

A Ellis

Senior Strategic Lead Communications

P Smith

Senior Strategic Lead Safeguarding/AP/Well being/E+D

Chair of Eaton Park Academy

Michael Finney Start of Service – Michael is a 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 a member of the Alpha Academies Trust. 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…

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…