Board of Trustees & Governance Framework

Working across the group, our Members and Trust Board have been recruited to bring the highest level of skills and experience to the table. They have detailed and strategic oversight of the Trust direction, performance and probity. Their backgrounds include education, finance, law, safeguarding, business and governance. The Board of Trustees has a clear vision and everything it does for its schools is focused on school improvement, high attainment and outstanding outcomes.

Trust Members

Miss Nikki Hornsby

Miss Nikki Hornsby

Safeguarding

Nikki has worked in local government for over 20 years, primarily within special educational needs. Her areas of knowledge and experience include SEN, safeguarding and education welfare. Nikki has previously worked as an Education Welfare Officer, as well as for the Young Witness Support Service as a Young Witness Supporter.

Mr Lee Whiting

Mr Lee Whiting

Lee is a Director at Bridge Employment Law and an experienced employment solicitor. Lee has been ranked as a 'leader in his field' by leading legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for many years. Lee obtained his law and postgraduate degrees in Leicester before moving to Hull. Lee regularly gives seminars and training sessions to clients and has been a guest speaker at numerous employment law seminars organised by bodies such as the Hull University Business School and the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development.

Mr Jeremy Buckley

Mr Jeremy Buckley

Lead Member

Jeremy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and qualified Chartered Tax Adviser and is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Jeremy trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers one of the largest international accountancy firms and has a wealth of accountancy, taxation and business experience. He is a Director of his own accountancy practice looking after a number of successful local businesses advising them on strategic financial business and taxation matters. Jeremy brings this wealth of experience to the Trust as a Member.

Mr Richard Swain

Mr Richard Swain

A chartered Engineer with over 20 years' experience of engineering and operational management within the Petrochemical and Oil and Gas industry, Richard brings significant business and strategic management expertise to the Board. His Engineering and Project Management background also adds technical competence to the Estates Management and Asset Development of the South Hunsley complex. Richard's business management experience includes organisational design, change management and recruitment.

Richard has extensive experience in education links, also holding a Director post at Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) which provides apprenticeship, tertiary and adult training to the region. Richard is also actively involved in local and international community projects and charities, most notably running a charity harnessing local financial support to sustain two schools in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr Andrew Smith

Mr Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is the Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of York. He is a qualified teacher with over 25 years’ experience in primary education and, prior to this role, was the Headteacher of a voluntary aided church school for over ten years, securing good and outstanding judgements in both Ofsted and SIAMS inspections. Andrew has also worked successfully in a number of collaborative partnerships, including within Teaching School Alliances and with schools overseas, particularly focusing on developing effective school leadership and shared curriculum development.

Andrew currently represents the Diocese of York Educational Trust (DYET) as a corporate Member on Multi Academy Trusts and is a director of DBE Services, a consortia of several Church of England dioceses in the north of England. He is also a Trustee of the National Society which oversees the work of Church School education in England.

Board of Trustees

The Education Alliance’s Board of Trustees is made up as follows:

Mr Sam Whitaker

Mr Sam Whitaker

Sam has 25 years’ experience of working in the construction industry in a variety of roles but most notably as Chief Executive of the Esteem Consortium that was responsible for delivering Hull’s Building School’s for the Future programme. Sam blends a passion for education with his strategic leadership and operational management skills in order to maximise the impact that projects and opportunities can have on an organisation.

Mrs Claire Graham-Brown

Mrs Claire Graham-Brown

Claire is the Deputy Director of Education at the Diocese of York, providing guidance and support to Church of England schools and academies on governance and related matters. She has a key interest in developing governance structures to facilitate collaborative working between Church and non-Church schools. Prior to taking up her role at the Diocese, she gained experience as a solicitor, initially in private practice and latterly in house, most recently at Imperial College London. During her time as a solicitor, Claire provided legal advice to a range of educational and other organisations, including schools and academies.

Mr Andrew Bradley

Mr Andrew Bradley

Andrew holds CefA, PCertB qualifications and has 25 years industry experience in financial services and for the last 14 years specialising in business finance in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Mr Andy Steele

Mr Andy Steele

Finance

Andrew is a practising Chartered Accountant and Registered Auditor whose business has recruited many South Hunsley students over the years. An active member of the South Hunsley Employer Led programme, Andrew is currently mentoring one of our Sixth Form students and his firm regularly takes in interns from the school.

Mr Richard Swain

Mr Richard Swain

Chair of the Board - HR, Estates and Health and Safety

A chartered Engineer with over 20 years' experience of engineering and operational management within the Petrochemical and Oil and Gas industry, Richard brings significant business and strategic management expertise to the Board. Richard is actively involved with many community projects and charities and has children who attend South Hunsley.

Mr Paddy Hall

Mr Paddy Hall

Vice Chair - Strategic Partnerships and Public Relations

Paddy was an Associate Director for CPC Ltd and he created, and formerly headed, the Learning Care and Community Practice of PPS Plc. His key skill is helping inter-disciplinary leaders and managers unravel complex agendas and develop clear priorities and direction. Paddy's experience includes work as an Additional Ofsted Inspector for post-16.

Mrs Ann Barker

Mrs Ann Barker

Constitutional Governance

Ann is a retired Head of Sixth Form who has several years experience as a Chair of Governors. Ann has previously been a representative at local governor forums and governance events.

Mrs Nicky Clark

Mrs Nicky Clark

Education, Performance and Curriculum

Nicky is currently the Lead Midwife for Education at The University of Hull and has recently been appointed as a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Quality Assurance Reviewer, whereby judgements are made on the quality and risk controls of those institutions offering a pre-registration Midwifery provision.

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