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.
Professor Samantha Twiselton
Professor Samantha Twiselton, OBE is Emeritus Professor at Sheffield Hallam University and was its founding Director of Sheffield Institute of Education. She is also a visiting professor at University of Sunderland and an independent education consultant and advisor for the government and many other organisations.
With highly regarded expertise in teacher and school leader development, recruitment and retention and curriculum, Sam has been heavily involved in shaping and advising Government policy on teacher education. She sits on many government advisory groups and chaired the DfE Core Content in ITT group. Sam is a Founding Fellow and former Vice President (external) of the Chartered College of Teaching. She is trustee for Shine, Teach First, several multi academy trusts, a teaching school hub and Now Teach. In June 2018 she was named in the Queen's Birthday honours as a recipient of an OBE for services to Higher Education.
Mr Jeremy Buckley
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 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:
Mrs Karen Dow
Chair of the Board
Now retired, Karen was formerly a teacher of Science and Chemistry and senior leader in two East Riding Schools and ultimately served as Deputy Headteacher and Affiliate Headteacher at a high performing secondary school. She was involved in curriculum development work nationally, in school to school support and in setting up a Free School. Since retirement she has served as a school governor chairing two Local Governing Bodies and is presently the Chair of the LGB at Driffield School and Sixth Form.
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
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.
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 Becky Miller
Mrs Becky Miller LLB Hons Barrister at Law FRSA. Becky is a practising Barrister specialising in children and family law. She practices in the local area undertaking both private and public law cases. She brings a wealth of knowledge of legal process, safeguarding and skills including mediation and negotiation. She has previous experience of being a trustee in a national organisation which will bring added value to this role.
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 Graham Wragg
Graham is now retired from a long and varied career. He has been involved in Construction and Civil Engineering both in the UK and the Middle East, Media, Transportation and Haulage, and Distribution.
He has been involved in governance at The Snaith School since 2008 and was one of the founding trustees when the school became a stand alone academy prior to joining the Education Alliance. He currently serves as Chair of Governors.
Mr Jonathan Timmis
Jonathan is Chief Operating Officer to Astrea Academy Trust, supporting its schools across South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. He has devoted his efforts, both in his current role and throughout his career in the British Army, to nurturing talent through training and education to help realise potential and aspirations. Jonathan is a passionate advocate of inclusive leadership, building teams to excel in support of the Trust.
Mr Russell Heritage
Russell is a recently retired Secondary Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and Local Leader of Education. He worked for 38 years in South Yorkshire schools initially as a teacher of Physical Education before moving into middle and senior leadership. Russell is passionate about the impact education can have on improving the life chances of young people especially disadvantaged students. He brings a wealth of experience in secondary education and understands the challenges and opportunities that schools face. He has experience of working at both Trust Board and Local Governing body level. Russell is an advocate for the school led system and is keen to influence strategic developments which will impact on the lives of future generations.
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