Trust Board & Committees

Trust Board & Committees

Trust Board & Committees

Chris Simmons Chair of Trust

Until recently Chair of the Child and Adult Services Committee at Hartlepool Borough Council.

Ray Priestman Vice-Chair of Trust

Chartered Accountant, Chair of Trustees at Hartlepool and District Hospice and Hartlepool Economic Regeneration Forum.

Andy Brown OBE Chief Executive Officer

Recently headteacher, Chair of the DfE Primary Headteacher’s Reference Group, DfE Advisor and National Leader of Education.

Ali Wilson Trustee

Until recently Chief Officer of North Tees Clinical Care Commissioning Group.

Richenda Broad Trustee

Retired Director of Children’s Services and recently worked with NHS England Northern Region to improve the emotional and mental health of children and young people.

Vacant Trustee

This position is currently vacant.

Garry Brown Trustee

Garry is Managing Director of Darlington based Bondgate Innovation Group, a technology service provider operating across the UK, which helps a wide range of commercial businesses align technology with their business goals. Along with his passion for better educational outcomes, Garry brings over 20 years of technical and commercial expertise to the trust.

John Maddison Trustee

Recently appointed NHS Non-Executive Director, retired NHS Executive Director and Acting Chief Executive at Gateshead Health NHS FT.

Mark Tilling Trustee

Current Secondary Headteacher of an extremely large school in Hartlepool and experienced primary school governor.

Trustees Attendance Information
Trustee Attendance Overview 2020-21 Trustee Attendance Overview 2021-22
Andrew Steel Member

Recently Assistant Principal at Hartlepool College of FE.

Chris Simmons Member

Until recently Chair of the Child and Adult Services Committee at Hartlepool Borough Council.

Stephen Prandle Member

Retired High School Headteacher and DfE advisor in Northumberland.

Laura Ashurst Member

National Advocate for Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care; holds a Diploma in Management Studies.

Greg Baldwin Member

Chartered Management Accountant and currently Commercial Finance Director of the Catalyst Technologies Business of Johnson Matthey PLC.

Members Attendance Information
Member Attendance Overview 2020-21 Member Attendance Overview 2021-22

Our Patrons have no governance role within the Trust, but they are advocates for our work and a source of guidance when needed for Trustees and the central team.

Dame Reena Keeble PhD Patron

Reena was head of an outstanding school in London, has been a DfE advisor and produced the Keeble Review on Teaching and Learning for the Teaching Schools Council

Kinga Pusztai Patron

Kinga is a National Leader of Education and Head Teacher at ‘outstanding’ Newcomen Primary School in Redcar and a member of the DfE Primary Headteacher Reference Group

Alby Pattison MBE Patron

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Durham and founder of Hart Biologicals, which creates life-saving medical equipment and exports around the globe

Our Resources Committee oversee Finance, HR, Audit and Risk and Estates.

Committee Membership

Ray Priestman Committee Chair
Andy Brown OBE Trustee / CEO
Garry Brown Trustee
Chris Simmons Trustee
Ali Wilson Trustee
John Maddison Trustee

Trust Professional Advisors

Sue Lister Chief Operating Officer
Anthony Degnan Finance Manager
Martyn Ingram HR Manager
Jonathan Dunning Estates Manager
Resource Committee Members Attendance Information
Trustee Resources Committee Attendance Overview 2021-22

Our Challenge Committee oversee Curriculum, Standards and Safeguarding.

Committee Membership

Chris Simmons Committee Chair
Andy Brown OBE Trustee / CEO
Richenda Broad Trustee
Vacant Trustee
Mark Tilling Trustee

Trust Professional Advisors

Heather Jackson Head of School Improvement
Peter Wiley School Improvement Lead
Challenge Committee Members Attendance Information
Trustees Challenge Committee Attendance Overview 2021-22
Chris Simmons Chair of Trust
Ray Priestman Vice-Chair of Trust
Garry Brown Trustee