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Trust Directors

Information relating to our Trust Directors can be found below. A diagram summarising our governance structure can be downloaded by clicking here.


Jeremy Barnes, Chair of the Board, Chair of the Education & Standards Committee

Jeremy has had over twenty years of teaching experience in both primary and special schools.  Since 2002, Jeremy has been the Headteacher at two very different schools and is currently the Executive Headteacher of 2 primary schools in North Liverpool with additional leadership responsibility for a Children’s Centre and a resources provision for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties.  Since 2011, Jeremy has also been an Ofsted inspector and since 2014 has led on 12 inspections. 

Jeremy’s particular areas of expertise are in leadership and management, special educational needs and disability, early years, music, and modern foreign languages.

Ruth Hall

Ruth has worked as Executive Director, with over 17 years’ experience in senior leadership roles across high profile branded organisations; domestic and global, across the education, scholarly publishing, and charitable sectors. 

During her career Ruth has had experience in delivering growth in revenues, awareness, engagement and influence within academic, corporate and government settings.  She also has knowledge within brand management, operational strategy, digital strategy, project and change management, forming talented, high-performing teams, recruiting and developing outstanding senior managers both within the UK and the US. 

Whilst in America Ruth was employed by the Stratford School as the Director of Marketing and Communications; where she was directly accountable for brand and reputation management, advocacy, student acquisition and retention, stakeholder engagement and development of their new corporate strategy.

Since returning to the UK Ruth has focused on settling her family back into the North West, and providing consultancy services.

David Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer

David is a former highly successful primary Headteacher, Ofsted Inspector and Local Authority Head of Service. Following his Local Authority work he supported LAs and construction companies on the Building Schools for the Future programme, helping them develop educational visions and then working with them to translate these into school designs. David then worked for a number of years supporting academy conversions and setting up new schools and Academy Trusts as well as supporting existing Trusts in developing governance and management operations.


Helen Stevenson

Helen was previously the Director of Development & Governance of a large MAT, where she oversaw the growth of the Trust from 2 academies to 32 plus a Free School. She has been responsible for the successful conversion of over 40 academies, and has led on the development of numerous successful Free School applications, opening a primary Free School in the East Midlands in 2013.  She is a former teacher and senior leader with NPQH, and has worked extensively on the Academies and Free Schools programmes since 2008, working directly for DfE, local authorities and a number of multi academy trusts. She recently established her own consultancy business supporting the development and set up of MATs, as well as supporting leadership recruitment and resourcing across the education sector. 

Helen has been a Foundation Governor at Carmel College, an outstanding sixth form college in St Helens, for almost 20 years. 

She is married with a teenage son and in her spare time enjoys travelling, reading and socialising with friends and family.

Morag Davies

Morag has over 20 years’ experience working with a wide range of businesses through her roles in auditing, projects, consulting and banking. Morag has extensive financial modelling, risk assessment and credit management expertise, which she has used to structure lending, create business proposals and carry out due diligence.

She was responsible for designing and monitoring the annual business plan, setting strategic objectives and targets for the team. She was also responsible for co-ordination of operational risk for the division including establishing a risk control framework, control testing procedures and business continuity plan.

Morag set up her business consultancy in 2017 to help SMEs grow and overcome difficulties. She works with companies by reviewing their business, providing recommendations and creating an effective business, financial and operational plan which she monitors with the client.

Anantha Subramanayam

Anantha has a diverse professional career in Architecture & Project Management working at a senior corporate level within major public-sector organisations.  He has been fully responsible and accountable for the management of the strategic direction of the Total Assets, Complex Capital Management and development functions, Capital Project Delivery, Resources, H&S, Environmental Agenda, Key Service Partner Contracts within Central & Devolved Budgets in one of the biggest healthcare Foundation Trusts in the UK for the last few years which has supported the organisation in major change transition.

Karl Smith

Karl is Vice Principal of an outstanding FE College.  The college is the top college in the UK for A Level progress.  Karl carries whole school responsibility for academic performance and quality assurance, and he is also responsible for all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, data analysis, staffing, marketing and equality & diversity.  Karl is also the college’s Ofsted nominee.  Prior to becoming a teacher Karl was a Commercial Director, where he established and developed new business from a zero base with full Profit & Loss accountability for all aspects of managing operations including marketing, sales, purchasing and administration.  His key responsibilities included strategic business and financial planning, resource planning and control, team training and development.



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