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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.

Helen Stevenson, Chair of the Board

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.

miscJeremy Barnes, Vice 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.

Edward Vitalis, Chair of Business & Finance

Edward is the Chief Finance Officer of a North West based Multi Academy Trust.  He has 20 years’ experience as an Executive in education.  Since qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant at the end of 1999, Edward has held various lead finance and corporate service executive roles in the charity, public and private sectors, where he specialised in transformational change management in education, health and social care.  Edward’s continuing interest in corporate governance has seen him lead on organisational governance reviews for charities in parts of West Africa, South Africa and Germany as well as the UK.   He is currently a Non-Executive Trustee for an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in the North West where he is the Audit Committee Chair and is a former Commissioning Board Chair and Joint Chair of a North West based city council’s Public Health and Wellbeing Board.  He has a strong commitment to improving life chances demonstrated throughout his career with a focus on education, supporting those facing disadvantage, health and social care.

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.

Alison Duckworth

Alison is a marketing professional with over 25 years’ national and international experience. Her sector experience includes economic development, sport, culture and tourism. As a senior marketer Alison has worked at Manchester’s Commonwealth Games, Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture, and sub-regional tourist boards promoting the North as a place to live, work, invest and visit.  Her public and private sector experience includes both local and national government departments developing partnerships across the North of England.  As a marketing consultant, Alison advises and develops marketing strategies for destinations and business. She is keen to ensure a sustainable, bright future for all.

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.

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.

Laura Williams

Laura has over 10 years leadership experience in education – across business, operations, HR, finance and governance – and has both CIPD and specialist CIPFA qualifications. Previously a COO, CFO, Company Secretary and Business Manager, she has supported improvement in schools, academies and MATs. She has a deep understanding of education and the operational synergy required to achieve both measurable impact and sustainable success in relation to education provision. Laura currently runs her own consultancy providing business and operational coaching, support and advice to school leaders. She is an approved NCTL coach for the 'Women Leading in Education' programme and was previously a governor and chair of the finance and premises committee at a maintained secondary school.



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