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Diocese Corporate Member Stuart Harrison

I am the Director of Education for the Diocese of Liverpool and the Chief Executive Officer for the Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust.

I am a Foundation Governor at Christ Church CE Primary School in Bootle and I am a trustee of the Warrington Church of England Educational Trust. I have 27 years experience in education in both a Diocesan and Local Authority capacity.

Member Rev Bill Matthews

A former pupil of St Michael's C of E school, Hough Green, I have been employed in this Region's industry, commerce, education and more recently, parish ministry. From 1987 to 2010 we lived in the South of England. Our three children now live in various parts of England and currently our two grandchildren live locally.

In addition to being a trained teacher, I have served as governor of a number of junior and senior schools. I have had other governance roles in Further and Higher Education. At different times since entering the ministry in 1973, I have been both a paid and unpaid minister in church settings whilst also being a chaplain in college and university. For ten years

I was a full-time, sea-going chaplain in the Royal Navy. After retiring as team rector of 12 parishes in 2018, I have helped in a number of local parishes. My work as tutor on the Liverpool Diocese introductory course for Spiritual Directors along with being a spiritual director has been inspirational. My passion for education has motivated me to help create two MATs (one became the Three Saints Trust) and I was director of the Learning Together Trust, where my experience as trustee of a range of different charitable trusts (including as chair) was very helpful.

For various reasons I have spent many hours in Saint Ann's Centre. Thus, it could fairly be said that I have connections with each of the schools in the Three Saints Trust. I intend to build on those connections during my time as Member.

Member Andrew Brooks

I retired in 2018, following a 35 year career in teaching, the final 23 years being at St Mary and St Thomas C.E as a senior teacher.

Virtually my entire working life has been dedicated to education, and during that time I've gained considerable experience in many different aspects. I've taught in both the Primary and Secondary sectors, leading different areas of the curriculum (including R.E.); leading and planning worship; SENDCO; First Aid lead; Forest School leader and a class teacher.

I continue to remain in touch with the profession, volunteering at St Mary and St Thomas and delivering some Forest School sessions at another school.

Just before retirement I set up as a sole trader, woodturning and making wooden products.

As a member, I hope my experiences and beliefs will continue to benefit children and colleagues of the wider Trust.

Member Carol Harris

I am a retired, experienced teacher, having spent some 43 years in the classroom, teaching children of all ages in the Primary Sector, in schools across the St.Helens L.A. I attended the old St Thomas’ School in Peter Street and taught for a number of years in the new school St Mary & St Thomas in Barton Street.

I am a practising and lifelong member of The Church of England, based at St Thomas’, Eccleston. I have always been interested and active in the management of the Church at St Thomas’ and I am keen to support the vital link between Church and School. I am a member of the Parochial Church Council and I am also the Child Safeguarding Officer in Church. I am a former Sunday School Teacher and was leader of the Mothers’ Union branch until it closed. I am member of the Entertainments Committee, helping to organise social functions which raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the Church. Currently, I am helping with ‘Reading Recovery’ with KS2 children in school for two days each week.

I have been married to Peter for 55 years, we have one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely grandchildren.

Chair of Directors -
Amy Bradley

I have been involved in school governance for over 10 years, since the eldest of my four children started school. My background is finance, but I also have experience working as a foster carer and overseeing pupil premium and looked after children within a high school setting. My motivation in all I do, but particularly in my participation in governance, is to improve outcomes for all children. This continues to be both challenging and rewarding.

Vice Chair of Directors Lesley Traves

I have worked in Education for over 30 years. I was formerly a deputy head teacher and a head teacher in St Helens. During my time as head at Rivington Primary I led the school to Beacon Status and an Outstanding Ofsted grade.

From September 2005 Until August 2015 I held leadership roles for CfBT Education Trust, who were contracted to deliver all school, post 16 and ITT inspections in the North of England, spending the last 4 years as Head of Inspections. This entailed responsibility for by managing an 11.5m a year contract for Ofsted and delivering over 3,000 inspections a year. In 2015 Ofsted graded CfBT as an outstanding contractor.

Education is my lifelong passion and I currently work as an Associate Consultant using my expertise in training and developing school leaders.

Director Gill Martindale
BA(Hons), Assoc CIPD

I have 25 years' HR experience, 10 of which have been providing HR support and advice to schools, academies and MATs. My current role is HR Consultant for Browne Jacobson, LLP. I also have experience in Local Authority HR and in the university sector.

I specialise in employee relations issues including disciplinary, grievance, bullying and harassment, capability, absence management and whistleblowing. I have also managed and led on a variety of change management projects including restructures and workforce reductions. My role involves training on all HR related topics and I regularly present at conferences and seminars.

I have good knowledge of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions document, the Burgundy Book, NJC terms and conditions and the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. I am also aware of the flexibility afforded to academies and MATs in respect of terms and conditions of employment.

Director Kath Woodward

I am qualified in human resource management and have over 30 years of experience in learning, leadership and strategic development in the private and public sectors. My work has included developing global leaders in large corporate organisations as well as business transformation and new systems implementations.

I have a keen interest in helping individuals and organisations to build and sustain success in a rapidly changing world and see a great opportunity in the Trust to continue to deliver outstanding education to all our children. I currently am also a Merseyside magistrate.

Director Joe Kenyon

I am a Vice Principal of Rainford High for Character and Culture. I am responsible for personal development, behaviour for learning, attendance and pastoral care. I am the designated safeguarding lead and designated teacher for look after children and I lead and manage the student support team. I am responsible for the PSHE and RSE curriculum.

I hold the National Professional Qualification for Headship and I have a strong interest in school leadership. I am a trained secondary teacher in Mathematics.

Director Vicki Abraham

I am an experienced governor and have been a school governor at Blackmoor Park Infant School for over 3 years, my motivation will always be to ensure our children are provided with a safe, happy and effective learning environment. I currently hold the role of Vice Chair of Governors at the school.

I have one daughter who is still in Primary school and her educational journey has been the catalyst for my governance journey.

I am a serving police officer with over 15 years experience which gives me a good understanding of safeguarding for our children and families and a very good understanding of the local communities of several of the schools in the Trust.


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