Trustees

The Trust Board are responsible for the strategic operations of the Trust, setting the direction, holding the CEO and Senior Leaders to account and ensuring financial probity. As charity Trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. The Board of Trustees has a Finance & General Purposes Committee and an Audit & Risk Committee. Details of membership and attendance for the Trust Board and for these committees can be found in the documents below.

The Board of Trustees

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Mrs J Purcell

Chair

Mr K Grayson

Chief Executive

Mrs K Pal

Trustee 

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Mrs G Bladon

Trustee

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Mr R Lawton

Trustee

Currently Head of Business Development for Services 4 Schools and bring over 30 years’ experience of working in the education sector.  My role is to develop sustainable relationships with buying groups within the education sector, identifying and developing opportunities that are responsive to the needs of schools, academies and multi academy trusts in the constantly changing political landscape.   The role is focussed on driving new relationships and establishing S4S as a key player in the services to schools market. My previous roles include Education Account Director for Entrust and Head of E-Services for Wolverhampton City Council. 

Mrs J Purcell - Chair

I have been a teacher for over 30 years, seventeen of these as a Headteacher. I have worked in a number of Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire schools and during this time I have also worked as a School Improvement Advisor and now as a National Leader of Education.

I joined Elston Hall Primary School in 2007 as Headteacher and have led the school from an inadequate judgement to an Outstanding Ofsted at the beginning of 2015. We received accreditation as a National Teaching School in the autumn of 2015.

My desire to offer school improvement support across other schools in Wolverhampton led to my recommendation to Governors that the school should convert to become an Academy and form its own Multi Academy Trust – this of course has resulted in the position we are now in with four schools as part of our Trust.

I hope from examining other Trust documents and statements , it is clear that my underlying philosophy remains rooted in schools that offer excellent teaching that ensures children’s learning and progress is of the highest standard. It is these principles that will drive any further expansion of our Trust while ensuring we retain the excellent partnerships already created.

Mr K Grayson - Chief Executive

I previously served as a Governor at Elston Hall Primary School for 3 years and was delighted to be appointed as Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee when the school converted to a MAT.  My background experience and skill set have come from working in the Commercial Banking sector for over 20 years, covering a variety of roles from Bank Manager to Fraud and International Sanctions all involving financial transactions.  My knowledge helps me understand the financial obligations of the Trust  and allows me to challenge and support the Trust to grow with the ultimate goal being our drive for achievement.

Mrs K Pal - Trustee

I began my career in banking in 2010 following university when I joined Lloyds Banking Group on their graduate scheme. By 2013 I secured a Senior Management role in Wolverhampton. During this period, I completed my Professional Certificate in Banking and became an Associate on the London Institute of Banking & Finance.  I completed my Professional Diploma in Banking Practice & Management in 2016 with Distinction.  In 2017, I joined Barclays Bank where I am now a Relationship Director. I am currently focusing on the West Midlands performance and integration with our local professionals and wider community.  I will also be looking to start my MBA later this year.

Mr O Dallaway - Co - opted Trustee

Now semi-retired, I have worked in primary and secondary education since 1976.

From 1996 to 2014 I worked in a local government school improvement service where, in 2005, I became the Senior Inspector for Primary Curriculum Innovation & Co-ordination. As part of my role I led on a number of strategies, managed a team of consultants and led on all matters relating to primary assessment.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA) and an accredited Chartered Educational Assessor (FCIEA/CEA), a member of the ‘Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment’ (AAIA) and an accredited ‘School Improvement Partner’ (SIP).

Throughout my career I have worked extensively with schools to build leadership capacity, improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the understanding and use of assessment data. 

In 2014 I became an independent Education Adviser and through a number of activities, I continue to support schools in their pursuit of excellence. 

I am a Chair of Trustees for another MAT, and also a Governor at another school in the City.

Mrs G Bladon - Trustee

A proud, born and bred, Wulfrunian! I qualified as an accountant at Tarmac Plc before becoming a recruitment consultant in a specialist accountancy recruitment business in 1998. After a series of promotions I completed the MBO and became owner of that business in 2011. I am passionate about my city and the fortunes of its youth as their education and upbringing is of intrinsic importance the city’s prosperity going forward. I am confident by experience in both finance & recruitment in addition to running an enterprise may, in a small way, support stakeholders to the Elston Hall Learning Trust deliver educational excellence to the children.

Mr R Lawton

Mr D Brown

Trustee

Mrs J Briscoe

Trustee

Mr G Hawkins

Trustee

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Mrs R Maver

Trustee

I retired in 2015 following 43 year’s service in Education.  I was previously a Headteacher of a Primary School in the West Midlands and have experience in managing all aspects of schools including budget and finance control, staffing, maintaining curriculum levels and implementation of Government and Local authority standards.  Following that I worked for Wolverhampton Adult Education tutoring students completing supporting the teaching and learning Level 3, assessing work and observing students within their placements.  I was also an internal verifier for the college. 

Mr D Brown - Trustee

I have been a solicitor for over 20 years and my main area of specialism is employment law. I represent employers and employees in tribunal claims and have extensive experience in both contentious and non contentious matters including drafting employment contracts and advising on a wide range of issues including redundancy, unfair dismissal,equality/discrimination and settlement agreements.  I also have expertise as a litigator with experience in general civil litigation and professional indemnity work.  

 

I currently work at Mortimers which is a general solicitors practice with offices in Shropshire and Hereford. Prior to that I worked in a large team at the Birmingham office of Pinsent Masons an International Law firm.

 

I am a former pupil of Goldthorn Park Primary School

Mrs J Briscoe - Trustee

Prior to co-founding my own company in 2018; specialising in educational technology, online safety and school improvement, I worked in Wolverhampton schools for 18 years as a teacher, subject specialist and senior leader.

In 2008 I was seconded to the Local Authority to support schools in their adoption and implementation of education technologies and became Head of the Learning Technologies Team in 2011. During this time, I worked with many schools, both in the UK and internationally, which has provided me with invaluable insights into leadership and management styles, teaching and learning, curriculum design and assessment. I have had the opportunity to work with the UK Department of Education and the Governments of Wales, Australia and Kuwait to design curriculum opportunities and professional development for teachers.

 

I have an MA in Education, hold the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I am also a Governor in another Wolverhampton school.

Mr G Hawkins - Trustee

I came to Education following a year in investment banking with Goldman Sachs as a graduate analyst. I have worked in secondary schools as a Chemistry teacher and Head of Department for 10 years both here in the UK and abroad (East Africa and the Middle East). Leaving the classroom in 2019 took me to a new role in Teacher Education, where I have worked in both the design and delivery of programmes such as the Early Career Framework, NPQs and Master's degrees, all of which are designed to support leaders at every level to affect change in their schools and MATs.  I have recently made a move into designing content using the best thinking from the world of Business (as well as Education) and hope to use this new and expanding knowledge on strategic leadership, disruptive innovation and finance and governance to support me in my role as a Trustee. 

Mrs R Maver

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