Members

Members are the equivalent of shareholders in a company limited by shares. They are the ‘guarantors’ of the company and promise to pay £10 towards the debts of the company in the event that the MAT is wound up.

The Members of the MAT have a different status from the Directors. The Members are the subscribers to the Trust’s Memorandum of Understanding, as are any other individuals permitted to become Members under its Articles of Association. Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of the Trust and have the power to appoint and remove Directors.

However, Members should not interfere with the day to day operation of the Trust or approach Directors or the Headteacher on an individual basis in their role as a Member outside of formal meeting settings.

Click here for our Governance Arrangements.

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Gerry Foster Wilson – (Independent) Gerry is the CEO at Every Child Matters Academy Trust. Gerry is an NLE and OFSTED Inspector and also designated lead for Tykes Teaching Alliance. She has a vast array of experience providing school to school support across the Primary sector supporting schools with a wide range of different needs.
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Alan Richards – (Independent) Alan is an experienced Chair of Governors in both the Primary and Secondary sector and is licensed as a National Leader of Governance by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. He is the Chair at two Teaching Schools rated as outstanding by Ofsted and is a Director of a School Improvement company based in Rotherham. Alan has a very successful track record of supporting school improvement and governor development.

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Nick Bowen – (Independent) Nick was formally the Executive Principal at Horizon Community College in Barnsley which opened in September
2012. He was also the Chair of the Barnsley Schools Alliance, working two days a week to support school improvement across the borough. Previously, Nick was a Headteacher in the North East for ten years at St Benet Biscop Business and Enterprise College where he discovered the important role that educational leaders can play in the regeneration of a region.

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Helen Bellinger – (Independent) Helen Bellinger is the former Director of Doncaster Research School and now works as an Independent Education Consultant, having over 28 years’ experience in teaching, leadership and school improvement roles. She has a proven track record as an Executive Headteacher, System Leader, School Improvement Partner and Consultant, in supporting schools to improve outcomes for
pupils.

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Sue Harrison – (Independent) Susan had many years experience as a Deputy Head teacher. She was part of a QCA working party that
developed and moderated KS1 Sat questions and tasks and was a LEA SATS moderator for many years. She has previously supported across the borough as a Maths SLE and although now retired from her full time role she continues to provide school targeted support in Key Stage 1, maths, and curriculum development.