Trustees

Board of Trustees: In all Academy Trusts, the individuals appointed to challenge and scrutinise the strategic direction and day to day running of the company, led by the Chief Executive Officer, have three functions:

◾They are Directors – because the MAT is a company, and;
◾They are Trustees – because the MAT is a charity, and;
◾They are Governors – because the MAT is responsible for running the schools.

This can be very confusing as the documentation used to set up the Academy Trust and the Department for Education guidance for Academies uses these three titles interchangeably, depending on the context. In HCAT, this role is simply called ‘Trustee’. Trustees are made up of a diverse range of individuals. The Members will always appoint Trustees, and Trustees have the option to appoint associate Trustees.

Our Trust Board Register of Business Interest for 2018 can be accessed here – Register of Business Interest HCAT 2018

Click here for our Governance Arrangements

Below are further details of the HCAT MAT Trustees.………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Stephen Gallagher – Stephen is the Chair of the Trust. Stephen has been a Parent Governor and is currently the Vice Chair of Governors at Ward Green Primary School for over 15 years. In the past he has also been the Chair of Governors at another school. He is a solicitor specialising in employment law. This gives him experience with HR matters, workforce planning, and legal risk management and performance management/ improvement.
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Andrew Kent – (Independent) A confident and pro-active leader with extensive experience of managing large-scale projects while devising effective strategic planning and delivering outcomes within timescales and budgets and has extensive experience of working at Board level in educational, health, and voluntary sector organisations.
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Dee Marsh – (Independent) Dee the Manger of a Children’s Centre and provides leadership to the development and strategic direction of a wide range of services that improve the life chances of children aged 0 to 25 in a multi-agency environment. She is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Centre and this includes regular reports to the management committee of the Centre, the DfE and Ofsted.
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Lee Mann – (Independent) Lee is a driven individual with extensive experience of delivering innovative strategic and tactical solutions across a range of complex organisations. He has a wide ranging HR Business Partner, change management, strategy delivery and operational HR experience at both graduate and senior manager level. An energetic and engaging leader, with an ability to influence across all levels of an organisation.
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Margaret Gostelow – Margaret is the Chair of governors at Horizon Community College. Educated at Surrey University and the LSE, Margaret was a social work practitioner and manager in London for 27 years before working as a children’s guardian in the family courts and chairing child protection conferences for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. She has been a school governor for 31 years in both primary and secondary schools and was a member of independent admission and exclusion appeal panels in London Borough Bexley for a number of years. She was vice chair of governors at the Kingstone School Barnsley, a member of the IEB at Wombwell High School, Barnsley and is currently chair of governors at Horizon Community College, Barnsley.
She was a founder member of the Barnsley Governors Association in 2010 and served a three year term as chair. She commissions and delivers governor training and organises conferences and networking events. She has experience of working in a number of voluntary/community organisations from being a member of a law centre management committee to secretary of the Parish Church Council at St Edward’s church in Barnsley.

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Melanie Priestley (Independent) – Melanie is currently the CEO of a multi academy trust based within Barnsley, having held this role for 2 years. She also has 17 years experience of working within the Local Authority, with her last role being Strategic Finance Manager. She has a wealth of experience of managing change, restructures and systems implementation.

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Adrian Fearn (Independent) – Adrian is currently the Partnership Lead across all four phases of Teacher Education at Sheffield Hallam University. He teaches Masters modules, maths and professional studies on BA and PGCE Primary and Early Years routes and is also the University Link tutor and lead tutor for School Direct clusters. ………………………………………………………………………………………………
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.