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 2019 can be accessed here – Register of Business Interest HCAT 2019

Click here for our Governance Arrangements

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Below are further details of the HCAT MAT Trustees.

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Alan Richards -(Independent) Alan is the Chair of the Trust. 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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Stephen Gallagher – Stephen is the Vice Chair of the Trust. Stephen has been a Parent Governor and is currently the 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 is the Director of Tykes Teaching School Alliance, she works strategically to help support and lead a sector led system of school improvement with the view that children of Barnsley and beyond receive high quality education. Previously, Dee was the Manager of a Children’s Centre providing leadership and strategic direction of a wide range of services improving the life chances of children aged 0 to 25 in a multi-agency environment.
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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. ………………………………………………………………………………………………

Chris Webb (Independent) Chris is currently employed by Bradford College in the role of CEO, and prior to this spent 8 years at Barnsley College firstly as Vice Principal for Development, then as Deputy Principal and finally spending 3 and half years as Principal/CEO. Chris is passionate about all aspects of education having spent over 20 years in Further Education where he began as a teacher. He has a very good/outstanding understanding of College and School Governance, with skills and knowledge in the areas of Teaching & Learning, Quality, Curriculum, Finance, HR and Audit. Chris believes that he is able to have a positive impact upon the education and life chances of the children within our Trust.