As at 01 April 2021, the Trust members are:

  • Mr M Smith, appointed 11 February 2016
  • Mrs C Shaw, appointed 01 April 2019
  • Mr R Hey, appointed 01 September 2020
  • Dr J Pugh, appointed 01 September 2020


As at 01 April 2021, the Trustees are:

  • Mrs P Fisher, appointed 01 April 2019
  • Mrs C Patterson, appointed 13 December 2018
  • Mr A Shaw, appointed 11 February 2016
  • Mrs A Wolvers, appointed 01 April 2019
  • Rev. M Malins, appointed 11 November 2020

More information about our Members and Trustees and can found at the links below.

Trust Attendance 2020-21


    • Michael Smith

      Michael is the current Chair of the Members. He is a retired Charity worker with significant experience supporting Community and Voluntary groups in the Staffordshire Moorlands; specialising in governance and safeguarding.

      Prior to this Michael served as a Police Officer in Staffordshire for 30 years. In addition to being a Trustee, he also volunteers with a local youth organisation and a voluntary car scheme transporting those who have difficulties accessing health and community services.

    • Richard Hey

      After a long career in secondary education, Richard retired from the headship of Westwood College in 2019. Starting as a teacher in East Yorkshire and then moving to Leek in 1993, he has a broad experience that includes both special needs and post-16 education. He worked closely with many external organisations and was chair of both the Staffordshire Secondary Heads Forum and the local Leek Educational Partnership.

    • Claire Shaw

      Claire is the Director of Education for the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education. Claire has twenty years teaching experience. This includes two headships and twelve years’ experience as SENCO. She has worked in both inner city and rural schools. Claire was a Consultant Leader for Bristol City Council and has extensive experience of coaching in a range of school settings. Claire has completed her training as a SIAMS inspector and is the SIAMS manager and critical reader for the diocese.

    • Jim Pugh

      Jim is currently the Head of Education at Staffordshire University. A hands-on background in teaching and management in the compulsory school sector, Further Education and Higher Education has provided him with a range of experiences and knowledge of education policy and sector demands. In addition to being part of the School of Life Science and Education’s Senior Leadership Team Jim works both nationally and internationally in supporting partner institutions to development educational leadership and management; teaching and student experience.

    • Claire Patterson

      Claire is Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body of Westwood College. A qualified Accountant, she is the Audit Manager at a local accounting firm in Leek.

      Claire chairs the Finance and Audit Committee at the Trust.

    • Andrew Shaw

      Andrew is the Chief Executive of the Trust and is an NLE and Fellow of Worcester University. He has experience as the CEO of Multi Academy Trusts and as an Executive Headteacher of several schools. He has a track record of supporting schools in category and challenging circumstances and has led outstanding schools.

    • Alex Wolvers

      Alex graduated with BEd (Hons) degree from Westminster College Oxford, her main subject being RE. She has taught in Church of England primary and middle schools in the UK and has also taught internationally. She has an MA in Mission and Theology and a diploma in cross cultural studies. She joined the Lichfield Diocese Board of Education in 2017 as a Christian Distinctiveness Advisor and now works across both the LDBE and also the diocese mission team.

    • Pat Fisher

      Pat chairs the Board of Trustees.

      She is a retired teacher of Modern Languages, secondary school Headteacher and Ofsted Inspector. She has also worked in Quality Assurance for the Education Authority.

      She has chaired the Governing Board of a mainstream First School and is currently a Governor at Horton Lodge Special School.

    • Rev. Matt Malins

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