Leaders and Groups

For Members and Directors, the most recent date of appointment is in brackets.  The term of Office for Directors is four years.  For membership of each setting’s Local Governing Board, please go to the setting’s website.

Members’ Board:

  • Rob Knight (04/07/2019)
  • Ray Palin (04/02/2016)
  • Guy Weir (04/02/2016)

Directors’ (Trust) Board:

Directors (Trustees):

  • Chris Austin* (05/12/2019)
  • Carol Dudson (04/02/2020) – Vice Chair
  • Mary Hughes (04/07/2019)
  • Gill Jenkins (01/09/2018)
  • Jon Lovatt* (04/02/2020)
  • Roger Machin (01/09/2018)
  • Paula Pattison (02/09/2021)
  • Guy Weir (14/12/2017) – Chair

Associate Members:

  • Lisa Chell*
  • Jodie Cope*
  • Nichola Gibson*
  • Nadine Key*
  • Steve Martin*
  • Clare Pearson*
  • Elaine Preston*

*Non Voting

Education Committee:

  • Mary Hughes (Chair)
  • All Directors
  • Central Team

Resources Committee:

  • Guy Weir (Chair)
  • All Directors
  • Central Team

Executive Board

  • CEO – Jon Lovatt
  • Central Team
  • Heads’ Group
  • Deputy Heads’ Group (By Invitation)

Central Team

  • Jon Lovatt – Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Accounting Officer; Designated Safeguarding Lead (Trust)
  • Nichola Gibson – Executive Education Representative and Deputy CEO
  • Sarah Preston – Trust Education Partner
  • Carol Stead – Compliance and Finance Manager (Chief Finance Officer – CFO)
  • Sally Henderson – Assistant Finance Manager (Deputy CFO)

MAT Student Council (RUGS):

The Really Useful Generation Students’ Group (RUGS) – “Inspiring Development Strategies for High Quality Learning Across the MAT”:

  • Alsagers Bank –
  • Ash Green –
  • Ellison –
  • Gladstone –
  • Goldenhill –
  • Summerbank –

GDPR Steering Group and Management Committee:

  • Jon Lovatt (CEO)
  • DPO – SBM Services (uk) Ltd
  • Carol Stead (Compliance and Finance Manager – CFO)
  • Heads’ Group
  • ABMs’ Group
  • IT Technicians (By Invitation)

Pupil Premium/ Recovery Steering Group (Strategy 1 and 2):

  • Guy Weir (Chair)
  • Nichola Gibson (Facilitator)
  • Lisa Chell
  • Jodie Cope
  • Mary Hughes
  • Nadine Key
  • Jon Lovatt (CEO)
  • Steve Martin
  • Clare Pearson
  • Elaine Preston
  • Sarah Preston (TEP)

Inclusion and Wellbeing Steering Group (Strategy 3):

  • Guy Weir (Chair)
  • Elaine Preston (Facilitator)
  • Michael Artemis
  • Lisa Chell
  • Jodie Cope
  • Jill Dawson
  • Nichola Gibson (EER)
  • Sarah Howson
  • Gillian Jenkins
  • Jenny Johnson
  • Jon Lovatt (CEO)
  • Nadine Key
  • Stephen Standford
  • Carol Stead (CFO)
  • Phil Woodall

Developing a Professional Community (DPC) Steering Group (Strategy 4):

  • Guy Weir (Chair)
  • Steve Martin (Facilitator)
  • Claire Annese
  • Lisa Chell
  • Jodie Cope
  • Nichola Gibson (EER)
  • Jenny Johnson
  • Nadine Key
  • Jon Lovatt (CEO)
  • Lorna Pateman
  • Lis Perry (South Star)
  • Berni Pearce (Blackfriars TSA)

Curriculum Entitlement Steering Group (Strategy 4): 

  • Guy Weir (Chair)
  • Steve Martin (Facilitator)
  • Lisa Chell
  • Jodie Cope
  • Nichola Gibson (EER)
  • Mary Hughes
  • Nadine Key
  • Jon Lovatt (CEO)
  • Lorna Pateman
  • Clare Pearson
  • Elaine Preston
  • Alice Worthington

The Worcester Process:

  • Worcester University – School of Education
  • Central Team
  • Heads’ Group
  • Deputy Heads’ Group

Working Parties (Facilitator – Reports to XXX Steering Group):

  • Art Leaders (Sarah Howson – Curriculum)
  • CPD Leaders (Stephen Martin – DPC)
  • Early Career Leaders (Lorna Pateman – DPC)
  • English Leaders (Alice Worthington – Curriculum)
  • EYFS Leaders (? – Curriculum)
  • Family Support Leaders (Jill Dawson – Inclusion)
  • History Leaders (Clare Pearson – Curriculum)
  • P4C Leaders (Nichola Gibson – PP/ Recovery)
  • PE Leaders (Lorna Pateman – Curriculum)
  • Pupil Premium/ Recovery Leaders (Nichola Gibson – PP/ Recovery)
  • Maths Leaders (Jodie Cope – Curriculum)
  • RE Leaders (Jenny Johnson – Curriculum)
  • RUGS (Jodie Cope – Executive)
  • Inclusion Leaders (Stephen Stanford – Inclusion)
  • Wellbeing (Elaine Preston – Inclusion)

LGB Chairs’ / Vice Chairs’ Group:

  • Alsagers Bank – Donna Wilcox
  • Ash Green – Chris Austin / Clare Warburton
  • Ellison – Angela James / Mick Booth
  • Gladstone – Chris Bartley / Phil Woodall / Father Kevin Palmer
  • Goldenhill – Angela Bradshaw / Kate Douglas / Ifzal Hussain
  • Oaklands – Paula Pattison
  • Summerbank – Sarah Oldcorn / Shabana Mahmud
  • Trust – Guy Weir / Carol Dudson

Heads’ Group:

  • Alsagers Bank – Lisa Chell
  • Ash Green – Jodie Cope
  • Ellison – Nichola Gibson
  • Gladstone – Elaine Preston
  • Goldenhill – Steve Martin
  • Oaklands – Sara Bailey
  • Summerbank – Clare Pearson

Deputy Heads’ Group:

  • Alsagers Bank –
  • Ash Green – Alice Worthington
  • Ellison – Lorna Pateman
  • Gladstone – Claire Annese
  • Goldenhill – Sarah Howson
  • Oaklands – Nadine Key
  • Summerbank – Jenny Johnson

Academy Business Managers’ Group:

  • Alsagers Bank – Trish Bagnall
  • Ash Green – Michelle Sambrook
  • Ellison – Sallie Powell
  • Gladstone – Linda O’Donnell
  • Goldenhill – Lisa Barnett
  • Oaklands – Debbie Davies
  • Summerbank – Sally Henderson
  • Centre – Carol Stead / Sally Henderson

Associate Member Settings:

  • Oaklands Nursery School

Education Improvement Partners:

  • Julie Ash
  • Debi Bailey
  • Chris Davies
  • Bruce McAlpine (PBM Training and Consultancy)
  • Neil Philipson (P4C Consultant)
  • Sarah Preston (Trust Education Partner)
  • Paul Sheehan (University of Worcester)
  • Christine Tarpey

Other Partners:

  • Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance
  • Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE)
  • Keele University
  • PBM Training and Consultancy
  • SAPERE
  • School Direct
  • SouthStar Education and Training
  • The New Guild Trust
  • University of Worcester – School of Education

Support Services:

  • Architects – Wood, Yorath and Goldstraw
  • Auditors – Hardings Accountants
  • Data Protection – SBM Services (uk) Ltd
  • HR – Ellis Whittam
  • Payroll – Stoke on Trent City Council