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.

For copies of Trust Board agendas, minutes and any related documents, please contact enquiries@societastrust.org.uk

Members’ Board:

  • Jill Fury (29/10/2021)
  • 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 Challinor*
  • 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
  • Sally Henderson – Acting 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 – Freya Allcock and Miles Amison
  • Ash Green – Esme Warburton and Katie Sherlock
  • Carmountside – Poppy Edge and Oscar Carnell
  • Ellison – Sophie Rawlinson and Tyler Burton
  • Gladstone – Lucy Robinson and Dalton Edmondson
  • Goldenhill – Matilda English and Caleb Black
  • Summerbank – Khalissa Yahya and Liam Bourne

GDPR Steering Group and Management Committee:

  • Jon Lovatt (CEO)
  • DPO – SBM Services (uk) Ltd
  • Sally Henderson (Acting 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 Challinor
  • Lisa Chell
  • Jodie Cope
  • Mary Hughes
  • Nadine Key
  • Jon Lovatt (CEO)
  • Steve Martin
  • Clare Pearson
  • Elaine Preston

Inclusion and Wellbeing Steering Group (Strategy 3):

  • Guy Weir (Chair)
  • Elaine Preston (Facilitator)
  • Michael Artemis
  • Lisa Challinor
  • 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 Challinor
  • 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 Challinor
  • 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)
  • Career Pathways Leaders (Lorna Pateman – DPC)
  • English Leaders (SLE – Curriculum)
  • EYFS Leaders (Nadine Key – Curriculum)
  • Family Liaison Leaders (Jill Dawson – Inclusion)
  • History Leaders (Lorna Pateman – Curriculum)
  • P4C Leaders (Nichola Gibson – PP/ Recovery)
  • PE Leaders (Lorna Pateman – Curriculum)
  • Pupil Premium/ Recovery Leaders (Nichola Gibson – PP/ Recovery)
  • Maths Leaders (SLE – Curriculum)
  • RE Leaders (SLE – Curriculum)
  • RUGS (Deputy Heads’ Group – Executive)
  • Inclusion Leaders (Stephen Stanford – Inclusion)
  • Wellbeing (Elaine Preston – Inclusion)

LGB Chairs’ / Vice Chairs’ Group:

  • Alsagers Bank – Donna Wilcox / Kelly Clarke
  • Ash Green – Chris Austin / Clare Warburton
  • Carmountside – Neil Williams / Beryl Lorento
  • Ellison – Angela James / Mick Booth
  • Gladstone – Chris Bartley / Phil Woodall / Father Kevin Palmer
  • Goldenhill – Angela Bradshaw / Kate Douglas
  • Oaklands – Paula Pattison / Victoria Cadwallader
  • Summerbank – Sarah Oldcorn / Shabana Mahmud
  • Trust – Guy Weir / Carol Dudson

Heads’ Group:

  • Alsagers Bank – Lisa Chell
  • Ash Green – Jodie Cope
  • Carmountside – Lisa Challinor
  • Ellison – Nichola Gibson
  • Gladstone – Elaine Preston
  • Goldenhill – Steve Martin
  • Oaklands – Nadine Key (Acting)
  • Summerbank – Clare Pearson

Deputy Heads’ Group:

  • Alsagers Bank – Stacey Coll / Andy Nash
  • Ash Green – Alice Worthington
  • Carmountside – Sally Lynch / Jo Cowden
  • Ellison – Lorna Pateman
  • Gladstone – Claire Annese
  • Goldenhill – Sarah Howson
  • Oaklands – Claire Banks
  • Summerbank – Jenny Johnson

Academy Business Managers’ Group:

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

Associate Member Settings:

  • Carmountside Primary Academy
  • Oaklands School

Education Improvement Partners:

  • Julie Ash
  • Debi Bailey
  • Chris Davies
  • Neil Philipson (P4C Consultant)
  • Paul Sheehan (University of Worcester)

Other Partners:

  • Blackfriars
  • Flying High Trust
  • Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE)
  • Keele University
  • National Governors’ Association (NGA)
  • SAPERE
  • School Bus
  • School Direct
  • SouthStar Education and Training
  • The New Guild Trust
  • University of Worcester – School of Education

Support Services:

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