Leadership and Staff

Members 

Mrs Susan Hannam : BA PGCE (Birmingham), MA (Gloucestershire)

Mrs Susan Hannam

BA PGCE (Birmingham), MA (Gloucestershire)

Headteacher, Lichfield Cathedral School (independent, fee paying)
Qualified Solicitor
Member, Society of Heads’ National Committee (for independent school Heads)
Member of the Cathedral Foundation

The Venerable Matthew Parker : BA (Cambridge), BA (Manchester)

The Venerable Matthew Parker

BA (Cambridge), BA (Manchester)

Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent
Member, Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education
Member, Bishop’s Council & Diocesan Board of Finance
Member of the Diocese of Lichfield’s Risk & Audit Committee
Substantial experience of school governance, including previously as Chair of St Edward’s CE(A) Junior High
School, Leek and currently as a member of the LGB/IEB of St Peter’s Academy, Stoke.

Dr Alison Primrose : Director – Chair of St Chad’s Academies Trust Board

Dr Alison Primrose

Director – Chair of St Chad’s Academies Trust Board

Former head of a co-educational day school with previous posts including senior leadership roles in a co-educational day and boarding preparatory school, a Church of England maintained primary school and a British Overseas School. Subject specialisms include primary and secondary science, mathematics, Religious Education, music and collective worship. Research work relating to worship in Church schools and a doctorate in educational assessment. Publications include a wide range of educational assessment materials.

Mr Michael Revell :

Mr Michael Revell

Michael Revell started his working life in 1964 in industry, as a clerk with ICI Paints Division in Slough, Berkshire. He gained a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and then embarked on a career in Personnel and Training, initially in Berkshire. He officially retired in 2007 having spent his last nearly 30 years as a Royal Air Force Administrative (Secretarial) Officer. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, (he was recently commended for 50 years membership of the Institute) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. In 2009 he gained an MA in Human Resource Management from Wolverhampton University.

Michael lives in Market Drayton, Shropshire. He is, inter alia, the LA appointed Governor (and immediate past Chairman) of Buntingsdale Primary School, Interim Chairman of Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education, a Member of the St. Chads Academy Trust, a Trustee of the Empower Academy Trust and a member of the Shropshire Schools Forum (representing primary schools).

 

Trustees

Professor Bob Anderson : Director St Chad’s Academies Trust and Chair of Risk and Audit Committee

Professor Bob Anderson

Director St Chad’s Academies Trust and Chair of Risk and Audit Committee

After an early career in academia, Bob joined the Xerox European Research Laboratory in Cambridge as a Research Manager and eventually became Director of the Laboratory, a post he held for 9 years.

Following Xerox, Bob moved back into academia as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at Sheffield Hallam University where he led the re-organisation of the research organisation and infrastructure. Following Sheffield Hallam, as its CEO, Bob led the creation of the new University of Suffolk, a multi-million pound initiative which created a new model of university provision in East Anglia.

During his career, Bob has served on numerous public and private Boards. Since retirement, Bob has served as a member and then Chair of Governors of St. Bartholomew’s School, Longnor, the Primary School in the village where he lives.

Julie Jones : Director St Chad’s Academies Trust, Chair of Operations Committee

Julie Jones

Director St Chad’s Academies Trust, Chair of Operations Committee

I have been the CEO of the Diocese since 2009 and was active in the setting up of the original trust. Before that I was I have been an HR professional all my life, working at British Aerospace, KPMG and latterly as the HR Director of MAF, a large Christian charity. I am married to a clergyman.

We have three adult children and now a new granddaughter. I have previously served as a school governor of a large comprehensive school in Bristol, (chairing the Personnel committee) as well as actively participating in all aspects of my own children’s education.

I believe passionately in the importance of quality education for all children in our Diocese and believe the Trust is ideally placed to focus on maximising both individual and corporate potential as well as proclaiming a distinct Christian message.

Professor Michelle Shaw : Director St Chad’s Academies Trust

Professor Michelle Shaw

Director St Chad’s Academies Trust

Michelle is the Director of Education for the University of Wolverhampton. Within this role she is also the CEO of Education Central Multi Academy Trust, leading a group of 13 schools sponsored by the University.

Michelle has 28 years experience in education, working across all sectors. This includes extensive experience of senior leadership and management. She has a track record in primary education including school leadership.

Her teaching subject specialism is the development of pupil literacy and consequently she also has substantive experience of special educational needs and the needs of learners for whom English is an additional language.

She has worked in a Local Authority as an Advisor supporting school improvement. Unusually, Michelle has also worked in Further Education having chosen to utilise her specialism in a different field. She has extensive experience of developing University provision.

Michelle has experience of external inspection, leading on QAA and OfSTED preparation and inspection and has been part of several successful OfSTED Inspection outcomes in schools, FE, Local Authority and HE. She is a published author of texts on research methodology and the econometrics of education and contributes to the leading textbook series for trainee teacher.

She acts as an External Examiner and a reviewer for education journals. Michelle is also a visiting Professor at Glyndwr University.

The Revd Alison Morris : Director St Chad’s Academies Trust

The Revd Alison Morris

Director St Chad’s Academies Trust

I have always had a life- long passion for education and working with children. For nearly 30 years I worked in a range of senior management roles covering all aspects of school leadership and management including work with a Federation.

Outside of school I have worked with examination Boards and was Chair of Governors in a local Church school. In 1998 I was registered as a Section 13 Church School Inspector. I am educated to MA standard and obtained my NPQH in 2002. During 2003 I was seconded to SERCO as an adviser for CPD, Workforce Reform ITT and Capacity Building Facilitator. In 2008 I became an Independent Education Consultant with Ormiston Academies Trust specifically for School Improvement work and adviser for the Quality Mark of Every Child Matters.

In 2012 I retrained and was registered as a Section 48 SIAS Inspector. At present, I am a member the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education and Chair the Schools and Standards Effectiveness Working Party whilst also representing SSEWP on the Raising Achievement Board for the Church of England Central Education Trust.

In 2013 I was made a Director and Trustee of the St. Chad’s Academy Trust and in 2016 I was elected a Director and Trustee of CECET. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching where I also operate as one of their Regional Advocates. In 2017 I became a leadership coach for ‘Women Leading in Education’ organised through the National College for Teaching and Learning.

I am an Anglican Ordained Priest (NSM) in Lichfield Diocese.

Dr Alison Primrose : Director – Chair of St Chad’s Academies Trust Board

Dr Alison Primrose

Director – Chair of St Chad’s Academies Trust Board

Former head of a co-educational day school with previous posts including senior leadership roles in a co-educational day and boarding preparatory school, a Church of England maintained primary school and a British Overseas School. Subject specialisms include primary and secondary science, mathematics, Religious Education, music and collective worship. Research work relating to worship in Church schools and a doctorate in educational assessment. Publications include a wide range of educational assessment materials.

Cyril Randles : Director St Chad’s Academies Trust

Cyril Randles

Director St Chad’s Academies Trust

Degree in mathematics, taught in a grammar school and in colleges of education, then worked for IBM in the computer industry. Governor of both a primary and a secondary school when my children were at school. Now a churchwarden and member of the Lichfield Board of Education.

Sue Wedgwood MSc : Director St Chad’s Academies Trust / CEO

Sue Wedgwood MSc

Director St Chad’s Academies Trust / CEO

Sue was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. She has been a Headteacher in three schools in the West Midlands. Sue was also an external assessor for Derby University, Associate lecturer for Manchester Metropolitan University, delivering MSc modules and a provider of PGCE modules for Keele University.

She served as a Senior Adviser for Stoke LA, responsible for CPD and community development, Assistant Managing Director for Walsall Children’s Services, Serco, responsible for school improvement 3-19, governance and ICT and then Director of School Improvement for Academy Transformation Trust. Sue is currently a school governor and Chair of Governors.

Chair of Raising Achievement Board

Professor Sir Geoff Hampton : D.Ed (hon) M.Ed, B.Ed, L.S.D.C. Chair of Raising and Achievement Board

Professor Sir Geoff Hampton

D.Ed (hon) M.Ed, B.Ed, L.S.D.C. Chair of Raising and Achievement Board

Sir Geoff is nationally and internationally known for his work upon educational improvement and transformation. He led the first ever school to move from being in special measures to oversubscribed and outstanding and subsequently worked with the DfE to transform schools around the country.

He led the SMART (special measures action recovery teams) initiative and was asked by Tony Blair to give the Millennium lecture upon education at Downing Street. He was the first recent recipient from the school's sector to be awarded a knighthood for Services to Education.

At a strategic level Sir Geoff has worked with numerous local authorities to improve and enhance their service delivery, and created the Black Country School Improvement Partnership which enabled the four local authorities in that region to deliver their support to schools more effectively and efficiently.

Working with KPMG, on behalf of the government, he designed the training and led the delivery teams for the FMIS (financial management in schools) initiative. This was delivered to every local authority in the country and subsequently Sir Geoff was the outright winner of the 'Leadership in the Public Sector' award.

He also served as Chief Adviser to the DfE for the Black Country Challenge programme, a multi-million pound school improvement scheme. This led to his appointment as an expert adviser to the then Secretary of State.

Internationally Sir Geoff has worked all over the world advising Governments and Ministers on educational matters. Most notably he led on the Jamaican 'all age schools programme', as well as establishing a 'SMART' school in Kuala Lumpar and designing a leadership programme for schools in the UAE.

Back home his work was recently acknowledged by his nomination as one of the inaugural 'Famous Sons and Daughters' of Wolverhampton. Sir Geoff has also had a highly successful career in Higher Education, transforming a large School of Education into one which achieved the highest inspection grades.

He rose to become Deputy Vice Chancellor, a role he combined with being Chief Executive of a large Multi Academy Trust. He brings all of this knowledge and experience to his role as Chair of the Raising Achievement Board for the St Chad's Academies Trust.

The Team

Joanna Austin : Head Of School Performance

Joanna Austin

Head Of School Performance

Jo was appointed as Head of School Performance in 2017. Over the years Jo has effectively supported many schools across the UK as an Advanced Skills Teacher, a National Leader of Education, a Diocesan Improvement Adviser and as an Ofsted inspector.

Jo has also been a key speaker at conferences and has worked with NQTs, teachers, and teaching assistants to develop their practice. Jo was the lead headteacher in the development of teaching communities in Zambia as part of the overseas school to school support programme, working with leaders and staff from Tanzania.

Jo has been a highly successful head teacher and, as an executive head teacher, she has led the amalgamation of three primary schools into one large new build which went on to be judged as outstanding by Ofsted.

Reena Chumber : HR and Governance Officer - Associate CIPD

Reena Chumber

HR and Governance Officer - Associate CIPD

Reena joined the team in June 2017 as HR and Governance Officer. Reena has 7 years’ experience in supporting schools and academies in all aspects of Governance including procedures, policies and Governance compliance. She has co-ordinated clerking provision and supported Headteachers/Principals and Chairs of Governors in all aspects of governance management. She has recently qualified CIPD level 5 Diploma in HR Management.

Stuart Dawson : Financial Accounting Officer

Stuart Dawson

Financial Accounting Officer

Stuart has over 20 years in finance and is nearing completion of ACCA, already being Part Qualified. For the last 2 years Stuart has worked exclusively in the education setting, mainly supporting and advising academies. This has included onsite support and training to school business managers, principals and governors.

Anna Gordon : Financial Accounting Officer

Anna Gordon

Financial Accounting Officer

Anna Gordon joined us in June 2017 to take up the role of Financial Accounting Officer. She will be working within the team providing additional financial management support to academies. She has worked as a NHS accountant for the last 16 years, with experience of financial management and financial accounting, within provider and commissioning organisations. She is a fully qualified CIMA accountant.

Zoe Heath : Human Resources & Project Management Officer - Associate CIPD

Zoe Heath

Human Resources & Project Management Officer - Associate CIPD

For 5 ½  years Zoe worked in HR for Local Authorities in a transitional role, embedding experience in the many areas of Human Resource and traded service; advertising, recruitment, safeguarding, payroll and pensions, both corporately and in the education sector (working alongside Lichfield Diocese CE schools). For the last 5 years she has gained further extensive experience of academy conversions (pre and post academisation) and developed project management practices. Zoe is an Associate Member of the CIPD in Human Resource Management providing HR consultancy for all academies within the Trust and other MATs, schools and academies within the Diocese.

Chloe Norton : Office Assistant

Chloe Norton

Office Assistant

Chloe joined us in December 2016 she has just qualified in Level 3 Business and Administration. She is often the first welcoming voice from the office. Chloe assists in general office work and offers help in other departments.

Helen Steel : Head of Operations (HoO)

Helen Steel

Head of Operations (HoO)

Helen is Head of Operations. She worked for two large national Multi Academy Trusts before joining the team in 2014. Helen has extensive experience of academy conversion, project management, budget setting, financial operations and reporting, statutory compliance frameworks, governance, contracts management, internal and external audit and policies and procedures. Helen manages the Operations Team serving all academies within the Trust, including Finance, HR, Governance, Communications and Administration.

Sue Wedgwood MSc : Director St Chad’s Academies Trust / CEO

Sue Wedgwood MSc

Director St Chad’s Academies Trust / CEO

Sue was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. She has been a Headteacher in three schools in the West Midlands. Sue was also an external assessor for Derby University, Associate lecturer for Manchester Metropolitan University, delivering MSc modules and a provider of PGCE modules for Keele University.

She served as a Senior Adviser for Stoke LA, responsible for CPD and community development, Assistant Managing Director for Walsall Children’s Services, Serco, responsible for school improvement 3-19, governance and ICT and then Director of School Improvement for Academy Transformation Trust. Sue is currently a school governor and Chair of Governors.