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Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts is a founding Member of the Trust and also acts as the Chair of the Trustee Board.

Rachel runs her own accountancy practice supporting local businesses, having formerly been a Maths teacher, through the full secondary age range of 11-19.

She has been a Governor of a variety of schools for over 16 years




Elaine Welsh

Elaine Welsh is a founding Member of the Trust, and also a Trustee of the Board. 

Elaine has been involved with our schools for well over a decade, and through her employment within educational publishing is able to bring a wealth of experience about current practices in the sector to her role with us.





Siobhan Connolly

Siobhan Connolly is the Chair of Somerby Primary School and has been a Trustee since 2015.

Siobhan is the Head of Learning & Development for the largest conveyancing firm in the UK, and has a background with multiple legal qualifications as well as being a Licenced Conveyancer.  She was awarded the Education and Training Initiative of the Year in 2015 for her work with her employer.




Adam Brewster

Adam Brewster has been a Trustee since the Trust was established in 2011, and is a Local Governor at John Ferneley College.

Adam is a Headteacher at a Special School in Peterborough and originally started his teaching career in John Ferneley College in 1991.

He has worked in a number of schools, often being sought to drive improvement and secure accountability.


Bart MacCarthy was appointed a Trustee in 2016.

Bart is Professor of Operations Management at the University of Nottingham, and active in leading research of operational systems in a wide range of sectors. 

He has senior roles in editing several leading academic operations and economics journals and is widely published in Operations Management and Management Science literature.



Bart MacCarthy

Drew Richardson-Walsh was appointed a Trustee in 2018

Phil Smith was appointed a Trustee in 2017


Meeting attendance

This table below is a direct feed from our Governance software and shows the attendance data for our Trustees FROM 2017-18 ONWARDS.  Historical data is shown in the Annual Reports, accessible in the Statutory Information section.

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