St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Academies Umbrella Trust

Gary McDonald
Gary McDonald is appointed as a Member because of his role as Chair of the Directors of the Trust

Dean Sykes

Kay Maddox-Daines


Gary McDonald (Chair of Board) - Academy Director.

Gary has been a governor at Thurston CE Primary since 2012 and is the school's nominated Director. With professional experience as a corporate bank manager dealing with high value clients gives him a good eye for finance and the customer skills to deal with all our stakeholders.

Appointed 07/01/16 - Term Ends 31/12/19

No Pecuniary Interest.

Pamela Frost - Academy Director

Pam is a Director nominated by the Woolpit Local Governing Body. She has lived in Woolpit since 1998 and has recently retired from full time work in the NHS having started her career in London as a Registered Nurse. She worked in health care and the NHS for over 30 years and managed sexual health services across Suffolk. Working in sexual health has meant that the health and well being of young people has always been a motivating factor throughout her career. Now working part time, she has time to use her management background and experience of working in the public sector to support the Trust. 

Appointed 01/01/16 - Term Ends 31/12/19

No Pecuniary Interest  

Registered Nurse and self employed consultant advisor working with Public Health/ Local Authorities and NHS Providers. 

Governor Woolpit Primary Academy.

Ruth Farrell - Foundation Director

Ruth was born and educated in Australia, moving permanently to England in 1986 to work as an Occupational Therapist in both the NHS and Social Care Services. She was ordained into the Church of England in 2002 and has been the Rector of Woolpit with Drinkstone since 2006. She has been involved in church related children's work for 20 years.  She enjoys walking and the cinema.

Appointed 23/02/17 - Term Ends 31/12/2020

No Pecuniary Interest

Rector, Benefice of Woolpit with Drinkstone, Diocese St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Church of England.

Philip Mackay - Ex-officio CEO

Philip is an ex-officio Director in his capacity as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trust.

Appointed  01/09/18.

Pecuniary Interests as follows: Chair & Director of Godmanchester Community Education Trust, Employee of the Trust, Interim Chief Executive Orchard Learning Trust.

David Olney - Academy Director

David is a Retired Managing Director of a successful company in UK and overseas; previously he has held the post of COO for Defence Infrastructure. He brings a wealth of experience in the following areas: Corporate management, change management and communications,
finance, accountancy, premises & capital projects, strategic planning, data analysis, business.

Appointed 25/01/18 - Term Ends - 05/12/2021

No Pecuniary Interest - Self Employed Director at NED WaND Consulting Ltd

Rachael Gilbert - Academy Director

Appointed 5/12/17

No Pecuniary Interest.

Ed Yeldham - Academy Director 

Ed has been a parent governor at Woolpit Primary School since 2013. He is a Qualified Accountant. He  is a Finance Director of an £18m Turnover business and has been a Company Director since 2006. Ed brings experience of HR & Personnel, Strategic planning, Business and corporate management, Change management, Communications and Sourcing and tendering processes to the Trust.

Appointed 02/05/2019

Liz Michie - Academy Director

Liz is a Commercial Senior HR Professional within Manufacturing and Distribution plcs and private businesses. She is a Current Trustee/Board Director of Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds and has previously been a Trustee of Focus12 (registered charity). Liz is experienced HR & personnel, Strategic planning, Compliance, Change management, Employment law and a wealth of other Business and corporate management related areas.

Appointed 02/05/2019

Governors with Trust Responsibilities

Nicola Prowling - Governor Thurston CE Primary Academy

Secondary School Teacher - Mildenhall College

No Pecuniary Interest

Term Ends 01/01/2020

Persons of Significant Control

The company knows or has reasonable cause to believe that there is no registrable person or registrable relevant legal entity in relation to the company.


Human Resources, Standards, Finance & Audit

Standards Chair


Human Resources

Finance & Audit

Premises / H&S

Premises / H&S (Chair)

HR - Chair

Finance & Audit - Chair