St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Academies Umbrella Trust (appointed 01/01/2016)

The St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Academies Umbrella Trust is a Corporate founder member of the Trust.  The current nominee is Jane Sheat, CEO at the Diocesean MAT.  Jane has a vast experience working within education.   Jane has been Diocesan Director of Education since August 2010.  Jane has an important strategic role in relation to academies, school place planning and small schools.  She regularly brokers school to school support, supports under-performing schools and works with governors on the appointment of headteachers in church schools. She has 23 years of HR experience in local government, 17 of which working directly with schools.

Pecuniary Interest: Director of Education and CEO at St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi Academy Trust, Chair of Governors, Northgate High School, Ipswich, Trustee, Keswick Hall Trust, Trustee, Elizabeth Walter Charity.

Business Interest: Director of Education and CEO at St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocean Multi Academy Trust.

Gary McDonald (appointed 07/01/2016)

Gary is appointed as a Member because of his role as Chair of the Directors of the Trust.  Gary is a founder Member of the Trust and was reappointed as a Director in January 2020.  Gary has been reappointed Chair of the Board of Directors annually.

No Pecuniary Interest.

Business Interest: Relationship Director, Barclays Bank.

Dean Sykes (appointed (04/12/2019)

Dean is currently a non executive Director at Unity Schools Partnership.  He is also Transformations Director for Inchape PLC. His career has encompassed a variety of senior leadership positions in multi-site businesses that have ranged from his current automotive role to banking, telecoms and leisure.

Pecuniary Interest: Director at Unity Schools Partnership, Family friend of employee at Rattlesden Primary Academy.

Business Interest: Operations Director, Inchape PLC.

David Olney - Appointed as Member 07/12/2024

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.  David is a former Director of the Trust (25/01/2018 - 07/12/2024).

Pecuniary Interest:  Member: Horizons Education Trust

Business Interest: Self Employed Director at NED WaND Consulting Ltd

Trust Directors

Gary McDonald (Chair of Board) - Academy Director.

Gary was a governor at Thurston CE Primary between 2012 and 2020 and is currently a Governor at Woolpit Primary Academy and 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, reappointed 12/12/2020  for a further 4 years.

No Pecuniary Interest.

Business Interest: Relationship Director, Barclays Bank.

Ryan Temple-Summers - Academy Director

Ryan has a passion for education and public service and currently works for the NSPCC as Bid Coordination Manager, having previously worked for the Department for Education within the Digital and Technology Directorate.  Ryan is a former school governor for a school in London.

Appointed 9/12/21, term ends 08/12/2025

No Pecuniary Interest.

Business Interest:  NSPCC, Bid Coordination Manager

Former employee of the Department for Education, Capability Team Leader.

Philip Mackay - Ex-officio Director - CEO

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

Phil's previous career focused on educational charity management within the Higher Education Sector working in a number of leading universities as well as national and regional roles.  He is a qualified executive coach and has a Masters in Business Administration as well as the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership.  Phil has extensive experience in organisational strategy, HR, finance, health and safety and governance amongst many other things.  Phil is passionate about ensuring every child has the best possible opportunities at school to enable them to fulfill their potential..

Appointed  01/09/18.

Pecuniary Interests as follows: Former Chair & Director of Godmanchester Community Education Trust and former Interim Chief Executive at Orchard Learning Trust. 

Business Interest: Employee of the Trust.

Susan Leader - Academy Director

Susan is an experienced teacher, specialising in Maths. and working in primary, middle and high schools as well as tutoring and adult education.  Susan also runs GLH Equestrian.

Appointed 03/04/22, term ends 02/04/26

No pecuniary Interest.

Business Interest: Retired Teacher, Sybil Andrews 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: 23/02/2017, Reappointed: 27/05/2021 to serve a further 4 years.

No Pecuniary Interest

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

Julia Steed - Academy Director

Julia has worked in education finance and administration for over 20 years in both primary, middle, special and secondary schools after a career in corporate banking, more recently being self-employed offering internal audit services to schools.  Her current work role sees her ensuring financial compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, producing Trust financial information and supporting the financial management of the Trust.  She holds a BA (Hons), the NCSL Diploma in School Business Management and the CIPFA Certificate in Financial Reporting for Academies. .

Appointed 15/01/2024

No Pecuniary Interests

Business Interest: Employee John Milton Academy Trust

Board Committees

Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

The Finance, Audit & Risk Committee is responsible for overseeing the Trust's finances, auditing, risk management, health and safety and premises management.  The Committee meets approximately six times per year.  The Committee is currently chaired by Tracy Darby.  Members include board members and a representative from each local governing body and is attended by the CEO and Senior Finance Officer.

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee is responsible for overseeing the quality of education, safeguarding and pupil outcomes across the Trust.  The Committee meets once per term.  The Committee is currently chaired by Ryan Temple-Summers.  Members include board members and a representative from each local governing body and is attended by the CEO and Headteachers (or their nominee) from each school.

Chairs of Local Governing Bodies

Kate Parnum - Thurston CE Primary Academy - for details of Thurston Governors see here 

Gary McDonald (temporary appointment) - Woolpit Primary Academy - for details of Woolpit Governors see here 

Kate Hulme - Great Barton CE Primary Academy - for details of Great Barton Governors see here 

Gill Marchant - Rattlesden CE Primary Academy - for details of Rattlesden Governors see here 

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.

Former Members/ Directors

Rob Loe -  Former Member - Resigned 29/11/17

Mary Myatt -  Former Member - Resigned 3/12/2019

Rachel Gooch – Former Academy Director - Resigned 01/09/17

Christopher Robinson - Former Foundation Director - Resigned 5/12/17

Sarah Rees - Former Academy Director and CEO  - Resigned 31/08/2018

Neville Horn – Former Academy Director - Resigned 4/12/2018

Ann Tate – Former Academy Director - Resigned 31/08/2019

Pam Frost – Former Academy Director - Resigned 16/09/2020

Anita Guernari - Former Academy Director  - Resigned 04/11/2021

Tracy Darby - Former Academy Director - Resigned 25/11/2021 but later reappointed 31/03/2023 -  21/03/2024

Rachael Gilbert - Former Academy Director - Resigned 09/12/2021

Edward Yeldham - Former Academy Director - Resigned 10/01/2023

Liz Michie - Former Academy Director - Resigned 27/02/23

Dr Kay Maddox-Daines - Resigned 07/12/2023

David Olney - Resigned as Director 07/12/2023