St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Academies Umbrella Trust

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 Diocese. 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

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 has been reappointed as Chair of the Board of Directors in December 2019.

No Pecuniary Interest.

Business Interest: Relationship Director, Barclays Bank.

Dean Sykes

Dean is currently a non executive Director at Unity Schools Partnership. He is also Operations Director for Inchape PLC with responsibility for the Asia Pacific region. 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.

DR Kay Maddox-Daines

Kay has extensive experience across the education sector, working within both Higher Education as well as voluntary and professional roles working within Multi Academy Trusts. Kay has numerous published articles on subjects including career development and female management in business and academia.

No Pecuniary Interest.

Business Interest: Director, Future People Learning Ltd., External Examiner for Leeds Beckett University, External Examiner for American University in Greece, Consultant for ICS, IQA for Hertfordshire Business School, Fellow University of Suffolk.

Trust Directors

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, reappointed 12/12/2019 to serve a further 4 years.

No Pecuniary Interest.

Business Interest: Relationship Director, Barclays Bank.

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.

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.

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 - 25/01/2022

Pecuniary Interest: Member: Horizons Education Trust

Business Interest: Self Employed Director at NED WaND Consulting Ltd

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, term ends 02/05/2023

Pecuniary Interest. Family friend of employee at Thurston Primary Academy.

Business Interest: HR Director, MM Flowers Ltd.

Ed Yeldham - Academy Director

Ed was a parent governor at Woolpit Primary School between 2013 - 2019. 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, term ends 02/05/2023

No Pecuniary Interest

Business Interests:

Director of the following companies:

Global Chair Components Ltd, Accentuate Group Ltd, Glochair Holdings Ltd, Contract Furniture Group Ltd, Contract Furniture Express Ltd, Bellamy & Britton Ltd, Helo Products Ltd.

Company Secretary of Dynamic Contract Furniture Ltd.

Ryan Temple-Summers - Academy Director

Ryan has a passion for education and public service and currently works 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: Department for Education, Capability Team Leader.

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: Teacher, Sybil Andrews Academy.

Chairs of Local Governing Bodies

Nicola Powling - Thurston CE Primary Academy - for details of Thurston Governors see here

Audrey Finch - Woolpit Primary Academy - for details of Thurston Governors see here

Iain Halls - Great Barton CE Primary Academy - for details of Thurston Governors see here

Gill Marchant - Rattlesden CE Primary Academy - for details of Thurston 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

Rachael Gilbert - Former Academy Director

Resigned 09/12/2021