Gill Howell
Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees

Gill has a wide range of experience spanning both administration and education.  She was Head of Business Studies at a large 11-18 school in Staffordshire before coming to work in Stoke-on-Trent on a variety of initiatives including widening participation and served...

Sue Thomas
Trustee & Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Whilst now mostly retired, Sue has extensive experience of working within the public, private and voluntary sectors in the Midlands, North of England and occasionally elsewhere. She works to champion co-production and collaboration between children’s services,...

Andrew Smith
Trustee and Member

Andrew was born in Burslem and after studying law at Cambridge has spent most of his working life in Stoke-on-Trent, including a long spell as solicitor and then Head of Business Services at Grindeys llp, a well-respected local legal practice. Andrew has extensive...

Lorraine Whitehead
Member

Lorraine is an Executive Director at University Hospitals North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) where she commenced as an YTS Trainee at the age of 16. Her first managerial role in the NHS was in Estates and Facilities and it is here that Lorraine fell in love with the...

Catherine Matlock
Member

Catherine is a Pioneer Minister with Lichfield Diocese, Church of England, based in Stoke on Trent. Although a gifted primary school educator herself, Catherine’s mother consistently advised Catherine never to become a teacher! Unusually, Catherine complied, taking up...

Philip Kidman
Member

Philip retired in August 2017 after working in a variety of special schools which, collectively, covered the range of needs as outlined in the SEN Code of Practice. He was a head teacher for 20 years of two very different special schools. The first one was a small...
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