Members and Trustees

Members and Trustees

The role of Members

The Member’s responsibilities are to ensure the continued adherence of the Trustees to the founding principles of the Trust, namely to secure the best educational standards, personal and academic, for all students within the Trusts Academies. There are Five Members of the Trust.

The role of the Trustee

The Trustee’s role is to oversee the strategic direction of the Trust and work with fellow Trustees to monitor the outcomes of students and the application of funds to ensure the continued viability of the Trust. It is also our role as Trustees to provide constructive challenge to the Executive Headteacher and the respective Academy Leadership Teams so that we can demonstrate that they are effective and efficient managers of the Trust.

The Trustees are:

Conor Davis – Member

I am a retired teacher with over 40 years’ experience in education. I had 25 years’ experience of Headship in three different secondary schools, in different parts of the country. My children were educated in local Wigan schools and colleges and I now live within the catchment area of the Mosaic Trust. Prior to retirement I had many years’ experience as a Governor in primary, secondary and further education institutions. Since retirement I have involved myself more fully in governance of the new Academy schools.

I am currently chair of the governing board of a local secondary school which is a member of a multi – academy trust. I have since, at close quarters, seen the benefits that can accrue from the membership of such a trust and am firmly convinced that of the benefits that such an arrangement can bring to its members at all levels in the organisation. Ultimately it must result in improvements in outcomes for the students across all schools in the MAT. It is for this reason that I shall take a full part in helping all those involved in the MosaicTrust achieve the best possible outcomes.

My other interests involve an active interest in my local parish, an interest in a trust established to help Wigan youngsters in their University studies, and all the usual activities encouraged in a senior citizen by their grandchildren.

Adrian Hardy – Member and Trustee

In both of my roles within the Trust I am motivated by my desire to secure the best outcomes for our students, not only in respect of their academic achievements, but also in respect of their personal development as mature citizens of this country. I am also keen to ensure that ownership of the Trust remains locally within the communities it serves and therefore seek to ensure that all people appointed to Member or Trustee roles have a foothold in their communities.

I have been heavily involved with the Executive Head in negotiations with the DfE during the formation of the Mosaic Multi-Academy Trust and in the formulation of the structures, policies and procedures that underpin it.

I have been a governor at Standish High School for over 20 years and chair for 12 years and am proud of the improvements that have occurred in student performance during this period. I have acquired a broad knowledge of educational matters through my governance of another secondary school for 9 years, up until 2011, and a primary school since 2012. I am currently Chair of the Schools Forum in Wigan, the collective body of headteachers, governors and unions, that advises the Council on the distribution of national school funding within the borough. I am a National Leader of Governance, appointed in 2012, in which role I can offer support to other schools to review and improve their governance.

Michael Houghton – Member

I am married with two boys, both have attended Southlands. In my professional life I am a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I have worked in the nuclear industry for over 25 years in a variety of engineering and management roles both in the UK and the US. I am currently the Programme Director for a joint venture company providing design services to Sellafield Limited. I’ve led various change management programmes within the public and the private sector.

Previously I have been Chair of Governors for a local Primary School and I am currently the Chair of the UTC Warrington Trust Board. The UTC is a University Technical College, which provides specialist science and engineering education to 14-19-year olds. With other major employers we developed the business case for the college and managed the opening phase for the college. We are now in our second year of operation with 400 students across 5-year groups.

Personally, I am motivated by the opportunity education can provide and how it can change the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. I am keen to ensure that we maximise the synergies between the schools and create strong collaborative partnerships between both establishments.

Paul Leadbetter – Member

I am a Borough Councillor, sitting on Chorley Borough Council, representing a ward to the south of Chorley, bordering both the West Lancashire and Wigan authority areas. In this role I have contact with people and the issues that are important to them. I actively campaign and lobby our MPs, council officers and relevant organisations to get the best possible outcomes for any issues that residents may have. I am Chair of the Governance Committee on Chorley Borough Council with responsibility for ensuring the organisational process and financial governance is correct and that the standards regime is adhered to.

I work within industry as a Lean Manufacturing specialist which involves reducing cost, ensuring delivery is achieved whilst maintaining levels of quality that are acceptable to the customer, this involves change management and improving production processes through focusing on customer requirements.

Lifelong learning is something I believe should be encouraged, as it is no longer sufficient for people to leave education with the only qualifications they will ever need, to this end I have taught at Further and Higher Education Level and have, more recently, established an NVQ assessment centre delivering Business Improvement Techniques NVQs.

My motivation as a founder member of the Trust is to ensure that everyone, within the trust, has the opportunity to be the best they can be and that the trust exists to benefit the communities it serves.

Steve Jones – Trustee

I have had a varied career in both the public and private sectors, leading complex large organisations. I am currently a Non-Executive Director of iMPOWER Consulting Ltd, Chairman of My Life (a charity supporting people with disabilities), Director of Alocura (a company managing health and social care for people with long term and complex conditions), the Managing Partner of the In Practice Partnership Ltd. In addition, I am advisor to several local authorities and private companies, and mentor to a number of Chief Executives and senior executives including two Head-teachers.

I was pleased to be asked to join the Trust as both a Member, safeguarding the ethos of the Trust, as well as a Trustee at this formative stage in its life.

My previous roles include the Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council (1985 – 1990) and of Wigan MBC (1990 – 2005), Chairman of Lancashire Care NHS FT, Chairman of the Leigh Sports Village Company, founder of In Control and Chairman of Shop4Support. I was awarded the CBE in 2005 for contributing to the improvement in the performance of local government.

Since ceasing to be a full time local authority Chief Executive I have advised on over twenty appointments of Chief Executives, facilitated many appraisals, and also hosted the ‘New Chief Executives’ Briefing Course’ which helped over 200 newly appointed Chief Executives.

Steve is married with three grown up children and has for many years run a charity which supports schools on a township in South Africa.

Michael Humphreys CBE – Trustee

I am married with three children and five grandchildren and am a retired secondary school headteacher, having led schools in Liverpool, Lancashire, Blackburn and Manchester. Post retirement, I worked as a consultant in Manchester, supporting schools in difficulty as acting/associate headteacher. I ceased this work at the end of 2006 but continued to support schools in Manchester, Blackpool, Halton and Wirral as a School Improvement Partner.

I am currently a governor of two schools in Wigan and am a director of the St. John Boste Catholic Academy Support Trust. As part of my responsibility for that Trust, I act as a Director of the Blessed Edward Bamber Multi Academy Trust in Blackpool, with particular responsibility for monitoring standards. As a governor of Standish Community High I have been Chairman of the Curriculum Committee. As part of preparation for becoming a MAT, I have been involved with the appointment of Head and Deputy Head at Southlands High School and have chaired the Education Improvement Board for the proposed MAT.

Ruth Fairhurst – Trustee

I have worked at senior levels in local government and in the NHS across Greater Manchester including at Wigan Council. Most recently I was Head of Governance and Policy at NHS Salford CCG, and before that I was the Deputy Chief Executive of Bury Council.

In my role at Bury Council I managed the Greater Manchester Connexions Service contract and central team, and I worked with the then Learning and Skills Council and the Department for Education on a wide range of education and training initiatives designed to improve attainment and to celebrate achievement in a wide range of educational and community settings. Moreover, I jointly led the development and launch of one of the first wave of Surestart Centres in Oldham. Whilst in Salford I worked with the University of Salford and a cluster of primary and secondary schools in some of the more deprived neighbourhoods of the City to build aspiration, improve attainment and promote opportunity in those communities.

I was born in, and continue to live in my hometown of Wigan; and my particular connection to the Standish area is through my recent support to My Life.

I am a law graduate, and my particular areas of expertise are in the fields of governance and standards.

Dr Michele Lawty-Jones – Trustee

I am a Trustee of the Mosaic Academy Trust and have been involved in the development and establishment of the MAT. I am also a Parent Governor of Standish Community High School, joining the Governing Body in October 2013 when my son joined Year 7.

I have worked in the education and skills sector for almost 20 years. At present, I am Director of the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub which is part of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and is responsible for the development and implementation of a Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework, reporting directly to the LEP’s Skills and Employment Board. I am the strategic lead for the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network, which is driving up the quality of careers provision across the area, and also works with universities, colleges and independent training providers across the area to align the curriculum offer to labour market forecasts and demands.

Previously I was Head of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Cumbria and Head of Skills and Education at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), leading two themes of the Regional Economic Strategy: Leadership and Management and Higher Level Skills and overseeing £70m of funding. I was also previously Partnerships Director at Connexions Lancashire and had a particular focus on working with employers and supporting young peoples’ transition into work.

A Chartered Psychologist, I am passionate about people and social mobility, and enabling individuals to reach their full potential. As a Trustee, I am keen to ensure that partner schools take a holistic approach to the development of our young people, enabling them to develop their employability skills and personal attributes as well as gaining an insight into the world of work and future opportunities whilst at school. I am also keen to raise the visibility of different post 16 routeways, for example, apprenticeships, and ensuring that our young people are equipped to make informed choices about their future.

Anjali Patel BDS (Hons) – Trustee

As a Trustee, I have joined the board to bring experience both as a primary school governor and a healthcare professional. I currently live and work in Standish and Chorley respectively and enjoy a firm link to both communities.

A former owner of Dental Practices, I have experience in engaging with all stakeholders, securing funding through tenders and implementing major changes in Government directives, as well as directing strategy and growth as the Clinical Lead.
As Vice Chair at a local Primary school, I have been actively involved in recent inspections and overseeing changes to Leadership and curriculum.

I am committed to bringing challenge and scrutiny to the Academy Trust in a supportive and collaborative environment, and contribute time and knowledge to provide schools with the direction and leadership that is required to give every young person the very best start to their lifelong learning, and correct outcomes underpinned by their best attainment.

Andrew Pollard – Trustee

Andrew Pollard is a Trustee by virtue of his position as the Executive Headteacher of Mosaic Multi-Academy Trust.

Penny Jones – Trustee

I am a fully qualified HR practitioner based in Standish. I have over 20 years’ experience in this work, much of which comes from the defence sector.

I focus attention on the needs of the organisation and how best it can develop and organise staff and processes to ensure greatest efficiency and effectiveness. My role on the Trust is to ensure that the HR and organisational changes that take place fully comply with legislation and best practice.