Samuel Quigley - Chair of Trustees
Sam was a governor at Tyldesley Primary School for over 14 years, originally elected as a Parent Governor, he was Vice Chair of governors and appointed to the original Trust in 2012. Sam is also Chair of Governors at Fred Longworth High School where he has served for over 5 years and was Chair to Wigan's Locality 5 Children's Centres and then Start Well Centre Advisory Board from 2012 to 2017. He is an experienced local businessman running his own company specialising in recruitment to the construction industry using his honours degree in Law and Human Resources.
Denah Jones - Vice Chair of Trustees
Denah has worked in the education sector for over 30 years as a secondary Maths teacher, Deputy Headteacher and HMI. She has vast experience of school to school support and has successfully supported many schools to improve. She has a particular interest in developing strong leadership teams.
Carole Gradwell - Trustee
Carole was appointed to the Trust Board in 2017 and brought with her a considerable experience of governorship, both in housing and in schools. She has been a governor of Fred Longworth High School for 20 years, originally as a Parent Governor. She has chaired committees and is the Vice Chair of governors. Carole had a career in public housing management for over 20 years before working freelance in training and consultancy for social housing organisations. Since 2009 she has managed her own company which works on governance and organisational development with Tenant Management Organisations, and she acts as an assessor of TMOs for the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Carole has a Diploma in Teaching for Lifelong Learning and tutors learners studying for professional qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Housing.
David Clayton - Trustee
David is the CEO of an Academy Trust based in the North West, Yorkshire and North East. He has vast experience in the commercial, finance and education sector and is passionate about improving the life chance of of children and young people.
Neil Fazackerley - Trustee
Neil is currently the senior Education Advisor for Salford Council. He was recently one of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (HMI) and prior to that a Senior Advisor for Wigan Council for over 10 years. Previous to that he taught music in schools and was a Senior Deputy of a large comprehensive school in London.
Mark Ibbertson - Trustee
Mark started his career as an accountant in local government, mainly dealing with in education finance in Leeds and then Wakefield, before moving to become the first Finance Director for an Academy Trust that grew from one academy to a total of 34, in the ten years he was with them. Since retiring from full time work he has started a dream job he never even knew he dreamt about, tasting chocolate and other products for a major manufacturer. When not eating sweet things Mark is keen to continue to play a part in the role that academy trusts have in transforming the lives of young people.