Expertise, support, challenge and advice

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With our philosophy of maintaining each schools uniqueness we have provided a structure which enhances, challenges and supports the governing body of our schools to drive forward school improvement and shape the life within their own school.

Huw Thomas is Director of Education for the Diocese of Sheffield. He has been a successful Headteacher in two schools and he was appointed as a member of JMAT on 17th November 2016.

Stephen Gardner has a background in aerospace engineering. and a Governor at the local community Primary School for 12 years and Chair of Governors for 2. He was appointed as a member of JMAT on 17th November 2017.

 

Derek Grover served as a senior civil servant in the Department for Education and Employment, latterly as the Director of Adult Learning responsible for national policy on education and training post-16 outside universities. Derek has been a governor and chair and is an accredited National Leader of Governance. He was appointed as a member of JMAT on 17th November 2017.

 

Bishop of Doncaster, held by The Revd Canon Sophie Jelley.  As 7th Bishop of Doncaster Sophie previously held post of the Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry in the Diocese of Durham, and Canon Missioner at Durham Cathedral, a role she has held for four years.

Martin Harrison, recently holding the position of Principal and Chief Executive at Dearne Valley College. Prior to becoming Principal Martin had 16 years as either Finance Controller or Head of finance in a variety of organisations, from Sheffield Hallam to Barnsley college and is a trained chartered accountant. He was appointed as a member of JMAT on 17th November 2016. (As chair of the board of directors, Martin is both member and director)

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Our Trustees

Our Directors all are specialists in their fields. They have committed to support the education of the children within our schools through ensuring JMAT provides the very best for all.

Finance Trustee & Chair of the Board of Directors  

Register of Interests

Martin Harrison, Principal and Chief Executive at Dearne Valley College. Prior to becoming Principal Martin had 16 years as either Finance Controller or Head of finance in a variety of organisations, from Sheffield Hallam to Barnsley college and is a trained chartered accountant. 

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Governance Trustee 

Alan Richards is an experienced Governor in both the Primary and Secondary sector and is licensed as a National Leader of Governance by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. He has a background in Chairing governance at two schools rated as outstanding by Ofsted. Alan is also a Director of a School Improvement company based in Rotherham and is the South Yorkshire Regional NLG Lead with the Teaching School Alliance.

With a very successful track record of supporting school improvement including recruiting, mentoring and developing Chairs of Governors. Alan runs a Leadership and Management training business in Rotherham and gained his professional experience in his career as a Sales Manager at a printing company in York and as a Senior Police Officer with South Yorkshire Police. He has an MBA through the University of Wales and is married to an Interim Headteacher in Rotherham.

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Legal Trustee

Carl Fitch, is the Crown Advocate and Senior Crown Prosecutor at Crown Prosecution Service, Sheffield, Carl is from Wath-upon-Dearne and he has a home grown understanding of the local community and the challenges faced within.

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 Safeguarding  Trustee

Katie Hewitt is the assistant manager of the Youth Justice Service in Sheffield.  Katie's role includes working with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Sheffield, she works with a variety of agencies including social care and the LSCB.

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Business and Estates Trustee

Richard Punshon is experienced in the education sector.  Firstly, as a teacher and later in school governance for 20 years.  He has worked in school improvement and also chaired school governing bodies.  Richard served 16 years in the Armed Forces and currently owns businesses in the hospitality sector.  To advance his understanding of education Richard is currently enrolled on a PhD in education Leadership

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Education  Leadership Trustee

Vicky Helliwell started her teaching career in Sheffield working in inner-city schools, she took up her first Headship in Nottinghamshire and then became a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher in Rotherham.  Following her retirement from Headship Vicky took up an interim appointment as Head of Education for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.  She has worked in school improvement for many years as a National Leader of Education and as Head of Education, supporting and challenging schools across Rotherham.

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Coaching & Education Trustee

Craig Parkinson is an educational consultant, trainer and coach who has worked with thousands of teachers and senior leaders to embed the key findings of Visible Learning and Singapore Maths in a range of educational establishments. He has been a keynote speaker at international, national and regional educational conferences and is now a leader and coach with Clifton Strengths.

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SEN & Education Trustee

Lynsey Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education at Sheffield Hallam University, where she works as Professional Practice lead and an Inclusion and English specialist across various undergraduate and post-graduate routes of Initial Teacher Education and as Course Leader of the SENCO Award.  She is a Lead Practitioner for Trauma Informed Schools and runs a support network for trainee and Early Career Teachers who have dyslexia. 

Lynsey has spent her whole working life in Primary and Early Years education, and before starting her role at Sheffield Hallam, worked as a teacher in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, SENCO, Inclusion Manager, Headteacher of two Primary schools, Local Authority School Improvement Advisor in three different Local Authorities and Ofsted Inspector.  She has also served as a governor, been an advocate for parents of children with SEND and has been Chair of the Advisory Board for a cluster of Derbyshire Children’s Centres. This means that she brings with her a well-rounded perspective on education and considerable relevant experience in a whole range of roles (or as she herself describes it, ‘Jack of all trades, master of none!).  

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I.T & Education Trustee

Ian Hutchinson has worked in education for over 25 years and throughout has had a passion for the power of technology in children's lives. He is a South Yorkshire consultant for Computers in Scho​ols Association and has been a lead practitioner and Vex IQ robotics champion.  Ian has predominantly worked in Primary Education and has served as both Governor and Chair positions in Local Governing Bodies, has experience at hearing complaints and providing independent review for schools where necessary.  Ian has knowledge of the RMBC and DMBC schools within the JMAT Trust, understanding systems and procedures, policy and practice bringing an understanding to the board of key personnel from every aspect of the Trust who lead on each discipline.  

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