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Here, we highlight the vital role played by our Members in shaping the direction and success of our Trust. Discover the diverse expertise, dedication, and collaborative spirit that our Members bring to our educational community.

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David Coles

Chair of the Trust and thus also Chair of the Members (as per Article 25)

Retired Criminal Lawyer and Director of a Criminal Law firm

Appointed: 24 November 2014

Prior to retirement David managed a Multi Million pound budget as part of his work within his Law Firm

David has been the Chair of Manor Primary for over 15 years (One of best performing schools in the country) David has taken responsibility for Performance management and target setting, Development of Leadership at all levels.  He has led within the governing body SEND/ PP for many years implementing strategies that enables all SEND and PP children to achieve at least National Averages in all core subjects

Key Areas: Leadership & Management, Finance, Achievement of Pupil Groups

Don Gwinnett

Retired School Leaders and OFSTED Inspector

Appointed: 24 November 2014

A retired OFSTED inspector for Primary and Secondary schools, Don also worked for SERCO as Director of Inspections and has worked on major national programmes for the DfE.

Previously worked as a senior leader in secondary schools in our region

Key Areas: Standards & Achievement, Data Analysis, Statutory Requirements, Policy Documentation

Reverend Emma Stanford

Parish Priest

Appointed: 3 September 2018

Currently Vicar St Mary’s Church Hurst Hill Sedgley, Church Community.

Previously Vicar in Parishes across the region

Key Areas: Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. Staff and Pupil Wellbeing, RE Curriculum, Christian distinctiveness

Diocesan Corporate Member

Diocese of Lichfield Education Trust Ltd representative

Appointed: 24 November 2014

Further information about the Diocesan Corporate Member is available here.

Donal Knipe

Retired Headteacher

Appointed: Appointed 17 October 2017

Donal has worked as Senior Leaders and Head for more than 20 years and more recently He has expertise in working with EAL and disadvantaged leaders
He has significant expertise in improving quality of teaching and learning and outcomes in all primary year groups

Key Areas: Leadership & Management, Teaching & Learning

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