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IAT MAT Trustees

IAT MAT Trustees

There will be 9 Trustees.

The CEO will be a Trustee, he has a proven track record of good or better leadership. There will be no other employed representatives within this group, and the Trustees will not exceed the 33% employed within the Trust limitation at any time. There will be no more than 19.9% of the Trustees associated with a Local Authority.

1. Steve Elliott

(Chair of Trustees)


Chair of Governors, Ormesby Primary School

Previously an accountant in the private sector

8 years as Chief Internal Auditor for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Assistant Borough Treasurer for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

9 years as Head of Operational Finance for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council prior to retirement

Financial management, Risk management, compliance, audit Steve is proposed as the Chair

2 Lesley Payne

(Vice Chair of Trustees) Business Analyst – Thirteen Group Current Responsibilities

Developing, embedding and reviewing a balanced scorecard approach to perfor-mance management across the Group, linking to strategic objectives.

Developing and validating system reports to support the performance management framework

Implementing gas servicing module of new IT system, including data mapping, data validation, processes & performance

Project managing the implementation of a new integrated HR & Payroll system

The delivery of these major projects demonstrate project management skills and the ability to deliver projects effectively and efficiently on time to budget in addition to managing organisational change, key to the formation of the MAT.

Business Improvement Officer – Fabrick Housing Group / Erimus Housing / Middlesbrough Council Previous Responsibilities

Implementation of a cross organisational improvement programme for Fabrick Housing utilising Lean Systems principles to work with numerous project groups to harmonise systems and processes.

Facilitated and managed a visioning event with the Corporate Management Team and senior managers to re-design services, bring together two organisations and streamline working practices.

Worked with senior managers across the organisation to develop, implement and monitor corporate, strategic, service and team plans alongside setting performance targets.

Streamlined and improved performance information reported to Board, Committee, Executive and Senior Managers.

Managed simultaneous cross organisational service review projects for Erimus Housing

Implementation of SAP financials for Middlesbrough Council. Including establishing finance coding structures, access permissions and training documents.

Skills in strategic planning, developing an effective & efficient performance management framework and reviewing / harmonising ways of working (when appropriate) is key to the success of the MAT going forward. Roles Roles carried out have developed significant skills in:

project management
data analysis
change management
identifying and prioritising improvement activity influencing and negotiating

effective communication motivating and developing people

Being a trained peer reviewer, facilitator, EFQM assessor, having experience in continuous process improvement (PDSA) and being trained in lean systems thinking will enable me to provide effective challenge.

3. Peter Robinson


Vice Chair of Governors, Zetland Primary School engineering company.

Vice Chair of Governors Zetland Primary School Trustee

Senior civil engineer for Bam Nuttall

Peter is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. This means that Peter will be able to analyse data, report on risk, evaluate effectiveness of school systems, outcomes in school improvement measures. He will be able to also evaluate the health and safety systems and financial effectiveness of the MAT as he was an industrial site manger for a number of years

4. Sue Nicholson

Sue has been involved with Riverdale Primary School as a governor and previously as a PTA for 18 years. Sue became Vice-Chair at Riverdale Primary School in 2017.


5. Richard Carter (Trustee)

25 years farming the Ormesby Hall Estate Farm (arable and livestock) Governor, Ormesby Primary School

Active member of NFU 25 years on the Governing Body of Ormesby Primary School (long after his own children left the school!) Trustee

6. Matthew Whitfield Senior Warrant Officer

British Army.

Currently employed as the Head of Transport Department at 2 Signal Regiment York. Responsibilities include budgets, planning, personnel management and strategic planning. Previous posts include RSM – Regimental Sergeant Major.

Confidante to head of organisation. Senior leadership team – strategic planning, organisational change, directly responsible for implementing the organisation’s vision, values and standards.

BA (Hons) Leadership and Management.

22 years MOD various roles Trustee able to support and guide: planning, performance management, external audits, strategy and operational planning.

7. David Atkin Retired British Steel manager & ex Chair of Governors

Governor, Nunthorpe Primary School Governor for 11 years; previously Chair for 6 years, representative on Local Governors association Trustee

8 Karen Deen Employed at Nunthorpe Academy.

Nunthorpe is an outstanding Secondary Academy
Governor, Nunthorpe Primary School

Transition leader and Leading Parent Partnership facilitator. Trustee

9. CEO Position Carl Faulkner

Currently a NLE and Head teacher of Normanby Primary School 27 years experience in 4 different Primary Schools.

13 years as a Head Teacher of 2 different schools Worked for CfBT as an Additional Inspector

5 years as a co-opted part time SIP/ Ht Perf. Mgt. Reviewer and School Advisor for RCBC (temporary role)

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