Members of the IAT MAT

Members of the Ironstone Academy Trust

There are currently 3 Members of IAT (there are two vacancies) 

The inaugural meeting was held at Zetland Primary in 2016, since then the members have helped the Trust to grow successfully.  Their expertise is drawn from the financial, educational and charity governance sectors.  An annual general meeting of the members ensures the Trustees hold the individual schools to account and that the Trust follows the correct processess in its operation.  

Steve Elliott

Steve is the Chair of Trustees for IAT.


Previously 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

Gari Finch

Gari Finch is retired teacher of Geology and Geography.  Most of his teaching was at a secondary school in Eston, and he spent some time teaching in Yarm and Saltburn. He therefore has a strong understanding of the environment we work in. 

In addition, Gari has been a member of Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team for over 50 years demonstrating a strong commitment to public service in the Charity sector. He is currently the Chair of the local Mountain Rescue Team and has held similar roles regionally, he is therefore experienced in monitoring charity accounts and the standards expected of Trustees. 

Lee Brown

I have been involved in education since qualifying as a History teacher in 1997. During that time, I have performed several pastoral, academic and leadership roles. In 2014 was appointed Principal of Nunthorpe Academy. More recently I became the Executive Principal and a Trustee of Nunthorpe Multi Academy Trust. In terms of additional governance experience I have been a parent governor at a nursery school and a staff governor in an academy.

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