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Members and Directors

Members

Peter Clague (Education) – is currently the Headmaster of Bromsgrove School, having taken up the post in 2014. Prior to that he served for eight years as the Executive Principal of Kristin School, one of New Zealand’s leading Independent schools. Before emigrating, he was also the President of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools and an elected member of the World Heads Council of the International Baccalaureate. In 2014 he was awarded a National Honours Award in New Zealand for Services to Independent Education.
Peter holds a BA in Geography and a Masters of Business Administration (Distinction). An educator by vocation, he has spent the past 30 years teaching and leading in a wide variety of schools. He has also been a national Examiner, a teacher-trainer, a curriculum writer and an outdoor education instructor. Other commitments have included representing the sector on ministerial panels, consultancy work in restructuring of schools and regular public – speaking engagements.
Bromsgrove School is Anglican by denomination, although it accepts pupils of all faiths and none. Regular Chapel services are part of daily life, led by the Chaplain or the Headmaster. The Bishop’s Nominee to the Board is currently the Chairman of Governors.

Tim Reid (Diocesan) – Tim was Deputy Director of Education since 2017, previously working as a Diocesan School Improvement Consultant and SIAMS Manager after being the Headteacher of a Church of England Primary School. He has contributed to the development of the vision for Church of England schools in the Worcestershire diocese to be places where all children can receive a high-quality education and live life in all its fullness
He was promoted to the position of Director of Education for the Diocese of Worcester in June 2021 and continues to support both Church of England Schools and academies across Dudley and Worcestershire.

Rosie Shorter (Business)- Chair of the Trust– retired Chair of Governors at St John’s CofE Middle School Academy, a role she held for 9 years and oversaw significant improvements. She was the first female Loss Adjuster in the country, back in 1980 and has recently retired from the Jewellery business after almost 30 years. More recently, she has been working part time for West Mercia Police handling 999 calls, a role which is challenging but immensely interesting. Rosie has twins, her daughter is Head of Year 7 at Parkside Middle School, Bromsgrove. Rosie has worked for a charity which supports breast cancer patients for over 10 years.

Sue Schofield (Education) –I worked in a local high school for 34 years starting as a subject teacher, becoming Head of Department, Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and finally Deputy Head for Progress and Achievement. Since, I have worked as a Professional Mentor in a Teacher Training school,and gone back into the classroom as a subject and supply teacher. I have lived in Bromsgrove for 33 years and both my girls attended St Johns Middle School.

Fiona Lawson- Hughes (Legal) – Solicitor and Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, based in Worcestershire, with 8 other offices around the country. She is head of the Childcare department and specialises in the law relating to safeguarding, as well as complicated parental disputes over children. She represents children (either through a Children’s Guardian or separately), parents and extended family members. She has extensive experience of representing children of all ages and at all levels of Court, from Lay Justices to the High Court. Fiona is the mother of 3 children one of whom started and completed her education with a statement of educational special needs. Her youngest child is still in full time education and attends Haybridge High School (as did his older siblings).

WDAT – Mr. Bryan Allbut - Worcester Diocesan Academies Trust is a corporate Member of the Spire MAT and will provide a representative when Members discuss matters.

Directors

Father Tim Williams - Father Tim is an ordained minister and a very experienced Chair of Governors. Father Tim was Chair of Governors at a large comprehensive in South Wales for a number of years AT Present he is Team Rector of Kidderminster West and Area Dean of Kidderminster & Stourport Deanery

Rosie Shorter (Business) - Chair – See Members

Bryan Allbut - A retired teacher who held senior posts in several schools Bryan was also a National Consultant and representative for ASCL. Bryan is a currently Chair of Worcester Diocesan Academies Trust and the Diocesan Board of Education.

Tony James (Education) - has lived in Bromsgrove for 19 years and both his children went to St John’s Middle School, Tony and his wife are now foster carers and their current foster-child also attends St John’s. Prior to becoming a Director Tony had been a co-opted member of the St John’s Governing Body for 12 years and actively supported the school as a Governor.
Professionally he has been involved in education throughout his working life as a teacher and ultimately a headteacher in a number of different settings. He is now self-employed and continues to support schools and their leaders in their many varied challenges. Tony has been lucky enough to provide this support nationally and internationally through his work with the DfE. He currently supports school governance and governors through facilitating training, coaching and mentoring for a national organisation.

Sandra Berry - Has recently retired after working in the education sector for over 20 years (NASUWT and NEU Education Unions) as a Learning & Development Organiser supporting education staff by providing learning opportunities especially in Special Needs, Mental Health Young People, and Child Poverty all of which she has a personal interest in. Since retiring Sandra has not stopped getting involved. She volunteers at the British Heart Foundation and is a mentor for Transitions UK who support young people on their journey leaving care. Sandra hopes to bring her experience to ensure all our young people have the best opportunities to develop their potential. Furthermore to support all staff across the Trust to ensure they feel valued and reach their full potential.

Kate Lambert - Having worked for large multi-national corporations for almost 30 years, Kate joined Witton Middle School as a co-opted Governor in December 2019, after beginning a sabbatical to allow more time for personal projects and voluntary work. Along with her husband, she has recently been approved as a foster carer. Having travelled away from home for much of her career she is keen to focus on the local community, and with a particular passion for lifelong learning, she is keen to be part of setting the right foundations for every pupil in the Trust to realise his or her full potential. Through a career covering manufacturing and engineering through to IT, she brings broad business and management skills, such as budget management, data analysis, strategy setting, project management, people management and development.

Geraint Roberts (CEO) – Geraint Roberts MA, NPQH, CEO and Executive Headteacher of The Spire Trust - has over 25 years experience in Senior Leadership managing strategic change and whole school improvement as an Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher and currently Executive Headteacher. Geraint established The Spire Trust, a medium sized Trust five years ago and has extensive experience in leading and embedding sustainable improvement across a range of educational establishments. He became a teacher in order to improve the life chances of children and also to have the opportunity to inspire the next generation. This is a passion that burns as strong today as when he entered the profession over thirty years ago.

 

Support Team

Barry Newton – is a consultant and former Local Authority School Improvement advisor with over 30 years of experience. He has a proven track record of supporting school improvement.

Neil MIlls - is a consultant and former Headteacher with considerable experience of leading schools through change to secure improvement and successful outcomes for the children.

Stephen Cox - is an NLE and serving Headteacher of an outstanding Middle School. Stephen supports our schools by providing our external Quality Assurance

Jan Perrey – Company Secretary and Clerk to the Trust. Her background was in administration and HR before joining St. John’s CE Middle School 20 years ago. She was Clerk to the Governors for the Middle School before moving over to the Trust. Jan is currently the PA to the CEO/Headteacher and Operations Manager for the Trust and HR/Office Manager at St. John’s Middle School.

Trustees Meeting Attendance 2019/2020

  Appointed Resigned Role Attended Possible
Rosemary Shorter     Chair 5 5
Bryan Allbut 19/09/2019   Director 3 5
Robert Barbour   25/06/2020 Director 4 5
Fiona Lawson Hughes     Director 3 5
Jeremy King   30/01/2020 Director 0 2
Tim Gulliver   24/09/2020 Director 4 5
Father Tim Willaims     Director 4 5
Anthony James 19/09/2019   Director 3 5
Sue Schofield 20/11/2019   Director 3 4
Raynan Anthony Khan   23/09/2019 Director 0 1
Geraint Roberts     CEO 5 5
Jan Perrey     Clerk 5 5