Board of Directors
Director – Chair
Tom recently retired as the Chief Executive of the Together Housing Group, after more than 20 years’ service. Together Housing was formed by the merger of three existing housing groups, and currently has over 35,000 properties, an annual turnover of in excess of £150m and employs over 1300 staff. One scheme established was a PFI regeneration in Salford, where Tom remains Chair of the Special Purpose Vehicle, which was set up to deliver this £100m+ project.
Director – CEO
Michael is currently the CEO and Accounting Officer of Trinity MAT (and therefore also a member of the Audit Committee), having been its founding Principal in 2009. His tenure as Principal saw two outstanding Ofsted judgements and Trinity’s designations as a National Support School, a National Teaching School and a Maths Hub of Excellence. Michael achieved National Leader of Education (NLE) status in 2013.
David served as the Vice Chancellor of the University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth for six years, and is currently on the Board of Governors at the Universities of Northampton and South Wales. He has significant experience of senior leadership roles in HE, as well as major project and consultancy experience globally. More recently he has specialised in developing HE and FE institutions in terms of their strategic futures and their macro level quality assurance procedures.
Louise is a highly motivated and effective HR professional, who has been with Lloyds Banking Group since 1996. The last five years have been as Head of HR Groups Operations, a role that includes membership of the Business Executive Committee. Louise has experience of multiple complex TUPE and restructure programmes, as well as leading on attracting, developing and retaining rising talent on a national scale.
Gareth is the founder and current Managing Director of Frog Educational Ltd, a multinational educational business (offices in the UK and the Far East), serving over 12 million people across 1,400 schools in the UK and 10,000 schools across 27 other countries. Gareth has extensive experience of managing a multi-million-pound business that has experienced considerable growth and success in a range of educational sectors.
In total Claire brings 25 years’ experience working in the HE sector, particularly in the field of Modern Languages. She has held the position of Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Leeds since 2003, a period of time that included three years as Head of the School of Languages. Since August 2015 Claire has also held the position of Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, a role that has given her extensive experience of budgetary responsibility and change management.
Wayne is a fully qualified chartered accountant, who is currently Head of Faculty (Professional Services) at Sheffield Hallam University, after having previously been attached to the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. Wayne also serves on the Audit Committee of the trust, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Finance.
Wayne is a successful Business and IT Project Manager at the Lloyds Banking Group. He has a wealth of experience across a number of areas, with particular expertise in large scale change management and risk analysis. As a Programme Manager for the last four years, Wayne has held significant budgetary responsibility and managed diverse teams of people across a number of projects. He is also a current member of the trust’s Audit Committee.
After studying law at Girton College, Cambridge, Chris qualified as a solicitor in 1988. Specialising in M&A and Corporate Finance, Chris became a Partner in Ralph C Yablon in 1992. In 1997 Chris founded Schofield Sweeney LLP, where he remains the firm’s senior partner/Chairman. The firm now has a staff of 140, operating from offices in Bradford, Leeds and, since January 2015, Huddersfield.