Board of Directors

A short biography for each of our Directors can be found below. Please scroll down to access associated documentation, including the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegated Authority.

Tom Miskell

Director – Chair

Tom recently retired as the Chief Executive of the Together Housing Group, after more than 20 years’ service.
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.

Michael Gosling

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.
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.

Tom Lees

Director

Tom is a recognised expert in communications and policy development and is the Managing Director of Bradshaw Advisory.
Previously he was the Global Head of Corporate Affairs at the £2bn consultancy and construction company, Mace Group, and worked for a NYSE listed engineering company, for former Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Baroness Virginia Bottomley, and the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP when he was Secretary of State for Education. He has a degree and masters in Theoretical Physics from University College London and sits as a Magistrate in Greater Manchester.

David Baker

Director

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.
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.

Elaine Beaumont

Director

Elaine has worked in the accountancy profession for 40 years and is a partner in a respected accountancy firm.
Elaine has worked in the accountancy profession for 40 years and is a partner in a respected accountancy firm. She is a FCCA and an ACA. Elaine has experience in both audit and general accountancy practice. Elaine has served on the trust’s audit committee as an independent member bringing her wealth of experience to the group and she will now share this further with the Board of Directors.

Gareth Davies

Director

Gareth is the founder and current Managing Director of Frog Educational Ltd, a multinational educational business (offices in the UK and the Far East)
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.

Michael Kneafsey

Director

Mike is a Director of Newmore Capital a Private Equity business that focuses on investments in multiple sectors both in the UK and internationally.
Mike has an extensive corporate background having been the Regional Managing Director of Barclays Bank in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and a UK Board Member. Mike has also been the UK MD of a FTSE 250 Support Service business with a remit for £250m in revenue and 2000 staff. Mike brings significant commercial and leadership experience.

Andrew Woodhead

Director

Andrew is a finance professional, who has historically worked in the Credit Management field, his most recent position being Group Credit Manager for Marshalls plc for the past 15 years.
He has extensive knowledge and experience of dealing with multi-million pound merchants and contractors across the construction sector and is extremely competitive. Andrew also assists in the management of a local junior football club.

Andrew Heley

Director

Andrew is an established Senior Business Adviser and accredited Executive Coach.
Andrew is an established Senior Business Adviser and accredited Executive Coach. Previously he was a Senior Partner in PA Consulting, an international firm of business advisors and consultants, and was responsible for its UK regional public sector business. He is a qualified accountant (CPFA) and was elected a Fellow in 2016. Andrew has significant experience of running major projects and advising boards on its strategic plans and programme delivery. More recently he has advised on business start-ups and providing transformational coaching to improve individuals’ performance.

Tracey Foran

Director

Tracey is an exceptionally energetic, versatile and passionate commercial sales professional with extensive experience in FMCG Retail Grocery Market, Food Service and Food Manufacturing sectors.
Tracey is an exceptionally energetic, versatile and passionate commercial sales professional with extensive experience in FMCG Retail Grocery Market, Food Service and Food Manufacturing sectors. She has a proven track record in leading, developing and inspiring a team of people across a number of functions to help them achieve their potential and exceed their expectations in tough customer facing environments. Tracey has held previous senior and director positions within the food industry, before recently venturing out to run her own business. Currently, and in previous roles, Tracey’s strengths has been able to create and deliver strategy and business plans in alignment with customer’s strategic goals and business objectives.

Paul Frank

Director

Paul has been a qualified accountant for almost 30 years, he is a FCMA qualified.
Paul has been a qualified accountant for almost 30 years, he is a FCMA qualified. After being a CFO in a company for many years, he has since worked in many different commercial sectors with two global firms in senior positions. Paul has previous experience over many years as a school governor. He retired from full-time work in 2018 and now works in non-executive roles and advisory roles as well as now having time to pursue his other interests.
Governance Structure

Body Chair
Board of Directors Mr. Tom Miskell
Audit Committee Ms. Elaine Beaumont
Commercial Interests Group (C.I.G.) Mr. David Baker
W.R.E.S. t/a White Rose Maths (sub-committee of C.I.G.) Mr. John Barraclough
Fountain Springs Day Nursery (sub-committee of C.I.G.) Mr. John Barraclough
Trinity Academy Halifax L.G.B. Mr. David Baker
Akroydon Primary Academy L.G.B. Mrs. Jackie Tagg
Cathedral Academy L.G.B. Mr. John Hanson
Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge L.G.B. Ms. Georgie Scully
St. Chad’s C of E Primary Academy L.G.B. Ms. Jag Oates
Trinity Sixth Form Academy L.G.B. Mr. Brendan Evans

Download full details of the Scheme of Delegated Authority

Download the declarations of interest and meeting attendance report of:

Trinity MAT Members;

Trinity MAT Directors

MAT Senior Leaders and of our

Commercial Interests Group.

All Local Governing Body Declarations of Interest are held on their specific academy website