Meet the Members & Trustees

Pen Portraits of Members:

Peter Smith

Peter has retired from a career in automotive engineering and manufacturing with 20 years at board level, latterly with profit responsibility.

He has been involved with Pikemere School for over 20 years, firstly as a parent with 2 children attending the school and as a governor for over 10 years, relinquishing that role in September 2021.

He believes strongly that, primary education in particular, has the ability to shape and change children’s lives for the better and is proud to able to serve the Chancery Trust in the role of Member.

Ray Jeffrey

Ray was a former director of Trust House Forte and Sodexho until 1999 when he formed RPJ3 Group. He has over 25 years’ experience in contracts and facilities management – from chef to main board director.

In business he works alongside many schools, housing associations and care homes that operate their own in-house services or use a private contractor and assist these clients to get the very best from their non-core contracts.

Ray’s passion and respect for the difference schools can make to the lives of children and indeed the community, lies at the heart of his approach to business and also his governance commitments.

As Chair of Governors in a Christian school in a large Trust, he understands the crucial part good support services play in helping schools concentrate on their core activities of developing and nurturing the talents of children and regards himself as extremely lucky to be working in and supporting a sector that he loves so much.

Alison Hattersley

In her current role of Global Talent Lead for Ornua Foods, Alison is responsible for Leading the development and execution of a Talent strategy for the continued attraction, engagement, retention, development and deployment of high calibre and fit-for-purpose people. She provides thought-leadership, advice, challenge and support to HR and Business Leaders to ensure ‘people risks’ and ‘people opportunities’ are understood and factored into business decision making. In previous roles Alison has worked with individuals and teams in both the public and private sector to maximize their potential and ensure much higher level of success.

Ros Caulfield

Ros has extensive experience of classroom teaching and senior leadership roles in five schools of contrasting catchments and size across the country. During her twelve years as headteacher she successfully raised the standards of a good school to outstanding in every category in two consecutive Ofsted inspections.  Ros has worked alongside schools in the Shrewsbury Diocese sharing good practice and supporting new Headteachers. Through these roles she has assisted many schools on their journey to Good and Outstanding.

Raymond Palin

Raymond is a semi – retired commercial and residential lawyer of over 40 years standing.  Raymond is an independent consultant to a firm of solicitors in Lancashire on compliance issues but not involved in legal work as such these days.  Ray has been a Chair of Trustees with a Single Academy Trust for 3 years.  His educational and Governor skills have improved substantially over the years and next year he will be taking the National Leader of Governance course to try and improve his status in education.

Pen Portrait of Directors:

Liz Martindale

B.Ed NPQH. Liz has worked in education for over thirty five years. More than twenty five of these were spent in primary education. Liz was a classroom teacher for many years with responsibility for a broad range of curriculum areas and leadership roles. For the last five years of her time in primary education, Liz was the head teacher of a local junior school, taking the school through a successful Ofsted. Liz subsequently moved to higher education, working as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Through her role of working with the teachers of tomorrow, she continued to develop partnerships between the University and clusters of schools. It was through this leading partnership role that she became a school governor in November 2013. Liz took on the role of Chair of Governors in February 2016, but relinquished this role in September 2019 in order to fulfill her Director’s role. Liz’s varied roles have given her a clear insight into the challenges of leadership and management in primary education and of the implications of the changing face of education. She remains passionate about providing children with the best primary education experience and this drives her commitment to Chancery MAT and its future development.

Maria Stelmach

Maria has 15 years’ experience as a local government lawyer specialising in education law and litigation.

In this role, Maria worked not only with the local authority advising on local education infrastructure, policy, education welfare and SEND, but also with many schools as their legal adviser – dealing with a wide range of issues and, providing advice on school practice, policy, and governance matters. She also advised on local education policy and practice during the Covid-19 outbreak, working daily with the local authority and schools to interpret emerging rules and guidance and deal with practical issues and challenge as a result.

Over the years Maria has developed a particular interest in, and undertaken a great deal of work in relation to, SEND educational provision and how the Equality Act interacts with school practices and policies.

She is currently Senior Legal Counsel for an organisation under the Department for Education which focuses on technical education at a national policy level.

Maria believes every child should have access to a high standard of education within an accessible and nurturing environment.

Laura Churchill

After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Laura studied for a PGCE and started teaching English in a secondary school. During this time, she progressed from a classroom teacher to the Head of English and then on to the senior leadership team as a Director of Teaching and Learning. Whilst teaching, Laura gained an MSc in Educational Leadership and Management. As acting head of English in a school with a substantially higher than average number of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs, the department achieved GCSE examination results in excess of 12% above the national average.

After 6 years, Laura started in a new role at Barclays Global Wealth and Investment Headquarters at Canary Wharf, responsible for the governance of several hundred subsidiary companies. Whilst at Barclays, Laura completed the Chartered Institute of Governance qualifications including company law, financial reporting and analysis and corporate governance.

Laura currently works in a role combining her two passions – education and governance – at an education trust based in Cheshire, where she has also taken on the Data Protection Officer position. In her current role, Laura has implemented governance structures to support the merger of two large further education colleges and also led on governance to support in the successful lifting of a financial notice to improve. As parent to two little boys, Laura is committed to supporting excellence in the delivery of education.

Louise Gohr

B Ed (Hons), NPQH, Level 7 Executive Coaching Certificate. Louise has been a teacher for nineteen years, Deputy Headteacher for two years and Headteacher for ten years. During her career, she has worked for the Local Authority as a Primary Strategy Literacy Consultant supporting and developing teaching and learning. She has worked as an STA moderator for the last four years. Louise is currently working with the Local Authority on a number of initiatives related to improving the quality of education for young people.

 

Louise Gibson

Louise has worked in education for the past 14 years in a range of settings with learners aged 14 – 50+ years old. Louise gained her passion for educating through her time as a zookeeper, later teaching science to 14+ learners, and then assessing laboratory technicians across the country. Louise has been an external Standards Verifier and Examiner for an awarding body ever since, having a passion for quality assurance and supporting other education settings to meet the standards, so their learners can achieve the best possible outcomes from their qualifications.

Louise is extremely passionate about professional development, completing qualifications to help develop herself as an individual, but also as a teaching practitioner. Louise has just finished her MSc in Applied Conservation Genetics with Wildlife Forensics, and is currently completing her National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD). Louise currently works at a Further Education College as a Teaching and Learning Coach, and teaches the second year Initial Teacher Training programmes. 

James Fuller

A qualified chartered accountant with over 30​ years’ experience in senior Finance and Commercial Director roles in private and public sectors. With international experience in organisational turnaround, digital transformation, and growing businesses from blue chip corporations to SME’s. Functional skill set straddles finance, commercial procurement and IT strategy.

James has acted as trusted adviser and business partner, in many sectors including Financial Services, I.T., Telco., Utility, NHS, Retail, Public and Central Government. He provides expertise in all aspects of finance , commercial and contract lifecycle management from both a customer and supplier perspective. He is quick and adept to grasp detailed, technological or complex areas, simplifying them for others in order to achieve optimal outcomes. He hopes this professional experience will be of value and deliver positive benefits to Chancery Multi Academy Trust.

Anna Russell

Anna is Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Director for Bupa Global & UK and Director of the Bupa Foundation. Anna leads the Bupa Foundation’s Wellbeing for Educators programme which works with hundreds of schools and thousands of educators to help improve school staff wellbeing. She also leads the Bupa Foundation’s partnership with the mental health charity, Mind, to help 2.5m young people to take care of their mental wellbeing.

Before joining Bupa in 2014, Anna worked in telecoms at Vodafone for ten years, holding roles as Global Head of Internal Communications and Global Head of Brand and at O2. Prior to that Anna co-founded the IT news and recruitment service, silicon.com, where she was Content & Marketing Director.

Amanda Mellor

Amanda’s career has been predominantly finance based, as she is a retired School Business Manager, having previously worked in two Cheshire East schools. During this time she obtained the CSBM. Prior to working in schools, she worked for Barclays Bank.

Amanda has been involved as a School Governor for over 20 years in 3 different schools, initially as a parent then as a staff member and latterly co-opted, during which time the school converted to an Academy.

Joining Chancery Multi Academy Trust will give Amanda an opportunity to still be part of education and she is now looking forward to working with the Trust to help with its continued growth and to play a part in ensuring that the education of young people is the best we can provide.

Chris Bell

Jo Morrow

ACMA & CGMA, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Jo is a Chartered Accountant and a follower of Kaizen philosophy, believing in continuity of development. She is passionate that education can change an individual’s life and also make changes for the macro world.
Jo aims to strike a balance between career and family.  Outside of work, she loves spending time with her children – going for walks, exploring the outdoors and enjoying wildlife.

Simon Varo

Register of Interests

Directors’ and Members’ Pecuniary Interests

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business InterestDisclosure of Other Interest
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Position
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Resignation Date
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Organisation Details
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Ros Caulfield
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Member / Director
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20/10/2017
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Sarah Louise Gohr
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Director
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14/02/2020
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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Nexus Trust
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Trustee
Disclosure of Other Interest:
C. Fowler
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Sister
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CEO/Accounting Officer
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Alison Hattersley
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Member
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13/12/2023
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Ray Jeffrey
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Member
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09/12/2020
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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RPJ3 Group
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Director
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
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Christ Church Primary School, Moreton
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Governor
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Elizabeth Martindale
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Vice Chair of Directors
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01/04/2018
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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None
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Ray Palin
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Member
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01/04/2018
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Anna Russell
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Director
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22/03/2021
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Laura Churchill
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Vice Chair of Directors / Chair of Standards committee
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01/12/2021
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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Warrington Collegiate Education Trust
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Company Secretary
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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James Fuller
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Chair of Finance committee
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18/01/22
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Amanda Mellor
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Chair of Audit & Risk committee
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23/03/22
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Peter Smith
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Member
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14/12/2022
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Maria Stelmach
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Director
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22/03/2023
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Louise Gibson
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Director
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22/03/2023
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Chris Bell
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Director
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29/11/2023
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Simon Varo
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Director
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29/11/2023
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Juan Zhou
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Director
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29/11/2023
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n/a
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Joanna Longman
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Chair of Directors
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22/03/2021
:
16/02/2024
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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Director
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Alison Hattersley
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Director
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25/09/2019
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13/12/2023
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Rami Ayyash
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Director
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22/03/2023
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29/08/2023
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Ian White
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Member
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01/04/2018
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17/07/2023
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Gail Tindall
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Member
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01/04/2018
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01/09/2022
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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None
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n/a
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Steven Coles
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Chair of Directors
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25/09/2019
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12/09/2022
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Self
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Birchwood Academy Trust
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Director
Disclosure of Other Interest:
None
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None
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Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
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Hall Smith Whittingham LLP
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LLP Designated Member
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Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest / Business Interest:
Wife
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X Academy Education - Contract with The Berkeley Academy
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Owner
Disclosure of Other Interest:
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