Mike Donoghue – CEO

Mike was appointed Headteacher at John Taylor High School in January 2010 and designated a National Leader of Education in March 2013. He oversaw the first change to ‘converter’ academy status of an ‘outstanding’ school in Staffordshire in November 2010 and worked alongside other professional colleague towards John Taylor’s designation as a National Teaching School, again one of the first in Staffordshire. In 2014, Mike was elected to the inaugural Headteachers Board for the Regional School Commissioner (West Midlands), and was subsequently re-elected in September 2017 to serve a second, three-year tenure. He is a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer, and a member of the Department for Education’s Secondary Headteacher Reference Group and the Sub-regional Lead (Staffordshire and Stoke) within the Teaching School Council (West Midlands).

Barbara Mahoney – COO

Appointed as Business Director and Company Secretary at John Taylor High School in February 2013 with 9 years of previous experience working at that level in Staffordshire schools in both the secondary and academy sectors. Barbara was appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) in School Business Management in October 2014 and is a member of the SCITT Executive Board. She has worked closely with the CEO in establishing and developing the Multi-Academy Trust and is a key member of the Trust Executive Group. Barbara has recently taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Trust and is Chair of the MAT Business Managers Group. In addition to facilitating conversions of existing schools and academies into the Trust, Barbara is a member of the Project Delivery Team for John Taylor Free School opening in September 18.

Lisa Coop – Finance & HR

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Lorraine Godber – Company Accountant

Appointed as Company Accountant at John Taylor High School in November 2017. Lorraine became ACA qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 2002 and has previously worked as an auditor for an accounting practice and in industry as a Financial Accountant. Lorraine works closely with all the Trust schools and manages the internal audit process.

Lisa Farmer –

Lisa was appointed as headteacher at Thomas Russell Infants School in 2005, after 5 years as Deputy headteacher in Birmingham’s largest Primary school. Lisa became Co-headteacher in 2009 and from September 2017 was appointed as the MAT Primary School Improvement Partner.

Lisa provided headship, via a year-long secondment, to another school in the Trust to cover a maternity absence for the then acting headteacher, and is currently providing support for a sponsored school joining the Trust. She has supported a new Headteacher through their NPQH and is a keen member of WomenEd networks.

Lisa was the co-author of a successful primary Free school submission and is subsequently a member of the Free school project delivery team.

Gill Martin –

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Sarah Boyce – PA to the CEO & Clerk to the MAT Board

Appointed as PA to the Principal at John Taylor High School and Clerk to the Local Governing Body in 2008. Sarah has previous PA experience within industry. She became PA to the CEO and Clerk to the MAT Board in July 2015 providing advice and guidance around policy at Trust level . Sarah has recently completed the NCTL Clerks Development Programme. She is Chair of the MAT Clerking Network Group and the founder of the JTMAT Annual Governance Conference. In addition to this Sarah is a member of the Project Delivery Team for John Taylor Free School opening in September 2018.

Mark Crompton – Strategic Network Manager

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