Gareth is Chair of the John Taylor MAT. Gareth is also a Director of the Board. Gareth was appointed as an NLG in 2013.
Gareth is an accountant and currently works for Serco as their Employment, Skills & Enterprise Director for Local Government.
Prior to this Gareth, was finance director in local government and in 2010 awarded Local Government Finance Director of the Year. In his spare time he is an active sportsman, particularly distance running.
Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and lecturer on a variety of HR, business and management programmes. Fifteen year’s experience as a generalist HR practitioner gained within the NHS, construction and retail sectors. Chair of the Learning and Standards Committee of the John Taylor High School LGB. Amanda is also a Director of the Board.
Programme Manager and Business Consultant with 30 years experience supporting the public and private sectors. He has been involved as a School Governor since 1992 at primary and secondary schools in Staffordshire and Birmingham.
Former teacher, headteacher, local authority inspector, head of school improvement and Ofsted Inspector. Tony was Managing Director of a government intervention between Serco and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council; and between 2010 and 2015 worked as Director of Inspections for the East and West Midlands and East of England. In which he was was responsible for the effective delivery of Ofsted Inspections across a range of settings including schools, learning and skills colleges, children’s centres and independent schools.
Church of England Central Education Trust (CECET)
The Church of England Central Education Trust (CECET) is a unique and forward thinking strategic partnership which brings together the Dioceses of Birmingham and Lichfield and the University of Wolverhampton.
The partners believe that our alliance will significantly enhance the provision of education in the respective dioceses by delivering a robust approach to high quality school improvement. A key aim is to provide services which will enable all Church schools to be good schools, where children can be offered the richness of experience that the Christian tradition supports.
CECET will adopt a proactive approach to extending educational opportunities for pupils, staff and governors across the Midlands region.
Gareth Moss – Chair (Member see above)
Mike Donoghue (CEO)
Appointed Headteacher at John Taylor High School in January 2010. Designated a National Leader of Education in March 2013. Oversaw the first change to ‘converter’ academy status of an ‘outstanding’ school in Staffordshire in November 2010. Worked towards John Taylor’s designation as a National Teaching School, again one of the first in Staffordshire.
Elected member of the Regional School Commissioner’s Headteacher Board for the West Midlands from September 2014 re-elected in September 2017. Mike was elected to the Secondary Headteacher Reference Group in 2017 and is Chair of the Staffordshire & Stoke Teaching School Council sub-Regional Board. He sits on the WM RSC’s CEO roundtable for the North Sub-Region.
30 years with HSBC across retail and commercial banking. The last ten years have been spent in senior and executive management leadership roles. Chair of the Managing and Organising Committee of the John Taylor High School LGB.
Angela Grandfield MBE
Qualified teacher with 40 years teaching experience in secondary education. Angela taught in the same school for all her teaching career. During her time at the school she spent 30 years as a senior leader.
A large part of her role was that of managing teams of people including a large team of pastoral staff. On more than one occasion pastoral systems at the school were graded, under her leadership, as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. She retired from teaching in 2009 and was asked if she would remain as a member of staff in the role of Health and Safety Manager.
She sits as vice chair on the governing bodies of two primary schools. Angela was awarded an MBE in 2010 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Education.
Governor of Kingsmead School; for 7 years, starting as a parent Governor, now co Opted Vice Chair and link Governor for Health and Safety. Both Daughters were educated at Kingsmead and both went on to University. After leaving a Senior Technical position in a large Lighting Manufacturing Group, he and a colleague started their own specialist Lighting Consultancy which is now in its 25th year working mainly in UK and Europe, with close links to companies in Switzerland, Italy and the USA. Being a Governor enables him to help the community where he raised his family.
Colin Hopkins MBE (Appointed by CECET)
Colin Hopkins has been the Director of Education for the Diocese of Lichfield since 2006, and in this capacity has responsibility for 207 Church of England schools and academies across the diocese.
His career began as a secondary school English teacher, before he changed direction to work for the Church of England’s administration at the national level for some fifteen years. Between 1999-2003, Colin worked as Secretary to Lord Dearing’s Review of Church Schools (which published The Way Ahead report in 2001) and then as National School Development Officer. In 2003, he joined the team at Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, where he was responsible for new projects, including the early wave of academies.
Colin has extensive experience of governance in both academies and maintained schools. He is also currently Chair of Governors of Lichfield Cathedral School.
In December 2017 Colin was awarded the MBE in recognition for his services to education as a school governor and Chair of Trustees of the Church of England Central Education Trust (CECET) – an alliance of education providers which brings together the dioceses of Lichfield and Birmingham and the University of Wolverhampton. (see above)
Tim Hopkins is the Teaching and Learning Development Manager for a local childcare company consisting of 2 outstanding full day nursery provisions, 7 Good out of School care provisions and 3 Holiday Care Schemes for the last 6 years in which time the company’s portfolio has gained and retained the above Ofsted judgements. Tim is a qualified teacher (QTS) with Early Years and English Specialism with a wealth of experience working in both maintained and independent schools across all key stages from Early Years to Key Stage 3.
Tim has experience as a freelance Early Years Consultant specialising in compliance, management of Ofsted Inspections and curriculum building, is a Level 4 Safeguarding trainer and SENCO for his current employer and is studying for a Masters in Early Childhood Studies with particular interest in sleep patterns of infants, pedagogy and new technologies and leadership and management in education.
Tim has been a Governor of Thomas Russell Infants School for 6 years and was appointed Chair of Governors in 2015, Treasurer for the Staffordshire regional NDNA network and an active member of NEYTCO (National Early Years Trainers and Consultants).
Amanda Lee (member see above)
A former secondary Deputy Head Teacher and accredited school improvement partner. Having gained considerable experience of governance within the housing sector, now serves voluntarily as charity secretary for a local football community trust and governor of a primary school.
Within the community, Barbara serves as a magistrate within the family and criminal courts. Currently Barbara is the chair of the Audit Committee for JTMAT.
Barbara Mahoney (Business Director and Company Secretary)
Appointed as Business Director 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. She has worked closely with the CEO in establishing and developing the Multi-Academy Trust.
Sarah Boyce (PA To the CEO and 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. Sarah became PA to the CEO and Clerk to the MAT Board in July 2015. Sarah has recently completed the NCTL Clerks Development Programme.
The National Forest Teaching School is an alliance of schools based across the East and West Midlands who are committed to working together to develop outstanding practitioners in our schools. Our Strategic partners include a range of good and outstanding infant, junior, primary, special, secondary schools, and a regional university. Since March 2013 we have been offering a wide range of programmes for teachers and support staff. These opportunities range from: working together to attract and train the very best quality professionals to be the next generation of teachers; completing action research on how to deliver the best possible practice in classroom; and providing a comprehensive training programme for staff across the area. Essentially, as an alliance, we are committed to ‘learn, teach, grow and share:’ making sure that the very best practice in schools is cascaded so that students in our own and other schools achieve their potential. We are at the forefront of developments in teaching and learning and are continually looking for new partner schools to work alongside.
2016/2017 Academic Year
Potential attendance at MAT Board meetings – 22
Actual attendance at MAT Board meeting – 18