Members & Directors
at John Taylor Multi Academy Trust

Members (5) with one vacancy

The Members collectively appoint directors to the Board (see below), hold the Annual General Meeting, and approve the appointment of auditors.

Gareth Moss

Gareth is Chair of the John Taylor MAT. Gareth was appointed as a NLG in 2013.

Gareth is the Finance Director at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and is a Non Executive Director at Worcestershire Children First. Gareth has been previously a director with an international services company and led their Employment, Skills & Enterprise business and before then their Local Government work.

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.

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.

Colin Hopkins MBE

Colin is Executive Director of RSA Academies and has strategic oversight of the Royal Society of Arts’ academies in the West Midlands. Previously he was Director of Education for Lichfield Diocese (2006-18). He is also a Trustee of St Bart’s Multi Academy Trust and of the Amadeus Learning Partnership and a Member of the Staffordshire Schools Multi-Academy Trust. Colin was awarded an MBE in 2018 for services to education.

Julia Jessel

I am retired from full-time employment but have been a Staffordshire County Councillor (SCC) for Needwood Division for the past 3 years.  I have two adult sons, both of whom had the benefit of an excellent education at John Taylor High School, Barton under Needwood.  With my links to the John Taylor (MAT) through being a local councillor and a former parent, I have always kept an interest in the progress of the schools and have been extremely proud of their achievements.

My working career has been in both public and private sectors, the last 15 years at senior manager and board levels.  Over the years I have gained experience in strategic planning, project and change management as well as financial planning.

I have been a councillor at District, Borough and County levels in Staffordshire for nearly forty years and for most of that time, held positions of responsibility.  My current position at SCC is that of Chairman of Planning and Countryside Rights of Way Panel, both of which are quasi-judicial committees.  Over these years I have acquired new knowledge and experience and continue to do so.  In recent times I have been Chairman of Central Rivers Initiative, which is a partnership Board of quarrying companies, public sector bodies, landowners and Wildlife Trusts.  The joint work of this organisation led to the successful bid for £2.4 million investment for the Transforming the Trent Valley Project.  I am currently a trustee of the Yoxall Town Land Trust and in the past, I have been a trustee of the William Key Trust, both of which operate locally.  My earlier experience includes being a Justice of the Peace, General Commissioner of Tax, Member of Keele University Court and Council and Chairman of “Women Learning for Life” at Staffordshire University.

Trust Directors

The Directors corporately set the strategic direction of the Trust and holds it executives to account.  They ratify all appointments and elections to School Local Governing Bodies.

Gareth Moss – Chair (Member see above)

Mike Donoghue (Chief Executive Officer)

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.

David Beaty

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.

Gary Evans

Gary has spent the last 7 years managing Commercial and Operational activity for non-automotive clients within a Global BPO Automotive Consultancy. Prior to this Gary spent 10 years working for Construction and Agricultural companies in product, marketing and sales management roles.

Having lived locally for the majority of Adult life Gary has 4 children at various stages in one of the JTMAT schools.

Tim Hopkins (Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Achievement and Progress Committee)

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 is a Governor of Thomas Russell Infants School. Tim is the Treasurer for the Staffordshire regional NDNA network and an active member of NEYTCO (National Early Years Trainers and Consultants).

Amanda Lee 

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.

Barbara Richardson (Chair of Audit and Compliance Committee)

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 is Chair of John Taylor High School’s Local Governing Body.

Anthony Stainer

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. Anthony is also a member of the Achievement and Progress Committee.

Aimi Swift

Aimi has been a civil servant at the Department for Education for over 10 years and is an educational assessment specialist. She has worked across a variety of policy and operational areas, including safeguarding/multi-agency working, school improvement and the government response to Covid-19. As part of her leadership and management roles, Aimi has had a particular focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Aimi holds qualified teacher status, with an English specialism, and has taught at key stages 2 and 3. Aimi is a governor of Needwood Primary School and All Saints Primary School and is also the Local Diocesan Board of Education’s representative on the Board of Directors.

Neil Warner

Neil Warner is currently the headteacher of Yardleys School in Birmingham, an outstanding academy. This is his second headship having previously been the headteacher of The Arthur Terry School. He has also been Director of Education at the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, leading five secondary schools to improve outcomes for young people. Neil began his career as an English teacher and quickly assumed a number of leadership positions, working in a range of schools with different communities.

Neil is a lead Ofsted inspector, responsible for leading section 5 and section 8 inspections. As a serving National Leader of Education, Neil also supports a range of schools and headteachers across the city in ensuring the very best provision for students.

Neil is passionate about the power of education to transform lives and increase social mobility.

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