Trust Directors

Mike Donoghue (Executive Principal and 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.

Barbara Mahoney, 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 developing and establishing the Multi-Academy Trust.

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.

Angela Grandfield OBE

Qualified teacher with 40 years teaching experience in secondary education. I taught in the same school for all my teaching career however in that time the school changed in character from a grammar school to bi-lateral to comprehensive to grant maintained to science college and finally converting to an academy. During my time at the school I spent 30 years as a senior leader including leading a department.

A large part of my role was that of managing teams of people including a large team of pastoral staff. on more than one occasion pastoral at the school was graded, under my leadership, as outstanding by Ofsted. I retired from teaching in 2009 and was asked if I would remain as a member of staff in a different role. The school funded my retraining as Health and Safety Manager.

In a voluntary capacity I sit as vice chair on the governing bodies of two primary schools. I am also a Director of John Taylor Multi Academy Trust.

In the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List I was awarded an MBE for services to Education in Walsall.

Richard Hayes

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 he started their own specialist Lighting Consultancy which is now in its 25th year working mainly in UK, 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

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.

Tim Hopkins

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, a Director of John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust since May 2016, 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 years 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.

Gareth Moss

Gareth is Chair of the John Taylor MAT and also Chair of the John Taylor High School Governing Body. Gareth was also appointed a National Leader of Governance in 2013.

Gareth is an accountant and currently works for Serco, responsible for their work in 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 marathon running.

Barbara Richardson

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 serves as a magistrate within the family and criminal courts. Currently is the chair of the audit committee for JTMAT.

Seamus Treanor

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 including time at John Taylor and in inner-city Birmingham.

Partner Organisation

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

2019/20 Target Position