NMAT Governing Body Pen Portaits

Name of Member Current responsibilities – employment/ self-employment/other non-exec roles, and how these demonstrate expertise required for role as Member. Previous roles/posts with other organisations and how these demonstrate expertise/skills  required for role as Member(Exec or non-exec) Responsibility as Member of the Trust (i.e.school leadership, finance, business, HR) and the skills/experience they bring to the Trust.
Allan Mansfield

An Associate of ‘Partners in Excellence’ (PiXL), an organisation working alongside 150 secondary schools and almost 600 Sixth Forms across the UK.

He is allocated to a group of schools, 28 at present, mainly in the North of England. The Associate role is supportive, but also offers advice, guidance and professional challenge.

An additional role is as a Maths Associate supporting Maths departments in PiXL schools.

He is a member of the Strategic Operations Panel for the organisation.

Spent 47 years working in the educations sector. In leadership and management roles. I have had responsibility for curriculum development; teaching and learning; pupil/student achievement; timetabling; budget and finance; staffing and all issues relating to the leadership and management of a school. At times there has been pastoral emphasis attached to the role and at other times an academic responsibility.

Following retirement, Allan worked as a Senior Advisor for Stockton-On-Tees Local Authority as part of the 14-19 sector in the School Improvement team before starting work at PiXL.

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Brings leadership and education experience

Independent Member

Brian Whitfield

Semi-retired Managing Director of local long standing business. Former Chairman of Teesside Small Business Club for 20 years. Former President of the Local Chamber of Commerce. Magistrate to 24 years. Former 3 times President of Guisborough and Great Ayton Rotary Club.

Brings leadership, business & finance experience.

Previously Deputy Chair of Middlesbrough College’s Governing Body (6 years’ experience).

Has been the Chair of Nunthorpe Academy’s Governing Body for the last 10 years (Governor for 20 years). Chair of Nunthorpe Academy’s Finance/Resources Committee.

Played a leading role in the two most recent Head Teacher appointments. Chair of North East Schools Teaching Alliance (Nunthorpe Academy’s Teaching School Alliance).

Chair of the Members Group

Business and Finance experience

Alan Brundall

Retired Company Director of his own business, a local Kitchen Design Studio, for over 29 years.

Previous to which he worked for both the Borough Architects Department of the former Teesside Borough Council, and various Private Architectural Practises.

He sat as a Magistrate on the Teesside Bench some for 17 years.

Brings leadership, business & finance knowledge.

Experience as Justice of the Peace and Youth Court Panel.

Was an advisor to the Prince’s Youth Business Trust.

Business & Finance expertise.

Independent Member

Alan Shield

Retired Secondary Deputy Head Teacher with background in teaching MFL and translation. Experience as a consultant on ‘developing Middle Leadership Accountability’ in schools within the Tees Valley. Experience of working in a MAT.

Brings leadership, safeguarding and education experience.

Consultant working in Northern Education Trust Schools under Bill Jordan CBE in Tees Valley area.

Deputy Head Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher, Head of MFL and teacher of French and German – Dyke House School, Hartlepool. 1988 – 2012.

Various Governor roles throughout his career.

Educational expertise

Independent Member

Name of Trustee Current responsibilities – employment/self-employment/other non-exec roles and how these demonstrate expertise/skills required for role. Previous roles/posts with other organisations and how these demonstrate expertise/skills required for role (Exec or non-exec). Role and responsibility on the board of trustees and the skills/experience they bring to the board. 
Allan Mansfield As above As above As above
Keith Brentnall

Recently retired as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Maths and RE at Northumbria University. Keith also had responsibility of ITT recruitment and training for Northumbria University’s School Direct provision.

Also an external examiner for a London University in Secondary RE.

Primary Governor

Taught for many years in Primary, Junior and Middle School across the country. Former Head Teacher at three different schools. Former RE subject Inspector. 

Instrumental in setting up Teach First in the North East.

Experience of setting up and undertaking research projects through Northumbria University.

Education including, Teaching School experience and ITT

Independent Trustee

Stephen Jones

Chair, Nunthorpe Academy Local Governing Body

Employed by Xerox UK, responsibilities covering IT, system development, technology implementation, worldwide business process consulting, six-sigma review and documentation, process automation, outsourcing, data protection, commercial management and customer on-boarding.

Parent Governor at Nunthorpe Academy since 2013.

Head Teacher interviews and on-boarding, Academy Conversion, MAT Conversion, Academy on-boarding.

Previous employed roles have included marketing, tender documentation and response management, team management, HR documentation and process, IT ownership (implementation, monitoring and disaster recovery), business continuity, technology implementation and process implementation around ISO9001, 14001 and 27001.

IT Guidance around review, tendering and implementation.

Marketing and branding.

Process review and management.

Commercial review and budgeting.

Malcolm Robinson

Vice Chair, Nunthorpe Academy Local Governing Body

Retired after 52 years of being a practicing architect, the latter years as a director of a large architectural practice. Joined the Nunthorpe School Governing Board to oversee the design, procurement and construction of the new Sixth Form building. This also led to him becoming Link Governor for Health and Safety.

15 years was a Justice of the Peace sitting at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in Middlesbrough.

Has been a Governor at Nunthorpe Academy for 10 years.

Safeguarding and Health and Safety Lead Governor.

Involved in the interviewing and appointment of the new School Principal.

Health and Safety experience

Iain Fuller

Chair, Rye Hills Academy Local Governing Body

Worked on the development of the James Cook University Hospital PFI scheme, a £135 million capital development. Played a lead finance role in the 20 million redevelopment of the Friarage Hospital at Northallerton, the Trusts successful application to become a Foundation Trust, the £35 million expansion of cancer services at James Cook. Undertaking the financial due diligence for the Trusts acquisition of community services in the South of Tees and Hambleton and Richmondshire patches and adding an annual turnover of £50 million and taking the Trusts overall turnover to over £500 million.

Retired from the NHS in April 2016.

Qualified as a Chartered public finance accountant (CPFA) in 1992. Held posts in both financial management and internal audit. Joined the Audit Commission in 1992 working on a range of local authority and health service audits across Teesside, Durham and Newcastle until 1998 when he joined Tees Health Authority as Chief Accountant.

Financial experience and strategic risk management experience

Jo Liddle

Currently taking a career break.

Eight years’ experience carrying out internal systems based audits for government agencies, compliance monitoring audits for providers of post-16 training and investigations into potential instances of fraud. Experience of establishing and embedding risk management practices and providing training where appropriate.

Operated tendering and contracting practices as a senior contracting adviser. I expanded my experience of chairing meetings including funding bid approval panels.

Completed a BA in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. experience of teaching in both KS1 and KS2.

A member (by qualification) status with the Association of Accounting Technicians and carry out regularly monitored CPD. 

Financial experience and strategic risk management experience

David Humpleby

David is a strategic business leader in the technology industry across the UK. He currently drives commercial growth through successful engagement with public sector stakeholders which will ensure positive support as a Trustee.

David has vast experience in commercial sales and marketing in Healthcare and I.T industries. He has also managed specialised services in the NHS. David is therefore well placed to use these skills and experience to consistently fulfil the role of Trustee for the benefit of both pupils and wider community.

David holds a BA(hons) degree in Business and Financial Services. As well as, commercial sales, marketing, project management experience across multi industry sectors. Finance, budget managment, bid management and service implementation.

Graham Cornforth

Coming soon.

Coming soon.

Coming soon.

Lee Brown

Executive Principal. NMAT

Executive Principal NMAT.

Principal of Nunthorpe Academy.

Working as a consultant supporting Rye Hills Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body

Former Deputy Head, Assistant Head, Head of Faculty and Teacher of History.

Governor at a Nursery School and Secondary School

Executive Principal

Other Key Roles

Name Current responsibilities – employment/self employment/other non-exec roles and how these demonstrate expertise/skills required for role. Previous roles/posts withint other organisations and how these demonstrate expertise/skills required  for role (Exec or non-exec). Role and responsibiity
Anne Hayward

Strategic Partner to DALP Multi-Academy Trust chain.

SEN consultant for Redcar and Cleveland LA, Hartlepool LA and Tees Valley combined Authority.

Founder of the Anne Hayward Consortium which provides specialist consultancy, training and advisory work related to young children, young people and adults who are disabled and those with special educational needs and barriers to learning, along with their carer’s and the professionals and organisations who support them.

Former Ofsted lead inspector.

Former DFE consultant for Excellence in cities and DFE consultant for special school coming into special status.

Lead consultant for the EU on inclusion. Working in Cambodia, Romania, Turkey, Mauritius and establishing an Autistic provision in Beijing.

Extensively working across the UK in a range of schools.


NMAT External Strategic Improvement Lead
Nunthorpe Academy
Ryehills Academy
North East Schools Teaching Alliance