Directors and Members

Directors and Members

DIRECTORS

David Clay (Chair of the Board)

David has wide ranging expertise in operational, financial and strategic leadership at Managing Director / Executive Director level. He has operated within the nationalised industry, major corporate plc and private equity sectors both in the UK and internationally.
He has travelled world-wide, establishing new businesses in mainland Europe, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and South America.
David is now retired and joined the Mid-Trent Multi Academy Trust in 2015 to utilise his business expertise in supporting the development and business operations of the Trust.
He is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren and his passions are his family, cricket, gardening, travel and charity work.

Paul Hayward (CEO)

Paul is currently Headteacher at St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Weston. This is his second headship. His career, in education, began in 1992 as a class teacher. Since then he has worked in different schools developing his teaching and leadership skills. Paul took a few years out of education to work in business as a commissioning engineer. This gave him an understanding of business which he feels has added value to his current position. Paul is also an active governor on the board of a high school. When not working, Paul occasionally plays lead guitar in a rock band and loves to spend time with his family.

Mark Blundy  

Group Director of Health and Safety at Bowmer-Kirkland
Mark’s 15 years as an HSE Inspector gave him the knowledge and expertise we required to extend and enhance our safety culture and procedures. He joined B&K in 2007 and since then a number of our Group companies have achieved OHSAS 18001 Accreditation but, more importantly, we have positively enhanced our safety culture through our procedures, training and supporting communications. On our behalf, Mark liaises with a range of client and industry bodies to develop and promote best practice in the industry. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH and when not at work enjoys mountain biking and water skiing.

Angela Mulligan

Angela Mulligan is an Independent Education Consultant who has extensive experience of classroom teaching and senior leadership, including Headship, in a wide range of infant and primary schools. She is a National College accredited School Improvement Partner (SIP) and trained as an Ofsted inspector.
Angela has been involved with the three schools in the Mid-Trent MAT since 2008, initially as the School Improvement Partner appointed by Staffordshire Local Authority. She has continued to support the schools in recent years, including working with Governors in their annual review of Headteacher performance. In her capacity as a Director on the MAT board Angela is keen to use her experience and skills to support the family of schools in the Mid-Trent MAT in providing the best in education resulting in the best possible outcomes for all children.

Wilf Buck

Wilf has substantial experience in start-up, privately held and publicly listed companies. Following a successful International Human Resources career across a wide range of industries, he established an Executive Search and Selection and HR Support Services business within the Corporate Finance Sector. He then decided to leave corporate life and became Chief Executive of a Training Company which he moved from loss making to profitability within 15 months. This experience gave him the confidence in 2006 to acquire his own Apprenticeship Training Company which had gone into Administration. The business grew and achieved Direct contracts with the Education and Skills Funding Agency delivering the majority of Apprenticeships in the Early Years/Childcare sector. He sold this profitable business in October 2018.

John Hill

John is a commercially minded senior marketing manager with over 20 years’ experience gained in a wide range of blue- chip companies. With a strong focus on brand, communications, and customer experience, he brings a track record of delivering exponential sales and margin growth. With a passion for language and imagery, he has successfully developed numerous customer propositions and brand positioning strategies. John is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Institute of Data & Marketing and holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree. In his spare time, he is a keen gardener with an interest in amateur dramatics.

Claire Tallentire

Claire has worked in communications, PR, marketing and journalism for over 23 years across a range of different organisations, including 15 years specifically within higher education at University of Wolverhampton, Birmingham City University and University of Northampton, where outreach work to the potential university students of the future often started at primary school age. Her current role is working as an external stakeholder relations lead for a local NHS Trust, liaising with a variety of regional organisations and contacts across Staffordshire and beyond. Claire has a particular interest in widening participation in education, and equality, diversity and inclusion. In her spare time, she enjoys family life with her husband and daughter, looking after their multitude of pets, creative writing, cooking, walking and our local countryside.

Clive O’Donnell

Clive retired in 2018 after a 37 year teaching career in independent junior schools, including three headships, two in Stafford and one in Birmingham. He served on several regional and national committees and was a team inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Having lived with his wife and three step-children almost next door to St. Andrew’s for nearly twenty years, it has been a pleasure getting to know the school as a volunteer in retirement. Hobbies include sport, especially cricket, concerts and theatre visits and exploring the countryside with two energetic dogs.

Father Jason Phillips

Jason brings a wealth of educational experience to the board having served as a primary teacher and also headteacher of two successful schools.  He has co-led regional courses to train middle schools leaders and aspiring headteachers and deputies. The Royal Chartered College of Teachers honoured him as a fellow for impact in school leadership having worked with stakeholders to turn two schools around. He has also taught extensively at the local teacher-training university with expertise in English and Language development, early years (Reggio Emelia approach), Religious Education and School Leadership.  He used to moderate for the general Teaching Council when it existed.  Jason is a highly regarded and experienced inspector of Church Schools (SIAMS).  Jason is presently the Rector of the Mid-Trent Churches Team and an experienced vocations advisor.  He has a long experience of the area having served as curate here previously and having grown up and worked in the area.

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MEMBERS

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Mayne

Jon Mayne was posted to MOD Stafford in June 2014, as Regimental Second-in-Command of 22 Signal Regiment, and quickly identified the benefit of St.Andrews school having a direct link to a growing military community in the area.  Having moved home 8 times over 13 years, in 2016 he made what he hopes to be his final home move into Weston village primarily to ensure that his two children can continue to benefit from schooling in the local area.  Jon is currently conducting a staff role at Headquarters Home Command in Aldershot, but maintains close links with the military community in Stafford. Jon has held a number of informal posts during his time supporting a school as a Parent Governor at St. Andrews, and now as a ‘Member’ of the Mid-Trent Multi Academy Trust.

David Clay

David has wide ranging expertise in operational, financial and strategic leadership at Managing Director / Executive Director level. He has operated within the nationalised industry, major corporate plc and private equity sectors both in the UK and internationally.
He has travelled world-wide, establishing new businesses in mainland Europe, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and South America.
David is now retired and joined the Mid-Trent Multi Academy Trust in 2015 to utilise his business expertise in supporting the development and business operations of the Trust.
He is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren and his passions are his family, cricket, gardening, travel and charity work.

CECET Representative

The Church of England Central Education Trust (CECET) is the corporate body representing the Diocese of Lichfield with the role of appointing Directors/Trustees to Academy Trusts.