Directors and Members

Directors and Members


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.

Charlotte Pilkington
Charlotte is an experienced school leader within the locality, with a passion for developing people, inspiring them to excel in a culture of possibility and growth. In her day job as a deputy headteacher and a school centred initial teacher training lead, Charlotte ensures the safety, well-being and academic success of both children and adults; supporting all to achieve their dreams and aspire to greatness. She has designed, launched and successfully run an Initial Teacher Training PGCE course at a local teaching school and most recently, as a Lead Teacher, Charlotte has supported a number of schools to develop their pedagogy and curriculum in English and beyond. Having recently gained a Masters qualification in Educational Leadership, she is keen to promote collaboration, share expertise and support all learners within the Mid-Trent MAT to achieve infinite possibilities. Charlotte is a Mum of 4, and an active member of the PTFA at Colwich Church of England Primary School. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and wider family, getting out and about in the local area, holidays and reading (preferably in the sunshine).

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Stephen Butt
Stephen was appointed as a Governor by the Church over 12 months ago. He is Churchwarden at All Saints Sandon. He was in the field of Education for 39 years. In 1991 he became a Head teacher of a residential Special School for children with severe Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. For the last 4 years he became an Executive Head Teacher when he was asked to take on the responsibility to turn around a failing secondary school for children who were diagnosed with severe Emotional and Behavioural difficulties. He retired in January 2013. He was appointed as the Chair to Primary Head teachers of Sandwell Primary schools for five years. He is a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Stafford. This is a voluntary position which involves monitoring the standards at the prison. Stephen enjoys DIY, reading, holidays (of course!). Currently developing the property that he has recently purchased.

Major Jonathan Mayne
Major 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 the 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 move into Weston village primarily to ensure that his two children can continue to benefit from schooling at St. Andrew’s.  Jon is currently Deputy Chief of Staff for Headquarters 11 Signal and West Midland Brigade, but maintains close links with the military community in Stafford. Jon has held a number of informal posts during his time supporting the school as a Parent Governor, and now chairs the curriculum committee, and well as being a ‘Member’ of the Mid-Trent Academy Trust.