Directors and Members

Directors and Members


Mary Evans (Chair)
I have worked in post 16 education for 20 years and most of this experience has been in the area of apprenticeships which offer a great way for people to progress in work and life, whatever their age, gender or educational background. I have always believed strongly in giving people the opportunity to succeed and I am delighted to be part of the Mid-Trent MAT, working with a group of schools who all share a vision to put our children first and to offer an education of the highest quality. I have been involved as a parent governor at Colwich C of E Primary school for over ten years and I have been chair of governors for eight years, having had two children who have been through the school in that time.

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.

Nicki Clay
It is with great pleasure and optimism that I embark on my eleventh year as headteacher of Colwich CE Primary School and my second year with the Mid-Trent MAT. It is a real privilege to work in such a dynamic school and trust alongside dedicated teams. I am committed to ensuring that our schools provide outstanding opportunities for every child and work in close partnership to excel. I particularly value the positive, affirming Christian ethos which underpins our learning community. Before moving to Staffordshire, I worked for many years as a class teacher, lead teacher and deputy headteacher in middle and primary schools in Shropshire, specialising in supporting teacher training. More recently, I was delighted to become a Local Leader of Education, working with colleagues in often challenging situations. I have a genuine love of learning and continue to delight in developing potential in others.

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.

Paul Hayward
I have been head teacher at St Andrew’s since September 2011. Before that I was head teacher at All Saints in Bednall. I believe a good education can open doors for everyone. I have been teaching since 1992. I gain an immense amount of pleasure from watching children succeed. Around about the year 2000 I took a break from teaching, for a few years, to run a company which commissioned large industrial sites. I learned so much from the experience which I apply to my role now as head teacher and director. I am a parent governor at my own children’s high school. This enables me to see education from various angles. It is a privilege to be working with like –minded colleagues from Mid-Trent schools who share the same vision for all of our children: that they deserve the best possible education we can provide.



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.

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.