Skills: Governance, risk management, strategic planning and legal practice

David is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who has spent the past decade leading legal and company secretarial functions for a number of Yorkshire based businesses (including most recently CPL Industries and Boparan Holdings (2 Sisters Food Group). He is also a director of the Industry Wide Mine-Workers and Coal Staff pension schemes.

David has been involved with School governance for more than ten years – having joined the Governing Body of Morley High School in 2006 before going on to become the Chair of the GORSE Academies Trust in 2010 (as it grew from one Academy to four secondary schools, one sixth form college, three primary schools and two teaching schools by the time he stepped down as Chair in the Summer of 2017). David remains a member of the GORSE Academies Trust as it continues along its path of measured growth.


Skills: Business Communications, Change Management, Governance and Strategic Planning

Mike is an expert in change management. He has led teams through significant change in the private sector and in education. Mike currently works for Lloyds Banking Group helping to improve customer-colleague interactions through a mix of long term strategic planning and rapid change.

Mike also has 8 years’ experience as a parent governor in the primary sector. He was chair of governors for 3 years, leading the board through a five-year change plan, including transforming the senior leadership team to support a 5-year change plan.

Skills: Change Management, Governance and Programme Planning, Executive and Life Coaching

Nic is an expert in change management. She is an influential senior leader with a capacity to deliver technical change and transformation across the financial and utility sector. She is future focussed, being able to develop sound long-term roadmaps for strategy implementation. A change agent, with a demonstrable track record of solid project and people management skills deployed to empower cross-functional, high performing teams and drive operational excellence.

Recent years have been spent in the anti-money laundering space leading the Lloyds Banking Group Commercial Banking programme.
Nic is extending her leadership and coaching expertise and is now delivering executive and life coaching to empower people for change.

Skills: Education and Governance

Andrew is an experienced education professional who has been the Principal of an Outstanding school since 2013. Since qualifying as a teacher in 1993 he has worked in 5 different large secondary schools, holding a variety of middle and senior leader posts and gaining his NPQH in 2008. The school he currently leads is a stand-alone Academy Trust and, in addition to being the Principal, he is a Trustee and the Trust’s Accounting Officer.

Andrew has recently served a term as Chair of the Calderdale Association of Secondary Heads (CASH) and is a member of the Calderdale Schools’ Forum. As Chair of CASH, he also led the Calderdale Secondary School Improvement Cluster and has worked closely with Local Authority officers and other Headteachers on school improvement initiatives and on better relationships between schools and other support services. He has particular expertise in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Behaviour Management, Educational Leadership and Management, and Mental Health and Well-being in schools.

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