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Robert Allen

Robert is a qualified solicitor with extensive experience across a broad range of legal disciplines and currently occupies the role of Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs within the UK subsidiary of a large international transportation group. His role requires delivery of commercially focused and strategic advice to local and Group management Boards, and oversight of risk management, compliance and corporate governance across a diverse operational environment.  He is keen to apply these skills to maintain the high standards in place across SHINE, and make a positive contribution to the Trust's future growth. Robert is passionate about talent development, and the promotion of safety and wellbeing. 

Area of responsibility: TBA

Appointed on: 11/03/2021

Term of office ends: 10/03/2025

Employment: Solicitor 


David Bailey

Most of my working life has been within public sector scientific research organisations – initially at the Natural History Museum in London and later at the British Geological Survey in Nottingham. During my career I have developed an interest in encouraging and supporting excellence and creativity in science education for all ages, from Early Years to the Third Age. I am particularly interested in breaking down the barriers that lead to a lack of diversity in the scientific workplace. I am an active member of the STEMNET Science Ambassador and RGS Geography Ambassador schemes. As Vice Chair of BMAT, I gained experience of supporting and challenging an Academy Senior Leadership Team during a period of significant change both to the organisation itself, and to the education sector more generally. I have also been an independent member of Admission Appeals Panels for schools in Leicestershire for many years. I believe my scientific career and experience as a trustee of several charities have given me a broad appreciation of the principles of good governance, accountability and financial control.

Area of responsibility: Policies and procedures including admissions

Appointed on: 01/10/2021

Term of office ends: 30/09/2025

Employment: Self-Employed Geologist and STEM adviser 


Fiona Boyd

Fiona is a social work lecturer with a remit of working with international students and teaching international social welfare. She has an extensive knowledge of safeguarding both children, young people and adults and is keen to support SHINE and its family of schools.

Fiona is a registered Social Worker with the social work professional regulator, Social Work England and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Area of responsibility: TBA

Appointed on: 26/01/2021

Term of office ends: 25/01/2025

Employment: Retired Social Work Lecturer


Jane Gant (Chair of the Board)

Jane has lived all of her life in Nottingham, and taught Food Technology and Textiles in Leicestershire secondary schools for 30 years. Jane was part of senior leadership teams for over 21 years, fulfilling the roles of assistant head, deputy and acting headteacher. Jane is keen to support and work with the SHINE central team to share her knowledge and skills she has acquired to improve the education for children in her hometown. Jane understands the importance of a great start in Primary Education and believes that a broad curriculum with enrichment activities will enable all children to find their talents and achieve their full potential. 

Area of responsibility: Chair of the Board

Appointed on: 01/05/2021

Term of office ends: 30/04/2025

Employment: Retired Head of School 


Anna Gregory (Vice Chair of the Board)

I am a former Head of English and Assistant Head at Garibaldi College in Mansfield and previously taught English at Arnold Hill School in Nottingham. I am currently a senior examiner for International GCSE English Literature Drama Papers with a leading awarding body. I have written texts books for several GCSE specifications and trained teachers both in the UK and overseas. I have over 30 years teaching and examining experience. My main area of expertise is in assessment and tracking pupil progress. I am a keen singer and have a strong interest in drama and fully support widening the cultural experience of children in our schools.

Area of responsibility: Vice Chair - with a focus on Teaching and Learning

Appointed on: 01/05/2021

Term of office ends: 30/04/2025

Employment: Senior Examiner (Cambridge Board)


Paul Hawkins (Vice Chair of the Board)

I have been a Derbyshire resident for all of my life and served as a police officer in the county for 30 years before retiring in 2014. I then worked for the police for five years as an Information Security Manager before retiring in May 2019.

I have been a school governor for over 20 years at both primary and secondary schools as well as serving on the management committee for Derbyshire Special Schools. I sit on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Appeal panels for school admissions and I am currently vice-chair of the board of governors at a Derby secondary school. I also sit on Independent Review panels for school exclusions.

I am now semi-retired and work occasionally an examination invigilator. I also carry out voluntary work with the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

I have always enjoyed volunteering in schools, and supporting children to achieve their best, as education is key to so many things in life. Now that I have more free time and am looking forward to supporting the school and everyone connected with educating our children. 

Area of responsibility: Vice Chair - with a focus on Finance and Business Management

Appointed on: 06/06/2019

Term of office ends: 05/06/2023

Employment: Examination Invigilator at Chesterfield College


Rachael Mabe

Rachael has worked in both education and marketing roles for the last twenty years and is at a point in her career where she wants to give back and help promote and share best practice. Rachael is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and expertise to help SHINE to build on the positive work being undertaken and to raise its external profile by strengthen marketing and communications. 

Area of responsibility: Marketing 

Appointed on: 14/09/2021

Term of office ends: 13/09/2025

Employment: University Teacher in Marketing  


Anna Moss

Anna has worked in a school setting, in human resources (HR) leadership role for a number of years. She has an excellent understanding of how schools operate and the challenges faced and considerable experience of managing both operational and people issues including UK safeguarding imperatives and supporting staff wellbeing during and post pandemic. Furthermore, Anna has a broad range of HR experience from a variety of sectors as well as a background in law and her expertise and insight will further strengthen the Board. 
Anna is looking forward to the opportunity to 'give something back' to her local community, having lived as an expatriate for the last 13 years and feels passionately about education and the impact that schools have on young people's present and future.

Area of responsibility: HR 

Appointed on: 11/10/2021

Term of office ends: 10/10/2025

Employment: Group HR Manager


Judi O'Leary

I am an experienced Headteacher, previously the Head of Whitemoor and Birklands Primary in Warsop. I was appointed as a leadership consultant at Riverside Primary in Nottingham. Previously, I have worked for Nottinghamshire as part of the LA school improvement team to support schools in an Ofsted category. Successfully moving schools from a category of concern to good within a year due to a tried and tested school improvement programme, effective in all school settings.

My most recent Ofsted report (February 2016) positively highlights my desire to remain forward looking as a leader, continually adapting practice appropriately leading to ‘a high level of consistently effective teaching’ with Whitemoor’s systems being described as ‘innovative and distinctive.’

Area of responsibility: Securing quality Teaching and Learning across all academies and the viability of SHINE.

Appointed on: Ex-officio

Term of office ends: Ex-officio

Employment: CEO of SHINE


Mary Robson

Mary is currently human resources director supporting four Multi Academy Trusts, covering 84 schools across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has extensive human resources experience gained by working in the education sector and advising schools, academies and colleges.

Area of responsibility: Human Resources

Appointed on: 30/10/2017

Term of office ends: 31/10/2021

Employment: Human Resources Director


Retired trustees:

Bryan Jones

Appointed on: 05/07/2019

Term of office ended: 31/08/2021

Employment: Retired