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Fiona Boyd (Chair of Trustees)

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: Safeguarding

Appointed on: 26/01/2021

Appointed as Chair: 20/05/2022

Term of office ends: 25/01/2025

Employment: Retired Social Work Lecturer


Sam Clulow (Vice Chair of Trustees)

Sam is a small business owner and understands the difficulties of establishing and maintaining a sustainable business in today’s environment of strict compliance oversight. Sam has a good grasp of the challenges facing the MAT in these formative years and is a keen support SHINE to ensure all  participating schools provide the very best in primary school education to all children. 

Area of responsibility: Finance

Appointed on: 20/05/2022

Term of office ends: 20/05/2026

Employment: Company Director and Financial Adviser for Park View Financial Services Ltd and a none shareholding Director at John Clulow (Frames) Ltd


Eddie Pearce

Eddie is an ACA qualified accountant who has spent the last 10 years at Greenwood Academies Trust, the last 8 of which have been as Chief Financial Officer. Over this period Eddie has built the financial infrastructure for the Trust during a period of significant growth and leads the strategic approach with regard to finance for this £120m turnover organisation.  Eddie’s previous roles have included senior finance and non-finance positions in the financial services sector, including 12 years at Capital One Bank where Eddie was responsible for the Statutory Reporting team and was Manager of the Operations team for Savings Accounts. Prior to this Eddie spent 5 years in a professional accountancy firm.

Area of responsibility: Finance

Appointed on: 20/05/2022

Term of office ends: 20/05/2026

Employment: Chief Finance Officer at Greenwood Academies Trust


Kate Watson

Kate is an experienced Headteacher who is passionate about school improvement. She has worked as an Executive Head and a consultant Headteacher in both church and non-church schools across Nottinghamshire. Currently, Kate is working at a school in Mansfield, helping to ‘lift’ it out of Special Measures. She is looking forward to developing her skills further as a Trustee of Shine. 

Area of responsibility: School Improvement

Appointed on: 20/05/2022

Term of office ends: 20/05/2026

Employment: Chief Executive Officer at Aspire Multi Academy Trust


Chris Newton

Chris is a retired headteacher with some 40 years of experience in Nottingham City and County schools. He was head of Newlands Junior School - working alongside staff, parents, governors and pupils for 20 years. He began teaching at an inner-city primary school in 1977, and moved to Leamington Primary School in 1982. Whilst there, he became SENDCo for the Sutton Centre family of schools and became Deputy Headteacher. He was also a moderator for the County, checking that appropriate use of SEN funds in various schools.
Following this Chris became Headteacher at Newlands Junior School in 1995, and remained there for 20 years. During this time he successfully led the school from a 'Special Measures' to a 'Good' Ofsted school in a short time. He was also SENDCo for the Garibaldi family of schools.

After retirement in 2015, he became a governor, and chair of governors at Brierley Forest Primary school, helping to secure a period of stability to the school during a difficult period for it. Chris hopes to support SHINE MAT with the benefit of his wide experience.

Area of responsibility: School Improvement

Appointed on: 20/05/2022

Term of office ends: 20/05/2026

Employment: Retired Headteacher


Pat Woodfield

Pat has experience within HR Management, as a COO and CEO, as well as experience of working with a wide range of people. She currently works as an Group Executive Director for People & Culture with YMCA Robin Hood Group, having previously been a Board member some 25 years ago. Pat is at a point in her career when she is able to choose to work with organisations which reflect her personal values, and considers that this role is complementary to her responsibilities. She believes that this will be rewarding and personally satisfying, and will benefit her personal and professional development.

Area of responsibility: Human Resources

Appointed on: 22/09/22

Term of office ends: 22/09/2026

Employment: Consultancy (HR & Business)


Judi O'Leary

Judi is an experienced Headteacher, having been the Head of Whitemoor Academy, as well as Birklands Primary in Warsop. Additionally, she was a leadership consultant for Riverside Primary in Nottingham and had worked for Nottinghamshire LA as part of their school improvement team, supporting settings in an Ofsted category. Throughout this time, she successfully moved schools from a category of concern to good within a year, due to a tried and tested school improvement programme. 

Area of responsibility: CEO

Appointed on: Ex-officio

Term of office ends: Ex-officio

Employment: Chief Executive Officer of SHINE