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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: 01/12/2018

Term of office ends: 30/11/2021

Employment: Self-Employed Geologist and STEM adviser 


Jane Gant (Chair of the Board)

Even though I have lived all of my life in Nottingham, I have taught Food Technology and Textiles in Leicestershire secondary schools for 30 years. I have been part of Senior Leadership teams for over 21 years, fulfilling the roles of Assistant Head, Deputy and Acting Headteacher. I am looking forward to working with the SHINE MAT team to share the knowledge and skills I have acquired to improve the education for children in my hometown. I understand the importance of a great start in Primary Education and believe 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: 19/07/2017

Term of office ends: 18/07/2021

Employment: Retired


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: 11/09/2017

Term of office ends: 10/09/2021

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


Bryan Jones

I am a retired Chartered Accountant with a career with a major accounting firm; before moving into industry and commerce, where I held senior positions and directorships, including responsibility for managing manufacturing and wholesaling businesses. I was also responsible for the business operations of the Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, which included management of adult training centres in Nottingham, Newark and Mansfield.

Area of responsibility: Finance and Audit

Appointed on: 05/07/2019

Term of office ends: 04/07/2023

Employment: Retired


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 for 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: 01/11/10/2017

Term of office ends: 31/10/2021

Employment: Human Resources Director


Retired Trustees:

Chris Coverley

Declaration of interest: None

Area of responsibility: Chair of the Board

Resignation: 25/07/2019

Employment: Investors in Pupils Assessor


Sam Clulow

Declaration of interest: None

Area of responsibility: Vice Chair of the Board – with a focus on Finance and Audit

Resignation: 31/08/2019

Employment: Director and Financial Adviser at Park View Financial Services Ltd