Our Governance

Mike Coult


Mike Coult

Mike is a chartered public finance accountant and retired in July 2012 after 40 years’ service for Coventry City Council.  Most of his career was spent in financial management but he retired from the post of Assistant Director - Transformation Programme. Mike is the Chair of the MAT Audit Committee and is a Member of The Nuneaton and Heath Lane Academies Raising Achievement Board.



Ian Dunn

Ian Dunn (Chair)

As Provost for Coventry University Group, Ian is Chief Academic Officer and takes responsibility for driving the highest standards of academic excellence and supporting the leadership of the Education & Student Experience, Research and Enterprise & Innovation pillars of the corporate strategy.

Ian has worked at Coventry University since 1992, beginning as an academic in the Engineering Faculty and has subsequently taken many roles in Engineering and Computing before being appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2010, Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2013 and Provost in 2018.

Ian led the development of Coventry University College in 2011 and was involved in the subsequent developments to create campuses in Scarborough and Dagenham. He led the creation of Coventry University Online in 2017 to create a suite of fully online degrees available in partnership with FutureLearn.

Ian is highly engaged with the higher education sector both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the QAA Advisory Committee for Degree Awarding Powers in the UK and a member of the European University Association steering committee for learning and teaching. In 2016 Ian was voted “Inspiring Leader of the Year” at the Guardian Higher Education Awards. He is highly engaged in his local communities, working with schools, the justice system and charities.




Jerry Hutchinson

Jerry Hutchinson

I am a former Local Authority Chief Executive and a solicitor. In addition to my legal background, I bring strategic management experience, a strong interest in the wider local community and an understanding of the public sector to the corporation.  I have extensive experience as a school governor (secondary) including 5+ years as a Chair, also  as a Director of a multi academy trust Hand as an FE Board member including chairing Committees and as Vice Chair of the Corporation. I am also the independent Chair of a local multi agency Health Improvement Partnership. 



Ann Meville

Ann Melville (Vice Chair

and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee)

Ann started her career as a secondary science teacher. Following a career break, Ann moved into Community Education and was Vice-Principal in the Southampton Institute of Adult, Youth and Community Education before moving to Tameside MBC in 1987 as head of Community Education.

In 1991, Ann moved to be the head of Strategic Development in the Education Department. In 1995, Ann moved to Liverpool as Assistant Director in the Education Department where she was responsible for the Education Budget, LMS development, Capital Developments and School Organisation. In this post, Ann was responsible for the delivery of 40 new schools, including some delivered through the PFI project. Ann led the bid for funding under Building Schools for the Future and was Director of the Wave 2 project. Ann was responsible for linking education to the regeneration programme for the City. The time in Liverpool involved Ann in extensive change management and during her time there the department moved from being deemed by Ofsted as a failing to a Good Authority in 18 months.

Ann wants to maintain her involvement in education following her retirement.  Ann is also Vice-Chair of the Leicestershire CAB which includes the City of Leicester. Ann hopes that her varied career experience and continuing belief in the importance of Education will enable her to contribute effectively to the MAT. 


Kirston Nelson

Kirston has served as a Director/ Assistant Director for Education for over 9 years across 2 Local Authorities. She has significant knowledge and understanding of the operating environment and a high level of experience working with Local Authorities, the Department for Education, the Regional Schools Commissioner, Ofsted, WMCA and Government.

Kirston wanted to join the MAT Board to give something back to the profession that she has served for 25 years and offer her expertise in the best interest of improving outcomes for children, young people and the local area.


Marion Plant

Marion Plant OBE FCGI

(Principal and Chief Executive)

Marion Plant is Principal and Chief Executive of a large FE College; North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College in Leicestershire and Warwickshire.  She is also Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust which sponsors four secondary schools. Marion also served a 3 year term as a non-executive director at the Department for Education and in March 2018 was awarded the ‘Business Woman of the Year Award’ by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

                  She serves on several national/ regional bodies including:

  • Deputy-Chair and Trustee of WorldSkills UK
  • Board member of Coventry University and co-chair of the Academic Affairs committee ·      
  • Board member (Director) for the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and skills lead.
  • Member of Coventry and Warwickshire Skills Advisory Panel
  • Member of the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Programme Board
  • Trustee of the National Society Council (Church of England)
  • Member of the Education & Skills Funding Agency Advisory Group
  • Member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Skills Advisory Panel.


Tim Render

Tim Render

A chartered public finance accountant and a trained town planner, Tim retired as Director of Finance for a major local authority in 2008. He is “retired” but occasionally still works as a consultant in finance and governance, and holds a number of non-executive roles. He is also the independent chair of the audit committees at North East Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Tim is a trustee and non-executive director in the public and private sector of various local charities including Hinckley Homeless Group, CAB, Food Bank and Worklink and the family and work initiative

Tim is Chair of the combined George Eliot / Hartshill School RAB.



Phil Rowley

Phil Rowley 

Phil is a chartered engineer with 27 years’ experience of delivering transportation strategy advisory services to senior government figures and agencies.

He is currently delivering a national traffic management project in the UK. Phil is a Director of a small business services consultancy and has previously managed consultancy business in the middle east. He holds a BSc Hons in International Studies and has an Executive MBA.

Phil is keen to bring his strategic and Governance experience to the MAT and help make a difference to the students and communities the MAT serves.



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