Midland Academies Trust

Our Governance

Our Executive Team

Our Board of Directors

Kate Adair

Kate has a background in Human Resources, predominantly within the oil industry, working in both corporate and operational roles, ultimately specialising in the development and management of all aspects of pay policy.  Kate subsequently combined HR consultancy with Career Transition Management delivering individual and group programmes to a wide range of public and private sector organisations.  Since becoming a governor, Kate has been keen to see that all students are given every opportunity to gain the qualifications and skills they need to follow their chosen career path.  Kate is currently the Chair of Heath Lane Academy LGB.

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 the Hartshill School and is a Governor of The Nuneaton Academy’s Local Governing Body.

Ian Dunn (Vice Chair)

Ian holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Engineering from both British and French Universities. Ian has 21 years academic experience at Coventry University where he currently holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience. Ian leads the teaching and learning aspects of the University and is hugely proud to have played a part in Coventry being ranked the best modern University. Ian holds an order of merit from the Technical University of Lodz, Poland. Ian has been a school governor for 17 years and has been JP for 15 years, currently being Chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Bench. Ian holds a strong belief in volunteering and the ability of the individual to grow whilst supporting others.

Lesley Hagger- Vaughan

Lesley is an Assistant Professor in Education at the University of Nottingham where she teaches on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education programme and is a member of the Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management. Following a diverse career in teaching and in senior leadership roles at school, local authority and national agency level, she joined the School of Education in 2013. Lesley has broad experience of teaching, examining, advising and developing national policy in the field of Modern Languages and is a Subject Expert for Ofqual. She has lived and worked in the Midlands for most of her life where she has served as a governor in a number of local schools. She was also appointed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families as a member of an Interim Executive Board of a National Challenge School. Lesley is committed to ensuring that all young people are given every opportunity to succeed through the education that they receive.

Jerry Hutchinson

I am a 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.   

Wendy Martin

Wendy was a solicitor specialising in family law and child care. She became a governor at a primary school many years ago. She is currently chair of governors. She was also a governor at a special school in Leicester. She was a member of the Children’s Trust in Leicester for five years and has now joined that. She was an independent chair of the Early Help Review Panel for Leicester City Council. She is also the Vice Chair of the City of Leicester Governors Association.

Ann Melville

Ann started her career as a secondary school 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.

Marion Plant OBE (Principal and Chief Executive) 

Marion Plant is Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College and is the Chief Executive of The Midland Academies Trust. She is also Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust which sponsors four secondary schools.

Marion serves on several national/ regional bodies including:

  • Non-executive board member of the Department for Education.
  • Trustee of World Skills UK.
  • Board member for Coventry University and Co-Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.
  • Board member for Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and non-voting Board member and Skills lead Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).
  • Trustee of the National Society Council (CofE).

John Ramsay

John is Education Director for Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking in the Midlands where he has worked for the last 8 years, with previous roles with HBOS and NatWest following a degree in Economics & Economic History at the University of Leicester. 

Given his specialist role, John has a good understanding of the wider sector including Higher Education, Further Education, Academies and Independent Schools and the challenges/opportunities in each sector.

John has a wide network of professional & sector contacts and has the ability to provide insight and strategic challenge to institutions he has worked with, maintaining a commercial and risk based view. 

Having progressed from a local State Comprehensive School education in Liverpool, to a Russell Group University and his subsequent career in Corporate Banking. John is passionate in his belief around the importance of education and encouraging studnets from all backgrounds to strive to achieve their best.

John lives in Hinckley and Bosworth Borough and is involved with local junior triathlon and cycling clubs, his two children attending a local academy school.

Tim Render (Chair)

A chartered public finance accountant and a trained town planner, Tim retired as Director of Finance for a major local authority in 2008. He now 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.

Tim is Chair of the MAT Board of Directors as well as Chair of the George Eliot School LGB.Joe brings to MAT a wealth of business and boardroom experience. He is passionate about education as a route to improved life chances for disadvantaged young people, and for using his skills to make a real difference to the organisations he works with.  

Joe Walsh 

Dr Joe Walsh is currently a director of a small consultancy specialising in the management of innovation. He was until recently Programme Manager in Openreach responsible for the deployment of next generation telecoms networks in the Midlands. He worked for BT for around 23 years in a variety of senior management roles including Regional Partnership Director for London, Partnership Director for BT Volunteering (one of Europe’s largest  employee volunteering schemes), and as Programme Manager for the deployment of superfast broadband across the UK. 

Before BT, Joe worked in the software industry, and in the Ministry of Defence.  He has degrees in Mathematics and in Engineering, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture & Commerce.  He has served as a non-executive director on a number of boards.

Joe brings to MAT a wealth of business and boardroom experience.  He is passionate about education as a route to improved life chances for disadvantaged young people, and for using his skills to make a real difference to the organisations he works with.  





Our Academy Principals

Megan Morris, Principal Heath Lane Academy - Heath Lane Academy

Simon Lomax, Principal - The Nuneaton Academy

Michelle Oliphant, Principal - Hartshill School

Homeria Zakary, Principal- George Eliot School


Additional Information

Governance Arrangements 2016-2017

MAT Composite Attendance for 2016 - 2017 

MAT Members Directors Governors details


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