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Board of Directors

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To download the current full governance structure, including Director pecuniary interests, click here

To download the Director's Attendance 2017-18, click here

Mr Jeremy Woolner


 (term of office 7 February 2020)

Company Director at Best Training (Lincs) Ltd; The Little Safety Training Company; Chair of Governors at Lisle Marsden CofE Primary Academy; Director at Franklin 6th Form College; Director at St James School, Grimsby; Governor at Ulceby CofE Primary School and Weston St Mary CofE Primary.

About Jerry

Jerry is a local businessman and professional management consultant, working particularly with national and international organisations in the food industry. He is Managing Director of 3 long-established companies providing educational and career development services across the Humber counties and Lincolnshire.

Jerry has been a school governor for 20 years, across all age groups from primary to 6th form college, spanning standalone academies, academy trusts, Local Authority schools, and a private fee-paying school. He is currently Chair of Governors at Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary Academy; Director of Corporation at Franklin 6th Form College; and Director of Council at St James School, Grimsby. Jerry was appointed a National Leader of Governance in 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the LAAT Board.

Reverend Canon Andrew Dodd

 (term of office 16 October 2021)

Member appointment. Team Rector, Great Grimsby Team Ministry. Charity trusteeships: Lincoln Diocese Board of Education. Foundation Governor at Lisle Marsden C of E Primary (appointed 2011)

About Andrew

After training for ordination, Revd Canon Andrew Dodd served a curacy in New Addington, a housing estate on the outskirts of Croydon; followed by an incumbency in Newington. His present post is Team Rector at Grimsby Minster and Area Dean of North East Lincolnshire.

Revd Canon Andrew Dodd has always had a keen interest in education and training, having served as a school governor in primary and secondary schools in South London. He was also a member of Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, and a fellow of the Woodard Corporation.

Currently, Revd Canon Andrew Dodd is governor at Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary academy, Board of Education member for Lincoln Diocese and a director of the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust, as well as SACRE member for North East Lincolnshire. His professional background and project management experience has been a useful support to schools and in assessing progress, monitoring standards and developing curriculum. An important role Revd Canon Andrew Dodd undertakes is establishing community links and developing local church community relationships with schools, particularly in urban and socially deprived areas. He enjoys leading collective worship and has run school engineering clubs in the past, particularly supporting the WISE campaign (Women into Science and Engineering).

Ms Jacqueline Waters-Dewhurst

Chief Executive Officer

Ex-officio (CEO). Current employment - Diocesan Director of Education. Company directorships: Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust, St Lawrence Academy Trust. Director at St Lawrence Academy since 2012.

About Jackie

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst came to the diocese of Lincoln 4 years ago as Diocesan Director of Education. As part of this role she set up and developed the diocesan Multi Academy Trust (LAAT) to meet the needs of church schools within Greater Lincolnshire. This drew on her experience working as the Diocesan Director of Education for Bristol where she set up their diocesan MAT.

Jackie has worked for 3 dioceses (Lincoln, Bristol and Bath and Wells) and in each job has worked closely with partners in education forming effective relationships with, in total, 11 Local Authorities, a number of Universities and colleges, National church bodies, local charities, partner academy trusts and government agencies. Her passion is the vision for inclusive, vibrant and highly effective places of education where children are enabled to learn to be the people that God intended; to learn about their world and their place in it in the context of the complex and exciting diversity that makes up a 21st century community.

Mr Greg Marsden

Vice Chair

(term of office 15 January 2023)

Member appointment. Director of Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education; governor at Franklin 6th Form College.

About Greg

Greg is a retired former executive headteacher with thirty-five years’ experience in the teaching profession, over twenty-five of which were in headship. All of Greg’s service was in the church school sector, both in Church of England and Catholic schools.

For ten years, Greg also worked as a head-consultant for the local authority, specialising in data analysis and the mentoring of newly-appointed headteachers. More recently he has worked as a Local Leader of Education (LLE); in recent times deployed through a local teaching school. Greg’s LLE work consisted of two main strands; continuing headteacher mentoring and overseeing the management of a school in challenging circumstances in an executive role. For ten years he was a Section 48 inspector for the Church of England National Society and he continues to do some part-time work as an Associate Advisor for schools in the Lincoln Diocese.

In addition to his work as a director of the Lincoln Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, Greg is also a member of the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education, where he chairs the Learning and Development Committee. He is a member of the Corporation of Franklin Sixth Form College in Grimsby, where he chairs the Standards Committee.

Outside of education Greg is Vice Chair of the Grimsby Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society, and a member of the traffic staff at the National Tramway Museum.

Mrs Joanne Kerry

(term of office 7th July 2019)

Member appointment. Employment - Clinical Scientist, Nuclear Medicine, ULHT. Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors at Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School (appointed February 2008)

About Joanne

Joanne has been a Foundation Governor at Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary school for the past 8 years, and Chair of Governors for the last 3. Joanne also works part time as a Clinical Scientist in the Nuclear Medicine Department at Lincoln County Hospital. She really enjoys applying her scientific skills, and interacting with patients.

From Joanne’s time as a governor she has grown to believe that church schools have an important role to play in educating children in the county.  By ensuring that a strong Christian ethos exists within a school, every member of that community, whether member of staff, parent or child is valued and because of this can learn with awe and wonder and achieve their potential.

Mr Oliver Tasker

(term of office 7th February 2020)

Member appointment.  Employment - Senior Solicitor, Wilkin Chapman LLP.

About Oliver

Oliver Tasker is a senior solicitor specialising employment law at the Lincoln office of Wilkin Chapman LLP, the largest law firm in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire and the 104th largest in the UK.

Oliver has solely specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2009 and predominantly acts for employers across a wide range of sectors including education. With his experience of providing strategic and commercial advice to academies, Oliver will support the Board particularly with the legal issues involved with the significant growth plans of the LAAT.

Dr Michael Smalley

(term of office 17th November 2020)

Member appointment.  Trustee - Hospice Care, Kenya and Nettleham All Saints PCC.

About Michael

Michael Smalley has experience of research, education, health development and senior management. After malaria research in The Gambia, he taught in Nairobi University, Kenya followed by senior management positions in international research centres in Ethiopia and Kenya responsible for training, education and networking. Latterly he was Director General of the AMREF Health Africa (AMREF) based in Kenya; Africa’s largest health development charity committed to testing new approaches for community-based health care. During his 8-year period as DG, AMREF’s budget and international impact expanded considerably. In addition, he has been a Trustee of international schools, and the chair of the Board of Trustees of an international school in Ethiopia.

Mr Keith Wilkinson

(term of office 3rd October 2020)

Member appointment.  Steward of the College Livings, Eton College; Trustee Sherbourne School; Governor/trustee at Magdalen College and Cheltenham College.

About Keith

After graduating from Hull University, Keith taught at a senior high school in the city and saw its transition from a technical grammar school to a co-educational comprehensive. Then after      post-graduate study and preparation for ordination at Cambridge, he was ordained at Peterborough and served in a new town parish in the rapidly developing city. He then went to Eton College to teach English and to join the chaplaincy team, leaving to become senior chaplain at Malvern College where he was also senior tutor. In 1989 he was appointed Head Master of Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire - a boarding and day school for boys (5 - 18); in 1996 he became Headmaster of The King's School, Canterbury (one of the leading co-educational boarding schools in the country) and was also appointed a canon of the cathedral. Whilst at King's he co-sponsored the creation of the Folkestone Academy in Kent and was an adviser on academies to other sponsoring organisations and individuals.

In 2008, Keith took up the post of Conduct and senior Chaplain of Eton College and in January 2017, taking semi-retirement, he became Steward of the College Livings (as representative of the Provost and Fellows of Eton) dealing with appointments and issues relating to those parishes where the College is patron.

Since 1989 he has been a governor of 12 schools and currently is on the governing bodies of Magdalen College School, Oxford, and Sherborne School. He has a love of theatre, music and other expressive arts. Keith has also been a supporter of environmental campaigns, prison reform and Save the Children.

Ms Helen Doyle

(term of office 12th June 2023)

Governance and Compliance Officer, Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance.

Mr Richard Eaton

(term of office 9 December 2022)

A Senior Manager working in Financial Services Regulation, Risk & Compliance; previously a Chair of Governors, Governor and Local Board Member of a number of Schools across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, most recently working with the Local Boards at Coningsby St Michaels and Chestnut Street Primary Schools.

About Richard

Richard has worked in Financial Services for over 26 years, working across all aspects of Financial Services in the UK and Internationally. As a Senior Manager for the last 16 years he has developed a specialism as a leader in Regulation, Risk and Compliance. He is also an active volunteer in the Judicial Sector, including as an appraiser, mentor and as Vice Chair of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the LAAT Directors, Richard had been a school governor for over 15 years, across a number of Primary Schools. He is also active in supporting sporting opportunities for young people both as participants and as officials.

Mrs Hannah Wells

Appointment - 22.11.19 – 21.11.23

Hannah Wells works as a Senior Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. In her current role, she works with students training on the PGCE Primary programme, in addition to contributing to the School Direct and BA (Hons) in Education programmes.

Prior to working at BGU, Hannah worked in a Multi-Academy Trust as a Deputy Head of School and Interim Head of School. She established an NQT programme of support whilst also establishing and co-ordinating School Direct Teacher Training. Alongside her lecturing role, Hannah is currently completing an MA degree in Education, undertaking research around pertinent themes in education, such as mental health and wellbeing.

Aside from her academic work, Hannah is a mum to two beautiful children, and spends much of my spare time with her children and husband. They enjoy holidays and days out to the beach in their vintage camper van (when it starts!).

Dr Emma Clarke (resigned)

(RESIGNED -  28 February 2019)

Date of appointment 15 November 2017. Member appointment. Employment – Senior Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University. Parent governor at Long Marston CE Primary School.

About Emma

Emma was a primary school teacher for seventeen years, often working with children with challenging behaviour. Whilst teaching she was subject lead for science and maths. She has taught on the PGCE at Bishop Grossetetse University for four years and leads the 5 – 11 cohort. Her research interests include challenging behaviour, special educational needs and disabilities, teaching assistants and research methods.

Emma is a parent governor at her children’s school in North Yorkshire and enjoys supporting children and their broader educational experiences in any way she can. Beyond this, Emma has a keen interest in motorbike racing.

Mr Trevor Hughes (resigned)

RESIGNED - July 2018

Member appointment. Employment - Business Manager at William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School.

Mr Richard Wilson

(resigned 8th December 2017)

Member appointment.  Employed by Simcyp Limited, and company director.

Mr John Visser

(Appointed 1 September 2014, stepped down as Chair 31 December 2017)

Mr Barrie Shipley (resigned)

RESIGNED - July 2018

Member appointment.  Head of Finance, Bishop Grosseteste University.

About Barrie

Barrie Shipley is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Barrie has extensive experience in Governance & Compliance sitting on Audit Committees and Financial Planning Committees.

Barrie has over 18 years’ experience in the public sector, previously holding senior roles with Humberside Probation Trust. As Head of Finance for Humberside Probation Trust, Barrie oversaw the merger of 3 Probation Trusts and transfer to the private sector.

Barrie was appointed Head of Finance for Bishop Grosseteste University in June 2015.