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Board of Directors

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Clerk to Directors, Frances Brown -

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Mr Jerry Woolner


 (Term of Office 7 February 2020 - 6 February 2024)

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 17 October 2017 - 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

(Term of Office 17 October 2013)

Ex-officio (CEO). Current employment - LAAT CEO. 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 8 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 Gregory Marsden

Vice Chair

(Term of Office 16 January 2019 - 15 January 2023)

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

About Gregory

Gregory 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, Gregory 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. Gregory’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 has recently retired from his role 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, Gregory 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 Gregory 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 8th July 2019 - 7th July 2023)

Member appointment. Employment - Clinical Scientist, Nuclear Medicine, ULHT. Foundation Governor at the Limewoods Federation of schools (appointed February 2008), and Governor at the Spires Federation of Schools (appointed summer 2020)

About Joanne

Joanne has been a Foundation Governor at Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary school for the past 11 years, and was Chair of Governors for 6 years, during which time it federated with Bucknall Primary school, forming the Limewoods Federation. Joanne also works part time as a Clinical Scientist in the Nuclear Medicine Department at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. 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 - Resigned 25.01.21

(Term of Office 7th February 2020 - 25th January 2021)

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 - Resigned 17th November 2020

(Term of Office 18th November 2016 - 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.

Reverend Canon Keith Wilkinson

(Term of Office 4th October 2020 - 2nd October 2024)

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 13th June 2019 - 12th June 2023)

Member Appointment.

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

About Helen

Helen has worked for the Diocese of Lincoln sine 2016, in the Archdeacons’ office and then in the Secretariat as Governance and Compliance Officer. Helen provides service to the Board of Trustees, is Assistant Secretary of the Diocesan Synod and is closely involved with the Audit Committee, financial reporting and budgetary panels and many others. Helen also assists the Diocesan Secretary and leads on data protection and legal governance in the diocese. Helen is currently working towards certification with the Governance Institute.

Helen is excited to bring her governance background to LAAT and is keen to immerse herself  more into the education environment and multi academy trusts. She has worked extensively on risk and control in her day job, and hopes these skills will be beneficial to the board. Helen believes passionately that good governance can set an organisation free, to focus on the key values of excellence, exploration and encouragement in the love of God, in a way that keeps everyone safe and achieves the best outcomes.

Mr Richard Nigel Eaton

(Term of Office 10th December 2018 - 9th December 2022)

Member Appointment

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 Mary Elizabeth Wells

Term of Office - 22.11.19 – 21.11.23

Member Appointment.

About Hannah

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!).

Ms Jane Bowman

(Term of Office 1st December 2020 - 30th November 2024)

Member Appointment

Governor at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education for 8 years. Governor at St James School Grimsby for 1 year.

Worked in Secondary Education for 38 years in Hull, Scarborough, Bridlington and Grimsby.

Assumed the position of Headteacher of Wintringham School Grimsby in 2001. Became Principal of Oasis Academy Wintringham in 2007 when it became one of the first Academies in the Country and one of the first three Academies that Oasis opened.

Founding Chair of the local Secondary Headteacher’s Association.

Oasis is a Christian based Academy Trust welcoming students of all faiths and no faith. It is now a group of over 40 Academies both Primary and Secondary. It was founded and led by The Reverend Steve Chalke, a Baptist Minister.

In addition, it works across 5 Continents providing education, health and Christian services.

 As an Academy Wintringham was linked to both India and South Africa developing close working relationships with both. I was fortunate to work in both Countries within the Townships.

This provided the opportunity to work both Locally and Nationally as the group expanded, providing extensive opportunities to network across Local Authorities.

I see ‘education’ as the key to transforming the lives of children and adults. In my view a school should lie at the heart of the community it serves. Education should provide opportunities for everyone and provide hope for the future.

I live in Grimsby with my husband and dog Indi. Outdoor activities of all kinds are my passion.

Mr Dominic Barnes-Browne

(Term of Office 1st December 2020 - 30th November 2024)

Member Appointment

Dr Emma Clarke

(Term of Office 14th April 2021 - 13th April 2025)

Member Appointment