Details of Members, Trustees and Governors including attendance at meetings



OLDHAM, HENSHAW AND CHURCH OF ENGLAND EDUCATION TRUST (Henshaw Trust) represented by John GRAYSON (resigned 31 August 2015) and Colin PLATT (appointed 1 September 2015 resigned 31 August 2016)

CHAIR OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES represented by J LEES (resigned 30 April 2015) Janet GREGORY (Appointed 1 May 2015)

AREA DEAN, OLDHAM WEST DEANERY represented by Reverend David PENNY


Pecuniary interests

Members relevant business and pecuniary interests and governance roles in other Education Trusts:

Reverend David Penny is a Foundation Governor of St Luke’s C of E Primary School and St Matthew’s C of

E Primary School

Colin Platt was Chair of the Oldham, Henshaw and Church of England Trust Board until 31 August 2016


Trust Board – Constitution and attendance

Janet Gregory – LL.B (Hons) - Barrister-at-Law
janetgregoryA Lancastrian by birth and upbringing, Janet practised for many years from Chambers in Manchester, and had a busy common law practice.
Recently she has concentrated on Education Law, and is a Chair of the Independent Appeals Panel, hearing school admission appeals and exclusion appeals for Manchester City Council, Calderdale Council and Oldham Council.
She has developed a keen interest and understanding of primary and secondary schools in those areas. She also has experience of Governance and was a member of the Standards Board for Kirklees Council.
Janet is married and has a grown up daughter and son.
Tim Mitchell - Former CEO, Positive Steps
timmitchellTim retired from his post as Chief Executive of Positive Steps, (an Oldham-based charitable trust) in March 2015. He held this post from 1998. In his role, he was instrumental in creating a One-Stop shop of young people’s services including careers advice and education employer links; as well as more targeted services for young people in the youth justice system, health and substance misuse services, and a young carers’ service. The charity expanded to encompass a range of whole-family support services and continues to deliver its mission of changing the lives of children, young people and families in Oldham.
Passionate about education and the development of children and young people, Tim is a trained careers adviser, with a Post-Graduate Diploma in career guidance.
Qualified to NVQ Level 5 in Leadership and Management, he has had the opportunity to transfer much of his knowledge to support the governance of a number of schools and colleges.
Always striving for creative and innovative approaches to engage and enhance educational opportunity for children and young people, Tim enjoys the opportunity to continue his interests with the work of The Cranmer Education Trust as a Trustee.
Reverend Canon Richard Hawkins - Former Team Rector for The Medlock Head Team and Honorary Canon of Manchester Cathedral
richardhawkinsRichard was appointed to serve as a Director of the Cranmer Education Trust by the Manchester Diocesan Board of Education until May 2019.
Born 1951 in Formby Lancashire and educated at Clifton College Bristol 1965-69, he joined the Royal Regiment of Artillery and an army officer in 1969, resigning in 1993 as major.
He attended Theological College Mirfield 1993-95, was ordained Deacon in 1995 and Priested in 1996 at Curate Holy Trinity, Weymouth 1995-1999, and was incumbent at St John the Baptist, Hey or Lees from1999- retiring September 2016. He retired from full time parochial ministry in August 2016.
As an army officer he gained a wide experience of life with many years at regimental duty in UK & overseas as a commander, administrator, instructor, staff officer dealing with soldiers, equipment, finances and estates.
“After God finally got me” – as a parish priest – Richard describes his work as “much the same but black uniform rather than green – a life dealing with and caring for people, administration, equipment, finances and estates.”
In addition, Richard has been at various times an active and vocal member of: Deanery & Diocesan Synods; Area Dean; Bishop’s Council; Diocesan Finance committee; Diocesan Stewardship Committee; Bishop’s Advisory groups on liturgy and sexuality; Crown nomination committee; Greater Chapter; Diocesan Advisory Committee (dealing with changes/work on all churches); Vice Chair of Governors of a VC Primary School & Chair of Finance Committee.
Richard comments: “Some might say of me that I have an eye for detail and ask the awkward questions – but by doing so I hope to seek the best for all by providing good education and life skills.”
Mary Tomlinson - Former Head of Access – Oldham Council
marytomlinsonMary is a retired Local Authority Officer who has lived in the area all her life. She knows the local area well and understands the diversity and complexity of education within the Borough and neighbouring areas.
She started her career in commercial accountancy with a large textile manufacturer in Saddleworth before taking a long career break to raise two children and care for a disabled sibling with multiple and complex needs.
She returned to work in the early 1990’s when she joined the Oldham Borough Treasurers department, specialising in Education accountancy and finance. Wanting to work more closely with pupils, parents and schools she undertook a career change within the Local Authority when she joined Pupil Services to manage school admission and exclusions and planning of school places until she retired in 2010.
Mary became a school governor and maintains her interest in education and current affairs and enjoys a very active and busy retirement. She has now expanded her interest in people and education by working in the local community organising outdoor, sporting and social activities for fellow retirees.
Eddie Moores - Councillor
eddiemooresEddie is a Governor with over 20 years’ experience, during this period he has served as a governor in both secondary and primary schools, and has experience as a local authority governor, parent governor and foundation governor and is currently a National Leader of Governance.
Eddie has a wide variety of work and life experience, he is married and has 3 grown up children. Eddie and his wife have been foster parents and they spent 7 years working together in a residential unit for young.
His working life was spent in the rail industry where he held a variety of both manual and managerial roles; he is currently an elected member of Oldham Council.
Eddie worships at Saint Mark’s Church in Chadderton and is a Deanery Synod representative for the parish.
Hazel Gloster - National Leader of Governance
hazelglosterHazel has spent her career within the Education Sector, mainly post-16 provision with the Greater Manchester Learning and Skills Council and formerly the Training and Enterprise Council in Rochdale. Hazel has worked within a broad range of provision, including the 14-19 Agenda, European Social Fund, NEET initiatives, together with LLDD provision and placement.
Hazel became a National Leader of Governance in 2013 following 12 years’ experience of governance which started with her local primary school, East Crompton St. George’s CofE Primary School.  She was appointed by the Parochial Church Council of East Crompton St. James’ Church and she is also the Manchester Diocesan Board of Education representative.
Hazel is currently working with the University of Chester Multi-Academy Trust where she is Chairperson of the university primary academy Weaverham, and also a member of the University Church of England Academy Statement of Action Committee.
Hazel’s passion is ensuring that all students reach their full potential and that excellent careers advice and guidance is available within their school from the age of 14.

Individual Academy Leadership

Each individual Academy is led by a Principal supported by a local Academy Senior Leadership Team, responsible for the day-to- day running of the Academy.

The Executive Team

The Executive Team is the executive arm of the Trust Board focussing on operations and resources and supporting the educational performance of the Academies. It operates under the leadership and direction of the Chief Executive Officer.

Under delegated responsibility from the Trust Board, the Executive Team works directly with the staff in each Academy and the local governing bodies to ensure that the required outcomes are achieved in accordance with the direction and vision of the Trust Board.

The Executive Team comprises many officers of the Trust including the Director of Business and Resources, Principal Finance Officer, Principal HR Officer, School Improvement Professional, Primary Specialist, Finance and IT managers.

The principle responsibilities of the Executive Team are:

  • to manage the conversion of schools to Academies
  • to direct and support the operation of each Academy
  • to provide operational and management support to the Head teachers and senior leadership teams within the Academies
  • to benchmark Academies across the group developing collaboration, resource sharing and cross fertilisation
  • to ensure insurance is maintained for all risk areas across the Trust
  • to undertake strategic management of the whole Trust estate
  • to take a lead on any capital bids and allocations
  • to supervise and facilitate the production and audit of the Trusts company accounts
Julie Hollis – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/ ACCOUNTING OFFICE of Cranmer Education Trust - HEADTEACHER of The Blue Coat School (MA, NPHQ, NLE)
juliehollisChief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer of Cranmer Education Trust since 1 August 2011 and Headteacher of The Blue Coat School (2002 – present). Julie was a SIP, an LLE, and is now an NLE.

Ofsted Inspections of The Blue Coat School while under Julie’s leadership:
2004: 2
2008: 1
2011-12: 1 in all judgements.

Also under Julie’s leadership The Blue Coat School became a Specialist College for Science and Maths; a Beacon School; a Training School and a National Teaching School and lead school of The Northern Alliance (

The Blue Coat School became an Academy in 2011, and established a Multi-Academy Trust in 2015 – Cranmer Education Trust. The Trust is also in the final stages of establishing a SCITT (Manchester Nexus) for school centred initial teacher training.

Julie has chaired Secondary Heads throughout BSF. She was a member of the Oldham Commission (reported February, 2016), and is a founder member of the new Partnership Board.

Margaret Duncan – Director of Business
margaretduncanMargaret has over 30 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector at MMU, University College Salford & University of Salford at Deputy Director level (information services), where she led a team of 7 senior managers responsible for a workforce of 240 staff and managed the finance, HR, estates, and central administration of the Division with its annual operating budget of over £10 million.

As part of The Blue Coat School/The Cranmer Education Trust Margaret’s experience to date includes:
Support staff restructuring
Academy and Multi Academy Trust establishment – Project management
BSF ICT Steering Group
Oldham Job Evaluation School Steering Group
Funding negotiations and successful bids/project management of estates improvements (see below)
Institution lead in estates Design Team Meetings
Finance, H&S; insurance Audit lead
EU contract lead & implementation management
Ofsted safeguarding
Senior Manager for 60+ support staff

Since Blue Coat became an Academy, Margaret’s brief has increasingly focused on estates strategy and project management, including extensive experience liaising with the EFA, and with Oldham Council which funded our expansion in 2014-15, and with a wide team of professionals, contractors and regulators to secure and manage major capital projects and bring them all in on time and in budget, to the huge benefit of the school and students.

Projects have included the design and construction of a new classroom block (14 classrooms), the complete refurbishment of a further block and creation of new specialist facilities for Science and Technology, Music and Drama, a £1 million programme of replacement and repair to the masonry and windows of our listed building.

Elizabeth Phillips-Rennie - Head of Marketing, Communications and Initial Teacher Education Recruitment.
liz-phillips2Elizabeth joined The Cranmer Education Trust in July 2016 as Head of Marketing, Communications and Initial Teacher Education Recruitment. She provides operational leadership and management for the Manchester North SCITT, particularly focusing on its marketing, growth, and communications.

Before this Elizabeth was National Programme Manager at the Studio Schools Trust, specialising in Teacher Learning and Development. During her 5 years with the Trust, the innovative school programme expanded rapidly with around 40 new schools opening across England. As well as leading the Programme Team, she designed and facilitated national CPD programmes specialising in innovative pedagogy from around the world.

Before joining SST, Elizabeth taught in a variety of school settings; she is a qualified teacher of English, Media and Film.  She continues to work as a freelance examiner for AQA.  In her previous role as Assistant Headteacher and Lead Teacher of English for the Greater Manchester Challenge, she was on the Senior Leadership Teams of two contrasting schools providing ‘school to school’ support.   In recognition of her excellent partnership work, she was invited by the NCSL to become a Specialist Leader of Education.

Before entering the teaching profession, Elizabeth worked at Granada Television as a Production Co-ordinator and also in the Music Department.  She is a classically trained soprano and performs regularly at many prestigious events across the North West, including the Manchester International Festival and the BBC Manchester Last Night of the Proms.  And if there’s any spare time left over (!) she enjoys long distance running.

Beverley Harper – Principal Finance Officer
beverleyharperBev was appointed to lead our financial management after conversion. Her expertise has ensured an exemplary audit record for the Trust, and a healthy reserve. She is now taking on responsibility for networking with business, specifically with the growth of the Trust in mind. Bev is an Hons degree graduate from London University in Biological Sciences (2:!), a Qualified Chartered Accountant and a Qualified Chartered Tax Advisor
Bev has over 30 years’ experience of working in the accountancy profession at two of the largest accountancy firms in the UK – Ernst and Young and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Her work here included:
Working as an auditor on a large variety of clients from entrepreneurs to consolidated multinational companies.
Leading an entrepreneurial team of tax experts advising companies on all corporation tax matters and dealing with HMRC on client’s behalf.
Dealing with all aspects of setting budgets and billing clients, including monitoring recording and analysing budgets –v- actuals.
Managing staff in appraisal, training and development, and leading and organising teams of staff.
As part of The Blue Coat School/The Cranmer Education Trust Bev’s experience to date includes:
Leading a team of 6 finance staff at The Blue Coat School/ Trust Head Office.
Business manager for the Teaching School Alliance – setting and monitoring budgets, analysing of grant funding and its audit by fund providers and auditors.
Involved in the financial aspects of applications for grant funding and the business case for The Blue Coat School application to become a SCITT.
Preparing statutory accounts for the Trust including this year consolidated accounts for the Trust and its two primaries.
Working with internal and external auditors –3 years of clean audit reports.
Role as School Forum representative for Academies in relation to local decisions on School Block funding.
Keeping Senior Leadership abreast of funding climate changes and reporting regularly to Trustees, Governors and staff on the financial position of the Trust.
Cathy Kearns – Principal HR Officer
cathykearnsCathy was appointed to the Trust in 2015, and has led on all HR issues, including the TUPE of staff from primary partners, the establishment of the TURA, the creation of HR policy in consultation with the unions, robust systems for staff appointment in the primaries, and casework across the Trust. Cathy is an Hons degree graduate from UMIST in management (2:1) and PG Dip HRM (Merit) / Associate CIPD
Cathy’s experience includes
11 years’ inf HR gained in manufacturing, housing and education.
Employee relations including absence management, disciplinarians, grievances, capabilities, including responding to employment tribunal applications.
TUPE experience – led on two successful transfers, plus assisted with others.
Significant knowledge of teaching and support staff terms and conditions of employment.
Experience in staffing restructures, salary review processes, employee consultation, staff induction processes, staff training and development
Experience of working with the unions – individual employee cases, policy consultation, formal recognition agreement, TUPE consultation.
Running a complex weekly payroll for 100 staff and implemented and rolling out a HR self-service system.
Recruitment – writing job descriptions, shortlisting, interviewing, designing selection assessments and interview questions, all recruitment administration.
Writing HR reports and policies for exec team and Board
Craig Hawes – ICT Manager
craighawesCraig has been an education sector ICT manager for 14 years and led the development of our ICT infrastructure at The Blue Coat School. Within the Trust he has established a bridge to ensure that all systems and management information, which is part of delegation and accountability, is shared and that processes can be run on all of the sites. He is systematically updating the ICT infrastructure of our primary partners. Craig is ITIL trained in effective IT service management, MCSA; MCITP Microsoft Certificated and a BETT participant.
Craig’s previous roles have been a Lance Corporal in the army for 6 years, CEO of an independent haulage business and IBM ICT Helpdesk Management.
Craig’s experience includes:
ICT Strategic Planning, systems infrastructure design and systems integration.
BSF ICT working group membership.
ICT Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery Planning and testing.
Oldham Network Manager Chair.
Recruitment – workforce planning; job design; interviewing; training and disciplinary.
External ICT consultancy – Construction Sector.
Presentations / training to Directors and senior leadership teams
Management of significant IT projects within school – including System upgrades –Trust email migration to Microsoft Office 365 and software upgrades for Facility MIS; EPortal; Resource (Finance System); Parentmail; WisePay .and integration of Facilities Management Services – eg cashless catering; biometric recognition; door access; M&E ‘E’ Management system
Implementation and management of remote access for users for all Trust services.
Integration of multiple primary schools into Trust incorporating fibre connectivity (Virgin Media); upgrade to security/access protocols, system resilience, and MAT inter-institutional communication framework.
Michael Walker
michaelwalkerMichael has worked as Data Analyst in both the private and public sectors. He started his career with Yorkmetrics, which provides data analysis for a range of major companies including BAE and Jaguar. He then moved to Local Government and specialised in the education sector. Since his appointment to The Blue Coat School in 2009 he has:
developed and refined data analysis to support and promote educational improvement across the full curriculum and staff appraisal and development,
created systems for data retrieval and management that other staff can apply and use,
supported schools in Oldham and Bolton in the development of their data analysis.
supported Bolton Local Authority in responding to changes in accountability measures and the implications for data analysis and understanding of school outcomes,
supported the Oldham Education & Skills Commission in interpreting secondary data.
Michael now leads data analysis across the Multi-Academy Trust, including primary partners. His experience therefore covers Reception – 18, in a range of very different contexts, at both micro and macro levels.

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