The Directors are responsible for the same three core governance functions performed by the governing body in a VA school: setting the direction, holding the headteacher to account and ensuring financial probity. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. Academy trusts are charitable companies and the trustees are company directors and must comply with company law requirements.

This may sound daunting, but, in reality, the duties are largely the same as those of a governor of a VA school, such as regularly attending meetings, managing conflicts of interest, seeking advice from the academy’s leadership team and ensuring the academy has appropriate procedures in place for reporting financial information.

Nick Johnson, Foundation Director (Chair)

Nick Johnson served as Vice Chair on the governing body of St Nicholas High School, Northwich and is a former member of the Diocese of Shrewsbury Commission of Education. Nick has also served on the Cheshire Schools Forum, which is responsible for approving all spending for local authority and other budgeting matters. In addition, he has served on Board of Directors of The Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Academy Trust. In terms of employment, he worked firstly as a Senior Partner of Glaisyers Solicitors LLP where he is now a Managing Partner.

Michelle Madeley, Foundation Director

Michelle Madeley started working with the Trust as part of the volunteering programme of the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) back in 2012. She also a keen interest in the Trust, as her husband and his family all attended St Anthony’s and St Elizabeth’s as children. She now serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and is Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee. In terms of her career, Michelle has over 30 years involvement in the retail sector, including 20 in travel in senior management positions. She is currently the Managing Director of UK business, HMSHost International, which is a major employer across the MAG group.

Peter Turner, Foundation Director

Peter Turner served as a governor at Seashell Trust, where he was the Chair of the Finance and Staff Committee. In terms of employment, Peter served as a police officer for 30 years retiring as a Superintendent. After retiring, he worked for the General Dental Council as a Chair for Fitness to Practice Hearings. He is currently working for the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Father Nick Kern, Foundation Director

Father Nick Kern was ordained a priest in 1990. He first became a school governor in 1991 and has served on nine different governing bodies during his priestly career. From 1997 to 2006, he ran the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) for the Diocese of Shrewsbury and he still teaches the specialist modules for teachers. He has been Parish Priest and Team Leader for all the Wythenshawe churches since November 2016.

Joan Edwards, Foundation Director

During a long teaching career, Joan worked in both primary and secondary schools serving the more deprived areas of Teesside. Having worked as a SENDCO, she has a special interest in pupils with SEND. Prior to joining the Trust, Joan served as Chair of Governors of St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School and was a Director of the Carmel Academy Trust.

Patricia Adams, Foundation Director

Pat Adams retired as Executive Headteacher of 2 primary schools in the north of Manchester in August 2020. She has been a headteacher in Manchester for over 20 years. As a Local Leader of Education, Pat supported the leadership of several schools in the city over many years, including schools in the Ofsted category of Special Measures. Pat served on Manchester Schools Funding Forum for 16 years and has been Chair of Manchester Local Authority Primary Strategy Group and Deputy Chair of the Excellence in Cities policy partnership. Pat is currently the Chair of Governors at St. James’ Catholic High School, Cheadle.

Alistair Moore, Parent Director

Alistair Moore is a Parent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Trust. He has lived in Wythenshawe for the last 30 years and is married with 4 children, all of whom have attended Ss John Fisher and Thomas More and then transitioned to Saint Paul’s Catholic High School. He therefore has a vested interest in how the schools are being run. Prior to working for the Trust, Alistair has previous experience as a Parent Governor at Ss John Fisher and Thomas More. In terms of his career, he ran his own company for 15 years providing project management services to the construction industry. With the experience Alistair has in both his personal and professional life, he believes he is well placed to ensure the schools operate correctly and provide the best education for the children.