Directors

The Trust Board has 11 Directors including the CEO.  Collectively the Directors bring a wide range of professional skills and expertise to run the trust effectively. They include a Church Ethos Director nominated by Newcastle Diocesan Education Board to reflect the fact that we are a mixed multi academy trust with Church and non-Church schools

Apart from the CEO who is an employee of the trust, directors are volunteers although they may claim expenses under certain circumstances.

We review the skills profile of individual directors and conduct a skills audit of the board as a whole at least annually to check for any skills gaps and identify training needs.

We publish the declared business and pecuniary interests of our directors including the CEO/Accounting Officer in the individual profiles below.  We also maintain a register of interests including any close family relationships for all members, directors and senior employees to ensure we are aware of any potential conflicts of interest.

All Directors can be contacted via Suzanne Hendey, Clerk to the Directors.  Please use the Contact page to get in touch with us, or telephone 0191 228 4090.

Mr Roger Alston OBE

Director - Chair of Trust Board

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Appointed by the Members: 12 January 2017/Term of office: to 11 January 2021

Declared interests:
None.

Profile:
Roger was formerly the CEO of a multi academy trust in the north east of England and has extensive experience as a teacher, senior leader and headteacher in secondary education. He was originally a governor at Benfield School and was instrumental in supporting the set-up of the trust in 2017.

Mrs Debi Bailey

Director and Chief Executive Officer/Accounting Officer

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Appointed: 12 January 2017/Term of office: ex-officio as CEO

Declared interests:
St Hild's Church of England Voluntary Aided School Interim Executive Board (since January 2020)
Trustee - Right To Succeed (since July 2020)

Profile:
Debi is an employee of NEAT and has a staff profile on the Meet the CEO webpage.

Mr Steve Beharall

Director

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Appointed by the Members: 23 February 2017/Term of office: to 22 February 2021

Declared interests:
Newcastle United Foundation, Employee (since September 2016)
Newcastle United Women's Football Club Limited, Director (since August 2020)

Profile:
Steve is the Head of Foundation at Newcastle United Foundation, a charitable organisation established by Newcastle United Football Club with the aim of using the power of football for the benefit of our community to help change lives for the better.

Mrs Nichola Brannen

Church Ethos Director

Nominated by Newcastle Diocesan Education Board. Appointed by the Members: 26 October 2018/Term of office to 25 October 2022

Declared interests:
The Federation of Longhorsley and Whalton Church of England Schools, Employee and Governor (since November 2014)

Profile:
Nichola is our Church Ethos Director appointed by the Newcastle Diocesan Education Board. She is the Executive Headteacher of two first schools in Northumberland and has previously worked as a local authority education advisor.

Mr Shaun Fooy

Director

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Appointed by the board: 29 March 2018/Term of office to 28 March 2022

Declared interests:
British Business Bank, Employee (since October 2018)
SRF Consultancy Ltd, Director (since October 2015)

Profile:
Shaun has extensive experience within the banking sector and holds professional qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Bankers

Ms Nadia Iftkhar

Director

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Appointed by the board: 22 June 2017/Term of office: to 21 June 2021

Declared interests:
Company of Others, Artistic Director and Director (since February 2016)

Profile:
Nadia is Artistic Director and Choreographer for Company of Others, a dance company based in the north-east. She has made and collaborated on over 20 works that have been performed at Northern Stage, Berwick Maltings, Sadlers Wells, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Konzerthaus Wien and Dance City.

Dr Steve Leggetter

Director

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Appointed by the Members: 13 October 2020/Term of office to: 12 October 2024

Declared interests:
Assurance Consultancy Ltd, Director (since February 2007)
Northumbria University, Employee (since September 2020)

Profile:
Steve is an IT specialist with experience in blue chip consultancy, programme delivery and IT Director roles across universities, healthcare, local authority and the private sector. He is currently lecturing at Northumbria University.

Mr Andrew Lister

Director

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Appointed by the board: 22 June 2017/ Term of office: to 21 June 2021

Declared interests:
A Lister Technologies Ltd, Director (since September 2014)
SERCO, Employee (since May 2018)

Profile:
Andrew has global IT experience across a range of companies and countries with strategic responsibility for managing resources, systems and people, as well as expertise in running his own consultancy.

Dr Anne McNall

Director

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Appointed by the Members: 12 January 2017/Term of office: to 11 January 2021

Declared interests:
Trustee, Joint Council for Cosmetic Practice (since 2016)

Profile:
Anne was formerly Associate Professor and Director of Strategic Workforce Development in the Nursery, Midwifery and Health Department of Northumbria University. Her professional background is as an adult general nurse and midwife and she has extensive experience of teaching in the health sector.

Mrs Sue Ormerod

Director

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Appointed by the board: 19 July 2018/ Term of office: to 18 July 2022

Declared interests:
Nigel Wright Consultancy, Employee (since June 2002)
Forest Hall Primary School, Governor (since Sept 2013)

Profile:
Sue is Regional Director for Nigel Wright Recruitment and specialises in Executive IT and HR recruitment throughout the North of England. She chairs the Nigel Wright IT Director Forum and is heavily involved in the HR Business Leaders’ Forum.

Mr Steven Strassheim

Director

Appointed by the Members: 23 January 2020/Term of office to 22 January 2024

Declared interests:
Modular Law Ltd, Director (since Sept 2017)

Profile:
Steven is the Founder and Director of Modular Law, a technology law practice in Newcastle upon Tyne, with previous experience of technology, engineering and law across the UK, Europe and US. A second career lawyer, Steven is also a Chartered Engineer and has an in-depth understanding of the software, electronics and telecoms industries.

Former governor in the last 12 months - Michael White

Director

Appointed by the board: 29 March 2018/Left: 10 November 2020

Declared interests: NEAT Active Ltd, Director (since June 2019), Whites Consultancy, Owner (since 2016)