There are five Members which include both individuals and corporate bodies.  As a mixed multi academy trust including schools with and without a religious character, our members include representation from the Church of England.

We publish the declared business and pecuniary interests of our members 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 Members 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

Member as Chair of the Trust's Board of Directors

Date of appointment: 12 January 2017

Declared interests:

Rev Helen Gill


Date of appointment: 1 August 2020

Declared interests:
Welbeck Academy, Local Governor (since September 2020)

Mr Peter Nigel Hasting Smith


Nigel Smith has been Chairman of Ringtons Holdings Ltd since 2000 and a director since 1980. Ringtons is a local 110 year old family tea business formed in 1907 and a head office in Byker. Nigel’s family are very important to him consisting of wife Linda, 3 married daughters and 8 grandchildren.

Date of appointment: 12 January 2017

Declared interests:
Ringtons Holdings Ltd and other subsidiary companies, Director (since 1980)

The Acting Bishop of Newcastle (The Right Reverend Mark Wroe, Bishop of Berwick)

Date of appointment: 4 July 2020

Declared interests:
Newcastle Diocesan Society, Director (since March 2019)
Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance, Director (since March 2019)
Shepherds Dene, Director (since March 2019)
Together Newcastle, Director (since April 2019)

The Diocesan Corporate Member (enacted by The Venerable Rachel Wood, Archdeacon of Northumberland as Chair of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education)

Date of appointment: 1 December 2021

Declared interests:
To be confirmed

Members meet at least annually.  Minutes of general meetings of the members during 2019-20 and 2020-21 are provided below:

Former Member in the last 12 months - The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, former Bishop of Newcastle
Date of appointment: 12 January 2017 ended 30 November 2021

Declared interests:
Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance, Director (since September 2015)
Newcastle Diocesan Education Board, Director (since September 2015)
Newcastle Diocesan Society, Director (since September 2015)
Dame Allan's School, President (since 2016)
Court of Newcastle University, Member (since 2016)
St Hild Bede Trust, Trustee (since 2015)
St Hilda's Trust, Trustee (since 2015)

The date of the last Annual General Meeting was 8 February 2021.  The minutes will appear here once they are agreed. The next Annual General Meeting is on 31 January 2022.

NEAT Academy Trust is an exempt charity and company limited by guarantee registered in England with company number 10561094. The company's registered office is 1 Hedley Court, Orion Business Park, North Shields, NE29 7ST