The Trustees are the Directors of the Multi Academy. They have a collectively responsibility to:

  • Ensure compliance with charity and company law
  • Determine, alongside the Executive Team, the strategic priorities of the MAT
  • Determine and review Trust-wide policies
  • Ensure financial probity
  • Determine the funding model across the Trust and set the budgets for individual Academies
  • Review and challenge progress of the trust against its agreed objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Appoint staff at Senior Leadership Level

The Board of Trustees is responsible for all the Academies in the MAT. It exercises its role by delegating some functions to the Local Governing Body (LGB) of each academy through an agreed Scheme of Delegation.

There will be eleven Trustees. Nine have been so far been appointed and there are currently two vacancies.

Will Hodson


Rebecca Hearsey

Vice Chair

Jane Bonner

Chair of AIMS Committee

Melanie Crooks

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee (ARC)

Paul Lee

Chair of Finance and Resources Committee (FRC)

Beverley Boden


Kevin Davis


Mark Harland


Roland Roberts


Eddie Stride



Members function in much the same way as shareholders of a company. Membership is shared by the Queen Mary’s Foundation and the Vine Trust Group, Walsall. The Queen Mary’s Foundation is a Corporate Member and appoints two further Members. The Vine Trust Group is a Corporate Member and appoints one further Member.

Together, they are responsible for:

  • Appointing (and removing) the Trustees
  • Holding the Executive Team to account for the successful operation of the Trust
  • Amending the Articles of Association
  • Winding up the Trust

John Punch

Queen Mary’s Foundation

John Punch is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the Director and Proprietor of a local building and surveying company and has wide experience in the education sector.

Vivian Fairbank

Queen Mary’s Foundation

Vivian Fairbank is a former Chair of Governors and Chair of the Investment Committee of the Queen Mary’s Foundation. She is an advocate for gender equality and is Secretary of the local branch of Soroptimist International. She is also Vice Chair of the local National Trust Association.

John Vallance

Queen Mary’s Foundation

John Vallance is a retired teacher. He is interested in local history and maintains the Archive Collection for one of the Trust schools. His work with young people includes a role as Group Bosun for a local branch of the Sea Scouts. He is also a Royal Yachting Association Instructor.

Brian Powell

Vine Trust Group

Brian Powell has experience as a Sales and Marketing Director. He also works in the Voluntary Sector in a number of roles: he is Chair of Governors at a local Special School and a Trustee of a Women’s Sanctuary, Global Outreach. He is Chair of Bentley beginnings Family centre.

David Lomax

Vine Trust Group

David Lomax is a former Assistant Headteacher with experience in Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). He has served as a Governor and has been involved in setting up Free Schools.