Gary was appointed as Chair of the Trust in 2017 and brings extensive experience of primary education having served as Chair of Governors of a Junior School for six years. With 32 years’ experience in NHS management roles he now works for a UK company providing an outsourcing solution for NHS primary care.
Gary ensures the highest standards of governance at both Trust and Local Governing Body level to ensure that we provide the highest quality of education for all our pupils.
Term: Jul 17 - Jul 20
John joined the Finance Committee in 2016 and took over the Chair of Finance in 2017. With MD positions at Plc, Private and Venture Capital backed businesses of up to £100m, John has extensive experience of commercial, financial and operational activities. Maintaining high standards of governance at the Trust is a key part of John’s role, contributing to both the existing high performance levels and the Trusts ability to grow.
Don was previously a Governor of Priory School involved in creation of the Multi-Academy Trust and agreed to become a Trustee on its inception in 2016. Don is now Vice-Chair of the Trust.
As a retired professional Civil Engineer and Project Manager, Don has extensive experience of using and interpreting data to guide decision making and brings this experience to the Trust.
Don’s focus is on sustainable growth of the Trust whilst maintaining a secure financial base.
Michael is the Executive Principal of the trust, having been appointed to become the Principal of The Priory School in 2014. Prior to that he was Headmaster of Adams’ Grammar School in Newport, Shropshire. Michael’s experience is in school improvement, of all dimensions, and he believes strongly in the philosophy of educating the whole person. As Executive Principal, Michael has worked closely with the governors on establishing clear accountability for the performance of all schools within the trust.
Rob has been a solicitor for 37 years and partner with a local firm of solicitors, specialising in family law exclusively. Previously a community governor at Priory School. Originally from Stoke on Trent but has lived in Shropshire for the last 15 years, after practicing within the East Midlands and Birmingham.
Claire is the head teacher at Coleham Primary School and joined the Board when Coleham joined The Priory School Trust in July 2017. She took up the post of head teacher in 2014 and prior to that was Deputy Head teacher, and has also worked in two other schools in Trafford. Claire brings to the board her wealth of experience in education and, specifically, in primary standards and primary school improvement. She is committed to improving standards further across the trust in order to provide the best possible education for all of our pupils.
I joined Priory in 1991 as Deputy Head having previously taught in Croydon for 12 years. During my time at the school I served 3 periods as Acting Head before taking early retirement in 2015 and returning as a part time teacher of History. I have been part of the governing body for over 20 years both in my role as a member of the SLT and now as a staff governor.
Term: Sep 16 - Sep 19
Tim has been a board member for two years. He joined after Chairing St Martins School governors for four years, helping to guide the school through rapid change on its journey to becoming an ‘all through’ school culminating in its successful academisation into the Priory School Trust were it has continued to flourish.
As a businessman for over forty years his expertise is financial and business management including acquisitions and mergers, restructuring and business development.
Sasha is a Solicitor of over 16 years. Since qualification he has worked mainly for UK top 50 Law Firms in the area of Defendant Insurance Litigation but now expanding into Healthcare and Regulatory Law. He has extensive experience of commercial, operational and risk related matters having acted for commercial and now public sector client’s. With this experience he will strive to ensure the highest standards of governance at Trust level for the MAT to continue to grow.