The Trust Board has taken the opportunity of the award of the Northern Fund to strengthen governance. We have followed DFE guidance to clarify lines of accountability and terms of reference at each level of governance. We have also introduced separation between the levels of governance and enhanced the skill set of both members and Trustees. All members and Trustees are unpaid for this role.
Members (ID 1129)
Ethos & Ethics
Rev. P Hardingham Foundation member (Representative of incumbent of St Paul’s) and Chair of Members board
Awarded a BSc from University of London and a BA from Cambridge. Paul was ordained in 1978.
Vicar of one of the largest churches in the Diocese of Manchester, with approximately 600 adults and 200 children spread across 6 congregations and 5 different buildings, Paul holds a key leadership role in the community.
Peter Bond Foundation member (Chair of Trustee board)
Peter has extensive experience as a project officer at MBDA systems (retired). He has skills in project management, financial planning, and strategic planning. With over 20 years of experience as school governor, under his chairmanship, St Paul's CE Primary, Astley Bridge was graded outstanding
Deborah Smith (Diocesan)
Director of Education for Manchester Diocese from November 2019. Previously worked as Deputy Director of Education for Carlisle Diocese. Over 30 years’ experience in education and has taught across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 through to Higher Education. As a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University, delivered on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Achieved Master of Science degree in Education and is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. Also an experienced SIAMS inspector. Passionate about the way education can open opportunities for all children and supports the Church of England vision for education of ‘life in all its’ fullness’ being made available to all.
Trustees (ID 1122)
Peter Bond Foundation (DBE) Chair - Peter has extensive experience as a project officer at MBDA systems (retired). He has skills in project management, financial planning, and strategic planning. With over 20 years of experience as school governor, under his chairmanship, St Paul's CE Primary, Astley Bridge was graded outstanding.
Ethos and Ethics
Peter White – Pensions Lawyer, Associate of Pinsent Masons LLP, ranked No.1 in the FT Innovative Lawyers “Business of Law Index
Finance & Risk
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in April 2001, spent nearly 20 years in the Profession working in practice, with a stint in Industry from 2003-2006. Has experience in the following:
Preparing accounts for small/medium sized companies and Charities
Advising owner-managed businesses on accounting, taxation and other business matters,
Advising on VAT matters
Management accounts preparation/review Forecasting/budgeting
Auditing limited companies
A retired Headteacher, Pamela took her school to triple Outstanding for both SIAMS and Ofsted inspections. Pamela continues to work as a part time school improvement partner for 11 primary schools in Lancashire. Pamela has a depth of experience in holding schools to account and providing constructive challenge and support to schools in a wide range of circumstances.
Strategy & Compliance
Production project manager at MBDA, STEAM ambassador. Skills in international project and senior corporate management. 20 years of experience as a school governor.
Recently retired from a career in education that included teaching and leadership roles in primary and secondary schools, including in the developing world. Janet was previously a local authority inspector and held the position of Director of Excellence in Cities, a government initiative to reduce the impact of deprivation on children's learning. Appointed HMI in 2003 and worked directly for Ofsted for 13 years, specialising in supporting improvement in failing schools. Jane subsequently worked part-time as a contractor for Ofsted for several years.
Mr Pete Bond
Mr Lee Nowland (Resigned 22.11.23)
01.10.17 (Resigned 22.11.23)
|Trustees||Start Date||End Date|
|Mrs Jane Austin||13/10/20||12/10/24||Member Appointed Trustee|
|Mr Pete Bond||01/07/19||01/07/27||Member Appointed Trustee|
|Ms Pamela Carter||28/11/22||27/11/26||Member Appointed Trustee|
|Mr Mick Crossley||18/10/16||17/10/24||Member Appointed Trustee|
|Mr Andrew Simm||01/10/17||30/09/25||Member Appointed Trustee|
|Mr Peter White||12/12/20||11/12/24||Member Appointed Trustee|