Trustees and Members

Trustees, like Directors of other companies, are registered at Companies House. Their main duties are:

• The daily running of the Academy Trust and the management of the Trust’s business affairs;
• Ensuring the standard of education at schools within the Trust:
• Entering into contracts on the Trust’s behalf;
• Ensuring that relevant statutory documents are delivered to Companies House;
• Managing the Academy Trust’s finances and property;
• Taking part in board meetings of the Trustees.

HOW TO CONTACT TRUSTEES

If you wish to contact any of our Trustees or, if you are interested in becoming a Trustee or a Governor, please contact Victoria Jones, Clerk to the Trust’s Boards, either by telephone: 01691 664400 or via e mail: jones.v@mmat.co.uk

TRUSTEES PEN PORTRAITS

Sarah Longville - NEWSarah Longville – CEO

Sarah took up her headship at the Marches School in April 2009. In 2011, she became a National Leader in Education and in 2014 completed the National College for Teaching and Leadership Fellowship Programme.   She led the Marches School into becoming an Academy in August 2011. In May 2012, Sir John Talbot’s School in Whitchurch were given a Notice to Improve category and Sarah was asked to step in to support the school through this challenging period.   In 2014, Ofsted moved the school to a ‘Good’ category and Sir John Talbot’s School joined The Marches Academy Trust in August 2014.

As CEO, Sarah continues to drive the Trust to expand, employing its capacity and experience to inspire and motivate students and staff and create a family of academy schools with a shared set of visions and values.   As CEO, Sarah monitors standards within the Trust, evaluating the progress of sponsored schools and reports on her work to the Board of Trustees.

Arthur WalpoleArthur Walpole – Member and Chair of the Board of Trustees

Arthur, retired Shropshire Councillor, spent his working life with British Telecom in Coventry, BT HQ in City of London and Oswestry. As Operations Manager, Arthur was mainly concerned with planning and operating the UK transmission and switching network. He delivered million pound projects, managing teams of up to 300 staff.

 

 

Alex Fry – Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Sir John Talbot’s School Local Governing Body

Alex lives in Whitchurch and his three children who all attend Sir John Talbot’s School.  Alex runs a local technology business and is Chairman of Whitchurch Hockey Club.

 

Mark LiquorishMark Liquorish – Trustee Responsible for Educational Standards and Staffing and Chair of the Marches School Local Governing Body

Now retired, Mark previously worked as a Health Services Manager for the Shrewsbury and Telford National Health Service Trust. During his 42 years’ service to the Trust, Mark managed a team of up to 50 staff and developed his skills in logistics management, budgetary control, people management and statistical analysis. He took a strategic approach to the services that would be required in the future and during this time he reformed patient transport services in Shropshire and was part of several major redevelopments of the Trust. Mark has been a governor for 20 years and is also a local Rotarian.  Mark is the Chair of the Trust Educational Standards Committee.

 

David GriffithsDavid Griffiths –  Member and Trustee Responsible for Finance (Audit, Risk and Sustainability)

David previously held senior management posts with HSBC Bank, involved in network reorganisation and H.R. but specialising in business and commercial banking throughout Wales and the Midlands.  Now semi-retired, David is an Accounts Manager for a local business. David has been a governor of The Marches School for 15 years.  David is the Chair of the Trust Finance (Audit and Risk) Committee.

 

The Revd Canon Dr Judy Hunt – Trustee

Before becoming a vicar, Judy was a vet and  taught, researched and did clinical work at Liverpool University.   Being the first woman in many of the roles undertaken – Judy has concern for equality of opportunity, whether to do with gender, ethnic origin, sexuality, faith etc.   Judy was ordained in 1991 and hasserved in Cheshire, Suffolk and now Shropshire in a variety of roles – often with youth work and adult education aspects.  Judy came to St Alkmund’s, Whitchurch in 2012 and have developed links with many community groups.

 

MEMBERS PEN PORTRAITS

Arthur WalpoleArthur Walpole – Member and Chair of the Board of Trustees

Arthur, retired Shropshire Councillor, spent his working life with British Telecom in Coventry, BT HQ in City of London and Oswestry. As Operations Manager, Arthur was mainly concerned with planning and operating the UK transmission and switching network. He delivered million pound projects, managing teams of up to 300 staff.

 

David GriffithsDavid Griffiths –  Member 

David previously held senior management posts with HSBC Bank, involved in network reorganisation and H.R. but specialising in business and commercial banking throughout Wales and the Midlands.  Now semi-retired, David is an Accounts Manager for a local business. David has been a governor of The Marches School for 15 years.  David is the Chair of the Trust Finance (Audit and Risk) Committee.

 

Bob PearsonBob Pearson – Member 

Predominantly involved in the building industry for 40 years, in many different capacities. Bob is currently the Commercial Director of a Quarrying Company, employing 94 people and working nationally. Bob was a Governor at The Marches School for 20 years.

 

 

Robert Forrester – Member

 

 

 

 

Colin Hopkins (CECET Representative) – Member

 

 

 

 

Register of Interests of Members and Trustees
The Members and Trustees of the Marches Academy Trust are required to complete an annual Declaration of Business Interests. Copies of these declarations are held by the Clerk to the Trustees and are inspected annually by the appointed Auditors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trustees and Members